Graphics programs are software programs that allow you to create or edit images.


They can be divided into vector programs and paint programs. The first category treats images as a geometric description of that image, the second treats images as a collection of colored points (pixels) in a multidimensional plane. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages and both methods are increasingly used within the same computer programs, so that the differences between the categories become blurred.

Graphics software

Paint programs traditionally exist in three forms, namely programs for creating images with a mouse or drawing pen, for editing images, and for creating images using a programmatic description of raster images.

Well-known graphics programs

There are many graphics programs on many different platforms (Microsoft, Mac, Linux).

Page layout programs

Programs for formatting (assembling) pages, with text and illustrations, into a complete graphic whole. The output of these programs is generated in PostScript, a system independent and resolution independent page description language. With a RIP (Raster Image Processor), PostScript is converted into a series of printing instructions for a laser printer, a photo-setter or an (offset) platesetter.

  • Scribus
  • Adobe InDesign
  • QuarkXPress
  • Adobe PageMaker
  • Affinity Publisher

Image editing

  • ACDSee
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Affinity Photo
  • Artweaver
  • Capture One
  • GIMP
  • Image Analyzer
  • Lightroom
  • PaintShop Pro
  • Preview (OSX)
  • Ulead PhotoImpact
  • Xara Xtreme
  • XnView

Vector programs for two dimensions

  • CorelDraw
  • Dia
  • Macromedia Freehand
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Affinity Designer
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Xara Xtreme
  • Xfig
  • Inkscape

Vector programs for three dimensions and three-dimensional animations

See the List of 3D computer programs

Graphics software