Free Graphic and Drawing Software – Serif DrawPlus 4

If you’re looking for a free drawing and graphic application to test your creative skills, then DrawPlus 4 will fill the bill admirably.

With this free drawing and graphic package from Serif Software, you can turn out vector graphics, high-impact graphics, and even web animations with tools usually only available in high end applications.

DrawPlus 4 is a vector drawing program, much like the very expensive CorelDraw, which means the drawing is in editable layers. On top of that, DrawPlus is also a graphics design program that allows you to create logos, high quality print graphics, artwork, drawings, animations, labels and more.

The straightforward and intuitive interface is powerful yet simple, so that first time users, (like me – with no graphic skills), will get the professional quality results they want – fast! I’m told by friends that are users, that this program is great for making avatars; although I haven’t tried this myself.

If you like special effects, DrawPlus 4 is loaded with them, so it’s easy to create high impact text for headlines, logos, banners, Web pages, or wherever your imagination takes you. You can add bitmap, conical, ellipse, plasma, radial and linear fills to your creations to produce spectacular results.

DrawPlus supports industry standard bitmap and vector formats including: JPEG, BMP, EMF, WMF and PNG for the Web.

Serif’s objective in releasing older versions of their current programs at no cost is to hopefully convince at least some users to upgrade to current versions of their software. An interesting twist on the usual “try it for free for 30 days” we are all pretty familiar with.

I have used, and tested, Serif’s free editions for 10+ years now, and I have found that even their older software is more than up to the tasks I set.

Sure, the applications may be older than the current versions, but in terms of functionality and features, generally you are not missing much. In these older free versions there are not as many tools as one might find with more recent versions of Serif’s products, but those that are there, tend to be the ones that are most used by typical users.

Serif describes the features of DrawPlus 4 as follows:

Drawing & Sketching – Say goodbye to complicated tools and ‘shaky hand’ drawings. DrawPlus makes drawing simple with easy to use QuickShapes, Natural Curve Editing and Curve Smoothing.

    Backdrop Wizard – Easily add abstract or themed backgrounds to your designs. From dazzling presentation backgrounds to outer-space style backdrops, start your drawings on a ready-made designer canvas.

      Studio Resources – Choose from hundreds of pre-set lines, fills, transparencies, fonts and Wizard elements from the Studio tabs to save you time and still achieve amazing results.

        Color Selection – Apply color fills to backgrounds, shapes and your own drawings from the simple on-screen studio palette.

          Animation Mode – Bring your designs to life with the fun animation tools, which include easy-to-use, yet advanced features like onion skinning, backgrounds, overlays and frame management.

            Blends – Use the blend tool to automatically ‘morph’ two images into one another. You choose the number of steps and let DrawPlus do the rest – easy!

              Transparency – Easily create sparkling photo-like realism and quality in seconds with no experience required.

                Watermark Wizard – A notoriously difficult effect to create is now a total breeze, with a wide range of customizable watermark designs on hand.

                  Border Wizard – Choose borders from the extensive library for your objects and pages or let the Border Wizard help you.

                    Color Schemes – Define new color sets as shades of a base color, and then simply apply your color scheme to your design instantly by editing the original base color.

                      Editable Envelopes – Stretch and squeeze objects or text into whatever shape you choose. Select from the range of special outline shapes or customize your own!

                        Text – Create high-impact text for headlines, logos, banners, web pages and more. Convert your text to curves to bring fonts to life.

                          File Size: 19 MB

                          License: Free

                          System Requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

                          Download DrawPlus 4 for Free at: FreeSerifSoftware


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                          16 responses to “Free Graphic and Drawing Software – Serif DrawPlus 4

                          1. I can attest that this programs is capable of doing more than what the average person will need, and will even satisfy the “advanced” artistic type.

                            Hard to beat.

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                          3. g

                            I used to use photoshop 4. I had a bootleg on a disc that I have since lost and during the ‘puter crash of 07, I have forever lost photoshop.

                            Since then, I have been switching back and forth between Gimp and as I don’t really need the power of either.

                            Just curious but how does draw plus line up against gimp/ I’m always on the search for a good vector program.

                          4. Hi Bill,

                            I’ve always enjoyed Serif’s products, thanks for the heads up on the free licenses.
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                          5. Nice post! Have you tried this new open source software? Is this good compare to adobe photoshop and corel draw? I want to try this one. I guess it sounds good and as i look into the image you posted, it’s impressive. Thanks for the information.

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                          12. matt mullins

                            are you related to me

                          13. teckwai


                            i have recently downloaded Drawplus 4 from freeserifsoftware website.

                            when i followed the tutorial in Drawplus Companion 4.0 to create a backdrop, it doesn’t get auto created in a separate layer from Layer 1 as stated in the tutorial….Also, it only has two wizards – Banners and Backdrops….

                            Not sure if you could help advise ?

                            thanks !

                          14. Shell

                            didn’t get the unlock e-mail plese help

                          15. Larry Starr

                            Is “Draw Plus 4” free or is it a “try it for 30 days” then purchase or else loose the program? If it is free to use then this is for me. If you have any information concerning my comment, please e-mail me. Thank you