Bye Adobe Creative Cloud

Recommended Design Software

Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite of creative apps is so-called “software as a service”, which means you have to pay rent on it every month or lose access to your work. Adobe gets to set how much the rent is, and once you’re sucked into the system there’s nothing to stop Adobe increasing prices to whatever they want.

Alternatively, you could try using free and open software that you own completely, with no time limits and no rent payments to make. The free alternatives aren’t an exact match for Creative Cloud’s components, but you can take a look at the list below and see if what is available matches your needs.

GNU Image Manipulation Program

GNU Image Manipulation Program

GNU Image Manipulation Program (short: GIMP) is one of the longest-running and best-supported free open graphics apps. It offers Photoshop-style raster graphics and photo editing for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Hint: With Glimpse, there also exists a variant with a less mistakable name.


Glimpse Image Editor

Glimpse Image Editor

Glimpse is a libre graphics application based on the popular GNU Image Manipulation Program. The project tries to improve the performance and user experience of the latter.


Inkscape

Inkscape

Inkscape is a professional Illustrator-style vector graphics editor for creating things like illustrations, charts and logos. It’s available for Windows, Mac and Linux from the official site.


Krita

Krita

Krita is a professional raster graphics painting and animation editor aimed mainly at artists - available for Windows, Mac and Linux.


darktable

darktable

darktable is a raw photo editor for non-destructive post-production work. It’s aimed at photographers and available from the official website for Windows, Mac and Linux.


RawTherapee

RawTherapee

RawTherapee is a raw image processing app available for Windows, Mac and Linux from the official site.


Blender

Blender

Blender is a professional suite of tools for doing 3D and 2D animations, visual effects, compositing and video editing.

It has been used extensively to create many excellent free short films such as “Spring” (2018), “Sintel” (2010) and “Glass Half” (2015). It’s also widely used commercially, for example on the Netflix feature film Next Gen (2018).

It’s available for Windows, Mac and Linux from the official site.


Kdenlive

Kdenlive

Kdenlive is a free open non-linear video editing app available for Windows and Linux. There’s also a Mac version, but it’s currently a bit tricky to install.


Shotcut

Shotcut

Shotcut is a free open NLE video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux, available from the official website.


Flowblade

Flowblade

Flowblade is a free open NLE video editor for Linux, available from the official website.


Scribus

Scribus

Scribus is a free open Desktop Publishing app, comparable to InDesign. It’s available for Windows, Mac and Linux from the official website.