Ethical alternatives to Adobe Creative Cloud

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 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.

 

GIMP

One of the longest-running and best-supported free open graphics apps, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) offers Photoshop-style raster graphics and photo editing.

GIMP is available for Windows, Mac and Linux from the official website.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE – gimp.org

 

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.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE – inkscape.org

 

Krita

Krita is a professional raster graphics painting and animation editor aimed mainly at artists.

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

OFFICIAL WEBSITE – krita.org

 

darktable

Aimed at photographers, darktable is a raw photo editor for non-destructive post-production work.

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

OFFICIAL WEBSITE – darktable.org

 

RawTherapee

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

OFFICIAL WEBSITE – RawTherapee.com

 

Blender

Originally just for doing 3D graphics, 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 Sintel (2010), Glass Half (2015) and the Caminandes series. 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.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE – blender.org

 

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.)

OFFICIAL WEBSITE – kdenlive.org

 

Shotcut

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

OFFICIAL WEBSITE – shotcut.org

 

Flowblade

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

OFFICIAL WEBSITE – Flowblade

 

Scribus

An alternative to InDesign, Scribus is a free open Desk Top Publishing app.

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

OFFICIAL WEBSITE – scribus.net

 

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