Create without Adobe (open and closed source)

  • Replacing Photoshop and Lightroom

  • DxO PhotoLab

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    For a Lightroom alternative this one is probably the closest as a full package.
    Easy to use, clean almost modern interface, amazing processing and snappy.
    It's a one time paiement that is profitable in only 2 years if you compare it with the subscription of Adobe Lightroom. It's probably the best RAW editing software I've found.

    Worth mentioning :
    Small Capture One iconCapture One a bit more expensive but really good too
    Small Exposure X7 iconExposure X7 cheaper, still really good
    Small ON1 Photo RAW iconON1 Photo RAW You will need paid plugins to match Lightroom but still a great option.
    Small Luminar iconLuminar cheap price, nice UI/UX, a bit laggy and slow, AI powered features

    For Small macOS iconmacOS users also worth mentioning Small Pixelmator iconPixelmator .


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  • Affinity Photo

    Commercial Mac Windows iPad Website

    The Affinity Suite is my go to as a professionnal alternative suite to Adobe's one. Affinity Photo can replace Photoshop AND Lightroom simultaneously. Even tho I personnaly prefer Lightroom's workflow, I've manage the switch. You will need some re-learning as it's a bit different to Adobe photography softwares. Worth the attention as the license is not expensive at all.


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  • GIMP

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android BSD ... Snapcraft FLATHUB Haiku AmigaOS Android Tablet Website

    If you want to go open source GIMP2 is the king ! In my opinion the UI is not as intuitive but you can install an open source plugin called Small PhotoGIMP iconPhotoGIMP that will change the interface of GIMP to looks like PhotoShop. Those combine gives you a really powerful free and open source alternative to Photoshop.

    Also worth mentioning Small Glimpse Image Editor iconGlimpse Image Editor as a FOSS Photoshop alternative, with a different approch to the GIMP project.


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  • darktable

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    GIMP is the open source alternative to Photoshop and Darktable the open source alternative to Lightroom. It's really powerful and complete but it does need a lot of relearn as the UI is not the more polished and intuitive. Still a great alternative and it's free so what are you waiting to download ?
    I would recommend this guide if you are used to use Lightroom

    Worth mentioning Small RawTherapee iconRawTherapee as a FOSS alternative to Lightroom but Darktable is in my opinion more fun to use even if it's slightly not as powerful and feature rich than Raw Therapee. If you just want basic editing and just organized your pictures Small digiKam icondigiKam is a great option, you can also integrate it with darktable worflow and probably RAW Therapee too.


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  • Krita

    Free Mac Windows Linux Windows S Android Tablet ... Steam Website

    If you use Photoshop as a painting app STOP, Krita is the way to go, free and open source you won't find better app.

    Check Small Procreate iconProcreate for iPad !


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  • Replacing InDesign

  • Affinity Publisher

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    The Affinity Suite is my go to as a professionnal alternative suite to Adobe's one. Affinity Publisher is in my opinion the only good alternative to Adobe InDesign. You can't open .indd but .imdl (InDesign MarkUp) which is really good to transition from your old project to the new software you just acquired.

    Small QuarkXPress iconQuarkXPress looks good but I never tried it.


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  • Scribus

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD ... Haiku Website

    If you want to go free and open source there is not really any good alternative. You can try Scribus but it have a really outdated UI. It can suites you if you do 2 flyers a year or a small book, but if you ever used InDesign go with Affinity Publisher.

    Worth mentioning : Small Polotno Studio iconPolotno Studio A really cool online open source tool that might suits basics usage.


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  • Replacing Illustrator

  • Affinity Designer

    Commercial Mac Windows iPad Website

    The Affinity Suite is my go to as a professionnal alternative suite to Adobe's one. Affinity Designer is not perfect (yet), but in my use case completly replace Illustrator easily. It's intuitive and powerful. It can open .ai files with no to little issues.


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  • Gravit Designer

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Chrome OS Website

    Gravit Designer is a freemium alternative for thoses who just need to quickly edit some SVG as webmasters for exemple. Why paying a monthly subscription to Illustrator in order to just adjust a shape, change a color, etc...

    Worth mentioning Small Vectr iconVectr for a 100% free web based alternative.

    For Small macOS iconmacOS users check Small Vectornator iconVectornator it's free, has a great UI and pretty powerful.
    As a paid alternative Small Pixelmator iconPixelmator .


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  • Inkscape

    Free Mac Windows Linux Windows S BSD ... Snapcraft FLATHUB X11 MacPorts XQuartz Website

    If you want to go open source, Inkscape is your go to. Free and really powerful it will suite most of your needs. The UI is a bit outdated but it's still simple and intuitive. Give Inkscape a try :)

    Worth mentioning : Small Dotgrid iconDotgrid that is more basic.


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  • Replacing Premiere Pro

  • DaVinci Resolve

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Website

    DaVinci Resolve is the top recommandation as a professional colorist tool. But now it is a complete video editing software with awesome features. Also the free version is almost identical to the paid one, so there is no reason not to try it. It will need some relearning as it's not like Premiere Pro but you can choose at the insatllation to have a more Premierish UI.

    It even can replace Small Adobe After Effects iconAdobe After Effects with Small Blackmagic Design Fusion iconBlackmagic Design Fusion built-in and Small Adobe Audition iconAdobe Audition with Small DaVinci Resolve Fairlight iconDaVinci Resolve Fairlight also built-in.


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  • Final Cut Pro X

    Commercial Mac Website

    Only for mac user Final Cut Pro X is a good and powerful alternative to Premier Pro that I think I don't have to mention here as it is really popular.

    For Small Windows 10 iconWindows 10 users Small Corel VideoStudio iconCorel VideoStudio is a great Final Cut alternative as it's inspired by that Apple UI.


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  • Shotcut

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    For open source video editing Shotcut is my recommandation as it's powerful and quite simple to learn and use.

    Worth mentioning Small Kdenlive iconKdenlive and Small Olive Video Editor iconOlive Video Editor


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  • Replacing After Effects

  • Blackmagic Design Fusion

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Website

    I said that DaVinci Resolve was a complete video editing software with awesome features ? Fusion is one of them. It's really professional and powerful. But as it's not layer based like Small Adobe After Effects iconAdobe After Effects you will need to relearn for a node based used.

    Worth mentioning Small HitFilm Pro iconHitFilm Pro .


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  • Replacing Media Encoder

  • HandBrake

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce Website

    Handbrake is a must-have if you're in the video industry. It's free and open source.


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  • Replacing Animate

  • Wick Editor

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Self-Hosted Website

    A really good free and open source Animation and Interaction tool to create animation and things like small video games or some interactive assets for a website.


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  • Replacing Audition

  • DaVinci Resolve Fairlight

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    I said that DaVinci Resolve was a complete video editing software with awesome features ? Fairlight is one of them it's a built in audio mixing tool and it is more advanced that the one in Premiere Pro.

    Worth mentioning Small WavePad iconWavePad and Small Ocenaudio iconOcenaudio


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  • Audacity

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD ... LAME Website

    Audaciy is well known and even with Audition I was still using Audacity as it is simple, fast and efficient.

    But if you need more advanced mixing consider Small Ardour iconArdour It will probably suites you more


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  • Replacing Adobe Xd

    This one is easy

  • Figma

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Chrome OS Software as a Service (SaaS) Website

    Figma is in my opinion the more polished and feature rich UI design tool.
    For mac user I would recommand Small Figmac iconFigmac or Small Figgy iconFiggy which are alternative figma clients with a more Appleish UI.


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  • Sketch

    Commercial Mac Website

    The king before Adobe Xd enter the market, Sketch was the most used UI design tool.

    For Small Windows 10 iconWindows 10 users check Small Lunacy iconLunacy it's free :)


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  • Penpot

    Free Web Self-Hosted Website

    Penpot is the first Open Source design and prototyping platform meant for cross-domain teams. Non dependent on operating systems, Penpot is web based and works with open web standards (SVG). For all and empowered by the community.

    Also check Small Akira iconAkira but it is still in early stage of development and only for Small Linux kernel iconLinux kernel users .
    Worth mentioning Small Pencil Project iconPencil Project & Small Quant-UX iconQuant-UX


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  • Replacing Dreamweaver and Brackets

    I still don't understand why people are using Dreamweaver...

  • Visual Studio Code

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Website

    Microsoft Visual Studio Code or just VS Code is a really nice free and open source coding environement. With a lot of great extensions to install. If you're not against using a Microsoft tool give it a try.

    If it bothers you install Small VSCodium iconVSCodium instead. It's a script that will build a Microsoft's VS Code repository into freely-licensed binaries with a community-driven default configuration.


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  • Atom

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS BSD ... Electron / Atom Shell Website

    If you don't like the idea of suporting another monopoly, I recommanded you Atom, simple, free and open source, probably the best behind VS Code.


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And that's it my list of Adobe free creating tools. Hope you find something interesting.
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