There is no doubt that Adobe Suite is great, even in some case it's probably the best. But you can be mad at Adobe for many reasons, expensive monthly subscribtion method, bad stability, useless features, paying for tools you don't use. Here is my list with the best way to ditch Adobe monopoly in my opinion.
I tried to add Open Source alternatives too as some are really good.
English is not my mother tongue so I probably made some mistakes... Sorry for that.
I only covered Adobe softwares that I've used so I'm sorry if you don't find what you came for...
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 quickly manage the switch. You will need some re-learning as it's a bit different to Adobe photography softwares.
Luminar is a really powerful alternative to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom it's more expensive than Affinity Photo but as more user-friendly features such as LuminarAI. If you just want to do Photo editing and have the money for their license give it a try, Luminar probably won't disapoint you.
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 PhotoGIMP that will change the interface of GIMP to looks like PhotoShop. Those combine is a really powerful free and open source alternative to Photoshop.
Also worth mentioning Glimpse Image Editor as a FOSS Photoshop alternative, with a different approch to the GIMP project.
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 ?
Worth mentioning RawTherapee 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 digiKam is a great option
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 Procreate for iPad !
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.
QuarkXPress looks good but I never tried it.
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.
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.
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 Vectr for a 100% free web based alternative.
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 :)
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.
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 Windows Corel VideoStudio is a great Final Cut alternative as it's inspired by that Apple UI.
For open source video editing Shotcut is my recommandation as it's powerful and quite simple to learn and use.
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 Adobe After Effects you will need to relearn for a node based used.
Worth mentioning HitFilm Pro .
Handbrake is a must-have if you're in the video industry. It's free and open source.
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.
A feature-rich open source animation tool with an old but pretty clean UI.
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.
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 Ardour It will probably suites you more
This one is easy
The king before Adobe Xd enter the market, Sketch was the most used UI design tool.
For windows check Lunacy it's free :)
If you want to go open source Alva is my recommandation as Akira is still in early stage of developpement and only for Linux users .
Worth mentioning Pencil Project
I still don't understand why people are using Dreamweaver...
Microsoft Visual Studio Code or just VS Code is a really nice free and open source coding environement. If you're not against using a Microsoft tool give it a try.
If it bothers you install VSCodium instead. It's a script that will build a Microsoft's VS Code repository into freely-licensed binaries with a community-driven default configuration.
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.
And that's it my list of Adobe free creating tools. Hope you find something intersting.
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