How to live without Adobe

For all the Creatives accidentally addicted to the intravenous life-support system that the Adobe Creative Cloud offers, there's help at hand.


  • Color

    Create, edit and (batch) convert colour swatches and palettes

  • SwatchBooker

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Free and open-source application to create, edit and (batch) convert colour swatches and palettes.

     

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  • Indesign

    Page Layout and Typography creation, editing, composition and publishing

  • Scribus

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Haiku Website

    Scribus is a desktop publishing (DTP) application. Scribus is designed for flexible layout and typesetting, and the ability to prepare files for professional quality image setting equipment. It can also create animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms. Example uses include writing small newspapers, brochures, newsletters, posters and books.

     

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  • Photoshop

    Image (and raster graphics) creation, drawing, editing, blending, composition and publishing

  • PencilSheep

    Free Windows Linux Web Website

    Layers, filters, layer styles, adjustment layers, masks, selections, brushes, undo/redo, graphics tablet support, raw file import, etc. Interactive filter layers, full GPU acceleration, and full HDR support.

     

  • Mischief

    Freemium Mac Windows Wine Website

    Infinite Definition. Mischief uses a revolutionary new stroke representation. Get the richness of pixel-based brushes AND the scalability of vectors. Zoom in to any size and get a PERFECT edge. Export at ANY size and resolution.Infinite Canvas

    Mischief has a truly infinite canvas. Your artwork can grow organically without constraints. There is no need to preset paper sizes or resolutions or to resize the canvas during drawing. Unprecedented Zoom

    Mischief handles a zoom range of 50 trillion to one. Create artwork with extraordinary levels of detail or draw a story, within a story, within a story ... the possibilities are endless. No Manual Required

    Get started instantly; just pick up your stylus and draw. Pen and paper styles, tool selection, layers, and all the essentials are right at your finger tips. No complex menus or hidden features. Small File Sizes

    Mischief files are smaller than comparable Photoshop and Illustrator files. Sharing high resolution artwork has never been so painless. Highly Responsive

    Mischief exploits the massive parallelism of today‘s GPUs. Get unprecedented performance even for very complex artwork. Scale, pan, and rotate in real-time without compromising quality.

     

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  • MyPaint

    Free Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com Website

    MyPaint is a fast, distraction-free, and easy painting tool for digital artists. It supports graphics tablets made by Wacom, and many similar devices.

     

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  • Autodesk SketchBook

    Free Personal Mac Windows Android iPhone Windows S ... Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire Website

    Autodesk Sketchbook drawing software features an artist-friendly, gesture-based user interface that is so fast and intuitive even new users can be productive within minutes.

    A natural drawing experience. Professional-grade perspective tools. Layer editor enhancements. Flipbook animation workflow. All in the familiar interface that stays out of your way and lets you focus on drawing. The power you need, the simplicity you love.

     

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  • Krita

    Free Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com Website

    Krita is a complete creative sketching and painting application with advanced, commercial quality features. It's free, open-source and available across all major desktop platforms.

    User Interface - An intuitive user interface that stays out of your way. The dockers and panels can be moved and customized for your specific workflow. Once you have your setup, you can save it as your own workspace. You can also create your own shortcuts for commonly used tools.

    Pop-up Palette - Quickly pick your color and brush by right-clicking on the canvas.

    Brush Stabilizers - Have a shaky hand? Add a stabilizer to your brush to smoothen it out.

    Brush Engines - Customize your brushes with 9 unique brush engines.

    Wrap-around mode - It is easy to create seamless textures and patterns now. Press the ‘W’ key while painting to toggle wrap-around mode.

    Resource Manager - Import brush and texture packs from other artists to expand your tool set.

    Layer Management - Krita comes with vector, filter, group, and file layers. Combine, order, and flatten layers to keep organized. Add drop shadows and other simple effects using visual styles.

    Full Color Management - Krita supports full color management through LCMS for ICC and OpenColor IO for EXR, allowing you to incorporate Krita into your existing color management pipeline.

     

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  • GIMP

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Haiku AmigaOS Website

    GIMP is a free program for such photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Essentially it's the closest thing to Photoshop you can get for free.

     

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  • Stock

    Stock Photographs and Digital Assets

  • Pixabay

    Free Web Android iPhone Website

    Over 270,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations
    Finding free images of high quality is a tedious task - due to copyright issues, attribution requirements, or simply the lack of quality. This inspired us to create Pixabay - a repository for stunning public domain pictures. Your source for free vectors, free drawings and free photos. You can use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial applications.

     

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  • Unsplash

    Free Web Website

    Do whatever you want high-resolution photos. Download 10 new free photos every 10 days. Search the archives, create an account and Like photos.

     

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  • Illustrator

    Vector graphics creation, conversion, editing and publishing

  • Inkscape

    Free Mac Windows Linux Windows S BSD ... PortableApps.com X11 MacPorts XQuartz Website

    An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

    Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

     

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  • Gravit Designer

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Chrome OS Website

    A cross-platform vector graphics tool, runs as desktop application and in-browser too.

     

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  • Affinity Designer

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available. Whether you’re working on graphics for marketing materials, websites, icons, UI design or just like creating cool concept art, Affinity Designer will revolutionise how you work.

     

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  • Lightroom

    Non-destructive editing, processing and organisation of (RAW) Images

  • RawTherapee

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Website

    RawTherapee is a free RAW converter and digital photo processing software. All changes can be applied and batch processed at a convenient time.

     

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  • Darktable

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    Darktable is a virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers: it manages your digital negatives in a database and lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable. it also enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

    This project tries to fill the gap between the many excellent existing free raw converters and image management tools (such as Small UFRaw iconUFRaw or Small F-Spot iconF-Spot). The user interface is built around efficient caching of image metadata and mipmaps, all stored in a database. The user will always be able to interact, even if the full resolution image is not yet loaded.

    All editing is fully non-destructive and only operates on cached image buffers for display. The full image is only converted during export. the frontend is written in gtk+/cairo, the database uses sqlite3, raw image loading is done using libraw, hdr, exr and low dynamic range are supported through imagemagick (magickcore). the core operates completely on floating point values, so darktable can not only be used for photography but also for scientifically acquired images or output of renderers (high dynamic range).

     

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  • LightZone

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    LightZone is a digital photo editor software application. Its main purpose is to handle the workflow when handling images in various RAW formats.

     

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