Working in the creative industry but don't want to use Adobe products?

For quite a long time, I've been looking into entirely ditching Small Adobe Creative Cloud iconAdobe Creative Cloud products because of the price (€60/month), the subscription model, the fact that you have to use their Creative Cloud in order to use their software and to sync anything, the way Small Adobe Photoshop iconAdobe Photoshop, Small Adobe Illustrator CC iconAdobe Illustrator CC, and Small Adobe InDesign iconAdobe InDesign are bloated, the fact that often you can't use the software if you don't have an Internet connection because Adobe must be able to check your license… and so on and so on.

For a long time, their software were amazing and above everything on the market, but now, Adobe software feel like old complicated bloated tools to me. And, so I took my courage with both hands, uninstalled all Adobe products on my computer, canceled my subscription and deleted my Small Behance iconBehance and Adobe accounts.

I've since then replaced all Adobe software with the following ones:


  • Affinity Photo

    Commercial Mac Windows iPad Website

    Adobe product to replace: Small Adobe Photoshop iconAdobe Photoshop

    Affinity Photo is a powerful professional photo editing software that offers sophisticated tools to edit and improve your images. Affinity Photo has an intuitive interface and offers powerful tools that allow professionals as well as the public to retouch their images.

    Also worth mentioning: Small GIMP iconGIMP, Small Krita iconKrita, Small Pixelmator iconPixelmator & Small Photopea iconPhotopea

     

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  • Affinity Designer

    Commercial Mac Windows iPad Website

    Adobe product to replace: Small Adobe Illustrator CC iconAdobe Illustrator CC

    Affinity Designer is an incredibly accurate vector illustrator that feels fast and at home in the hands of creative professionals. It intuitively combines rock solid and crisp vector art with flexible layer management and an impressive range of high quality raster tools for finishing. With accuracy, quality and speed at the heart of every single design task, and the ability to finesse designs without switching apps, this fresh-faced multi-discipline illustrator lets creatives shine.

    Also worth mentioning: Small CorelDRAW Graphics Suite iconCorelDRAW Graphics Suite, Small Inkscape iconInkscape & Small Gravit Designer iconGravit Designer

     

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  • Affinity Publisher

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    Adobe product to replace: Small Adobe InDesign iconAdobe InDesign

    Bring your vision to life with Affinity Publisher, the most advanced professional publishing software from the developers of the award-winning Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo apps. This incredibly smooth, intuitive app gives you the power to combine your images, graphics, and text to make beautiful layouts ready for publication. From magazines, books, brochures, posters, reports, and stationery, to other creations, Affinity Publisher has everything you need to create the perfect layout.
    Like the two previous apps, it comes at a one time fee of $49.99 and all updates are free.

    Also worth mentioning: Small QuarkXPress iconQuarkXPress, Small Scribus iconScribus & Small Swift Publisher iconSwift Publisher

     

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  • DaVinci Resolve

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Website

    Adobe product to replace: Small Adobe Premiere Pro iconAdobe Premiere Pro

    DaVinci Resolve is a very complete color grading software that allows you to play with colorimetry as well as edit, mix, and composite your videos.
    Thanks to its complete interface, DaVinci Resolve allows you to manage your projects from A to Z without too much difficulty. Multitrack management allows you to work with multiple video and audio sequences simultaneously. Multicam support gives your work a formidable professional look and quality by automatically synchronizing audio and video tracks through sound wave analysis.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Final Cut Pro X iconFinal Cut Pro X, Small Kdenlive iconKdenlive, Small Lightworks iconLightworks & Small Olive Video Editor iconOlive Video Editor

     

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  • Figma

    Freemium Windows Linux Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad Software as a Service (SaaS) Website

    Adobe product to replace: Small Adobe XD iconAdobe XD

    Figma is an interface design application that runs in the browser–but it’s actually much more than that. I would go so far as to say it’s probably the best application for team-based collaborative design projects. Figma gives you all the tools you need for the design phase of the project, including vector tools which are capable of fully-fledged illustration, as well as prototyping capabilities, and code generation for hand-off.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Sketch iconSketch, Small InVision iconInVision, Small Framer iconFramer, Small Akira iconAkira & Small Alva iconAlva

     

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  • Capture One Pro

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    Adobe product to replace: Small Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC iconAdobe Photoshop Lightroom CC

    Capture One is a professional RAW converter offering you ultimate image quality with accurate colors and incredible detail from more than 400 high-end cameras — straight out of the box. It offers state-of-the-art tethered capture, powerful digital asset management, extensive adjustment tools, and a flexible workflow.

    Also worth mentioning: Small darktable icondarktable, Small Luminar iconLuminar, Small DxO PhotoLab iconDxO PhotoLab, Small RAW Power iconRAW Power & Small RawTherapee iconRawTherapee

     

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  • Ocenaudio

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Adobe product to replace: Small Adobe Audition iconAdobe Audition

    Ocenaudio is a multi-platform audio editor that allows you to easily cut pieces of audio files using the spectrogram. Different effects are available such as adding silences, changing the amplitude, managing the equalizer, and more. These effects are applied in real time, which makes it much easier to go back in case of an error. Finally, Ocenaudio supports multi-selection and is not limited in the length or quantity of tracks to work on.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Ardour iconArdour & Small Audacity iconAudacity

     

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  • Pinegrow Web Editor

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Atom Website

    Adobe product to replace: Small Adobe Dreamweaver iconAdobe Dreamweaver

    Pinegrow (also know as Pinegrow Web Designer) is desktop app that lets you mockup and design webpages faster with multi-page editing, CSS and LESS styling, and smart components for Bootstrap, Foundation, Angular JS, and WordPress.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Webflow iconWebflow, Small Pingendo iconPingendo, Small Mobirise iconMobirise & Small Blocs iconBlocs

     

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  • Canva

    Freemium Web iPhone iPad Website

    Adobe product to replace: Small Adobe Spark iconAdobe Spark

    Canva offers a graphic studio for everyone. Indeed, thanks to this online service, you will be able to easily create a whole series of documents from banners to posters, newspapers, and flyers. A true graphic Swiss army knife, Canva has its place in your digital toolbox. Thousands of templates are available to serve as a starting point, then you can choose the format, background and images, not to mention fonts or colors. Once finished, all you have to do is download your creation as an image or PDF file.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Pablo by Buffer iconPablo by Buffer, Small Desygner iconDesygner & Small DesignBold iconDesignBold

     

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  • Okular

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    Adobe product to replace: Small Adobe Acrobat Reader DC  iconAdobe Acrobat Reader DC

    Okular is a universal document viewer developed by KDE. Okular works on multiple platforms, including but not limited to Linux, Windows, macOS, *BSD, etc. Okular combines the excellent functionalities with the versatility of supporting different kind of documents, like PDF, Postscript, DjVu, CHM, XPS, ePub, and others.
    Of course, the first choice would be to use the document viewer integrated with your OS (like Small Preview iconPreview for Small macOS iconmacOS), but if you don't like it, here are some alternatives that you could like.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Sumatra PDF iconSumatra PDF, Small zathura iconzathura, Small Foxit Reader iconFoxit Reader & Small MuPDF iconMuPDF

     

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  • Photo Mechanic

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    Adobe product to replace: Small Adobe Bridge iconAdobe Bridge

    Photo Mechanic is a photographer's image browser tool. It is the answer for professional digital photographers looking for a fast and easy-to-use image browser for digital camera files. Photo Mechanic's innovative batch captioning, renaming, speedy browsing, and Photoshop connectivity features have made it the choice of thousands of photojournalists and professional photographers worldwide. Optimized for use with professional cameras from Nikon, Canon, Olympus and Pentax, Photo Mechanic has become the standard tool for digital image browsing.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Eagle iconEagle, Small Pixave iconPixave, Small digiKam icondigiKam, Small ACDSee Photo Studio iconACDSee Photo Studio & Small XnView MP iconXnView MP

     

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  • Pexels

    Free Web Website

    Adobe product to replace: Small Adobe Stock iconAdobe Stock

    If you are looking for images to enhance your web pages, then Pexels is the right tool for you. This online service allows you to share, search and download thousands of royalty-free photos, illustrations and videos for both personal and professional use. Easy to use, simply type your query into the appropriate field and launch the search.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Unsplash iconUnsplash, Small Pixabay iconPixabay & Small LibreStock iconLibreStock

    You can also take a look at this list (by me) or this one made by Mao.

     

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  • Dribbble

    Freemium Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    Adobe product to replace: Small Behance iconBehance

    Dribbble is an online community for showcasing user-made artwork. It functions as a self-promotion and networking platform for graphic design, web design, illustration, photography, and other creative areas. It is one of the largest platforms for designers to share their work online — competing directly with Adobe Behance — the latter being the largest.

    Also worth mentioning: Small DeviantArt iconDeviantArt or your own website

     

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  • Font Squirrel

    Free Web Website

    Adobe product to replace: Small Adobe Fonts iconAdobe Fonts

    Font Squirrel is the best resource for free, hand-picked, high-quality, commercial-use fonts. Font Squirrel also has a great @font-face font generator. It means that if you own a @font-face license for your fonts, you can use the generator to create web-kits or to tweak your existing kits to improve rendering and file sizes.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Google Fonts iconGoogle Fonts, Small Open Font Library iconOpen Font Library & Small dafont.com icondafont.com

     

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  • Squarespace

    Commercial Web Website

    Adobe product to replace: Small Adobe Portfolio iconAdobe Portfolio

    Launched in 2004, Squarespace has become a reference software for companies that want to create an e-commerce website with a modern design. Today, Squarespace also allows you to create high quality One Page sites and blogs.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Webflow iconWebflow & Small Cargo iconCargo

     

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It feels really good to be free of Adobe, and so far everything's great. I don't have to pay a monthly fee to use some software anymore and I'm really happy with that.
Of course, it's not for everyone and lots of companies use Adobe products on a daily basis and don't let you choose of your software. But, if you're a freelancer like me, you might be tempted to make the switch!

Feel free to ask if you have any questions or if you have recommendations for me.



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