The Apps I Replaced Adobe With
I previously went over the main reason why I ultimately stopped using Adobe products.
There were other reasons too that made it tempting aside from the cost that it was worth exploring alternatives. Since I ended up dropping Adobe this became more of a necessity.
I am not a power user of creative applications so my needs will not be the same as everyone and easier to fulfill.
The main apps I ended up using to replace things like Photoshop and Illustrator were the Affinity apps from Serif. These being Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer and Affinity Publisher. Instead of a subscription they are one of payments for the current version. They often have discounts in the year too making this far more economical in the long run.
If you’re used to Adobe’s products it may take a little getting used to the differences but not too different. It’s worth noting there are also ipad versions of Affinity Photo and Designer that are paid for separately.
Custom granular image editing is one thing but if you really want to make things a lot easier then one thing is to look more at an image creating software as a service tool. I highly recommend Canva, and it can achieve in minutes with little experience or design ability better results than you could imagine.
The other main use for Adobe Creative Cloud is video editing with Premiere and After Effects.
Again I’m not much of a power user video editor but I’ve found that a great alternative is Black Magic’s DaVinci Resolve.
It would probably serve well for most video editing needs. The cost is a big advantage here too being free. There is a paid Studio version that has more advanced features but I think 99% of people’s needs would be covered by the free version.
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