An alternative to the Adobe Creative Suite
The Adobe Creative Suite is a Software package used by Art Designers around the world. From designing a logo, to editing a video, the Creative Suit offers a solution for all. Unfortunately it’s not free, with a license costing you €60,- a month and an extra €10,- if you’re a business. This will cost you more than €700,- a year for a license.
We will try to give an overview of the different parts of the Suite and where possible, give alternative software for you to use. The idea is that you can replace all of the functionality of the Creative Suite with free software that gives you just as much, or more possibilities than the original.
Please notice that we will discussing software compatible with Windows. Free alternative software is available for the Mac, but it won’t be covered in this Blog.
We’ll start off with one the most used elements of the suite:
Photoshop is perhaps one the most famous pieces of Software on the world. It’s classified as a pixel-based editor, which means it works with a grid, as opposed to vectors (which will be discussed next week).
Photoshop can be used to:
– Edit photo’s
– Design website concepts
– Making logo’s web-ready (usually downsizing an image to 150×150 px)
– Making art with brushes and shapes (the way of the painter)
– Designing posters and flyers (although InDesign is better for this)
– Add filters (blur, sepia, charcoal etc.)
– Re-sizing pictures/logo’s
– Edit contrasts/colors– Use of layers
This is only the tip of the iceberg, so you would expect it’s quite hard to find a decent alternative. But, there is at least one called:
The word Gimp is actually an abbreviation for GNU Image Manipulation Program (GNU was one the first free operating systems). It features most of the functionality that is also available in Photoshop.
This document was used to compare the two, the following table represents a summary of that article. A ‘V’ indicates a winner in the category. A ‘D’ in any of the boxes means it’s a draw.
Counting all the points together, it’s close to a draw, which basically means that 90% of the functionality from Photoshop is also available in The Gimp. Sometimes the Gimp developers added even more functionality and options than Photoshop.
Download the Gimp here
Starters Tutorial from Your Favourite Gimp Teacher
Introduction about different tools and functions for layers (40 min)
Natural skin and eye retouching (9 min)
Next week we will be discussing Illustrator!
Written by: DatAsian
Translation by: Boundless