Working on a section for about free open alternatives to Adobe's Creative Cloud.

Any suggestions to add to this list?

After Effects -> @Blender

Audition -> Audacity

Illustrator -> @krita

Photoshop -> @GIMP

Premiere -> ?

...good free open NLE video editors to replace Premiere would be especially welcome.

@switchingsocial @Blender @Krita @GIMP

I'd include inkscape as a vector illustrator tool. It's excellent, and in my mind is more of a replacement than krita which is, as I understand it, a raster-based drawing tool.


Oh yes, don't know how I forgot that, they're even on here at @inkscape !

@RussSharek @switchingsocial @Blender @krita @GIMP I agree with Russ Sharek. I use #kdenlive as video editor. I don't know if will be enough for you...

i use KDEnlive and i find it to be really nice. they recently made a major redesign of it that improved a lot of things. it's much more capable than any other free video editor i've ever tried (although i haven't tried blender yet). it was officially made part of the KDE project in 2015 and it's really solid. it supports the basic stuff like overlaying videos to more advanced stuff like chroma key, stabilisation, etc.

@lynnesbian @switchingsocial Seconding KDEnlive. Haven't used it in the past year, but was very fond of it when I did more video stuff.

@switchingsocial @Krita shotcut works great. do also easy special effects with it.

@switchingsocial If anyone finds one that doesn't crash horribly dealing with a multi-hour 1080p60 H.264 + AAC video (OpenShot/KDEnlive) or have a UI that's completely counter-intuitive (Blender) I'm all ears. :p

This is the one thing I'm still relying on Vegas for.

@switchingsocial Scribus :scribus: is supposed to be a good open source alternative to Adobe InDesign. Haven't used it myself, but I know many who do!

@Rheall @switchingsocial I've designed/formatted 3 fiction books so far in #Scribus, it is LEGIT. Never used InDesign (though I bet it's slick) but it's been heaven-sent software for me.

@Rheall @switchingsocial I use #Scribus all the time and it's great, not as many features as InDesign but it gets the job done.

@switchingsocial kdenlive is probably the free software world's best attempt.

OpenShot is not as reliable as I'd like it to be. 😅

@switchingsocial @rysiek Shotcut ran more stable for me than OpenShot (and also had better results). Not perfect, but really good. On Linux, just use their AppImage to try it out. I've never tried KDEnlive, though.

Lots of FOSS NLEs out there. Kdenlive is my go-to.
Also Krita isn't really analogous to Illustrator. Inkscape is more of an Illustrator replacement. Krita is more equivalent to Corel Painter and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro.

@switchingsocial @GIMP @krita @Blender krita does vector stuff? I would say Inkscape might be closer to Illustrator


Yup, my mistake, I should have put Inkscape, with Krita closer to Photoshop.

@switchingsocial @Blender @krita @GIMP Kdenlive is great for video editing. Highly capable, fairly stable.

There's also a surprisingly good video editor buried inside Blender. Pretty handy if you use and know that program already.

Shotcut isn't bad. It's a little on the simple side, which is both a blessing and a curse. Shotcut is great if all you're doing is adding an overlay or something, but not especially useful for nonlinear editing from many different sources.

@switchingsocial Kdenlive? KDE but I have used it on Gnome. Works well enough and is intuitive for most things. VLC have a movie editor, I think. Blender is overkill but can work as a video editor.

@switchingsocial RawTherapee or DarkTable for Photoshop Lightroom (Raw photo processing).

@switchingsocial flowblade for NLE? also maybe darktable for photo/raw processor?

@switchingsocial For After Effects, Natron is in my oppinion a much more pertinent answer as the Adobe equivalent more tailored for 2D than 3D, like AE

@switchingsocial blender isn't an AE alternative 'cause it is used in 3D design.

instead of it put Natron.

@switchingsocial @Krita Some ppl were using Lightworks instead of premiere not sure if its a worthy replacement or not

@switchingsocial @Blender @krita @GIMP

Just jumping in to say that Krita is a perfectly reasonable substitute for Photoshop too - As for NLE - Cinelerra has been by "go-to".  I use OpenShot for quick stuff, but for anything "real" I always end up back at Cinelerra.  No, it isn't simple.  No, it isn't "user friendly" (or wasn't, I haven't had a need for some time, so I haven't tried a recent version).  But it IS robust and does a superb and professional level job.

I'm still looking for a good InDesign alternative, preferably with .indd support. Also gimp hardly is a competitor for Photoshop. It was for Photoshop 6 when I was in school. It's still stuck there.

@Blender @krita @GIMP

@switchingsocial @GIMP @Krita @Blender I've been using Pitivi as a video editor, though it's somewhat simple in my experience. If I had to do something rigorous I'd probably use Blender.

@switchingsocial @Blender @krita @GIMP

Definitely go with blender over OpenShot for video editing

For premiere pro you should look at : kdenlive, avidemux or openshot :)

@switchingsocial This list of “alternatives” comes with a *huge* caveat. They're what people who don't use the Adobe Tools *think* that they can replace them with. They're hugely mistaken.

Let's take the funny example of GIMP replacing Photoshop.
GIMP doesn't support any other color model than RGB. That makes it unusable for anything that is for print and most retouching work. It doesn't even have a concept of color profiles, meaning you cannot have accurate color representation.

@MacLemon @switchingsocial
when you say GIMP, you speaking of GIMP 2.10 or of previous versions? Things have changed a lot. e.g. 32bit float per channel.

@switchingsocial Wile GIMP may be acceptable to build a simple web-banner, that's about where it ends.
GIMP is only an alternative to Photoshop for people who have absolutely no need for Photoshop in the first place.
It's probably more appropriate to say that GIMP is an alternative to MS Paint.

@MacLemon @switchingsocial What features is GIMP missing that Photoshop has?

Genuinely interested as I haven't used PS since 2003 and have never felt the need to go back.

@paul @switchingsocial Color Management, color profiles, color-models, effect layers, usability, consistent shortcuts, scriptability just to name a few. Ask any professional who uses Photoshop to replace it with GIMP for a day and you'll get an endless list of stuff and probably learn a few new expletives along the way. :-)

@MacLemon @switchingsocial GIMP does have colour management, colour models, effect layers (as an add-on) and scriptability. Usability is subjective. I find PS to be unusable after coming from longterm GIMP usage. I think people come from PS expecting everything to be the same, but it's often a different mindset behind how to do things

The only thing I would say is that sometimes a PS file won't display correctly in GIMP, but other than that I find it ok

@switchingsocial @Blender @krita @GIMP I know blender has a video editing mode, but I never had the chance to try it !

@switchingsocial @Blender @krita @GIMP Doesn't Krita also replace Photoshop?

GIMP is a bit harder to use that what people who use photoshop are used to and the maintainers have done a lot to make sure it's not as user friendly with 'features' that PS doesn't have that many people have asked for ways to turn off or get rid of.

AE to Blender? Blender is primarily 3D though, I've never heard of it being used to do the same stuff as AE does.

@maverynthia @switchingsocial @Blender @GIMP Krita is optimised for from-scratch drawing, not for image manipulation; we usually recommend GIMP for editing existing images ("photoshopping") in spite of the very different interface.

@switchingsocial @Krita

photoshop -> Krita and gimp

Illustrator -> Inkscape

And Krita is also a good alternative to 2d traditional animation software.

Blender is good for video editing too with some add-on.

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