Adobe Creative Cloud holds creative works hostage: if you stop paying the monthly fee or if Adobe's servers go down, you can't edit your work. Once you buy into the Adobe ecosystem, you're stuck there and forced to pay rent.

There are many free open alternatives which give you full control over your work without locking you down:

p.s. You can also follow many of these alternatives on here:

Krita - @krita

Inkscape - @inkscape

Blender - @Blender

Gimp - @GIMP

Any usable alternatives to lightroom?

There's darkroom but last time I tried it didn't even start on my Mac

@magnusmanske darktable, rawtherapee, filmulator, photo flow are all capable raw processing programs.

@magnusmanske @switchingsocial I've been a #darktable user for a while and it has served me well, I even built some film simulation presets for it 🙂

@krita @inkscape @Blender @GIMP
Would recommend. Ive used all of these atleast once. My faves being krita and blender.
Krita is a damn good photoshop replacement for artists, and blender can be good for 3d or 2d animation and even has a video editor (though it has a lot of fun quirks to it).

Welcome to the Adobe Hell!
That's Adobe in pure form!

@switchingsocial when Adobe's servers go down, I hope users will start realizing that well... you summed up pretty well ^

@switchingsocial While I completely agree with what you are saying, but primarily as a LR user, Darktable isn't there yet - horrendously slow on MacOS, colour issues, no mobile sync.
It might be awesome in a couple of years for me, but right now it isnt.


Yeah, it's going to vary by user needs and available software I guess.

Let's hope it gets better in the ways you need it to.

@switchingsocial I’ve abandoned #Adobe #Photoshop, #Illustrator, and #InDesign in favor of #Affinity #Photo, #Designer, and #Publisher because I couldn’t contemplate what would happen if I missed my Adobe payment.

Your experience may vary, and they might not meet all of Switching.Social’s ethical criteria (so they could turn evil in the future), but I only had to pay for them once, and they’ve worked out really well for me on #macOS and #iOS.

@switchingsocial When I got my MacBook Pro in late 2013, I went the extra mile to find a proper, boxed on-disc edition of Adobe CS6, which you can get when you can pry it from my cold, dead hands.

My MacBook Air has Sierra on it, the last version of OSX which will run CS6 properly. I haven't upgraded to High Sierra because it won't run CS6.

For my next Mac, I'm planning on getting the Affinity Design suite.

@flugennock @switchingsocial i know this sounds really idiotic and a little snobbish - but why not have a look at GIMP?

@dirtycommo @switchingsocial
I took a look at GIMP and a couple of other FOS photo editors for my wife's MBP; she doesn't really need Photoshop for what she does. I think she ended up going with Acorn.

For the kind of heavy-duty pro-level photo work I do, though, GIMP didn't quite cut it.

I tried the OSX version of Inkscape recently, also, and wasn't impressed. GUI design looked like a bad port of Corel Draw ca. 1992.

@dirtycommo @switchingsocial
Part of it, I think, is the deep intimate familiarity. I've been using InDesign since it was called PageMaker, and was still being published by its original developer, Aldus, before Adobe bought them.

I've been using Illustrator since 1988, and Photoshop since its release in '89. In fact, I worked on the reviews for the debut release of Photoshop for the old "Verbum" digital design/arts mag.


Thanks! I'll have a look!

Hey @bcshort , maybe this could be useful for you?

@switchingsocial @bcshort

digikam is quid useful for creating and handling Photo libraries and metadata.

It´s not so good for color and light editing and so on... that is where darktable is more useful...

A combination of this tow applications is doing the basic job of LR, even so LR has for sure some more features...

@switchingsocial Just to make it clearer, none of the alternatives really the address the "cloud based" features of Adobe Cloud (like sync editing in between several devices). Although in apps like #darktable you might get something similar by syncing the images and their sidecar files: I have portable copies of my photo lib (that take while traveling), after the initial rsync of the photo all that goes back and forth is the small sidecar. And I even sync the darktable configs between devices.

@t3mujin @switchingsocial Yes - right! Personally, I see Mastodon architecture as hugely successful with the only down side being you DON'T own your masto material because it is in Masto servers - which can, or will, lose data. My idea is to create cloud accounts for each user (nextcloud, for instance) and possibly 'self-clouds' at home that sync with the online clouds. That way mastos would only have minimal data, as cache and everybody's writing/media is safe.

@t3mujin @switchingsocial going a little further, the masto clients (the streaming columns, which are very popular) would include methods to work on media directly for unlimited collaboration

@switchingsocial If you really care about your work don't only have it in anyone's cloud. Might rain.

@switchingsocial At least that's what they want you to do. Krita, GIMP etc can luckily all open .psd files, Inkscape can open AI (I think)... Adobe doesn't want you to, but should you be stuck in that situation you're not lost :)

@switchingsocial another good editing tool while not FOSS, but free and natively supported on Linux is DaVinci resolve~

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