Can proprietary software be replaced by open source products? In this post we are going to propose open source alternatives to Adobe Creative Cloud
Of course it is a question that does not have a single answer. What do we mean by replacing? Adobe software It has many functions that allow you to automate tasks. Functions that are not available in the options we propose.
Furthermore, The programs that we mention, being open source, allow that if we know how to do it, we can expand their benefits.
I am of the opinion that the applications we mentioned are ideal if you are a home user or a large company that you can hire developers. Instead, si are a freelance professional what is too busy getting clients and fulfilling their assignments you should pay for the Adobe license.
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Photo Editing: The Gimp
For irrelevant reasons I am paying for an Adobe Creative Cloud license that includes Photoshop. But when I have to edit photos I end up turning to The Gimp.
Is that this photo editing program that includes some chart creation tools is really easy to use. Some tools like the selection tool may not have the precision of Photoshop, but you just have to put a little more patience and spend more time to get a good result.
The Gimp supports the use of Python scripts, and the mathematical formulas applied to graphics processing are on the Internet. If you have the time and the interest, you don't need proprietary software.
The Gimp is available in repositories of Linux distributions and in the flatpak store.
Video Editing: Openshot
Adobe's professional video editor is Premiere Pro, and the best alternatives for Linux are two paid and non-open source programs; Lightworks and Da Vinci Resolve. Except for Cinelerra there seems to be no free option. But since I was never able to understand how Cinelerra works, I cannot recommend it.
However, the latest update to the Creative Suite includes a tool for non-professional video editors; Premiere Rush.
In this niche we do have several options, for my taste the best of all is Openshot.
Openshot allows you to import audio, video and image clips and combine them. Includes various effects and transitions. Combined with Blender and Inkscape we can create infinite titles fixed and animated.
Openshot is available in the flatpak shop.
Vector graphics creation: Inkscape
Unlike graphics composed of pixels, vector graphics are constructed using points, lines, and curves drawn from mathematical equations. This means that any size modification does not mean loss of quality.
To power Illustrator, Adobe sacrificed two programs that graphic designers loved. Freehand and Fireworks. There is a request to make the first one open source, but it doesn't seem like there are many possibilities.
Luckily we can count on Inkscape.
Inkscape has tools for plotting vector graphics, su export to other types of formats, rendering, XML support and possibility of creating our own scripts in python.
Audio editing: Audacity
Audition, the application to work with audio files of the Creative Cloud suite is not so well known, however, if Adobe continues to include it, it is because someone must use it. As an alternative in Linux, specialists usually recommend Ardor, but, although open source, it is paid software.
The program allows record live audio or use stored files, it has support for 16-bit, 24-bit and 32-bit. They can edit using multiple tracks, apply effects and export in the most popular formats.
Website Creation: Firefox Developer Edition
In the Adobe Creative Cloud there are two programs for creating websites; Muse and Dreamweaver. In the first, you don't need to write code, the second is a more professional tool, although with add-ons that greatly reduce work time (Some purist would say that at the price of adding unnecessary code).
As I commented on a previous article For Linux Addicts, the closest thing is a paid visual editor called BlueGriffon. But, if we are looking for a free option we can try with Firefox Developer Edition.
Video Effects Production: Blender
I said above that the reason I paid for the Adobe Creative Cloud license was irrelevant. Now if it comes; the documentation.
Documentation is the Achilles heel of open source programs. Finding a tutorial on how to do something using free applications is usually quite difficult. Instead, you just have to do a short search on Youtube to find a tutorial video on how to do it with Adobe products.
Blender is an honorable exception to this rule. Of course, it is one of the few free and open source applications, outside of those related to the cloud, servers, data science or artificial intelligence that can claim professional quality.
The program, originally designed for 3d rendering, has powerful video editing tools. These functionalities can be extended by addition of free and paid complements.
Desktop Posts: Scribus
Scribus may not include all the print and digital publishing capabilities that Indesign does, but it does support the needs of the home user quite well.
If we have to create printable files we have the various variants of the CMYK color profile.
In the case of creating electronic publications such as web forms, Scribus brings predefined controls.
May import texts created with LibreOffice y exportr work in format pdf.
Scribus is in the repositories of the different Linux distributions.
I am deliberately leaving out Adobe Reader, which, although it is included in the Creative Cloud installer, is not part of it. The creation and editing of pdf documents deserves its own post.
Some authors who take program titles literally suggest Synfig as an alternative to Adobe Animate. Is not correct. Adobe Animate is the successor to Adobe Flash and is intended for creating interactive applications.
The 3d graphics and character creation programs can be replaced by Blender.
I want to make this clear; the great advantage of Adobe programs with respect to its open source counterpart is that have full-time developers dedicated to increasing your benefits. With enough time there is nothing to prevent GImp from being better than Photoshop or Scribus than InDesign. But time is bought with money, and we are talking about programs that are available for free.