Subscriptions have been around as long as I can remember– leasing a car is something of a subscription; just as you’re in a subscription relationship with your employer; they subscribe to your work– with magazines and newspapers, so it only makes sense to have apps to subscribe to.
Unfortunately, some of those apps live on a different planet. Adobe’s Photoshop is a good example. You get Photoshop in the monthly $50 subscription to Creative Cloud’s suite of apps. Or, if you want just Photoshop (which comes with the highly acclaimed Lightroom) you can rent it for $10 a month.
I get it. App developers need money. We live in a capitalist society so everyone is out to get your money. Adobe, too. Microsoft, too. What if you need what Photoshop does but don’t want to pay $120 a year?
Are their Photoshop-like alternatives for less? Yes. Much less.
JD Sartain has a list of Adobe alternatives and I already use a few of them; one in particular is a good alternative to Photoshop.
I love Adobe products, and I’ve used them since Photoshop version 2.5. I’ve also purchased Freehand and PageMaker, and the Macromedia products. They’re the best, hands-down.
Agreed. But Jeffrey has soured on Adobe because his much beloved Fireworks is end of life. What if you don’t need Photoshop seven days a week?
Affinity Photo stands somewhere between PaintShop Pro and Photoshop in features and special effects. Its highlight features include custom brush nibs called Nozzle tips, which modify the shape and size of your lines as you draw them. Symmetry mode creates amazing kaleidoscopes, and the best Dispersion effect I have ever seen. You can even record and save actions as macros.
That’s what I use.
Jeffrey’s love for Fireworks likely dies with macOS Catalina which moves completely to 64-bit apps. Fireworks is dead at 32-bits. Is there an alternative that is more affordable than Adobe Illustrator?
Very similar to Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Designer’s most distinctive features include the Multi Stroke and Fill, which, among other things, stacks strokes and fills as layers so they can support their own blending and gradients. Also nice: the adjustable line weights, which are based on speed, pressure, and width. You get lots of new presets for symbols, shapes, and lines; more options for custom gradients, textures, and styles; and unlimited layers, masks, and groups.
Photoshop and Illustrator may be the best in their respective industry segments, but other apps that come with a single price tag compare well, especially when you are on a budget or don’t have live, eat, breathe, and sleep in Adobe apps.
This is where competition can be a good thing.