Adobe Creative Cloud Alternatives

By Ann Young 7 days ago Softwares Reviews

Are there good free alternatives to Adobe Creative Cloud?

adobe creative cloud alternatives

Top 9 Free Creative Cloud Alternatives

A request for Adobe Creative Cloud Alternatives is getting more and more popular because not everyone like Adobe’s every month subscription system. To help you avoid paying a few dollars to the company again and again, I’ve decided to create a top 9 list of the best alternatives to Adobe Creative Cloud.

1. GIMP

Best alternative to Adobe Photoshop

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Mac OS / Windows / Linux | Read GIMP review
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It is a free Photoshop alternative that is more than just good. This photo editor supports almost all file formats, including RAW, PNG, GIF and PSD. However, it doesn’t support batch photo editing.

photoshop logo   Download Photoshop Free to test this photo editing software before installing its alternative.

One of its peculiar features is a customizable interface. You can adjust panels, delete or add them to a particular place, stretch or reduce the size as well as pick one of the available colors.

GIMP includes layers, customizable brushes, filters, tools for automatic image enhancement and supports a large number of plug-ins (some of them are preinstalled while others are available for download separately).

For more advanced users, there are also a lot of possibilities, including layer masks, Bezier curves, filters and animation packages. Also, I would like to mention the open source. This image editor is built on it. With its help, you can manually fix errors, program bugs or add different functions to it.

2. Pixlr

Free alternative to Adobe Photoshop

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Mac OS / Windows / Online / Android / iOS | Read Pixlr review
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  • Plug-ins support
  • Cross-platform
  • Professional tools
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  • Lack of batch editing
  • Intrusive advertising in the basic version
 

Pixlr is a unique cross-platform picture editor and a great variant of free Adobe alternatives of Photoshop CC. It’s unique because you can use it literally everywhere. Download to desktop, open via browser or a mobile app.

The differences will be minimal, which means it’s ideal for using anytime, anywhere. Pixlr offers a large choice of filters – both funny and classical (b&w, sepia, film) ones. In addition, it provides the support of layers and masks for advanced photo editing.

All brushes and other tools are customizable. There are quick keyboard shortcuts for frequently used parameters, such as levels and curves.

You can adjust each aspect of your photo manually customizing colors, exposure and levels. But there are also automatic tools that can help you enhance your pictures as fast as possible.

This Adobe Photoshop alternative supports RAW files but doesn’t provide batch editing.

3. RawTherapee

Free alternative to Adobe Lightroom

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Mac OS / Windows / Linux | Read RawTherapee review
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  • Non-destructive photo editing
  • Supports RAW files
  • Effective cataloger
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  • Inconvenient export
  • Can lag from time to time
  • Not many professional tutorials are found
 

RawTherapee is a free open-source variant of alternatives to Adobe Lightroom. Since Adobe Lr isn’t available for Linux, RawTherapee will be the best decision.

lightroom logo   Download Lightroom Free to test this raw photo editing software before subscription.

RawTherapee establishes itself as a fast, effective cataloger that supports RAW files and offers the function of management and photo editing in different picture libraries. This image editor allows you to edit RAW files and has improved color correction, histogram matching and displaying of tones with high dynamic range (HDR).

It also offers plenty of tools for tone correction, noise removal, rotation, change of shadows, light, exposure control, settings for tone and white balance.

RawTherapee represents something in between Photoshop and Lightroom in the form of Adobe Camera RAW. I would like to point out that this photo editor is built on non-destructive picture editing. All made changes will not be applied until you export a RAW image that you are editing.

4. LightZone

Simple alternative to Adobe Lightroom

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  • Easy and fast to edit pictures
  • Non-destructive photo editing
  • The browser perfectly organizes images
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  • May be too simplistic for pro users
  • Lags from time to time
 

Lightzone is a free RAW converter. It is Adobe Lightroom analog but with some differences. This application is built on open source and has a similar interface. However, it doesn’t have so many settings for batch editing and provides poorer overall workflow. Nevertheless, it’s free and not less effective if you are not a professional retoucher.

This option of alternatives to Adobe Lightroom allows you to make non-destructive changes to your pictures. You edit them through a series of modules, each of them offers its aspect of image editing.

You can add seven tone curves or adjust the color in 13 modules. Among its features, I like the “real-time preview” function. One more important feature is its styles which can help you add some creative effects to pictures, including high dynamic range (HDR), sepia, etc.

5. DaVinci Resolve

Free alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro

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  • Many visual effects
  • High-performance modules
  • Great sound mixer
  • Supports color plug-ins (LUTs)
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  • Complex learning curve
  • Limited export settings
 

Even though this software has a complex learning curve, advanced amateur filmmakers will appreciate all f its possibilities. DaVinci Resolve 15 includes four high-performance video production modules for editing, color grading, sound reproduction as well as video effects and motion graphics.

adobe premiere pro logo   Download Adobe Premiere Pro Free to test this video editing software before subscribing.

This Adobe Premiere alternative offers classic timeline with a multimedia pool, effects and sounds libraries, sound mixer, inspector and a possibility of an unlimited number of audio and video tracks.

The program also provides new audio plug-ins and functions, editable page title templates, browser of a color pages’ lookup table (LUT) and common color knots.

However, I don’t like that its export settings are limited. You can’t export MXF to broadcast or perform work with subtitles, which are necessary for television.

6. VideoPad

Simple alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro

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  • Supports 4K video
  • Advanced Chroma key tool
  • Built-in automatic video stabilizer
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  • Lack of some professional functions
  • Small bandwidth
 

VideoPad from NCH Software is a basic program for video editing that has plenty of tools and features. This alternative to Adobe Creative Cloud has a familiar workflow of timeline/storyboard which means you can view your project linearly or for each individual object no matter how long it takes.

The library of visual effects and transitions is quite simple. You can crop shots of the captured material, pan and zoom, add motion blur and adjust such image values as shade, saturation, exposure, etc. In addition, this program allows you to import, edit and export 4K videos with ultra-high resolution.

Among its peculiar features, I would like to mention the Chroma key tool (green screen), video stabilizer and closed captions for hearing impaired. These functions allow you to create videos at a professional level without investing in expensive professional softwares about $200 per month.

7. Blender

Free alternative to Adobe After Effects

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  • Accelerated rendering process
  • Professional visual effects
  • Powerful video editing features
  • It’s easy to import footage and perform basic cropping
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  • Complex learning curve
  • Some tools need significant refinement
 

Blender is a free open-source graphics editor. This intuitive multi-functional photo editor offers plenty of tools for creating animation films, visual effects, 3D-printed models, 3D applications and video games.

adobe after effects logo   Download Adobe After Effects Free to try this motion graphics editor before subscription.

This option of programs like After Effects has a built-in tracking engine which allows users to achieve ultra-realistic rendering. It’s equipped with comprehensive modeling tools letting them quickly create, edit and transform their models.

Besides, Blender provides tools for falsification and animation, which are ideal for creating short films, advertisements and shows. Users can also combine 2D with 3D in a preview window.

The program offers a character pose animator editor, functions for independent movements and reverse kinematics. It will be possible to carry out automatic skinning while creating posable characters, edit bone layers and colored groups using fast rigging tools.

8. Scribus

Free alternative to Adobe InDesign

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  • A large number of ready-to-use templates
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Scribus is a free program that will help you create all types of documents quickly and effectively – from brochures to business cards. You can use one of the available templates or create the design manually using built-in advanced tools.

adobe indesign logo   Download Adobe InDesign Free before subscribing to know what this program offers.

This graphics editor comes with many useful tools, including different shapes, Bezier curves, selection tools. It also provides a comprehensive tool for knots editing, where you can attach a text to a track to create better visual effects.

There is a text flowing inside a shaped frame and associating these frames with the text flow through multi-page documents. This alternative to Adobe InDesign creates separate or multi-page documents that contain texts, vector graphics and imported images from the main apps.

9. Inkscape

Free alternative to Adobe Illustrator

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Mac OS / Windows / Linux | Read Inkscape review
Pros+
  • Open source
  • A lot of advanced tools
  • Useful plug-ins
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  • Interface visuals should be improved
  • Poor tools for text formatting
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Inkscape is an open-source app for creating and editing vector graphics. Tools and functions of word processing here are basic and very similar to those you can find in other free programs.

adobe illustrator logo   Download Adobe Illustrator Free before subscribing to Adobe’s plans.

Among interesting tools, I would like to point out “Bezier”. With its help, you can either draw an approximate track that will be changed later or add exact curves on track to minimize work carried out after creating the track.

Other tools such as Spray, Eraser and Gradient offer a few convenient shortcuts for creating very interesting effects without much effort. For instance, Spray can use another object as a selection.

Eraser automatically redraws changed contours without the erased part. Gradient can take medium highlight color as an argument. In this Adobe Illustrator alternative, you will find a suitable trace tool for converting color and black and white bitmaps to vectors.


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