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We will mention which ones are basic Adobe software, explain what they are for, but also go through some of the alternative solutions that could be useful to you when you start doing graphic design.

 

Adobe software and their alternatives

Whatever visual creative work you do, from graphic design, illustration, print, photography, through websites design, all the way to the film and TV industry Adobe tools will be your primary means of work, and it's hard to believe that there is someone who hasn't heard of at least some of them Adobe-e "product". The list of these products is quite long and new ones are constantly appearing, so we will mention only the basic ones.

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  1. Adobe Photoshop

We would not be mistaken if we said yes Adobe Photoshop mainly used for photo processing and raster graphics (Bitmap), but there is a lot more. Edit vector graphics and text by layers, 3D, video are just some of the additional features that exist in the frame Photoshop-a. The wide range of possibilities that this application has made it one of the most powerful tools, not only for photographers and graphic or websites designers, but also for the digital industry in general.

 

            Alternative software (ForFree) are:

            GIMP, Paint.NET, Chalk, Photopea, Darktable

 

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  1. Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is used to create vector graphics. Yes, that's it. If we have already said for Photoshop to have a wide range of options, then for Illustration we can say that it is focused on "drawing" with the help of vectors. It should not be overlooked that it is Illustration exactly what Photoshop not the other way around. From simple graphic elements such as logos, icons and typography, over websites designand all the way to complex graphics that are used, for example, in "gaming”Industry and digital art-u Adobe Illustrator is probably the best tool.

The biggest competitor in the fight for customers Illustration-It's Corel Draw and we are already about that previously written.

 

Alternative software (ForFree) are:

Inkscape, boxySVG, vectr, Chalk

a screenshot with an illustration from Adobe Illustrator
  1. Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign is most often used in the printing industry or publishing, both in print and digital format. To be precise, this tool is the best for breaking the pages of flyers, brochures, catalogs, magazines, newspapers, presentations, books…

This application, in functional terms, will not bring you anything new compared to the previous two, but you will get it fast, which is very important in creating daily newspapers where the layout and printing end in one night, just as it is unthinkable to do a handwriting layout. for a book in Photoshop-in or Illustration-u.

Once the biggest competitor Adobe InDesign- He was QuarkXPress which can still be found at some publishers.

 

Alternative software (ForFree) are:

Chalk, canva, Scribus

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  1. Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is used mainly for video processing. It is mainly used in the film and TV industry, but it is also used equally Youtubeadvertisers and marketing agencies, explainer videos, tutorials, music videos, documentaries all the way to editing series and movies. Adobe Premiere Pro in addition to raw videos, it uses material from others in many ways Adobe-this products such as Photoshop i After Effects. Although it is primarily used for video processing, it is also possible to edit audio material.

Premiere Pro it is quick and easy to learn if you know the logic from others Adobeof these software, but Adobe tried to simplify the process even more, so he "threw out" an even simpler video editor called Adobe Premiere Rush.

 

Alternative software (ForFree) are:

Filmora, Shotcut, Kdenlive, Lightworks

alika ekarana from Adobe Premier pro
  1. Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is a popular tool for visual effects, moving (motion) graphics and compositing, that is, combining multiple videos, or images with video. While you wouldn’t use it to create an entire film, marketing agencies often use it to create shorter animations that are published on website- in, in explainer videos or on social networks, for example.

AAfter Effects is also used in post-production of film, TV but also "gaming”Industries for creating visual effects such as explosions and lightning strikes. It is often used for making spikes or TV commercials. He is integrated with others Adobe applications, so we can easily import material from Photoshop-and, Illustration-a or Prize money-and.

 

Alternative software (ForFree) are:

DaVinci Resolve, Blender

screen image from Adobe After effects

Why is Adobe so much in front of everyone?

Because he can freely say that he built his empire on users. According to recent research, Adobe Creative Cloud has increased by as much as 3% in 85 years. In late 2017, analysts announced that Adobe has 12 million users. So according to some estimates, it is assumed that it would Adobe Creative Cloud could have 22+ million subscribers worldwide today.

Even if someone makes better software than them, how long do you think it will take them to surpass these numbers?

 

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Made by Sava Spasic - Senior Graphic Designer @Digitizer

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