Ubuntu Studio & Free Open Source Software Alternatives for Photoshop, Illustrator and Co.

June 27th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Ubuntu Studio
If you’re into Linux or open source software in general, or just can’t afford the expensive professional applications, you may want to have a look at Ubuntu Studio, an offspring of the increasingly popular Linux distro Ubuntu, targeted towards creative professionals and enthusiasts, be that designers, film producers or audio specialists. Ubuntu Studio comes with an array of applications striving to offer free alternatives to the expensive industry standards. While I can’t speak on the quality of said applications as I haven’t tried them, I think Ubuntu Studio is a good endeavor that’s worth looking into.

If you prefer to stick with your OS of choice, you might like to bookmark this list of free and open source software for Windows and Mac.

Last but not least, I’d like to point you to a great article by Shahid Shah on open source alternatives to Adobe’s Creative Suite. Shahid has taken the time to “trawl through the World Wide Web to find out how everyone can benefit from Open Source to build up their own studio and compete against Adobe Creative Suite”. Good links in there.

3 Responses to “Ubuntu Studio & Free Open Source Software Alternatives for Photoshop, Illustrator and Co.”

  1. Joel Laumans says:

    Looks like a good resource for Linux users, but then again how many actual designers are working on Linux? Linux is not the platform if you want to be designing socially.

  2. Jerry says:

    Well, that’s why I’ve included two alternatives for those who prefer to stick with Windows and Mac. :)

    On the merits of Linux as a platform for designers, you have a valid argument and until now there has been a lack of good, professional software for those in the creative field (I’m still not sold on The GIMP/GIMPshop), though I’m told the film industry already uses Linux in their processes.

    There is also the factor that many open source projects just don’t have the publicity they deserve. Inkscape, for instance, is incredibly capable as an alternative to Illustrator, but not many outside of the FOSS community have ever heard of it.

    That said, I think Ubuntu Studio could play an important role in promoting Linux (and open source software in general) as a creative platform.

  3. jeannine says:

    i am looking for help visualizing composition variations, solving contrast probems, etc etc. without doing my painting over and over.

    i have taken painting since a head injury and have many impairments with visualization, planning, problem solving and sequencing etc.

    i believe programs like photoshop could help, but i am disabled and cannot afford it.

    i have some promise as an artist, as i won the school’s contest in my first class with two submissions.

    the winner was one subject – i am having much difficulty with anything more complicated- other than copying famous works for learning.

    do u have any advice. this seems to be my only real joy in life now.


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