Switching to Open Source Software For Graphic Design.

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Many people associate open-source software with being counter-intuitive and free, and as a result, many individuals believe that open-source software cannot be used for professional purposes. And if you are one of such folks, or if you wish to experiment with open-source software for your work, this article may be extremely useful to you.

Open-source software is indeed hard to learn at first but like any software, you get used to it.  

Because most people just perform photo editing and vector creation, I’m only going to cover those topics in this post.

Why Choose Open-Source Software?

One of the main reasons why people choose open-source software is cost. The best software in the industry is expensive, and many software comes with a subscription modal, making it difficult for everyone to use that expensive software. On the other hand, open-source software is free, and most provide many features that premium software does.

And there are few other reasons to choose open-source, but we are not going to mention those because most people don’t want to do that.

Is it possible to switch my workflow from proprietary to open-source software?

Yes, you can transition to open-source software because most open-source software is designed to be compatible with other industry-standard software. They are also extremely configurable, and since they are customizable, they can be set to look like industry-standard software.

Image Manipulation

If you are interested in photo manipulation or anything connected to photo editing, then gimp is the best option.

if you ever experienced a gimp in past, then you might love it or rather hate it.

But believe me when I say that Gimp is the greatest free alternative to Photoshop. If you’ve used Photoshop, you could assume that Gimp is cluttered or that it lacks advanced features, but it’s also true that Gimp is extremely cluttered at first, but it doesn’t lack advanced features.

And, because Gimp is very customizable, you may modify its structure and workflow to your liking, even making it appear and work like Photoshop.

I’ve created several gimp-related articles that you may read if you want to improve your gimp skills or customize your gimp.

The game-changing innovation is scheduled to be released in Gimp 3.2, however that version will not be released until 2024. (Please keep in mind that this is my estimate of the timetable for version 3.2; if you want this version to be released sooner, you may help Gimp in developing features such as non-destructive editing and others.)

Vector Graphics

There is no other choice for vector graphics except Inkscape, which is also known as the vector graphics creation adobe illustrator’s equivalent.

Inkscape is a continually growing open-source software; if you asked me a few years ago if Inkscape was easy to use or if it was similar to Illustrator, I would have replied no. 

But things are different now because there have been a lot of improvements in the most recent version of Inkscape, and in the not-too-distant future, Inkscape will be the best software to compete with Adobe Illustrator, because many tools and features that make Illustrator special are in development for Inkscape, so in the future, Inkscape will be very close to Illustrator, but even right now, Inkscape can do anything.

So keep learning Inkscape because it will be worthwhile in the long run.