Don't Want to Pay for Adobe? Use These Free Apps Instead

9 free apps for illustration, graphic design and editing.

Adobe seems to be following the Netflix strategy. They just increased their monthly subscription price from $39.99/month to $48.99/month. While this price jump doesn’t yet affect North America, don’t expect that to last. Increasing subscription prices is a part of the game. With Netflix, however, there aren’t many other TV subscriptions that can provide the scope of content that they can. Adobe, on the other hand, has stiff competition.

Below we’ll list 9 FREE alternatives to Adobe’s high priced subscription. These apps are best for illustration, graphic design and editing:

  1. Krita (/MacWindows) - Good for re-editable file layers, filter/effect layers plus layer files.

  2. Sketchbook (Mac/Windows) - Simple UI and allows you to save files in PSD.

  3. Medibang Paint (Mac/Windows/Mobile) - Similar to procreate with just as many features.

  4. Pixlr X (Web) - Use the paid option only if you really dislike ads, but the free option works great.

  5. Photoscape X (Mac/Windows) - Simple photo editing software. Can batch-edit photos and gifs.

  6. Fire Alpaca (Mac/Windows) - A variety of brushes effective for painting comic strips.  

  7. Storyboarder (Mac/Windows) - No need to be pro at drawing or rendering to get the best out of this app.

  8. Shotcut (Mac/Windows) - Not ideal for any major video projects, but for basic editing, this is your app.

  9. Blender (Mac/Windows) - Perfect alternative to 3DS or Maya. Not simple to learn, but once you do, the results will be worth it.

Adobe is great and they do offer an entire suite of high-quality tools. If you’re okay with the new rate and already comfortable with their software, then stay put. These alternatives are options that can possibly complement what you’re doing in Adobe or replace it in some instances.

Regardless of which of these free apps you decide to choose, all of them can be added to your Butter account. With the dozens of apps we all use, keeping track can be difficult. Let Butter manage the load while you worry about creating memorable content. And especially with all these price increases, it’s even more important to know how much you are paying for stuff.