Why I’m Leaving Adobe After 20+ Years

by | Jun 25, 2024 | Art Licensing Tips, Art, Design, Fashion Trends, Artist Journey, Entrepreneurship, Generative AI

A New Chapter in Art and Design…

After more than two decades of using Adobe Photoshop as the cornerstone of my creative journey, it’s time for a significant change. This decision hasn’t come lightly; Adobe has been an integral part of my business, from creating stunning designs to producing tutorial videos on my YouTube channel. However, recent developments and the evolving landscape of design software have led me to reconsider my options. While I’m bummed to part ways with a tool that has shaped my career, I’m also incredibly hopeful and excited about the future.

The Decision to Leave Adobe

For years, Adobe has been the go-to software for artists and designers worldwide. Its comprehensive suite of tools and innovative features have made it a favorite among professionals. But recently, Adobe’s subscription practices and user terms have raised significant concerns. The hidden fees, complex cancellation processes, and the troubling use of our artwork to train AI models have been a wake-up call. These issues are not just minor inconveniences; they speak to larger ethical and financial concerns that many in the creative community, including myself, can no longer ignore.

Exploring New Horizons

As I move away from Adobe, I’m exploring a variety of affordable and powerful alternatives that promise to make art and design more accessible. Programs like Affinity Photo, Clip Studio Paint, Canva, and Procreate are not just budget-friendly; they also offer a wide range of features that can rival those of Adobe.

  1. Affinity Programs: Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer provide a user-friendly interface and powerful tools that are perfect for both beginners and advanced users. Their one-time purchase model is a refreshing change from Adobe’s subscription-based system.
  2. Clip Studio Paint: Known for its versatility, especially among illustrators and comic artists, Clip Studio Paint offers robust drawing and painting tools. Its affordability and feature-rich environment make it a strong contender.
  3. Canva: Canva’s simplicity and ease of use make it ideal for quick designs and social media graphics. Its extensive template library and collaborative features are a bonus for those working in teams.
  4. Procreate: For digital artists and illustrators, Procreate on the iPad is a game-changer. Its intuitive interface and powerful brush engine make creating art a seamless experience.

More Than Just Photoshop

My courses don’t just teach you how to use Photoshop; they cover a wide range of essential skills. This includes business strategies, the history of surface pattern design, and preparing your portfolio to pitch to companies. Additionally, my courses offer valuable insights into ethical AI considerations and how to use AI to enhance your art responsibly.

Transition Period

I will continue to use Adobe products through the end of this year as I finish off client work and slowly transition to other software. Your support over the years has made it possible for me to run my business, and I appreciate your understanding during this transition.

Any previous Photoshop Brushes, templates, Adobe Illustrator files, will also work in Affinity programs. You can import .ABR brushes into Affinity, open PSD, InDesign IDML files, and .Ai vector files and transfer your work there.

Watch this YouTube video: “How to import brushes into Affinity Designer”

My Legacy Courses Now Available

I’m also excited to announce that my legacy mini courses, which were previously available on Skillshare, are now accessible through my shop at shop.thegypsygoddess.com. These courses cover essential tools and techniques that are just as relevant for Affinity users as they are for Adobe users. Whether you want to improve your seamless pattern design skills or enhance your painting techniques, these courses will provide the knowledge you need. Plus, my tie-dye Photoshop ABR brushes can be easily imported into Affinity programs, ensuring a smooth transition.

Hopeful for the Future

While parting with Adobe feels like the end of an era, it also marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter. The creative industry is constantly evolving, and it’s crucial to stay adaptable and open to new tools and technologies. I’m confident that these alternatives will not only meet but exceed the needs of artists and designers worldwide.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Your support and enthusiasm inspire me every day, and I’m excited to continue exploring new ways to create and teach art together!

Expect future video tutorials on different software in the near future, thanks again for being with me on this journey!

Your Design Guide,

Diane Pascual

The Gypsy Goddess

Photo by Zach Key on Unsplash

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