Quick Links for all the software mentioned here:
Freeware and/or Open Source:
PS: GIMP | Krita | Photopea | MyPaint | Paint.NET | Sketchbook | Fire Alpaca | Medibang Paint
AI: Inkscape | Vectr
IN: Viva Designer | Scribus
AN: Blender | Open Toonz | Pencil 2D | Wick Editor | Synfig*
LR: RawTherapee | Darktable
DW: Blue Griffon | Brackets | Aptana Studio
PR: Davinci Resolve 15 | Hitfilm Express | KdenLive | Shotcut
AE: Tracktion 7 | Audacity
Affordable and/or No Subscription Necessary:
PS: Affinity Photo | Clip Studio | Corel Photo-Paint | PixelMator | Paint Tool Sai | Paintstorm Studio
AI: Affinity Designer | Corel Draw | BoxySVG | Mischief
IN: Affinity Publisher | PDFelement
AN: Cacani | TVPaint Animation | Moho Pro | ToonBoom Harmony
LR: Capture One | Luminar
PR: Davinci Resolve 16 | Hitfilm Pro | Vegas Pro
*Synfig’s performance is currently pretty bad on Windows, so I can only recommend it as an Animate alternative on Linux.
Please visit Michael’s Patreon page/the original post for a more comprehensive discussion on a few of the programs.
This piece has been posted with permission from Michael Sexton. You can visit the original post here, and follow Michael online to learn more.
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