Before going further to say anything about Adobe competitors or Adobe alternatives, I must say Adobe is best to use. Still, after using other Software for a very long time, I found some other best Adobe alternatives that make your work amazing.

Adobe offers much software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, InDesign, and much more.

Here we will discuss all competitors for the following.

adobe competitors

Adobe Photography requires professionalism, so it is not easy to use always. Adobe has so many features that make your picture exceptional.

But looking for other software for photography, they are simple, easy to use and still makes your picture perfect.

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Adobe Competitors: Best Adobe Alternatives for Professionals

Competitors for Photoshop

Looking for  Photoshop competitors? Have a quick look at below alternatives. We can not say anything about Photoshop.

Every one knows till date no one competes Adobe Photoshop. Still, we find some alternatives that you must try.


Make an image and get it through GIMP. GIMP provides you with an excellent tool for High-quality image manipulation. In the list, GIMP stands on the top of Photoshop alternative.

With GIMP you can get so many tools to make your best composition of your image. Some of the best features included in GIMP are Layer masks, colour curves, Black & White conversion, tone mapping with exposure, and much more.

Moreover if you are unable to use these features, GIMP provides a free tutorial to work on all these tools. And one more thing GIMP works on all format that is with Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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Pixlr is another best alternative to Photoshop. Pixlr has an advanced algorithm that makes you picture best out of best. There are so many filters, pre-designed sets that make your image perfect in very less time.

You can bring your picture from a dream to reality with this beautiful Pixlr software. Pixlr works on all devices and is also compatible with your smartphone.

You can have quick guide access to all the feature of Pixlr. One of the best thing about Pixlr is that you can download it to your device and use it anytime.


3. Paint.NET

Paint.NET is also a better option if you are tired of Adobe, This software is similar to Windows Paint but with advanced features, that’s why it is compared with Adobe.

This software is easy to use and you can use plugins and have easy access to tutorials.


4. Corel PaintShop Pro

Some of the advanced features like auto-correction, RAW photo editing, instant enhancing features, dozens of brushes, textures, and over 100 royalty-free backgrounds makes Corel PaintShop a good option.

This is also one of the highly recommended alternatives to Adobe Photoshop. Check out the complete guide for PaintShop pro in PDF here.

corel paintshop

Competitors for Illustrator

One thing comes to mind of photograph professional when hearing the name of Illustrator is Vector Graphics.

Vector Graphics are opposite to standard graphics, with Vector graphics you are not concerned with pixels while resizing your picture.

For Vector graphics photography that is highly in demand for infographics, cartoonists, and some other fields you must learn Illustrator. But if you are looking for its best alternative then proceed to below.

1. Inkscape

Inscape is the best alternative to Illustrator. Inkspace is a professional vector graphic software. This works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

With Inkscape, you can design illustrations, icons, logos, diagrams, maps and web graphics. With Inkscape, you don’t have to worry about pixels when resizing your picture.


2. Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer is also a good option if you are looking for Illustrator competitors. Affinity Designer is one of the most precise vector graphic design software available in the market. This allows a complete graphic design solution.

With this, you can create Illustrations, Icons, Branding, UI design, Typography, Print projects, Mock-ups, web graphics, Pattern designs, Conceptual arts, and a lot more.

You will love this software as it has many advanced features such as precise curves, flawless geometry, brush stabilization, Boolean operations and much more.

Affinity Designer

3. CorelDRAW Graphics

CorelDRAW is another one of the best options for Vector graphic design. This is compatible with Windows only till now. You can easily create amazing graphics new design. 

Adapt your design space to your needs with the custom icon size, desktop, and window border colour.

corel draw

Competitors for Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is a family of image organization and image manipulation software that works on both Windows and Mac OS.

I must say perfectly there are no best competitors to Lightroom but still, for a slightly simple and easy using software recommendation is below.

The new version of Lightroom has launched Lightroom Classic CC.

1. Raw Therapee

If looking for an alternative to Lightroom, Raw Therapee is the best option to go for. You will love its exciting features. Some of its features are non-destructive editing, least artefacts, advanced colour handling tool, Enhanced exposure and tonality tools. You can use Raw Therapee on Linux, macOS or Windows.

Raw Therapee

2. Darktable

One of the dark points of this software is that it does not support on Windows otherwise this software is not less than RawTharapee. 

Non-destructive editing, Professional colour management, GPU accelerated image processing, Zero-latency, zoomable user interface, Tethered shooting are some of its basic features.


Competitors for Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro is another powerful software that turns raw footage into flawless productions. This is leading software in the video editing industry and is favourites among Hollywood professionals.

You can edit, adjust colour, refine audio, and so much more.

Let us see some alternatives for Premiere Pro

1. Shortcut

After using the Shortcut for some time, I am very much impressed with the quality of editing it offers. This is compatible with both Windows and Mac is truly a worth option.

The shortcut is not much used (i don’t know why?) but after using it, you will love its functions.

shortcut video editor

2. Lightworks

Lightworks is contributing for the last 25 years and is used in movies histories such as The Wolf of Wall Street, LA Confidential, Pulp Fiction, Heat, and much more.

This is also a good option alternative to Premiere Pro. You must try this software for your videos. Supportable with Windows, Mac, and Linux.


3. OpenShot

With OpenShot you can create stunning photos. Since OpenShot often brings updates, this is the only problem otherwise you can get almost every tool that Lightworks software has.

Some of the features of OpenShot are 3D animations, audio waveform, slow motion, time effects and much more.


Competitors for InDesign

If you want to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, presentations, books and ebooks then InDesign from Adobe is the right choice.

Although there are many alternatives to this I must say try InDesign first.

1. Microsoft Office Publisher

What I found after using Microsoft Office Publisher that this is the best option you can go for after Adobe InDesign. You can easily Personalize your publications using familiar tools such as mailing Tab, mail merge, and along with this, you have an easy sharing option that suits your audience.

You must try this!

Microsoft Office Publisher

Final Comments

After using these all software, I must say Adobe is the best option among all in all categories. Still, other software is also a good option.

Many software are free of cost, so try them and go what suits you.

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I hope you find this information useful about Adobe Competitors and other Adobe alternatives. 

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