Stick with your CS6 boxed version ? Do I subscribe or upgrade now or wait ?Will I find something a little more affordable ?
Whilst I’m currently trying out PhotoLine…. Adobe Cloud reaches half a million subscribers. Now, before you decide on committing your soul to the Adobe Cloud, if your main software usage is Photoshop you might want to take a look at this possible alternative, well, at least for the meanwhile…
My earlier attempt at exploring Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator alternatives would suggest that there isn’t anything comparable on the market, especially if you are the skilled type of user who combines both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for creating illustrations, page layouts, visuals, ready-artwork, or even packaging templates. Turn away now, unless of course you’re open to suggestions of inexpensive answers to whether there are any real alternatives for mac.
What’s this ? Haven’t heard of this one before, on the other hand maybe I have, but its unsuspecting appearance and name had me ignore it. Anyway, it seems to do the job far better than all the others I have tried so far.
Its name…PhotoLine (not to be mistaken for the small print run service)
- Compared to the other vector and image editing software I recently checked out in my search for real Adobe Cloud software alternatives (Pro image editor alternatives). PhotoLine has a no-fuss interface and is a doddle to use. If you are an avid user of Adobe Photoshop then you will probably find this fairly intuitive. Hey, I am not saying ditch Photoshop, but this has been the best affordable alternative I have found to date.
…It has to be said though, that there are a few irritations which interrupt the flow as you work, the “step-one, step two, kind of way of selecting and resizing, and other task seems a little weird, but that might have something to do with familiarity…
I wanted to see how quickly and easily I could perform the simple task of combining two different images to create this portrait.
Although bearable, the irritations which interrupt your usual flow as you work, will add a few extra minutes to what you would normally perform in seconds and often involve using your selected tool in combination with the ‘Tool Settings’ panel (kinda reminds me of Freehand), but again familiarity may introduce quicker ways of doing things.
You also may find navigating around the dashboard or art-board and locating various tools and options is a little awkward, or the options oddly placed. For example, when intending on resizing part or a composite of an overall image, you need to visit the top menu Layers, and go to resize layer. But like I may have mentioned before, it is all about familiarity. Although it makes sense, it is not the typical way in which you may have already been accustomed to working.
So, How much does PhotoLine cost?
Wait for it…(wow do I sound like an advert ), but seriously, PhotoLine is Shareware, you can use it for 30 Days free of charge before being asked to register. Whilst there are no heavy limitations on the free 30 Day trial version, registration is a mere 59 Euros, that’s about $77USD or £50.34. Wow, and you don’t have to commit your soul.
So who is behind this PhotoLine ?
PhotoLine is a Photo-editing alternative from the German based business Computer Island and was originally developed for the Atari Falcon 030th. The software also supports ICC colour management and can be used alongside Photoshop. PhotoLine works is available for both Windows and Mac and combines both raster and vector graphics – not bad huh ?
PhotoLine specs and features
PhotoLine is available for both Windows and Mac
16 bits of colour depth / full color management,
support of RGB, CMYK and Lab color models,
layer support, and non-destructive image manipulation.
Vector graphics editor.
Handles all common raster graphics formats. Including: camera raw image formats, Photoshop PSD files, PDF and Adobe Flash.
Still not quite there as a real alternative but well worth considering. It opens and allows you to save files in PSD format, so maybe a companion for Photoshop and Illustrator. And it does perform well for minimal or basic image editing and preparation tasks ( I will ‘take it to task’ over the next few weeks and see if I feel the same about it then).
There is one thing I need to add to my overall opinion of PhotoLine and that is based on the premise that the software’s ease of use and capability complies with the attitude of someone who hates having to read manuals to get started and prefers the “jump-in and get started” approach.
Maybe its just me, but it would interesting to hear from you as to what your thoughts are regarding alternative in-expensive software to Adobe (Cloud) Creative Suite and whether there are any real inexpensive alternatives for the independent and freelance creative.
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