I think “free alternatives to photoshop” would have become the most searched phrase on google for the past two week. After the Announcement of Creative suite CC by Adobe last week, the search for free alternatives to photoshop has considerably increased on google and other search engines. For those who ask why , let me explain adobe’s new strategy in providing their software and how this will affect common people who enjoy the previlage of using adobe products for free (pirated copies).
The new Adobe Creative suite CC is named after creative cloud, a cloud based service which is going to be a part of adobe’s next gameplan. The user have to pay monthly or yearly subscriptions to adobe in order to be able to use any of the commercially available adobe products. Adobe claims that this will reduce piracy of their products to a large extent. Since authentication of user details and other services come from a cloud server, it will be difficult to crack the software illegally.
The subscription rates for entire creative suite CC for commercial use is Rs 3200 (approx.) for the entire creative suite subscription. The same is available for a price of Rs 1800 for Students and teachers. And people who are interested in using Photoshop alone have to pay Rs.1400 to avail access to the software. The user will also get an account on adobe creative cloud with 20 GB free space.
Even if you cancel your subscription, your work files in the hard disk will not face any harm. But you won’t be able to access the software. This model has brought fear in the hearts of many users who use pirated version of adobe’s products. One more thing is the user doesn’t have to be connected to the internet all the time in order to use the product. Monthly subscribers need to validate the license within 30 days of installation and yearly subscribers will have 99 days for the same.
Currently I have no idea of how this model is going to work. But it is always good to look for free alternatives for softwares like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign etc. Sometime in future, we will explore some really efficient free alternatives for commercially available adobe products.