You may find it disheartening to learn how much Adobe products like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom cost when you’re just starting out in digital creation. The price of Adobe products can be prohibitive for beginners and students, who may not be able to continuously maintain an Adobe subscription.

But you’re in luck because there are free alternatives.

The tools I will present here are free and most can be used by both beginners and experts. A ton of them can be used on Windows, Linux, and Mac.

You can also keep up to date on this list of Adobe Alternatives here.


Adobe Acrobat is an application software and web service developed by Adobe that allows you to view, create, manipulate, print, and manage Portable Document Format files.

Here’s some free alternatives:

I Love PDF​-Every tool you need to use PDFs.

Calibre– A powerful and easy to use e-book manager.


Developed and published by Adobe Inc., Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editor for raster graphics. The software quickly became the industry standard for editing raster graphics as well as digital art in general.

Photoshop is such a staple that people use the term Photoshop as a verb. It is truly an amazing product, but not everyone can afford it. So here’s some free alternatives:

Photopea — A web-based raster graphics editor used for image editing, making illustrations, and web design.

Sketchbook — Professional drawing tools with a beautiful interface.

Krita — A professional FREE painting program made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone.

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