Enterprising indie software developers trying to gain ground on the industry’s major players can take a couple of approaches. One is to ape what’s come before, but with a fraction of the resources. Another is to try to do something entirely new. Sketch 2 goes with the ballsier tactic, and largely succeeds in creating a sleek and modern app for crafting vector graphics.
Adobe Illustrator has long been the choice for illustration professionals, designers, and anyone who wants to work with infinitely scalable vector graphics. Over the years it’s gained some highly impressive features, such as mesh tools for drawing photorealistic objects, perspective tools for taking the pain out of vanishing points, and much, much more. So, what can CS6 bring? Oh, just plenty of new features and an all-new interface.
Adobe's Creative Suite is the be-all, end-all for creative professionals, so when a new version comes out, it's a very big deal. And this time around, Adobe made its juggernaut Creative Suite software available to the masses with a Master Collection available to access at just $49.99 per month after committing to a full year. So those of us regular folk who don't who just like to dabble with Photoshop and InDesign for personal projects can still get full access to all of the powerful features we love from Creative Suite without paying gobs of money.
And speaking of dabblers, if you've been trying to wrap your head around how to use the new CS6, here are five quick tips to get you starters.
When there's just not enough cash in the bank and you're in a bind, the last thing you're able to do is drop a ton of money for pricey software like Adobe Creative Suite. And sometimes, the professional-grade stuff is too much overkill for simple tasks like putting together a poster, blurring out a license plate in a photo or cropping out a shaky part of your vacation video. So that's what open source software is for. While they're sometimes not the most stable of applications, they're free and they oftentimes get the job done, just like their paid-for counterparts.
We compiled a list of some of the best open source Adobe Creative Suite alternatives. Cycle through for alternatives to Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator and more!
Let’s face reality: Adobe could have slapped a CS5 label on an untouched version of Illustrator CS4, and all the digital artists of the world would still be using Illustrator as their go-to app for vector art. It’s not like there’s any serious competition in the arcane world of control points and bezier curves. As such, when a new Creative Suite version is released, the question isn’t “Should I buy Illustrator or the package from those other guys?” but rather “Does this latest CS version include enough new magic to warrant an upgrade?”
Software comes and software goes, but some releases make every Mac user
sit up and pay attention. Nothing commands the attention of designers,
photographers, and anyone else with an artistic bent like the release of
Adobe’s next Creative Suite. We’ve been putting the beta versions of
CS5 through their paces for a couple months now, and the results of our
rigorous testing will be in your hands in next issue’s reviews. To whet
your appetite, our reviewers put together a list of the most
interesting, useful, and impressive new features in Photoshop,
Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere. They also dove into what’s new in
the other key apps of CS5.
Apple’s trademark industrial design--sleek lines, brushed aluminum,
uncluttered and often buttonless surfaces--is almost the polar opposite
of the workspace that writer and illustrator Bob Eckstein has created
for himself. Still, Eckstein has always made his living with Macs.
How--and why--an Arctic-obsessed illustrator and author brought the “stench of low tide” into his Mac-based home office.