Making music artwork. Alternatives to Adobe?

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KVRAF
2294 posts since 31 Jan, 2020

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:29 pm

I think i need to up my game with my music artwork. Looking at Adobe but it's £50 a month on subscription. Are there any cheaper alternatives to Adobe?

KVRAF
2179 posts since 23 Dec, 2002

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:41 pm

I bought a full video and paint and painterly package from humble bundle. It is legit... Pinnacle , Corel and others including brush packs etc. I was subscribing to Adobe and just abandoned outright last year. Usually the versions are one year old. Most of the money goes to charity but you decide how to portion it out if you don't like the defaults. You are likely more advanced than I am but look into it. This is not cripple-ware these are full version. Humble Bundle runs the paint/video promotion a couple of times a year. I've picked up some audio editing tools through the site as well. Great value. Cheap too ... under $40 USD usually.

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KVRAF

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2294 posts since 31 Jan, 2020

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:43 pm

Thanks Scotty, i'll have a look at that.

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KVRian
717 posts since 22 Feb, 2014

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:54 pm

Serif's Affinity apps are quite popular alternatives. They're still having their 50% off sale, too - https://affinity.serif.com

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KVRist
270 posts since 17 Sep, 2020

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:00 pm

Affinity all the way.

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KVRAF

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2294 posts since 31 Jan, 2020

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:28 pm

Thanks telecharge and Effectworks.

I just thought: I'm lacking in imagination. When i looked at Adobe i felt inspired and i wasn't worried about my lack of imagination. When i look at Affinity i worry that i could end up spending more money than Adobe subscription, for the add-on packs. Do you think that could be the case?
I just want to make better pictures for my Soundcloud page, but i think i'm lacking in imagination. Does for example Affinity Publisher come with a lot of fonts? I don't have a camera. I want to see what i can make without using a camera.

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KVRian
717 posts since 22 Feb, 2014

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:55 pm

I only have Affinity Designer, and I'm just a casual user. It doesn't look like Publisher comes with any fonts by default, but it should be able to use what you already have. There are a lot of free fonts available to download on the web. See this thread - https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index. ... t-download

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KVRAF
2399 posts since 18 May, 2002 from up on Cripple Creek (CO)

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:09 pm

Here's some free stuff:

GIMP - you'll also want G'MIC

Paint.net

Inkscape

Krita
Fugue State Audio - plugins, samples, etc.
Take music back from the suits and return it to the people.

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KVRAF

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2294 posts since 31 Jan, 2020

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:12 pm

synthgeek wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:09 pm
Here's some free stuff:

GIMP - you'll also want G'MIC

Paint.net

Inkscape

Krita
Wow brilliant, thank you very much.

KVRAF
1620 posts since 6 Nov, 2006

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:15 pm

affinity all the way. ridiculous deal. great apps. no cloud. no BS.

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KVRAF

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2294 posts since 31 Jan, 2020

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:47 pm

Actually it looks like neither Adobe or Affinity would work with my computer. I think i would need a graphics card. I'll try the freebies tomorrow.

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KVRAF

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2294 posts since 31 Jan, 2020

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:29 pm

telecharge wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:55 pm
I only have Affinity Designer, and I'm just a casual user. It doesn't look like Publisher comes with any fonts by default, but it should be able to use what you already have. There are a lot of free fonts available to download on the web. See this thread - https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index. ... t-download
sorry, my manners, thx!

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KVRian
717 posts since 22 Feb, 2014

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KVRAF
1959 posts since 10 Jul, 2006 from Tampa

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:17 pm

Spring Goose wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:47 pm
Actually it looks like neither Adobe or Affinity would work with my computer. I think i would need a graphics card. I'll try the freebies tomorrow.
Not trying to change your mind, but Affinity doesn't actually require a "Direct3D level 12.0-capable card"; that's only for hardware-based acceleration. They also list a "DirectX 10-compatible Graphics Cards and above" in the same "Tech Specs" list. While they probably should have broken these out into "Recommended" and "Required" columns for clarity, it doesn't appear you actually need a beefy video card.

And I haven't checked Adobe's requirements in a year or so, but last I checked, Photoshop would run on an integrated graphics "card" -- you may just want to allocate more RAM to it in your BIOS, if you have that option. (The same would go for Affinity, obviously.)

Humble Bundle's Corel options are pretty good, too -- though you don't necessarily get updates. Even when I had CorelPAINT! (as part of the Corel suite), I still used Photoshop because I found it considerably easier. But CorelPAINT! is a fairly robust image manipulation app, and it's been around for many years.

Of course, hardware-based acceleration is very helpful, but it's rarely "required", unless you're using high-end image manipulation apps...or you have no patience for rendering. ;)

Steve
Here's some of my stuff: https://soundcloud.com/shadowsoflife. If you hear something you like, I'm looking for collaborators. (I'm looking for collaborators even if you don't hear something you like. I guess I just won't be hearing from you. :wink:)

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KVRAF
6527 posts since 18 Aug, 2007 from NYC

Post Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:02 pm

Spring Goose, check this out: https://www.canva.com

I have not used it before, but it looks pretty flexible with lots of templates to customize.

I think you should be able to sign up for 30 days free which might get you what you need to stand out. Many of the social medial templates are squared and decent for manipulation to use on Soundcloud. You can freely change fonts, photo backgrounds, and lots of inspiration too.

Otherwise, I'm a big fan of Affinity, having just moved away from Adobe last month.

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