FREE DESIGN SOFTWARE

WHAT YOU WILL FIND

This my list of free or heavily discounted softwares available for students and young professionals to use to practice their art and design skills. I believe wholeheartedly that no one should be excluded in the design world because of the costs of softwares and equipment, so this list is meant to combat that issue and even the playing field for all creators.

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One of the most popular and renowned free photoshop alternatives for design and photography needs

Photopea is a web-based graphics editor which can work with raster and vector graphics

Japanese developed software used for the digital creation of comics, general illustration, and 2D animation

Low-cost single-purchase photo editing software with many advanced features beyond that of other programs 

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ILLUSTRATOR DUPES

Low-cost single-purchase software for creating concept art, print projects, logos, icons, UI designs, mock-ups and more

Krita is a professional free and open source painting program made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone

Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor used to create vector images, primarily in Scalable Vector Graphics format

Boxy SVG is a free vector graphics editor for creating illustrations, as well as logos, icons, and other elements of graphic design

A free vector graphics editor is a computer program that allows users to compose and edit vector graphics images interactively

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Low-cost single-purchase software for published documents such as books, magazines and marketing materials, and templates

Scribus is free and open-source desktop publishing software similar to that of InDesign but with additional animation features 

VivaDesigner is a low-cost typesetting and layout program for both desktop and web

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AFTER EFFECTS DUPES

Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite supporting modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, and more

DaVinci Resolve is the free version of hollywood’s most popular solution for editing, visual effects, motion graphics, color correction and audio post production

HitFilm Express is free video editing software with professional-grade VFX tools to make awesome content, films or gaming videos. Great for beginners or students

Natron is a free and open-source node-based compositing application for 2D visual effects

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ADOBE XD DUPES

Figma is a free vector graphics editor and prototyping tool which is primarily web-based, with additional offline features

Free vector graphics editor used for user interface and user experience design of websites and mobile apps 

InVision is a free prototyping tool for creating interactive mockups for your designs. Has paid upgraded version for additional features

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LIGHTROOM DUPES

Free and open-source photography application software. Rather than being a raster graphics editor like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP, it comprises a subset of image editing operations specifically aimed at non-destructive raw image post-production

RawTherapee is application software for processing photographs. It comprises a subset of image editing operations specifically aimed at non-destructive post-production of raw photos

Paid photo editing software with image cataloguing, raw image file processing, and tethered photography. Big discounts for students

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PREMIERE PRO DUPES

DaVinci Resolve is free a color correction and non-linear video editing application

Free and open-source video editing software allowing people to cut video and audio and add custom effects

Free non-linear editing system for editing and mastering digital video with paid upgrades

OpenShot Video Editor is a free and open-source video editor for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS. 

Free and open-source video editor with easy to use features and work on Linux unlike many of the other softwares

HitFilm Express is free video editing software with professional-grade VFX tools to make awesome content, films or gaming videos. Great for beginners or students

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AUDITION DUPES

A digital audio production application offering recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering toolsets. Free trial and discounted license

Audacity is a free and open-source digital audio editor and recording application software great for students and hobbyists 

Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application that also works on Linux

Cakewalk by BandLab is a free windows-friendly audio editing software with more advanced features than many other programs 

OTHER FREE SOFTWARE

OBS Studio is a free and open-source cross-platform live streaming and recording program

Open source 2D animation software that's been used by studio Ghibli for years 

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