Wow! Thanks for getting this going w such well thought out n explained points.
Without getting the conversation too terribly off course, just tiny lil bit on me, particularly in regard to what I use n how n why; I've used krita since their post Kickstarter launch "version 3" version 4(which is remarkably stable beta out now) is exponentially evolved. Very powerful.
I can appreciate the trend toward throwing gimp into the spot, because I did say open source, but I just wanted to veer any judgement, that I was sales pitching or affiliated, away into the personal and useful.
I have never been able to appreciate gimp. It's mostly esoteric in it's entirety(too technical)
And that makes way for an argument against this stuff, (but I'll try and be organized w my thoughts and get back to that later). I have been making art and appreciating art for decades now, in various media, and always been appreciative of ingenuity over refinement.
That being said, I appreciate any advice that may well inspire better workflow, but my experience w tools, traditional and digital, is pretty sound, so keeping on the real meat of a difference between expensive vs free to function vs arbitrary status quo cementing, is what I'd like to work on here
- I can appreciate that adobe, like all successful commercial enterprises, are going to be working very hard to brand themselves, and have public sentiment be in their favor(I am tempted to make a case here for public manipulation being the primary area of interest vs what is possible/quite easy and more accessible)
There for, keeping "what I'm using" be more valuable than why.
2.96%+ of shortcuts on krita(not to mention interface) are IDENTICAL to Photoshop. And the remaining differences can be very easily changed to imitate hotkeys of yer preference.
3.opening, accessing, sharing files thru all these platforms, is designed to work w all these file types, including group project sharing. From to and all around ps files. They all work w these files very fluidly(just like ps does to other varying file types).
- Using krita and/or ps, in my tried experience, are virtually the same, as far as know how and anything else that would be skillset oriented.
I am really happy to be able to engage on this topic.
So far, tho, I'm not hearing that folks know what a fantastic and versatile, well supported program (did I mention free) Krita is.
I've tried adobe, and although, I have nothing to be critical over, I am still not really seeing why krita isn't highly recommended. The argument of "Industry standard" just drives me bonkers. Because I really believe that's little more than brand loyalty n doing what the "big company" wants.
I think an argument can be made against all open source, and although I can understand where the developers are coming from, the difficulty curve to weed out the simple-minded, is just plain snotty. Not to mention, counterproductive.
Until recently (2016+) these interfaces and just generally speaking(from my previous experience) software in general, were really awkward and discouraging for people who want smooth easy and simple fast.
Ideally tho, shouldn't that be a part of anything made to empower the user?
So, krita, having spelled out their mission statement and demographic goals etc, has done a fantastic job of closing the gap on the intimidating factors at the surface.
I'll quit for now, because I think I've spewed enough rant fodder. I am however, very sincerely, appreciative of this community, and unless SVS has corporate sponsorship from adobe(which I can respect if it is the case)
I'd really like people to know that there really isn't any difference making reason to learn this pretty straightforward software thru the free and solid alternative. At least update people's understanding. To help those who, rightly, are hesitant or unable to pay a monthly bloated fee. When identical progress, networking and knowledge can be achieved w nothing more than the hardware and some excited curiosity.
Thanks! I look forward to being convinced that money should be spent by any body other than a facilitating company or school who can provide for free, rather than get behind an honest and solid community based solution.
(Sorry I'm all over the place, and amped up). I'm just excited to have a real case made. Thanks!!