Learning new tools

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Recently, I learnt about the Fediverse and FOSS. I’m intrigued by the concept of it. I’ll try to transit myself from using big tech products, to more indie and open source softwares. Let’s see how it goes.

I’ve been a long-time user of Adobe PhotoShop and illustrator. I’m talking about day-to-day usage of around 5-6 hours for more than a decade since 2007. In my opinion, this combo of raster and vector editing softwares are the best tools a designer could get. It’s so natural and easy to use. I feel safe, every time I saw the interface.

They’ve their flaws, sure, but it will get the job done. For most of the time, you don’t even need to care how to use the tool itself, but focus on what you do with it.

But starting from this year, all this will have a change.

For image editing, GIMP. For designing layout, Sketch, Figma. For vector graphics, Inkscape.

I’m a bit excited to try out new stuffs. But at the same time, I struggled to do even the simplest tasks. I’ll need to relearn all the basics of each tool. This is quite a painful process. Without knowing the hotkeys, it’ll take a much longer time.

Aside from that, all the tools I mentioned above none of them has yet offer a better alternative of the Pen Tool than in Adobe’s. You just can’t beat the experience in PhotoShop, illustrator, InDesign, Flash. Adobe somehow aligned their Pen Tool across their products. It’s just so seamless to draw or edit shapes or paths.

Maybe I’m too opinionated. But at least I’m trying not relying on the same tools. That might possibly ignite creativity.

This is #Day3 of #100DaysToOffload.