French University Dumps Adobe Photoshop For Open Source App Krita

University Paris 8 dumped Adobe Photoshop for

What is the Open Source alternative of Adobe Photoshop? GIMP, would be the obvious answer. But not for this French University (or school, as we call it in France). ATI (Art and Technology of Image) department at Université Paris 8 is making the switch to Krita, an Open Source imaging application with emphasis on digital painting and illustration.

Until now, the students and staff of ATI department were using Adobe Photoshop but since they were not getting adequate support from Adobe, they decided to look for alternatives.

Decision not taken in a hurry

ATI teacher François Grassard with keen interest in Open Source technologies, invited David Revoy to to do a demo on Krita and help them ease the switch. Couple of questions were raised over few issues in Krita 2.8 which was duly fixed in latest version 2.9. The driving reason for the switch to Krita, in the words of François:

“we don’t want to let ourselves be pushed around and make choices that go against our beliefs. This freedom of choice is exactly the advantage that a public institution has over a private school.”

As the first step, in a three-week intensive course Master Level 1 students will work with Krita, Blender and Natron. Other animation schools in France are keenly following this experimentation at Université Paris 8. If this switch gains success, surely other schools will be following the suit.

Open Source adoption a growing trend in Europe

As I had covered earlier, Open Source adoption in Europe was one of the biggest Linux stories of the year 2014. Be it Italy, France, Spain, Germany or Switzerland, we keep on hearing about adopting Open Source software. But these migrations were mostly related OpenOffice, Libre Office or about replacing Windows XP with Linux. This is kind of first and suggests that things are moving in diverse directions.

Viva La Open Source!!

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  • I think they have done the right thing. We don’t need to rely on only Adobe products. Now more good alternatives are available in the market and those are easy and reliable.

  • I found Gimp, Inkscape, and Krita to be more than capable. I am a graphic designer and use open source alternatives, exclusively.

    I used Photoshop and Illustrator when I began and they are still premium tools but not as necessary as I once believed. I have done well with open source and found ways to accomplish any goal I have needed to with FOSS software.

    In fact, I would say weening off Adobe has made me a better artist by forcing me to think outside the box and come up with a different approach or solution. Gimp has improved with me and it keeps getting better. No, it isn’t Photoshop but man is it getting close. The gap is very narrow now.

    Some open source software like Darktable is professional grade. I feel Gimp and Inkscape are, as well. Krita is an excellent illustration and art tool and its entry into the field is most welcome. Together, these tools give me plenty to work with to attain professional results.

    Photoshop and Illustrator are the standard, that is true. FOSS has come a long way and is now a viable alternative for anyone willing to give it a shot and put the time in to learn them. I am glad I did. It has been worth it on so many levels.