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Inkscape is amazing and easy to learn for vector stuff, like Illustrator, but maybe Krita for image editing and drawing. (also i highly recommend at least dual booting linux)

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QubesOS is most likely overkill and it’s probably not a good choice for beginners. Try Fedora, Manjaro, Pop OS, Elementary, Mint, Garuda or other more friendly distros. Just avoid plain Ubuntu & it’s flavors. It’s cancer nowadays.

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you can always try it out in a virtual machine :) i would personally recommend linux mint if you want something that works well out of the box. its ubuntu/debian based, so lots of package support and community, also very popular with beginners. endevouros is also good, tho slightly less beginner friendly, as it is arch based and has less preinstalled programs.

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also i highly recommend at least dual booting linux

Dual booting is a pain in the ass though.

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do you mean the installation or daily use? my biggest problem was shrinking the windows partition, but after i got that, the setup (linux mint) was pretty straight forward imo. i quickly stopped using windows altogether after a few weeks. you can always use a virtual machine or wine or whatever if you need windows-only programs

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It’s a pain to constantly have to reboot to switch between them, you have less disk space, and Windows will sometimes interfere with the Linux installation. Plus there isn’t enough things I can’t do in Linux, that I can in Windows to justify it.

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good point. linux > dual boot > windows

Well, GIMP is great but uneasy, not sure but Paint.NET on Windows is simpler but very user friendly and may be sufficient for your needs

This is the understatement of the year. GIMP is an amazing piece of software, but I struggle to imagine the person for whom it is intuitive. I mean, draw a straight line in GIMP. The interface is byzantine, at best, and the learning curve a herculean task.

It’s one of the best OSS flagships, but hoo boy, do I only reluctantly open it to do anything; I’m gonna lose that afternoon.

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yep. paint net is great, and open source. Pinta is a good alternative for linux users, as paint.net is windows-only

Paint.Net is fully open source.

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ok i did not know that thanks

You’re right for Pinta. Can’t be 100% sure about Paint.NET to be fully open source but as it based on .NET it might be…

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why not photoshop? use genp or whatever the alternative is for Mac to get it for free, you firewall the adobe genuine service anyways, they don’t get any personal info, and once ur done installing u can just firewall the entire thing so it runs 100% local

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good point. many would still prefer fully foss but this is a good option

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yea in, I just think PS is tough to beat

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it does have very powerful features, especially now with the ai stuff

Yeah, try https://krita.org

Not sure what you want to do but for me Krita is (almost) perfect (filter layers are a bit painful).

I got here wondering wth was going on, it’d be weird to hear somehow that Gimp is anti-privacy, so, well, fortunately it’s not about that.

(also,

worrying about privacy

on Windows

)

Now, IIRC, Krita does have a Windows version.

Krita has a Windows version.

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I’ve heard good things about Photopea.

ETA: No idea about privacy, etc.

Edit2: I’ve been informed it’s not free software. Leaving it here for anyone that might find it useful, though.

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non-free bad. 👎

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Yeah, I was afraid of that. Wasn’t too sure because I haven’t checked it out myself. Just know I’ve seen it mentioned a few times.

At least it allows people who depend on Photoshop (and don’t want to spend time learning GIMP) to try transitioning to platforms unsupported by Adobe (which are the best platforms, mind you ;) )

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Yeah, that’s why I decided to leave the comment there. Not everyone has a rigid stance on free software and privacy. If this software allows someone to finally ditch Windows or MacOS, then it’s already more secure and private than before.

As in freedom, of course

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Yes:

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Have you tried PhotoGIMP ?

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I can also vouch for PhotoGIMP. It’s the closest thing to Photoshop I’ve used and certainly made things much easier for me when I transitioned.

https://jspaint.app/#local

Or

https://alternativeto.net/software/krita/about/

But I like GIMP,
Not ez at start but its worth the investment to learn the basics,

You’d have to explain how gimp doesnt suit your needs, because in the open source world its best in class for photo editing.

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I use lots of gimp and with time, surely you can get used to it, but generally, it’s not a simple photo editor.

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gimp is super unintuative coming from another image editor. steep learning curve. im sure a pro could use gimp faster than paint net or whatever but most people like having a rectangle tool

it is very hard to use imo

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It doesn’t say Photoshop on the window border.

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