If you’re an artist and your workflow consists of free and open source software, you may already know how rich and efficient it is to work with these tools. Krita, GIMP, Inkscape is getting enhanced every day, and they are helping many people to get their job done without costing much or nothing.
But it isn’t only costs that makes open source software like Krita a better choice for creative people and companies but there are hundreds plus other reasons.
These programs (Krita, Inkscape, GIMP and many others) are growing faster with the help of strong FOSS companies like KDE and a broad community consisting of thousands of developers, testers and maintainers. Krita is among those great tools that enables an artist to create masterpiece without constantly fearing about recurring payments, non-focused / invasive workflow, forcing to be inside a closed software ecosystem.
So why don’t people just start using Krita, or switch to it? There are many people switching to it but not many. Let me give you broader information. I live in a country where Adobe, Corel products are not directly available. Yet still people crack proprietary products and use them drawing stick figures and memes. And there are many independent artists, personals and learners who still pays 100s of dollar to proprietary software companies in order to do their jobs.
I have asked many of these people and dived in to gather some key points. Let’s check them out.
1. People fear change.
Many people don’t want to set sail toward new island because they don’t know what can come up next and smash them off. They stick with their own lane even if it is bad and costs many things. They fear the change. “What if I get lost in the new environment, what if this, and what if that, what if this, and they stick to whatever they are going with.”
2. People are lazy.
Some people just don’t want to move their butt. They pay to fix problems that are nonsensical, or just doable by themselves with little effort. They are dependent and lazy to do the work of switching to a whole new software. “Its too much work” and they just roll their mouse wheel. They learn one specific program and depends on it. They don’t think they are the one who creates the art, not the software.
3. Stuck in the ecosystem.
Some companies offer close integration and closes their users to their own ecosystem where you become dependent and moving to a new software becomes hard task. One workflow may link to several others enclosed applications. Thus making it really hard to move.
4. People are in illusion.
They think using a big branded products makes them good artists and professionals. They think “Industry standard” is a true thing, and they day-dream about being at top by using top branded software, they think privacy is not an issue, monopolization is not a thing, and they are certainly not being victimized.
Many of them points out features even they don’t often use or doesn’t need, and not worth the money they are paying. Some features sound big but don’t result big change.
5. There is not strong marketing for free software.
Many people don’t know about Krita and other FOSS services at all. They believe what shown on the TV, the ads, their favorite people use, what they have been taught in school. And many schools / training centers only teaches their students specific software, sometime they even discourage people to use software other than what they teach. They say its “Industry Standard” and all these things, although I don’t believe in such word. There is no standard. Different companies may use different software, even use in-house software.
So, these are the things I found. But again, there is no fault using the software you like.“Like” is a personal term here. You choose a software, you think its nice personally and use it. But please use free software. Because its made for you, the people. It’s free. Even if it costs, it won’t cost your privacy, control and freedom while you create something meaningful for yourself or for the world.