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  • Writer's pictureDoug Ennis

Breaking away from Adobe: A Guide to Ownership and AI Learning

Updated: Jun 17



I met a traveller from an antique land,

Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;

And on the pedestal, these words appear:

My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;

Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

-Percy Bysshe Shelley


Adobe has been a leader in the creative software industry for decades, with products like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign being the go-to tools for professionals. However, with the recent changes in Adobe’s Terms of Service and the rise of AI learning, many users are considering alternatives. This article will guide you through the process of migrating away from Adobe products, focusing on the issues of ownership and the potential of AI learning.


Adobe’s New Terms of Service

Adobe’s new Terms of Service have raised concerns among its user base. The updated terms state that Adobe retains the right to use any work created using their software. This means that technically, users do not own the work they create using Adobe products. This has caused an uproar in the creative community, as ownership of one’s work is a fundamental right for any creator.


The Rise of AI Learning

AI learning has revolutionized many industries, and the creative software industry is no exception. AI-powered tools can now perform tasks that were once exclusive to professional designers, such as removing backgrounds from images or creating complex designs. These tools are not only more affordable than Adobe’s suite of products, but they also offer a level of convenience and efficiency that traditional software cannot match.


Migrating Away from Adobe Products

Migrating away from Adobe products may seem daunting, especially if you’ve been using them for years. However, there are many alternatives available that offer similar functionalities at a fraction of the cost. Here are a few steps to help you make the transition:

  1. Identify Your Needs: Determine what you use Adobe products for and find alternatives that offer similar features. For example, if you use Photoshop for photo editing, consider alternatives like GIMP or Canva.

  2. Test Out Alternatives: Most software offers free trials. Use this opportunity to test out different products and see which ones you prefer.

  3. Check Compatibility: Ensure that the alternative software is compatible with your current system and can handle the files you’ll be working with.

  4. Learn the New Software: Take advantage of online tutorials and guides to learn how to use your new software. Many alternatives have robust online communities that can provide assistance.

  5. Gradual Transition: Instead of switching over all at once, consider gradually transitioning to the new software. This can make the process less overwhelming.


Conclusion

While Adobe’s new Terms of Service may be concerning, it has opened up a discussion about ownership and the role of AI learning in the creative industry. By migrating to alternative software, not only can you retain ownership of your work, but you can also take advantage of the benefits that AI learning has to offer. The transition may require some effort, but the potential benefits make it a worthwhile endeavor.


Feeling betrayed by Adobe?  You’re not alone and many content creators and organizations are rapidly evaluating new products and assessing the impact. If you’re feeling the sting of this move by Adobe and unsure of your options, One Bridge Consulting can help! Please reach out to us at info@obc.tech or call us directly at 207-352-1743 between the hours of 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.

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