QUESTION Best replacement for CraftArtist

SassyJ9

New Member
Hi all!

I was very into digital scrapbooking and was fluent with CA2, but circumstances in life had me stepping away for a number of years. I want to get back into it, but I am on a different computer and I have no way to access the software. Does anyone have a suggestion for something good that will take its place without being overly expensive or difficult to learn? Your help is greatly appreciated.

Janine
 

Robyn

Administrator
Staff member
Challenge Host - February
I like Photoshop, mainly because I'm used to it, but it is expensive and has a lot of stuff in there that you don't need for scrapbooking and/or digital art.

We have many members here who have used CA2 (and still do). Some of them have moved on to other programs and I am sure they will be able to offer you suggestions as to what you might now consider as a replacement program.
 

nemla

love a challenging challenge
Challenge Host - February
Photo shop Elements ,with out a doubt. It has everything you need for scrap booking ,at a fairly reasonable price, also you own this software...not sure if you can download a free trail,but you can definitely download a free trial of Photoshop it self, though that is more complex than elements,so perhaps try a free software like GIMP first. It is very similar to elements.
Serif the makers of CraftArtist replaced it with Affinity. I think they do a free trail....? Problem is that if you want the same features that CA had,you need 2 Softwares Affinity photo,and Affinity Designer. And then it becomes the same price as Elements (more actually).
A side note. If you contact Serif ,and you have your codes still it is possible they can help you ...regarding CA re'dowoad...
There is a thread here at Just Art somewhere for a free Craft Artist . It is not a Serif supported site.
Have fun ,good luck, if you need help,there are users of most software programmes here.
Eileen (HSA) designs for My Memoirs suite.... that may be an option too, though I know very little about it.
 
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SassyJ9

New Member
Thank you! I was able to get Photoshop through my work, so that was easy! Now I just need to learn to use it. LOL! Thank you ladies so much! Do you have any suggestions on basic tutorials or classes?
 

nemla

love a challenging challenge
Challenge Host - February
Adobe it self has a slew of tutorials, and they are for all different levels of users...
Design cuts ( a shop ) also has a ton of free tutorials, and you get a free welcome gift ( a big one ) Click on Learn on their home page, then start scrooling LoL...Check out Anna Aspens and Julie Mead there , they also have tutorials on their websites ( blogs? ) apart from at Design Cuts.
Many products on DC are for procreate, they are NOT compatible with Photoshop , so don't get those, But maybe watch a few because the method is similar.
 
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Angela Toucan

New Member
I've moved from Craft Artist to Affinity Publisher with Designer and Photo last year. They had a special 50% off deal on during the first Lockdown, and have repeated their offer this lockdown.
 

Rosie

Wildlife Warrior
Challenge Host - February
I still use Craft Artist a lot of the time simply because it is quick and easy. But I use Affinity Designer as well. I mostly use it for painting but you can most certainly make pages with it too. As it is also by Serif it seems more familiar than Photoshop.
 

Kakleidesigns

Premier Senior Member
Challenge Host - February
I used lots of different software through many, many years and Photoshop is the best for me. ( I started with Paint shop pro which is also a very good alternative. But this was more than 15 years ago) I will recommend you to search on Youtube for Photoshop tutorials, I don't know which version you have, but if you have the newest one which is 2021, there are plenty of tutorials in Adobe and even more on Youtube, and they can be applied to every version.
 
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