Is it possible to be a graphic designer on Linux?
After 8 years using the same MacBook Pro, I finally upgraded my gear to the only logical choice: a very powerful gaming laptop. But using Windows is killing me inside. There's no consistency. Meanwhile Apple's hardware is ridiculously limited, under-powered and overpriced. But you already knew that.
I used Ubuntu years ago and Kali when I was student and couldn't afford an own internet connection and I really liked them. The only thing that has been holding me back to jump to Ubuntu or Elementary OS permanently is the lack of native support for Adobe products. But I should be able to be creative with any setup, right?
I'm currently learning UI/UX design, and I've been able to work with Figma for a lack of a Windows alternative to Sketch. Which is a great browser program that can open Sketch files and offers even more than Sketch itself.
What I'm wondering is if it's possible to translate this experience to Linux. I know there are alternatives to most Adobe CC products, but can they open the Adobe files as well? Will Wine do the trick and offer the performance I need in, for example, rendering an animation? Has anyone been able to ditch Cinema 4D and used Blender instead without wanting to die?
The main programs I use are:
I appreciate any comments and experiences that can enlighten me on my path to a better OS experience: an open one.
I am overwhelmed and thankful for all your comments. I did consider the Hackintosh option before buying my laptop, but it was limiting my hardware options. It's also very unreliable.
For the couple Apple-fanboy trolls: There's no way I'm going back to Apple after all the factory issues (which I also experienced with my 2010 MBP) and lack of upgradability. Also, I really appreciate having real ports for all my needs. They won't be having my money until they stop being so shady.
I should have mentioned this before, but at work I have to use an iMac with Adobe CC. I was asking for my home set-up, for the odd job. Not as my main source of income.
After reading all the answers, I decided I'll try with a dual boot for the occasional Adobe CC work on Windows, but I'll give Linux and its alternatives a go as my main OS.
Thanks to you, I know to expect a bumpy ride. But as a professional, I should be able to deliver, no matter the tools. So I'll keep you posted.