Hi everyone. Many of us love free and open-source software, try to use them as much as possible and want to support their adoption.
However, for creative tools that are open source, lack professional quality pre-made templates like those available for Photoshop, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve, etc often hinders adoption among new users. Many times less powerful entry level proprietary software wins out because they are easier to use and have easily available templates.
As an example, although I use Gimp and Shotcut whenever possible, on occasions when I needed a really quick result, I’ve had to use the Windows 10 Video Editor with its built-in templates and Photopea for its ability to edit PSD templates.
What do you guys think of a template marketplace for open source programs? Live Envato’s Graphic River and Videohive but for FOSS. Template creators would get paid and a decent portion of the sales could go to the FOSS projects themselves.
Actually, on Envato’s Themeforest there are tons of themes for Wordpress which is open source. Look how, because of these themes, Wordpress has become so popular with normal people who are not coders. And themes require regular updates which graphic and video templates may not necessarily need as much of.
I teach at a school and also work for a media creation company and both of them would not hesitate to buy pre-made templates if it allowed them to continue using FOSS.
In fact, in moments of weakness, I have considered using DaVinci Resolve due to the nearly 500 templates for it on VideoHive/Envato Market.
Would be awesome if people in the community can create a marketplace or hub like that or even better. I’m not a coder or developer but I’m willing to help out any other way I can.
Please promote this idea all over the internet if you agree that it will drive adoption of Shotcut, Kdenlive, OpenShot, Natron, Blender, Gimp, Krita, Scribus and other amazing open-source software.
Please upvote this on Reddit also. Hopefully something good comes out of it that helps us all: