Man.., if Photoshop were to pop out of existence tomorrow... People would survive, but it would seriously screw up a lot of workflows and create a lot of panic. Photoshop is the Industry Standard. In the 20-some years I've been working with graphics software, I've noodled around with lots of different programs, and I've found a few that do some specific things better than PS, (ClipStudio Paint, for instance, is better at brush-engine stuff for drawing and inking), but no piece of software, and I mean, NOT ONE, in all that time, has come close to being as pragmatic, reliable, consistent or as capable across such a wide range of indices as Adobe's flagship. CSP is a total joke when it comes to handling file formats, for instance, where PS wields -literally- an unparalleled portfolio of save/read formats offering users deep-access to obscure functions within all the dozens of algorithms, both open source and licensed official IP. It's pretty damned astonishing, actually. I mean, GIMP, for a long time, couldn't calibrate colours using Pantne's official CMYK colour-matching index because to do so would require the software developers and users pay a license fee to Pantone. Adobe, as part of its mandate, takes care of that kind of behind the scenes paperwork legal bullcrap, and industry totally demands it. Sending files to press using some flaky opensource 'standard' can work, but really, it's a waste of time and resources and people don't take you seriously. If your job requires that kind of power, then sure, you can probably find some other piece of software which will get you there, but you *know* that Photoshop can do it, and has been doing it for decades, with support in the form of paid tech help and user knowledge bases. AND you know that the people you're sending your files off to also know Photoshop, so you don't have to talk them through some half-baked task-specific piece of OS freeware which nobody else is trained on and which will probably vanish from the web in five years, leaving you stuck with vital files you can't open. This is why when Adobe tries to be clever and makes changes, it rocks the world. Photoshop has become one of those cultural and industrial edifices. That could change, (think Apple's movie editing software which everybody used and swore by, and which, in a display of utterly dazzling insanity, Apple fsked up royally, causing pretty much the entire film industry to switch platforms), but it would only change to a different primary focal point. Culture needs something like Photoshop. It's probably some genetic level directive that there be certain standard focal points in each important human category where the majority of the human tribe agree to tie their conscious awareness. Those focal points can change, but it's usually a big deal when it happens. It's why everybody uses goddamned Microsoft Word to write documents -when there are tons of possibilities for text editing out there.