Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular software solutions today, when it comes to editing your pictures. Used by professionals and amateurs alike, Photoshop can help turn any picture into a masterpiece.
Unfortunately, the Creative Cloud subscription you need to access Photoshop can make it quite expensive for people just starting their brand of photography. What’s more, with so many tools to choose from on Photoshop, you can find it harder to use this tool than other alternatives.
So, what are the best free Photoshop alternatives? That’s what we want to find out about here. We’ll look at today:
- Pixlr Editor
- Photo Pos Pro
The GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP, is one of the best-known free alternatives to Photoshop on the market. As a very feature-rich solution for photographers, GIMP can do almost anything that Photoshop can. However, GIMP isn’t without its issues. For instance, many of the pre-set brushes have the same settings. Also, there are no drawing capabilities in GIMP either.
Lots of features
Image slicing support
Blending and layer support modes
Strange text tool
No RAW filter
An illustration of animals in a forest loaded into GIMP, with the gaussian blur effect being applied
Krita is another highly popular free alternative to Photoshop. In fact, it’s one of the tools most recommended by photographers in forums about editing and creative image design. The best thing about Krita is how similar it looks and feels to Photoshop. The toolbars look almost the same, and the dark theme reminds you of working with Adobe. Unfortunately, the tool is a little bit laggy at times, and there’s no RAW filter included.
Support for pens and drawing tablets
Multiple pre-installed templates
Lots of effects to choose from
Guides and rulers supported
No history toolbar
Slow at times
Limited text feature
No RAW filter
A cartoon character open in Krita, with the tool selection window open
Originally, Paint.NET was intended to be an enhanced version of the MS Paint tool. So, you’ll notice many features similar to your Microsoft application here. However, while Paint.NET might not be as powerful as Photoshop, it gives you a lot of features that may make it a great alternative for beginners. If you need free options for Photoshop that are compatible with Windows, this could be the solution for you. Paint.NET comes with layers and blending modes, as well as a history tool. Of course, it’s not quite as powerful as Photoshop.
Blending and layer support
Support for multiple file types
Well-rounded editing tool
Lack of Guide support
No RAW option
No slice, patch or spot healing tool
A screenshot of Fortnite open in Paint.NET
Although it’s a browser-based tool, the Pixlr editor is just as powerful as many desktop applications. Unlike other free alternatives to Photoshop, Pixlr editor was created by AutoDesk – a leading name in computer-aided design. There are multiple versions of Pixlr Editor available. The Editor features a wide variety of tools, including blur, sharpen, noise, levels, and curves. There’s also a toolbox that’s similar to GIMP’s, including stamp tools, healing, brushes, fills and more.
If you’re looking for a quick and simple way to improve your images, and you don’t want to worry about complex software, Pixlr is a great solution.
Access on any platform (because it’s browser-based)
Layer and blending supported
Healing and history tools
Flash download required
No pen tool supported
Not as much file support as Photoshop
No guides and rulers
An orange colored blue in the Pixlr Editor
Photo Pos Pro
Finally, Photo Pos Pro is one of the best free alternatives to Photoshop on the market today. As an advanced piece of editing equipment designed for people who can’t afford Photoshop, Photo Pos Pro is brimming with fantastic capabilities. Similar to Photoshop, there are layers and layer masks, as well as healing and clone brushes. There are even options for scripts as well as match editing to help save you time with your edits.
Photo Pos Pros also comes with plugins to enhance your editing experience. You can also create and save filters that you want to use in the future.
Customizable interface for novices and experts
Support for layers and masks
Intuitive feature selection
Closely resembles photoshop
Can be difficult to learn
Software acts strangely at times
Size of exported files is limited
A couple of people on a transparent background in Photo Pos Pro, with the Equalization tool open
So there you have it! Some of the best free alternatives to Photoshop available today. Which one do you plan on using?
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