The Best Free Alternatives to Photoshop
Everyone knows how amazing Photoshop is and how useful it is for people who have no real interest in serious image editing. However, it is not the easiest to learn if you don’t exactly know where to start. For those who can’t wrap their head around the wide array of features that photoshop has to offer, you can try some free alternatives. Here are some free alternatives to photoshop that might work for you.
GIMP (Windows, Mac, Linux)
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-hand drawing, resizing, cropping, photo-montages, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks. GIMP offers a wide toolset, similar to Photoshop, and is a good alternative if you’re looking for a free, no-cost image editor. The interface is very different from Photoshop, so it may take some getting used to.
Paint.NET is another free alternative to photoshop for Windows. Paint.NET is excellent if you’re having trouble with Photoshop. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides the design program friendly help, tutorials, and plugins. Paint.NET is lightweight, it will load quickly and only handle the most fundamental of features, like layers, plugins, etc. Excellent for quick edits, crops and daily photo editing.
Pixlr (Windows, Mac, Web, Mobile)
Pixlr is an awesome cloud-based image editor, which is its greatest feature in my opinion. It was created by Autodesk the same people who gave us products like AutoCAD, Maya, and 3DS Max. It is cloud-based so it may not be the greatest quality, but it’s packed full of features That will definitely get the job done. I mainly use Pixlr when I am not able to get to my home PC.
Try out these free alternatives to photoshop and see how well they work for you. If you don’t like these, there are many more online. Some of them just help you to set up flyers, brouchures and cards, and others will grant you full image editing capabilities. Just do a google search for “alternatives to photoshop”.