Adobe Photoshop is one of the best tools for photo editors used by millions today. It is not easy for a newbie but by usage, it certainly gets handy even for quick edits and saves time normally taking several hours using paint and other simple tools. The only drawback to using Adobe Photoshop is that it is not free. It costs USD $29.99 per month and Adobe has certainly notched up their game by moving to a pay per subscription model from a one-time payment model. This makes it costly for beginners or amateurs who want to try the software or even to get a hands on learning experience.
Best Free Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop:
IrfanView is small and great photo editing alternative to photoshop and a small step to better photo editing than the normal Paint in Microsoft Windows. Out of many, some of its features include capturing, lossless JPG operations, multi-page editing, file searching, changing the color depth, cut/crop, IPTC editing etc
We have already mentioned GIMP in an earlier article which you can read here. It is one of the best alternatives to Adobe Photoshop especially if you are on Linux Environments or Distros.
Seashore is an open source image editor built for Mac OS on Cocoa framework. Seashore acts more like a bridge between Adobe Photoshop & GIMP. Seashore will be helpful for fast basic image editing and the best part is that it’s free! Which Mac Apps are free anyway?
Pixlr brings the editing to a new level giving a healthy competition to paid software like Adobe. It is Windows, Mac & Android. We did see the App on the Mac App Store but now it only available from its official website and CNET. If you don’t have the professional skills for photoshop but want to look like a pro in front of your friends then Pixlr is for you.
As we have cover Krita earlier (Which you can read here). Krita is another free and open source professional painting platform for artists, concept art designers, illustrators, comic artists & designers & painters. It has a professional user interface like My Paint with many advanced and basic features similar to it. Available on Windows | Linux | Mac
Cinepaint is more focused towards retouching bitmap frames of films. It is an open-source software which can also be used for editing paintings. Only Downfall is that it is not available for Windows but it available for all Unix Like Environments including Mac.
Firealpaca is comparatively new in the market with its latest version (while writing this article) was published on 08/07/2017. It is more like a paint tool than a photoshop tool inhibiting some of its capabilities. It is available on both Windows & Mac with support for 10 different languages. It is pretty easy and convenient to use for beginners & Amateurs.
Who said Adobe does not give free products? It certainly does! Adobe Photoshop is a portable & free version of Photoshop available on Windows (From Windows Store), iPhone & Android. It is not complete but it can do your minor effects without any hassle.
PicMonkey is similar to adobe photoshop express but is technically an online photo editing tool which was recently ported to Apps on the IOS & Android Platform. There is premium version too but it’s not free. In our opinion, the free version works just fine. There is also a chrome extension which you can check out here.
Photoscape’s last version was released in 2014 but it worked fine when we tested it. It is a mediocre photo editing software if you only need basic effects.
Pixelmator is one of those apps which catches eyes in the first glance. A new user might need some time to get used to its tools, functions, and effects but its possibilites after learning all of it is endless.
And lastly, there is SnapSpeed. Google’s answer to editing photos professionally at your fingertips. Not much is needed to be said about this App since its one of the best we have used as a portable editing tool.
Please free to write us if you have any suggestions or any Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop.