Adobe Photoshop is a program which made image editing so simple and reliable that you don’t need a professional degree or training to operate it. I won’t say it’s very easy to operate but still, if you try then learning Photoshop becomes very easy.
Photoshop has been with us for last 25 years, and from the day of its launch it took image editing by storm and made the concept very popular across the shores. And I must say that Photoshop has a very honest fan base who can choose Photoshop over any other image editing tool in a blink of an eye. But have you ever thought about using some alternatives? I know it’s hard to digest that there are alternatives for Photoshop. But believe me, guys the alternatives or options I’m going to mentioned in this article are worth your time.
Let’s get to some cool alternatives to Photoshop.
9 Best Photoshop Alternatives 2017 –
1. PicMonkey –
PicMonkey has a very simple interface, but after using this tool frequently you’ll realize that it has amazing features inside the interface which are enough to charm anyone. Inside the tool, you will find many different modifications and tweaks.
You can start with a blank slate and draw and design whatever you like. After that upload, any image of yours and start editing with enhancing colors, shapes, and sizes of the characters. More you use the tool you’ll be introduced to new things.
However, PicMoney is a service which is offered free of cost. But you can also get the premium version which consists of more features.
2. GIMP –
GIMP, which means GNU Image Manipulation program clearly stands out as on of the best alternatives for Photoshop which supports all the major OS platforms. Although, it’s not as versatile as Photoshop but still can do lots of cool stuff.
Key Features includes Re-Touching, selection, HDR, Lens and color correction, Plug-Inn support, Sharpening. Other than that, The supported file formats includes BMP, RAW Formats, PNG, JPEG, PSD, TIFF, etc. And the best part you’ll like about GIMP that’s it completely free of cost.
3. Pixlr Editor –
Pixlr Editor is a very popular Editing tool. It is also very easy to understand if you’re already familiar with photo editing and Photoshop. I must say that it is filled with great editing features along with simple and straight forward UI. Unfortunately, there are no tutorials or guide available for beginners right now, so, beginners may find some difficulties while using it.
However, if you’re a pro-Image editor then this too has some really needful features for you. And if someone does not want to rely on the website or the desktop version then you can download the extremely popular Pixlr Express App from Google Playstore or App store for your smartphone.
4. Paint.Net –
Ever used the Windows paint service offered by Windows. If you’ve liked the paint version from Windows then you will definitely relate to Paint.Net. Paint.Net is quite similar to original Windows paint, but it’s not a parody version. Actually it’s an enhanced version of the Original Paint with better features.
It’s not as complex as Photoshop, but it still holds some needful effects and features which can be useful for both beginners and pros. The people who are fond of more “realistic” effects will find Paint.Net suitable for all their needs.
Key Features includes Histogram, Selection Editing, Resizing, Color Correction, and Noise Removal.
5. Canva –
Canva is different all other alternatives mentioned in the list because it doesn’t support the traditional editing like Photoshop or the other alternatives mentioned here. It claims that it makes design simple for anyone. The website is filled with different fonts, layouts, stock images, and beautiful designs.
The website is suitable for creating birthday cards, ad banners, and business cards to be more appropriate. The collection of stock images is also very impressive. Most of them are free but, some of them are also paid. But, I’ve seen the images and they’re worth your money. The paid images are not that expensive so, the website also cares about your affordability.
6. Seashore –
Seashore is an open-source Image editing platform specially designed for Mac users. The effects, features, and Interface are quite needful. Although, most of the effects are different and doesn’t relate at all with Photoshop or GIMP. The effects are impressive but not as impacted like GIMP or Photoshop.
Key features include Gradient, Transparency, Plug-In support, and anti brushes.
7. Pixelmator –
Pixelmator can’t be considered an alternative to Photoshop, but still, it deserves a mentioned in the list. The appeal of the new version of Pixelmator makes it stand out from others. The features like compressed memory features and multi-monitor support are the backbones of the tool.
Other than that, unlike many other editing tools pixelmator provides many tutorials for beginners and pros to enhance capabilities of the features. It includes both official and third party tutorial by YouTubers and Pixelmator fanatics.
8. SumoPaint –
SunoPiant is a simple editing tool with light weight features and less complexity. Some features you can look forward to are gradient, brushes, pencils, text, other editing, and formatting. It can’t be compared to any other complex image editing tools mentioned in the list but it can be treated well as light weight and simple image editing tools which can be used more fun, and professional purposes.
More features which can used just for joy includes Funny faces, hats , mouths and mustaches.
9. CinePaint –
Cinepaint is a complex Image and video editing tool which is just for professionals, and can’t be considered for the beginners who just wants to edit some random images. The Editing tool even supports 32-bit image fidelity, and as I told you earlier that this is not just a simple image editing tool, it can be also used for Re-touching videos. Having a great set of features has made this tool favorite for many Hollywood filmmakers to be used in their animation films.
Currently the tool is available for all major Linux systems, Mac OS and Unix systems, but still, a version dedicated to Windows is not available.
Thus, was the list of 9 best alternatives to Photoshop.
Final Words –
Finally, I just want to say that all the alternatives are great editing tools and can be considered not better, but not even any less from Photoshop.