Adobe’s Photoshop is no doubt the most powerful photo editors and in the recent past probably the most popular. But more and more people are finding the costs prohibitive. Since moving to the Creative Cloud platform, the subscription model has become even less attractive to people who need to edit photos once in a while.
Different paid and free Photoshop options have come up. They differ in features and ease of use but with good practice, you can use them as well as Photoshop. Here are some Photoshop alternatives that are worth having a look.
Many graphics designers will point to GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) as the best free alternative to Photoshop. This is because it is supported on all major platforms; Windows, Mac OS, Sky OS, and Linux BSD.
GIMP is also impressive in features including Lens and Color correction, retouching, selection editing, noise removal and plugin support for a variety of plugins. GIMP offers output in all the popular formats; JPEG, PNG, RAW formats, BMP, GIF, TIFF, and PSD. GIMP operates on an open license which gives it a huge community support base, ensuring it is continually improved.
Corel’s Photo Paint
This is the dedicated photo editor that comes with the Corel package. It goes toe-to-toe with Photoshop In terms of features, but at around $600 a year, the price is similarly prohibitive. It impressively comes with AI-backed stylus support that responds to pressure, tilt, and rotation. It also supports multiple display monitors allowing drawing of large format pictures. Its support for 4K display makes it a good choice for using on the latest HD displays.
This is a primarily web-based picture editor though it comes as an app or Android and iOS. The interface and layout are very similar to Photoshop, which makes it easier to transit into from Photoshop. There are over 600 effects, borders, and overlays on this editor.
This is the more sophisticated version of the photo editing ‘Paint’ that shipped with windows. It has inherited some features and added on more like blending and pixels, fake perspectives, tile and repeat selections. It supports layers, color, and brightness adjustments. This is more of a pure photo editor rather than a drawing tool. It is completely free and works only on windows.
Professional designers are saying that this is perhaps the most serious competition to Photoshop. It is compatible with a wide variety of formats including PSD. At a one-off payment of $49.99, the price comparison is heavily in its favor.
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