5 Great Adobe Photoshop Alternatives

Professional quality image editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, can be very expensive. Luckily, there are actually a lot of different options out there which cost nothing and give you access to some very impressive tools. And while these might not feature quite the same selection of tools as Photoshop, each of these are great for those getting started with image creation and editing.

Photo Pos Pro

Download From: www.photopos.com

Photo Pos Pro is a free photo editing suite (see image above), which offers more advanced tools and features for a small payment. There are plenty of powerful and useful tools in the free version, but if you feel the need to upgrade, it is a simple process to add functionaility. Photo Pos Pro offers users a wide variety of possibilities in the fields of image enhancing and image editing and when working with graphic design. Using the editor you can perform various tasks, from simple basic tasks to complex tasks; you can edit existing images, create new works based on existing images, create new works from scratch and more.

The software support of many picture file types including RAW files, support of scanners and digital cameras, advanced image enhancing and editing tools and functions, tools for creating computer graphics design, rich text tools, special effects, selection tools, layers & masks, gradients, patterns and texture, script tools, batch operations and also the ability to expand the software. Beginners can easily start to use the program in an intuitive way. The program offers new users a help system which they can follow step by step into the wonderful world of digital picture enhancement.

GIMP

Download From: www.gimp.org

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a completely free, extremely powerful image editing suite for Windows. It is perfect for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring, but also advanced enough to allow the creation of impressive original artwork. The software provides further extensibility through integration with several key programming languages, including Scheme, Perl, and Python.

GIMP has a huge amount of features and tools, and so can take a bit of time and work to learn, but gimp.org features a large database of tutorials, and there are many more to be found on youtube, etc. GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done.

Paint.net

Download From: www.getpaint.net

Paint.NET is free image creation and photo editing software for Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and the sort of powerful tools you might find in a premium software package. The software includes simple tools for drawing shapes, including an easy-to-use curve tool for drawing splines or Bezier curves. The Gradient tool, new for 3.0, has been cited as an innovative improvement over similar tools provided by other software.

The facilities for creating and working with selections is powerful, yet still simple enough to be picked up quickly. Other powerful tools include the Magic Wand for selecting regions of similar colour, and the Clone Stamp for copying or erasing portions of an image. There is also a simple text editor, a tool for zooming, and a Recolour tool. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins. Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool.

PhotoScape

Download From: www.photoscape.org

If your goals are more about altering or improving photos than creating unique artwork or digital image composition, PhotoScape may be a better solution than something like GIMP or Paint.net. PhotoScape is a graphics editing program, developed by MOOII Tech. The basic concept of PhotoScape is ‘easy and fun’, allowing users to easily edit photographs taken from their digital cameras or mobile phones. PhotoScape provides a simple user interface to perform common photo enhancements including colour adjustment, cutting, resizing, printing and GIF animation.

Featuring a photo viewer for browsing and organising photos, a competent photo editor that lets you enhance and balance colour, resize, add effects and clip-arts, and a batch-editor for processing multiple photos at once, PhotoScape offers all of the tools you might expect. In addtion, a page creator lets you easily join multiple photos into a poster-like single page or into one final photo. The screen capture function of PhotoScape allows you to take a digital picture of your computer screen. Depending on what function you use, you can capture all or part of your screen and alter the image by using the Edit tool in PhotoScape.

SumoPaint

Download From: www.sumopaint.com

There have been several ‘Photoshop-lite’ style image editors appearing over the last few years, mainly in response in the massive rise of photo taking on smartphones. SumoPaint is one such app, but it stands out from the crowd by being genuinely good at what it does.

Sumo Paint is an online image editor, without need to install anything to your device. The style will be familiar to Adobe users, with a toolkit that is both intuitive and features everything you need to edit and even create images. It’s certainly one of the most versatile browser-based photo editors and painting applications around right now.

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Russ Ware

Russ has been testing, reviewing and writing guides for tech since the heady days of Windows 95 and the Sega Saturn. A self-confessed (and proud) geek about all things tech, if it has LED's, a screen, beeps or has source code, Russ will want to master it (and very likely take it apart to see how it works...)

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