When it comes to photo editing, Photoshop is perhaps the first preference for many of us. It is one of the most popular photo editing tools. In fact it is so popular that it can be used as a verb for photo editing. You must have heard people very often saying “Get the image photoshoped” whenever they had to refer picture editing.
But to continue using this amazing app, you require spending $10 a month. But don’t worry because, now there are very good alternatives for Photoshop available free of cost. These are as good as Photoshop because it supports a variety of editing tools and at the same time are available for free. Listed below are five best free Photoshop alternatives.
GIMP is an open source image editing tool. It is a great alternative for the power user who looks for a highly effective and equally powerful but free alternative of Photoshop. GIMP is a cross platform app and hence can be used in Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It supports editing in layers and masks, comprises of a wide range of sophisticated brush controls and various rough content-aware fillers via unofficial plug-ins.
Example of such plug-in can be the version of GIMP called GIMPshop. It caters to those users who pin for Auntie Adobe. GIMP supports all the GIMP functionality with a Photoshop-imitation layout.
Paint.NET is a Windows based image editing tool, which is just a little bit less powerful than GIMP. However, the interface of the app is more intuitive than GIMP, which makes the app easier to use. One has to spend less time in hunting around the app to understand the tools as compared to GIMP.
Pixlr is well popular and impressive web-based image editor. It is one of the reliable photo editing app while you are on go. Often it happens that you are away from your regular machine where you have installed the GIMP or Photoshop, and there arises the sudden need of image editing. Pixlr is the right app at resort. It has three levels of editor: Basic, Intermediate and All. Thus, this app is usable by both professionals as well as by those who are not so smart editors, which is not true about app like Photoshop that demands a certain level of proficiency.
If you are looking for a few more options like Pixlr, then Splashup is one good choice. However, for the beginners it is a sensible choice but if you are looking for very professional editing options, then Splashup might not have much to offer.
Inkscape is a power-user’s tool and it supports Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. If you are good at photo editing and the complexity of Photoshop doesn’t bother you, then you will like using Inkscape as well. It is very much popular for its vector graphics rather than bitmaps. If Photoshop’s vector support is something you like then try out Inkscape (it is not as stellar as Photoshop but a lot better than GIMP). But considering that Inkscape is free, you are getting a good deal.
So now know which image editing apps to rely upon when you are on-go, or needs a cross-platform app, or looking for a beginner-editor or a professional one. Most importantly, all the aforementioned options are available for free and hence, you can anytime try your hands on them to learn which can be the true and best Photoshop alternative for you.