Photoshop Alternatives – are they any good?

Photoshop Alternatives do exist and many are surprisingly good. Web design photo editing software is always needed but there are alternatives to Photoshop! This post outlines some the most used photoshop alternatives that are currently available. .Although Photoshop is still deemed the most useful, If you are just getting started with image editing, you might want to try some other software so the following are good choices to begin with.

  1. G.I.M.P as an alternative to Photoshop

  • Platform: Linux, Windows, Mac
  • Price: Free

GIMP which stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a free, alternative to Photoshop that is a great way to experiment with Photo Enhancement and more. It has been around for a very long time and is seen as a great open source (free) alternative to photoshop. It is available in versions for Linux, Windows, and Mac. so practically anyone with a lap top can use it.

GIMP offers a wide range of tools that are very similar to Photoshop and is a great alternative if you’re looking for an image editor to learn on. It includes painting tools, colour correction, cloning, selection, and works with a wide variety of file formats. It is updated frequently meaning that it gets more functionality all the time.

GIMP is lacking as a real alternative to Photoshop because:

GIMP doesn’t offer a CMYK mode while Photoshop does.

Photoshop makes Non-Destructive Editing easier.

Photoshop has better real pixel manipulation tools.

Photoshop handles more camera makers RAW files

Many more minor issues.

While Photoshop is still a better commercial product for business use GIMP does offer a reliable alternative to Photoshop and as it is free, it is a great option for people who just want to do some light editing or want to get exposure to image editing without paying a lot of money or entering into subscriptions.

Paint.Net as an alternative to Photoshop

  • Platform: Windows
  • Price: Free, is a microsoft alternative to Photoshop that was created to give users real options for photo manipulation. It was created as a Microsoft-sponsored undergraduate project but has grown and now is available open source and is maintained and updated frequently. offers a range of tools that are quite similar to Photoshop but is not open to working with as many file formats and is more useful as a photo editing tool rather than art creation software.

While Photoshop is still a better commercial product for business use is a good option if you need software to edit photos that does not use much ram or physical memory – is a good place to start!

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