Free Photoshop Alternative

Free Photoshop Alternative

Is there a free Photoshop alternative that can completely replace Adobe Ps in terms of professional photo retouching or digital drawing? Nowadays, Photoshop is a synonym for photo editing and the choice of almost all professional photographers, designers, and web developers. Today I will tell you about 20 cheap and FREE Photoshop alternatives that has almost the same functions.

Why People Use Photoshop?

Photoshop, developed by Adobe, was developed more than 20 years ago, becoming one of the first programs that offers deep digital photo retouching, digital drawing, designing projects, etc. Despite many positive sides, it has a couple of significant flaws. Its interface is difficult for beginners but there are many video tutorials you can watch to understand it. You will have to pay monthly, thereby extending the subscription. The minimum cost is $9.99/month. If you don’t want to overpay for this software or simply don’t need the functionality it offers, I have prepared the list of 20 FREE Photoshop alternative programs for you.

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20 Free Photoshop Alternatives

I’ve made a list of 20 best FREE Photoshop alternatives and reviewed the programs that can perform professional image retouching: red-eye correction, face/body retouching, applying filters/brushes/plug-ins, drawing effects, making color correction, working with masks and layers, etc.


1. GIMP

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Overall Rating70
Color Correction
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30
100
Photo Retouching
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70
100
App's Design
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80
100
Easy Navigation
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70
100
User-friendly Interface
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80
100
Additional Functions
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70
100
Response Speed
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55
100
Advertising
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60
100
 
 
Pros+
  • It is simpler than PS
  • Pro photo retouching tools
  • Open source
  • Masks and layers
  • Compatible with Linux
Cons-
  • Poor performance compared to analogs
  • Few video tutorials
 
 

If you have a Linux system, GIMP will be the best choice for you. GIMP is the first and foremost a full-featured open source editor. Its interface and functionality will be a bit like Photoshop. There are many tools available for both basic image retouching and color enhancement, work with text, masks, layers, brushes, various effects, etc.

Many photographs, including me, consider the open source to be the strongest side of GIMP. This Photoshop free analog allows you to customize various tools, fix bugs, and create new functions manually. You can do it all without upgrading. The biggest drawback is that you cannot use the full desktop version for MacOS. Only the browser version is available and it requires additional payment. In some cases, it works rather slowly.


2. Paint.Net

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Overall Rating65
Color Correction
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30
100
Photo Retouching
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50
100
App's Design
0
80
100
Easy Navigation
0
70
100
User-friendly Interface
0
80
100
Additional Functions
0
50
100
Response Speed
0
55
100
Advertising
0
60
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Easy to use
  • You can use it for basic picture editing and color improvement
  • Lots of tools for basic digital drawing
Cons-
  • Is not supported by Linux and MacOS platforms
 
 

Paint.Net is an open source bitmap editor for Windows. It has a very simple interface and tools. A nice feature is that you do not need a powerful PC configuration. It is one of the best Photoshop freeware alternatives. The main tasks of this software are basic picture editing and color correction. It offers some basic digital drawing tools: custom sliders, adjustable colors, masks, and layers, brushes, effects, and filters. In general, it is a universal option for amateur photographers and beginning designers.

Nevertheless, it has some flaws. Firstly, this photo editing free application is compatible only with Windows. Besides, the interface has not been updated for a long time and today it looks a bit outdated and does not fully comply with modern standards.

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3. SumoPaint

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Overall Rating65
Color Correction
0
40
100
Photo Retouching
0
30
100
App's Design
0
80
100
Easy Navigation
0
70
100
User-friendly Interface
0
80
100
Additional Functions
0
50
100
Response Speed
0
55
100
Advertising
0
60
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Simple interface and tools
  • An amazing text processing tool
  • Suitable for basic picture editing
  • Works with RAW files
Cons-
  • Weak optimization of tools
  • Some tools need extra development
 
 

It is rather simple and user-friendly. The app contains a large number of tools for color correction and basic image retouching. It can be a suitable option if you are searching for a free Photoshop alternative for Mac. The interface is similar to Photoshop and Pixlr. Fairly developed brushes will be very useful for you. Moreover, it has two versions: a desktop with a thirty-days trial version and a free web one. Among the disadvantages, I should note that a free version is not suitable for pro photographers because a lot of tools are limited. Nevertheless, it is perfect for amateurs and Instagram bloggers.


4. digiKam

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Overall Rating65
Color Correction
0
60
100
Photo Retouching
0
30
100
App's Design
0
80
100
Easy Navigation
0
70
100
User-friendly Interface
0
80
100
Additional Functions
0
50
100
Response Speed
0
55
100
Advertising
0
60
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Well-developed organizer
  • Fast import, export and photo libraries
  • Suitable for image editing and color correction
  • Open source
  • Supported on Linux
Cons-
  • Not suitable for professional photo retouching
 
 

It’s a powerful photo manager, organizer and editor for basic photo enhancements and color correction. The free alternative to Photoshop was created for Linux. However, the software is also available for Windows and Mac. This photo manager and organizer’s functions are the best features of this program. You can import images in various ways, group them into albums, browse and search in your collection by location, time, tags and people.

It’s an open source photo editor, which is convenient for experiments with various tools for professional photo editing. The user can adjust original effects and filters, work with brushes, etc. On the other hand, this free Photoshop alternative can’t completely replace the most popular Adobe product. The thing is that most of the tools for image editing work poorly and have a few additional settings. Moreover, DigiKam isn’t optimized for weak PCs. So, you may have long delays.


5. PhotoScape

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Overall Rating65
Color Correction
0
50
100
Photo Retouching
0
50
100
App's Design
0
80
100
Easy Navigation
0
70
100
User-friendly Interface
0
80
100
Additional Functions
0
50
100
Response Speed
0
55
100
Advertising
0
60
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Professional tools for image editing, drawing, and color correction
  • RAW format support
  • Low system requirements
Cons-
  • A large number of functions are limited in free access
 
 

PhotoScape is positioned as try-before-you-buy software. It can be considered as a free Photoshop alternative suitable both for professional and beginner users. The program includes several separate tabs for photo editing, cataloging, working with GIF and video files, converting RAW files and more. Each of them has a user-friendly interface and quite powerful tools.

Thus, the user can perform professional portrait photo editing, create design projects, logos, banners and more. The image editor is supported not only by Windows and Mac OS platforms, but is also available for Linux. It’s the best free Photoshop alternative for Mac. Unfortunately, some functions are limited in free access but it’s a good starting point for beginning photo retouchers.


6. Krita

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Overall Rating50
Color Correction
0
50
100
Photo Retouching
0
30
100
App's Design
0
60
100
Easy Navigation
0
70
100
User-friendly Interface
0
80
100
Additional Functions
0
50
100
Response Speed
0
45
100
Advertising
0
60
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Excellent brushes
  • Good variety of tools for digital drawing
  • User-friendly interface
Cons-
  • Poorly developed photo retouching tools
 
 

Krita is an open source photo editor and a free Photoshop replacement for those, who often need basic digital drawing tools. The program combines a nice modern interface and photo editing features similar to GIMP or Paint.Net. Krita has a large number of tools for digital drawing. Of course, this software can’t compete with other programs similar to Photoshop in the sphere of photo retouching. However, you can use some basic tools: filters, effects, remove imperfections, etc. The best thing is that the brushes are perfectly developed. They have many additional settings like the most popular Photoshop tools. The main drawback of the program is that it doesn’t allow to perform professional image retouching.


7. Inkscape

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Overall Rating50
Color Correction
0
20
100
Photo Retouching
0
50
100
App's Design
0
40
100
Easy Navigation
0
70
100
User-friendly Interface
0
40
100
Additional Functions
0
50
100
Response Speed
0
55
100
Advertising
0
60
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Advanced tools for work with vector graphics
  • Optimized for weak PCs
  • Support RAW files
Cons-
  • Not suitable for professional picture editing
  • Poorly-developed tools for work with masks and layers
 
 

Inkscape is one of Photoshop freeware alternatives with excellent functionality for vector graphics. It’s suitable to create both artistic and technical illustrations. This free Photoshop alternative is a nice choice for beginners in the field of photography or web design. The tools allow you to perform basic photo retouching, create a logo or banner, and use various brushes. The program is also suitable to perform any tasks related to vector graphics.

You can zoom and visualize them with different resolutions without quality loss. Inkscape supports the standard Scalable Vector Graphics. It has a complete set of tools to cope with complex tasks, perform conversion and rendering in high resolution. An obvious disadvantage is the small number of tools for image retouching and color correction.


8. Photo Pos Pro

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Overall Rating45
Color Correction
0
30
100
Photo Retouching
0
30
100
App's Design
0
60
100
Easy Navigation
0
70
100
User-friendly Interface
0
60
100
Additional Functions
0
50
100
Response Speed
0
50
100
Advertising
0
60
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Lots of features for image editing and digital drawing
  • Optimized for weak PC configuration
  • Advanced brushes
  • Suitable for professional photo editing
Cons-
  • Cluttered interface
  • Doesn’t support batch image processing
 
 

Photo Pos Pro is a good free program similar to Photoshop. It has a “complex interface” with many icons. This may be confusing when you open the program for the first time. However, the number of tools and functions is really impressive. Except for photo editing, you can also create new graphic compositions, logos, banners and websites from scratch. Photo Pos Pro works with layers, masks, gradients and textures. It can be used with a wide range of scanners and digital cameras. The program interface allows you to open and enhance several photos simultaneously. The main disadvantage is an inconvenient outdated interface.


9. Capture One Pro

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Overall Rating80
Color Correction
0
80
100
Photo Retouching
0
80
100
App's Design
0
70
100
Easy Navigation
0
80
100
User-friendly Interface
0
100
100
Additional Functions
0
70
100
Response Speed
0
75
100
Advertising
0
80
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Big set of features and tools
  • Fully customizable interface
  • Fast import and export
  • Well-developed masks and layers
  • Suitable for professional photo retouching and color correction
Cons-
  • Requires good PC configuration
  • Difficult for beginners
 
 

If you are interested in programs like Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, it’s the best variant for you. Capture One Pro was designed for photographers who use Phase One cameras. The program provides powerful and unique tools for image editing at professional level. You’ll find tools to correct colors, retouch portraits, work with masks, layers, brushes and more.

The owners of expensive Phase One cameras can use Capture One Pro completely free of charge. You can also use this free software similar to Photoshop on a monthly basis or buy the license and get a stable update. As for the disadvantages, Capture One requires a lot of resources and a good PC configuration. The requirements are similar to Photoshop. Capture One Pro has a complex user interface. It may be quite confusing for beginners. The good news is that the interface is fully customizable.


10. Affinity Photo

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Overall Rating80
Color Correction
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80
100
Photo Retouching
0
80
100
App's Design
0
70
100
Easy Navigation
0
80
100
User-friendly Interface
0
100
100
Additional Functions
0
70
100
Response Speed
0
75
100
Advertising
0
80
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Simple interface
  • Professional brushes
  • Support RAW files
  • Fast photo import and export
Cons-
  • Expensive compared to competitors
  • Lacks an image organizer
 
 

Affinity Photo is a raster graphics editor that combines powerful tools for image editing and color correction with a nice user-friendly interface. From my point of view, this simple and useful program is the best Photoshop replacement. The real-time display is one of the most interesting features it has. It allows you to preview the result before using the tool. In addition to a variety of modules for photo editing, you can use it as a drawing tool. The image editor offers a large number of brushes. They can be changed, saved and loaded into the library. Unfortunately, the photo editor is quite expensive compared to its alternatives in my list.


11. ACDsee Photo Studio Ultimate

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Overall Rating60
Color Correction
0
50
100
Photo Retouching
0
30
100
App's Design
0
60
100
Easy Navigation
0
50
100
User-friendly Interface
0
50
100
Additional Functions
0
70
100
Response Speed
0
65
100
Advertising
0
40
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Professional tools
  • A large number of functions
  • User-friendly interface
Cons-
  • The price isn’t reasonable compared to competitors
 
 

ACDSee Photo Studio is known as semi-professional software for previewing, editing and publishing digital images. The program includes many tools for professional image retouching and color correction. The modern user-friendly interface is one of the main advantages of the software. The program offers direct access to files and folders with the possibility to update their content in real time. This saves time spent on importing images into a separate library. As for disadvantages, it isn’t a free photo editing software. The price is about $99-199 that is too high for such kind of softwares that has few video tutorials.


12. Sketch

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Overall Rating65
Color Correction
0
60
100
Photo Retouching
0
30
100
App's Design
0
80
100
Easy Navigation
0
70
100
User-friendly Interface
0
80
100
Additional Functions
0
50
100
Response Speed
0
55
100
Advertising
0
60
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Many tools for work with graphics
  • Basic image editing
  • Fast image import and export
  • Excellent brushes
Cons-
  • More expensive than Photoshop
 
 

This is a professional vector graphics application for creative work with digital photos. In recent years, Sketch has evoked great interest among web designers. Thanks to its simple user interface and many features similar to Photoshop and Illustrator, the program attracts many users. The most popular tools are layers, gradients, color palettes and styles. Sketch also offers many useful plug-ins for creating designing. You can use them to extend its functionality. The Sketch development team has made it as flexible as possible. You can create a new image from primitive shapes, as well as draw a new one using the Vector or Pencil tool.


13. Acorn

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Overall Rating65
Color Correction
0
20
100
Photo Retouching
0
70
100
App's Design
0
70
100
Easy Navigation
0
80
100
User-friendly Interface
0
85
100
Additional Functions
0
50
100
Response Speed
0
45
100
Advertising
0
50
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Creates great HDR images
  • Easy-to-use tools
  • Support RAW files
Cons-
  • Lacks an organizer and batch image processing
 
 

You can change the hue, brightness and contrast of your images. This software also works with layers. You can create both HDR and panoramic pictures with the help of Acorn. They have a user-friendly tutorial that will guide you through the process, making it easy to combine two or more images into one. Since it works with HDR images, the software is compatible with RAW files. Of course, you can apply the most common file types. There is no organizer for photos. That’s why you have to use or purchase other softwares if you want to manage your shots.


14. Pixelmator Pro

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Overall Rating65
Color Correction
0
60
100
Photo Retouching
0
30
100
App's Design
0
80
100
Easy Navigation
0
70
100
User-friendly Interface
0
80
100
Additional Functions
0
50
100
Response Speed
0
55
100
Advertising
0
60
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Advanced digital drawing tools
  • Suitable for basic photo edit
  • Photoshop similar free brushes
  • Supports RAW files
Cons-
  • The price is higher than Photoshop
 
 

Pixelmator Pro is the universal software that meets all the requirements of professional users. It isn’t a free Photoshop alternative, but has a great variety of the essential photo editing functions. The advantages of the program are a user-friendly interface, RAW files support, a convenient organizer, many options and tools for image retouching, photo color correction and more. Price is the most important drawback of this program.


15. Pixlr

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Overall Rating60
Color Correction
0
40
100
Photo Retouching
0
40
100
App's Design
0
80
100
Easy Navigation
0
70
100
User-friendly Interface
0
80
100
Additional Functions
0
50
100
Response Speed
0
55
100
Advertising
0
60
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Tools and interface are similar to Photoshop
  • Lots of efficient tools
  • It supports masks and layers
Cons-
  • 40% of the functionality is limited for free access
  • Too much advertising
 
 

It is one of the best “shareware” web apps and a nice free alternative to Photoshop. Remember, if you have a good Internet connection and you do not mind the absence of plug-ins, this free online application is almost the best among the alternatives. It shows the same effectiveness as Photoshop on your computer. Upload your image and you will have an opportunity to use layers, masks, clone stamps, selection tools, and everything else that can be expected from a first-class graphic photo editor. Among the drawbacks, Pixlr app does not support batch image editing. However, you can always open several photos at once and apply changes to them separately.


16. Adobe Photoshop Express

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Overall Rating60
Color Correction
0
30
100
Photo Retouching
0
45
100
App's Design
0
65
100
Easy Navigation
0
50
100
User-friendly Interface
0
50
100
Additional Functions
0
70
100
Response Speed
0
60
100
Advertising
0
60
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Easy interface
  • Suitable for basic picture editing
  • Many tools for color correction
Cons-
  • You cannot upload and edit multiple photos at the same time
 
 

It is a simple and properly-developed Photoshop free online alternative from Adobe. All tools are logically ordered, and, unlike Photoshop, everything is immediately available, even if you have never used any photo editor before. You do not need to install any browser plug-ins, only if you have Flash. You can start improving pictures after you upload them into the program.

Photoshop Express Editor supports only JPG files of less than 16 megapixels and a maximum width of 8,191 pixels. It has a variety of tools and allows you to perform a fairly good image editing because the available tools are almost the same as Photoshop offers.


17. PicMonkey

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Overall Rating60
Color Correction
0
30
100
Photo Retouching
0
35
100
App's Design
0
60
100
Easy Navigation
0
70
100
User-friendly Interface
0
80
100
Additional Functions
0
50
100
Response Speed
0
55
100
Advertising
0
60
100
 
 
Pros+
  • A lot of tools for photo editing, creating banners, logos
  • Excellent tool for work with text
  • HUB Cloud storage is available
Cons-
  • It is not suitable for professional portrait photo editing
 
 

PicMonkey is one of the best web applications. It is among the most popular programs similar to Photoshop and Canva. The picture editor has many functions for photo editing. Moreover, you can store, organize photos in the storage, create various design projects, banners, logos, and many other useful things. Among the strengths of the photo editor, I will highlight the work with the text. As for me, it is not inferior to Photoshop.

PicMonkey has a well-developed HUB tab including Cloud storage and a convenient cataloger. As for disadvantages, I note that using this image editor you cannot perform professional photo retouching. Besides, a large number of tools and features are available only after the upgrade to the paid version.


18. BeFunky

edited by BeFunky free alternative to Photoshopedited by BeFunky free alternative to Photoshop
 
Overall Rating55
Color Correction
0
30
100
Photo Retouching
0
30
100
App's Design
0
65
100
Easy Navigation
0
50
100
User-friendly Interface
0
60
100
Additional Functions
0
30
100
Response Speed
0
45
100
Advertising
0
40
100
 
 
Pros+
  • A lot of tools for photo editing
  • A huge number of beautiful effects and decor elements
  • Nice brushes
  • RAW files are supported
Cons-
  • Functionality is limited for free access
  • Lots of advertising
 
 

BeFunky is an online app that combines a variety of pro tools and is suitable for amateur photographers or beginners. It is one of the Photoshop freeware alternatives that offers useful and trendy effects, textures and advanced settings to decorate your photos. In addition to the basic functions: for example, removing small objects, color correction, it has separate modules to create collages and graphic design. Unfortunately, this picture editor contains 60% of paid content. In addition to this, you will constantly be distracted by advertising which occupies more than 40% of the working space.


19. Fotor

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Overall Rating50
Color Correction
0
30
100
Photo Retouching
0
30
100
App's Design
0
60
100
Easy Navigation
0
60
100
User-friendly Interface
0
50
100
Additional Functions
0
50
100
Response Speed
0
55
100
Advertising
0
40
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Fast and responsive
  • A large number of seasonal decorative elements
  • RAW files are supported
  • Well-developed brushes
Cons-
  • A limited number of functions without registration
 
 

If you are looking for free software similar to Photoshop that is rather simple, Fotor can be an excellent choice for you. It is one of the simplest web image editing applications with a standard set of features. You can crop and rotate images, adjust sharpness, brightness, detail, contrast, shadows, apply various photo effects, adjust the photo frame, add stickers and this is just the basic part of all the features the photo editor offers.

You can add different makeup options and remove skin blemishes. This feature is sure to impress those users, who are engaged in portrait photography. Fotor allows you to work with individual images, create collages and use ready-made themes. Among the cons, it requires registration and cuts a large number of functions for unregistered users.


20. piZap

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Overall Rating45
Color Correction
0
25
100
Photo Retouching
0
30
100
App's Design
0
60
100
Easy Navigation
0
70
100
User-friendly Interface
0
60
100
Additional Functions
0
30
100
Response Speed
0
50
100
Advertising
0
50
100
 
 
Pros+
  • Many picture editing tools
  • Good and stable speed, responsiveness
  • Basic color enhancement
Cons-
  • It doesn’t support RAW files
 
 

PiZap is a simple web app that slightly reminds Polarr. It allows you to perform basic image editing and color correction with one click. The app has HTML5 and Flash versions, so you can use it on any device like a laptop, PC or a tablet. The photo editing interface has a dark, modern design with sliders for quick customization that works much faster than tricky drop-down menus if you use a touch screen device. Like Fotor, it provides many interesting stickers and various effects available to users with a paid account. Unfortunately, this free photo editing software does not support RAW files and the photos larger than 10MB will not be uploaded.


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