Alternatives to Artweaver for all platforms with any license

  • GIMP icon

    GIMP

    GIMP is a free program for such photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Essentially it's the closest thing to Photoshop you can get for free.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Haiku ... AmigaOS Xfce

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    Inkscape

    An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com

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    Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems for Windows and OS X.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    Paint.NET

    Paint.NET is a free image and photo editing software. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and...

    Free Windows

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    Pinta

    Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET . Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, Mac, and Windows. On Windows, Pinta requires the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

    • Discontinued Last release from March 1st, 2015. See https://pinta-project.com/pintaproject/pinta/releases/1-6
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    Microsoft Paint

    Paint (formerly Paintbrush) is a simple, ultra-basic graphics painting program that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows. It opens and saves files as Windows bitmap (24-bit, 256 color, 16 color, and monochrome...

    Free Windows

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    PhotoFiltre

    PhotoFiltre 7 is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it. It is simple and intuitive to use, and has an easy learning curve.

    Freemium Windows PortableApps.com

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    GIMPshop

    GIMPshop is essentially Gimp with some cosmetic changes. The Gimp’s menu structure and naming conventions are a constant source of frustration for users accustomed to Photoshop. gimpshop.com is owned by a greedy domain squatter...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Discontinued "It has been five years, the software has stagnated (due in no small part to my becoming discouraged by this one profiteer who trumped me, stole much of my traffic and bumped my site down to the second result when you search for "Gimpshop"). I assumed the guy would just give it up as I sadly let the project stagnate, but that hasn't happened." | Source: http://ask.metafilter.com/144788/What-are-my-intellectual-property-rights-here
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    Adobe Photoshop Express

    Edit, share, and upload photos on-the-go, or access your entire online photo library with a finger-flick using Adobe Photoshop Express for iPhone, iPad and Android. We‘ve got your back(up): Upload photos and videos from...

    Freemium Android iPhone Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad

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    Seashore

    Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS Xs Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It is based around the...

    Open Source Mac

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last versions, 0.1.9 and 0.5.1, released in 2007 and 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Corel PaintShop Pro

    PaintShop Pro is a photo editor with additional organizing capabilities, including keyword tags, auto sorting and facial recognition.

    Commercial Windows

  • Acorn icon

    Acorn

    Acorn is a photo editor built for the rest of us. With a simple interface and tools for adding everything from text, shapes, and effects, you can make the perfect picture in seconds and minutes, not hours and days.

    Commercial Mac

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    FireAlpaca

    FireAlpaca is the image editor that can be used readily and easily. We made it possible to provide the completely FREE download, in order for our products to be experienced by more users from all over the world. It is available for...

    Free Mac Windows

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    Sumo Paint

    Sumo Paint is a powerful image editor with a long-standing history as a fully capable Photoshop clone in the browser. Being designed for the browser, it's accessible on practically any system and loads much faster than most...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

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    Corel Painter

    Corel Painter is a raster-based digital art application created to simulate as accurately as possible the appearance and behavior of traditional media associated with drawing, painting, and printmaking. It is intended to be used in...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android Android Tablet

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    Fotor

    Get ready to take your photos where no photo has gone before with Fotor. Some photos deserve special attention on a full screen. Fotor’s powerful desktop photo editor is the real deal and it has all the tools you need to make...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Windows RT ... Windows Phone Kindle Fire

  • Photoline icon

    Photoline

    Photoline is a professional image editor which offers creatives a mostly non-destructive workflow for 8/16/32bpc image processing and compositing in RGB, CMYK, and Lab modes. Full vector editing, DTP features, and a HSV/HIS...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    GimPhoto

    GimPhoto is GIMP binary hacked to emulate Adobe Photoshop gui. with new menu layout, great selection of plugins, and many additional resources for more professional look and feel as digital photo retouching and image editing...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Artrage

    A simple but lovely natural media painting and sketching program. Art oriented, but capable of loading/saving photoshop files. A very cheap alternative to Painter, with a stripped down, elegant interface.

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    Livebrush

    Livebrush is a drawing application. It employs an easy-to-use brush tool that reacts to your gestures through the use of velocity and other motion controls. By combining simple motion controls with customizable brush styles, Livebrush...

    Free Mac Windows Adobe AIR

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, released in October 2014, can be still downloaded from the Facebook page.
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    Verve Painter

    Verve (Dictionary: Energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas, especially in artistic performance or composition...) is the result of a curious idea I had to try using the graphics hardware to run a fluid dynamics simulation....

    Free Windows

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    Microsoft Expression Design

    Microsofts professional illustration vector and raster graphic design tool for web images. More oriented towards editing web graphics and creating XAML rather than print graphics. Expression Design is not available as an individual...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued No longer developed, but now available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center.
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    PhoXo

    PhoXo is small and free image editing application. It's tiny, fast, easy to use, can be treated as a mini PhotoShop. Its features include layers, undo, over 50 special effects, batch processing, and a wide variety of useful and...

    Open Source Windows

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    Gimp Paint Studio

    GPS (aka Gimp Paint Studio) is a collection of brushes, patterns, color gradients, accompanying tool presets and dynamics. Tool presets are a simply saved tool options, highly useful feature of the GIMP. The goal of GPS is to...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux GIMP

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 2.0, released in August 2013, can be still downloaded from GitHub.
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    Photopea

    Photopea is an online photo editor, which can open, edit and save PSD and XCF - Photoshop and Gimp files. You can convert between PSD, XCF, JPG, PNG and many other formats. .

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android Chrome OS

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    Fotografix

    In addition to being totally portable, Fotografix has a ridiculously small footprint. Its a 370Kb download and about 700Kb once extracted. Despite its size, most of the features I rely on in Photoshop are available. Fotografix...

    Free Windows PortableApps.com

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    Serif PhotoPlus

    PhotoPlus is the free, feature-restricted image editing software by Serif that enables you to fix and enhance your digital photos; paint and blend with brushes; and export you photos for print, email, and the web. With powerful tools...

    Freemium Windows

    • Discontinued Serif will not release another major version of any of our ‘Plus’ range applications. They will however continue to be available for the foreseeable future. https://community.serif.com/forum/other%20products/74586/affinity-is-coming-to-windows
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    showFoto

    ShowFoto is the standalone image editor of the digiKam project. It runs without digiKam images database support, but provides all Image Editor functions.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux KDE

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    Gimp Painter

    GIMP with modified and enhanced workspace focused on painting.

    Open Source Mac Windows

    • Discontinued Merge branch 'gimp-2-8' of https://github.com/GNOME/gimp into gimp-2-8. See https://github.com/seagetch/gimp-painter
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    Pixelitor

    Pixelitor is a cross-platform raster graphics editor written in Java. It supports image filters, drawing, layers, multiple undo, etc. Currently its main strength lies in the more than 70 image filters and color adjustments, some of...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    PixBuilder

    Free Photo Editing Software for PC PixBuilder Studio is a free image editing software program for digital photo editing, images processing, and resizing. For digital photo editing, you can use its many professional quality...

    Free Windows

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    CinePaint

    CinePaint is a deep paint application that edits EXR, DPX, 16-bit TIFF, JPEG, PNG and many other types of image files. CinePaint is available as a native application for Linux, Mac OS X, and BSD.

    Open Source Mac Linux

Artweaver Comments

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Positive Comment by impossible
about Artweaver Jul 2013

I agree that it does have the familiar Photoshop look but much more simplified, gets the simple editing done, and is fast. I would recommend it to those looking for a simple editor besides your standard windows paint. Although I liked it, I am looking for a much more complex and in depth set of tools to blend and such. There is a paid version to this, I'm such It is much better and may have those features but at the moment I am looking for free alternatives.

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I have tried almost all of the Photoshop alternatives and m ...

Comment by bitchinmona
about Artweaver Jun 2011

I have tried almost all of the Photoshop alternatives and most are disappointing because either they are too basic, the interface is unappealing, it doesn't work with enough image formats, or any other of a zillion reasons they're just not Photoshop.

Of all the alternatives, the ones I've used the most are GIMP and Artweaver. GIMP was my alternative of choice for years. I created entire arsenals of website graphics using GIMP (and never once forgot that it wasn't Photoshop). It was adequate.

I don't remember how I first became aware of Artweaver, but the look and feel is so far ahead of GIMP, it's like comparing a Mercedes CL600 and a Honda Civic; they'll both take you where you need to go, but I'm pretty sure you'll be a lot more comfortable with the Mercedes.

Artweaver shares the look and feel of Photoshop; those who are familiar with Photoshop won't have much trouble acclimating to Artweaver. It doesn't have the breadth and depth that Photoshop has with respect to filters, etc. but for the basic user who needs to do some general image editing it'll be more than equal to the task.

I literally use Artweaver every day at least a few times. It has become an indispensable tool in my daily workshed and I'm thankful that I have it. I encourage everyone to try it out and when they love it like I do, I remind them to tell others about it. If we can build a robust community of users, maybe downloadable goodies like filters will be more widely-available.

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