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  1. Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for Windows and macOS. It was originally created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll.

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    1.  Support for LayersAdobe Photoshop supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  Content-Aware FillAdobe Photoshop can quickly remove objects from your photo and it will fill in the picture based on the rest of the available content.
    3.  Hardware AcceleratedAdobe Photoshop can use the GPU and CPU to speed up rendering, conversion, and overall performance.
    4.  Color PickerAdobe Photoshop allows you to select and copy a color property from an image, object, or shape.
    5.  Non Destructive EditingAdobe Photoshop allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
    6.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAdobe Photoshop can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    7.  Drawing Tablet SupportAdobe Photoshop supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
    8.  Works OfflineAdobe Photoshop can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    9.  Pressure SensitivityAdobe Photoshop can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
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  2. Affinity Photo is a professional, full-featured raster graphics editor. Working in Affinity Photo is always live and you can pan and zoom at 60fps, with live previews and non destructive application. It supports unlimited layers and a dedicated RAW editing workspace, as well as...

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    1.  Non Destructive EditingAffinity Photo allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
    2.  Support for LayersAffinity Photo supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    3.  LightweightAffinity Photo consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  No Coding RequiredAffinity Photo can be used without an coding or programming skills.
    5.  WYSIWYG SupportAffinity Photo integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    6.  Privacy focusedAffinity Photo is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    7.  Works OfflineAffinity Photo can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    8.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAffinity Photo can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    9.  Dark ModeAffinity Photo supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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  3. nomacs is a free, open source image viewer, which supports multiple platforms. You can use it for viewing all common image formats including RAW and psd images.

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    1.  Lightweightnomacs consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/Extensionsnomacs can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  Portablenomacs can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Dark Modenomacs supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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  4. Online photo editor, which can work with PSD, XCF and Sketch files (Photoshop, Gimp and Sketch App). Convert between PSD, XCF, JPG, PNG and many other formats.

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    1.  Support for LayersPhotopea supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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  5. darktable is a virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers: it manages your digital negatives in a database and lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable. it also enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

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    1.  No Coding Requireddarktable can be used without an coding or programming skills.
    2.  Non Destructive Editingdarktable allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
    3.  Support for scriptingdarktable supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    4.  Command line interfacedarktable either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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  6. Simple Gallery is a highly customizable offline gallery. Organize & edit your photos, recover deleted files with the recycle bin, protect & hide files and view a huge variety of different photo & video formats including RAW, SVG and much more.

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    1.  Ad-freeSimple Gallery doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  LightweightSimple Gallery consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Dark ModeSimple Gallery supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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  7. Adobe Lightroom icon
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    105 alternatives to Adobe Lightroom 

    Create incredible photos anywhere with all-new Lightroom CC and 1 TB of cloud storage. Get powerful editing features on any device in a new, easy-to-use interface.

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    1.  Batch EditingAdobe Lightroom allows you to select multiple items (tasks, files, images etc) and edit their properties all at once.
    2.  Facial RecognitionAdobe Lightroom can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
    3.  Non Destructive EditingAdobe Lightroom allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
    4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAdobe Lightroom can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    5.  File TaggingAdobe Lightroom can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    6.  Ad-freeAdobe Lightroom doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    7.  Batch Rename FilesAdobe Lightroom supports renaming of different types of files or data in large batches.
    8.  Works OfflineAdobe Lightroom can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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  8. RawTherapee icon

    RawTherapee is a free RAW converter and digital photo processing software. All changes can be applied and batch processed at a convenient time.

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    1.  Non Destructive EditingRawTherapee allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
    2.  PortableRawTherapee can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Running on Windows 10 under GTK3
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  9. SketchBook icon
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    82 alternatives to SketchBook 

    Sketchbook drawing software features an artist-friendly, gesture-based user interface that is so fast and intuitive even new users can be productive within minutes.

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    1.  Pressure SensitivitySketchBook can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    2.  Support for LayersSketchBook supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    3.  Drawing Tablet SupportSketchBook supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
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  10. Pixelmator is a powerful, beautiful, and easy to use image editor. Featuring an elegant and streamlined single-window interface, it puts all the focus on the images you edit, rather than what's around them.

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  11. Snapseed is a photo enhancement and sharing app with a powerful suite of imaging filters and tools for anyone, anywhere to transform any image into an extraordinary photo.

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    1.  LightweightSnapseed consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  12. ente Photos icon
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    End-to-end encrypted alternative to Google Photos / iCloud Photos, that makes it easy to backup and share photos and videos.

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    1.  Privacy focusedente Photos is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  End-to-End Encryptionente Photos has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    3.  Ad-freeente Photos doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  No Trackingente Photos will not track you or use your personal data.
    5.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    6.  No Logsente Photos doesn't keep any logs of your activities.
    7.  Two-factor Authenticationente Photos supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    8.  Shared Foldersente Photos supports shared folders that can be used to store, search, and access files with multiple people.
    9.  AES-256 Encryptionente Photos has AES-256 Encryption, i.e. very strong security.
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  13. ACDSee is a complex, multi-purpose application that serves for viewing, organizing and editing digital photos. Furthermore, images can be shared on social websites or your own space on the developer’s website.

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    1.  Facial RecognitionACDSee Photo Studio can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
    2.  Support for 4KACDSee Photo Studio supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    3.  Batch EditingACDSee Photo Studio allows you to select multiple items (tasks, files, images etc) and edit their properties all at once.
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  14. Photos is a digital photograph manipulation application developed by Apple, intended to be less complex than its predecessor iPhoto .

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    1.  Facial RecognitionApple Photos can register a biometric facial pattern to identify or verify the identity of a subject through an image or video.
    2.  Non Destructive EditingApple Photos allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
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  15. Polarr icon
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    From high-precision light and color tools, to advanced clarity and dehaze settings, to the ability to create and save your own filters. Polarr is the ideal photo editor for bloggers, students, and photo professionals alike.

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