Active Pixels Alternatives

    Active Pixels is described as 'has a lot of the same menus and keyboard shortcuts that Photoshop has.It is an excellent photo editor that can be very useful for those cases in which you dont have Photoshop at hand or you just prefer to use a lighter app to perform the same tasks' and is a Image Editor in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Active Pixels for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based, PortableApps.com and Linux. The best alternative is GIMP, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Active Pixels are Krita (Free, Open Source), Adobe Photoshop (Paid), Paint.NET (Free Personal) and Photoscape (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Apr 8, 2021

    1. Sumo Paint is a powerful image editor with a long-standing history as a fully capable Photoshop clone in the browser.
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    2. 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.
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    3. 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 workflow are supported.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      PhoXo is small and free image editing application. It's tiny, fast, easy to use, can be treated as a mini PhotoShop.

      Discontinued

      No updates since 2019, and isn't fully Open Source (only the kernel is).

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    4. RealWorld Paint is an free portable image/photo/animation editor. It supports layers with styles and can import and export Photoshop, GIMP and Paint.net images with layers.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2013.1, released in June 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      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.

      Discontinued

      The development is discountinued since 2013-05-06
      https://sourceforge.net/p/cinepaint/activity/?page=0&limit=100#599c65d15fcbc926952bcea9

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    5. PaintStar is a versatile digital image processing software suitable for such tasks as retouching of photographs, composing and authoring images, image morphing, screen capture, and displaying image thumbnail in Windows Explorer context menu.
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    6. 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.

      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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    7. web 2.0 image tool for converting images online and apply effects like crop, resize, filters ... have a try it's free !
    8. PhotoStyler is the easiest way to style your digital photos with your Mac. This simple, fast and accurate native solution combines the powers of Apple’s core technologies with the flexibility and efficiency of proprietary application-specific modules.
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