Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for all platforms with any license

  • 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.

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

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    • It is probably the closest alternative to Adobe Photoshop, at least from those I know. For me personally too complicated but if you know how to use it, you can do many things you can do with Photoshop too. What I also noticed is that it loads very quickly on Linux. Guest • Jul 2016 • 29 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Free, rich of feature, good performance, many tutorial, anything it's lack can be cover with plug-in. The best for free software. JatieDec 2016 • 19 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The technology in GIMP really is stellar. There are tutorials all over the web for accomplishing just about everything you can imagine. Photoshop is a great piece of software, no doubt. But with their change to Cloud licensing GIMP is just that much more enticing. I *highly* recommend GIMP. ustamillsOct 2016 • 10 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I don't understand the hype that GIMP is the most powerful alternative to Photoshop? Filters are bad quality and the interface is a stub! There are much more and better (!) alternative Apps that are a real alternative to Photoshop, like Krita or MediaBang, Everyone should check more than one, more than GIMP, before he tell the internet GIMP is the best alternative... because it is not! (But there are some...) Guest • May 2018 • 12 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Version 2.8: I design graphics for web more than manipulate images. Support for pens is buggy, can't get pressure to be recognized. Slow to load in Windows 10. Zoom: can't use mouse scroll-wheel, limited to 800% makes it hard to work on small icons. Vectors: doesn't load PSD vector layers, converts copy-pasted SVG to raster. Didn't evaluate further as I gave up at that point. I did notice it has good support for multi-resolution .ico files. peterbrandApr 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP is a powerful, yet fairly lightweight platform for general image editing. It runs on many platforms, including some obscure Linux distributions. Guest • Aug 2016 • 9 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • A fully completed alternative to photoshop. And this is free! TechnotikaAug 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it are said to be Free Software; has the Paths Tool on which works perfect to create complex drawings with a mouse peripheral on a desktop computer; DarkSystemCDApr 2017 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP cannot do anything as complex as Photoshop. Guest • Apr 2018 • 5 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It takes less time to administrate and update and of course more affordable and can be supported by free will and ability by donations or other contributions and involvement instead of forced upgrades and costly subscriptions where users have nothing to say where the future (or money) goes. NuvendiMay 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 95% of most users photo editing needs are covered by GIMP and its plugins. Guest • Aug 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Doesn't support CMYK, or if it does I couldn't find it, and I looked hard. Also, despite my best efforts, couldn't select more than 1 layer at a time (without creating a group and putting all the layers in that group) and working with text was insanely labor intensive. Guest • May 2017 • 4 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its the closest photo editing software to photoshop Guest • Aug 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's free. For basic operations I do I don't want to pay as much. mygamela2Dec 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • I'd much rather use Photoshop but I'm on Linux, so no go. GIMP is free and is packed with features but Photoshop is a long way ahead in terms of usability and experience. GIMP does everything I need, it just takes longer and not as intuitive as Photoshop. jakebrumbyJan 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Krita is new and seems more like photoshop. Still is developing. Guest • Feb 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • This is the best that can be used in linux Guest • Mar 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • A good program, but the menus are not intuitive, and the startup is somewhat slow. Guest • Mar 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Its got all the features pretty much and it's available on all devices Guest • Aug 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • It is very easy to understand and use, it also offers many filters and effects, the vectorial tool is easy to use and it offers many pre-defined brushes to start. This is my favorite program to make art because of it's simplicity and comfort, I'm very pleased to say that this is a really good alternative to Adobe Photoshop. IvannJun 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • First of all it's free. It has many plug-ins, for example the best tool to work on .dds -files. In Photoshop you need a nvidia plugin which works not good- You have a perspectific clone stamp Guest • Sep 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Gimp is the best photo editor, and Photoshop does not compare with its glitches with it. dan777May 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it's all you want. you just need to know how to edit with it and you're set! no money spent! netikrasbananasApr 2017 • 2 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Open Source, Unique functions and tools and it's free. I have achieved far better result with gimp, thanks to its flexibility. Oh and it doesn't "sync" your personal photos to da "cloud" under the pretext of creative connectivity and oneness, LOL. Did i mention that you don't have to pay an annual fee of $240!!!? CyberiaNov 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It does not work directly on CMYK images or save them on this mode. It also priorizes its own file format instead of work directly with other file formats instead of "exporting" them, causing GIMP to be not so practical as Photoshop for multiple files at the same time. The interface also takes too much space of the screen and some tools have no obvious utilization shortcuts. Guest • Nov 2016 • 11 agrees and 14 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I was working with PS since v1.3! Since they started the Creative Cloud versions, they deliver no more quality, so I was looking for a alternative to PS, like Paint.net is. I compared MyPaint, Pixlr, GIMP, Krita and some more, but Krita was the best for me. Easy to switch from PS, no unstable App, can read PS files, and supports privacy by default (a big problem with PS and Pixlr). gaengschterFeb 2016 • 11 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's kinda more intuitive to use than GIMP (which is a briliant PS alternative too) interface-wise, and supports CMYK out of the box if one needs it. As of version 3.1 it has pretty advanced support for animation, including opacity curves (GIMP fails completely in that field, animathing anything is a major PITA in it) AtoshiDec 2016 • 8 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Clean UI and easy to use. I don't think it's as refined as GIMP but still a great alternative. ExquisiteDisasterJan 2017 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • While I like GIMP this is much simpler in design and easier to use. brandonyarvisJan 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is basically the same. Same tools and interfaces. Guest • Mar 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Much easier to use than other PS alternatives and fairly intuitive. kristinastarckApr 2017 • 3 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Krita is the best alternative for digital illustrators. Intuitive interface offers options that even Gimp does not have, such as the layer effects available in Adobe Photoshop. However, not everything is flowers, the Krita text tools are still lacking. My recommendation is to use Krita and Gimp together according to the nature of your project. brunoprosaikoJul 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • If you are looking for a (free) alternative for digital drawing and painting, this is it. Better than Photoshop in this regard - I don't touch Photoshop for drawing and painting anymore, only Krita and ClipStudio. herbertvanderwegenSep 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Sleek design, many useful resources, ergonomic UI, really is the best free photo editing software I've used. I only used it for digital drawing though, so I don't know how it fares for other purposes. Guest • Nov 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Krita has completely replaced Photoshop for me. It's intuitive, responsive, and feature rich. As a professional photo editor and illustrator, it includes all of the features that I frequently use like cloning, filter layers (akin to adjustment layers), transparency masks, deformation tools, and a robust brush editor. It looks especially nice in the KDE desktop environment. tonyarrayDec 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Excellent UX design interface, non-destructive image manipulation. Superior graphics tablet integration makes it a *better* alternative to photoshop for artists. peterbrandApr 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Krita allows you to make drawings and animations with a great quality and ir's also FREE. KRITA4EVER Guest • Jun 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Better for painting, worse for photo/image manipulation (it is where gimp comes in) Guest • Sep 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is one of the few programs with an airbrush. The only quarrel I have is the color-picker. I prefer the style of color picker/custom color designer in Paint. Otherwise,Krita just boogies right along. Best free art program I've found, between it and IrfanView. I'm golden! clydelymanMar 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Krita is a painting application, It does not really edit photos. Guest • Feb 2018 • 3 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Affinity Photo

    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...

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows iPad

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    • I believe, now that it supports Windows, that it's a great alternative to Photoshop. There's a wide variety of features you can find both on Photoshop and Photo, they share most of the key features. Affinity's design is beautiful aswell. BloukoDec 2016 • 11 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's non-subscription, and Affinity keeps adding new features, which do not require a paid upgrade. I'm hooked. aldorrDec 2016 • 10 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I love gimp for what you get for free.. But best paid alternative without the subscription based software or stripped down PS Elements. Affinity Photo is a sweet deal, and great alternative to Photoshop. I only see this getting better with time and now it's on Windows. Pen support (default settings) could be better but doable. Guest • Dec 2016 • 8 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • One time payment, low price, can do almost anything Photoshop can do, often better! Frequent updates, many free tutorials online... Excellent team that answer any question on the forum. It's not the best alternative to Photoshop, Photoshop is a good alternative to Affinity Photo. Guest • Jul 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Full featured, easy to use, actively developed and cheap! Guest • Sep 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is usable! Everybody keeps recommending GIMP, which is (if you're used to Photoshop) horrible in it’s usability for creative work. Affinity Photo can totally keep up with Photoshop and is so much cheaper! Guest • Sep 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Really Good UI, not expensive and does the job Guest • Dec 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Does what I mostly need and does not force me to rent. Matt_PubJul 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Affinity is the closest software to Photoshop. With a direct import for PSD files and the simple "Persona"-System it's the best solution with a low price. janse_wFeb 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • One time Payment. Good Toolset. Very similar to Photoshop Guest • Mar 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 90% of the same features of Adobe Photoshop. The other 10% are tools rarely even used. Save your money, buy this cheaper alternative. Guest • Apr 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Windows Windows S

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    • Has many of the features of Photoshop, but it's free! FedoraGFXDec 2016 • 13 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Free to use. Great application with a simple user interface. gamefreakerxDDec 2017 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Doesn't have many features as Photoshop, but it's cool! FrankANDcientificoFeb 2018 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • A lot of similar features to Photoshop and it is free to download from the website. It can also be purchased from the Windows store if you'd like to support the developer that way. dclanzJun 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • IT's feature scope is limited. It's PAINT afterall, what do you expect? Guest • Feb 2017 • 6 agrees and 46 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Pixelmator

    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...

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    • For the simple editing I do to get photos ready for email and web, Pixelmator is perfect. It can crop (including constrained cropping), resize, and do all the essential color/brightness/contrast/levels tweaks. And the best feature of all, it has a magical healing brush for removing blemishes. davecortrightMar 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Pixlr

    Pixlr® makes it easy to transform everyday images into stunning works of art. Make every moment beautiful with our family of photo editing apps.

    Freemium Web Android iPhone

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    • For simpler uses than Photoshop, it starts and stops much more quickly. If I want a quick edit (say, Crop, Contrast, and Saturation) it goes much more quickly. ustamillsOct 2016 • 7 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The fact that Pixlr is browser based is cool at places like school where you can't just install GIMP. Guest • Nov 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Has many similar features, and it is also easy to gain access since its free and available online. SethuDec 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • MyPaint

    MyPaint is a fast, distraction-free, and easy painting tool for digital artists. It supports graphics tablets made by Wacom, and many similar devices.

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    • MyPaint is only a drawing program, but it can't edit images. Adobe Photoshop can do both. Guest • Jul 2015 • 11 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Corel PaintShop Pro

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

    Commercial Windows

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    • It does almost everything PhotoShop does, and easier. All toolbars easily customizable, can record scripts and add them as toolbar buttons, and is inexpensive to boot! Guest • Aug 2016 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's commercial but cheap. It'a former Jasc software, easy to use and to understand. Very powerful. Guest • Sep 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • A good price/quality. I also use GIMP, but it is cumbersome. I think that Corel should invest in porting it to Linux. Guest • Mar 2018 Disagree   Agree
  • Photopea

    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. .

    Freemium Web Chrome OS

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    • Photopea is great for quick on the fly photo editing! I love it over PIXLR, which is good for what it is, but is more for filters than an actual Photoshop mimic. Photopea is definitely a photoshop light and is browser based so easy to use anywhere! I scrolled all the way down this page to show Photopea some love! It is surely an underdog! Guest • Oct 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • The most important thing to consider in the choose of Photopea is its versability: I mean since it's an online alternative to Photoshop it can be used right in your laptop or tablet trough the browser, or even in your phone. It can fully read PSD files, import new fonts (with some of them installed by default), Photoshop brushes and so on. I fully recommend it! Guest • Jun 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • It has the best PSD support of all the software I've tried. Besides, it is an web-app so you can use it irrespective of your OS. Other than that, it is free and quite fast. Guest • Apr 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Edit PSD from web. It's far better than the other software alternatives. peterbroFeb 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

    With vector illustration, page layout, photo-editing and tracing software, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 is ideal for professional and occasional designers tackling any...

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    • Corel Photo-paint and CorelDraw work very well with Corel Painter and Paint-shop Pro. Pretty much everything is covered, there [High-end full-body textile design must be around the corner.] Everlasting licences also make CorelDraw the clear Winner. tobylennonJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • Photoscape

    PhotoScape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos. Key Features: * Editor: resizing, brightness and color adjustment...

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    • Good For newbie before u learn Photoshop, use this Software First :) vranhaJun 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Simple, no layers, but brushes are available. Cheap, light weighted and goes easy on your machine resources. Even as professional I do use Photoscape for a first review of my photos. Guest • Aug 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • Polarr

    From advanced image filters to professional local adjustments, Polarr Photo Editor is the most versatile and powerful online photo editor in the web.

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Blackberry Windows S Android Tablet iPad Chrome

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    • Free version is the most capable offline editor available in Chromebook. Excellent masking tools in paid version. Guest • Mar 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Freemium Windows PortableApps.com

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    • Very fast & lightweight but still powerful with great features. Doesn't take forever to load for quick edits Guest • Mar 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • In my opinion it provides most intuitive way to edit photos. Guest • Jan 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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Adobe Photoshop Comments

Comment by martinkhan
about Adobe Photoshop · Feb 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

No designer can survive in the modern world without the ability to use Photoshop. Great software from a respected company. Also, despite what some may think, having the CC linked saves a ton of time when working across various other Adobe programs.

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use it all the time

Comment by cesarmoreno11234
about Adobe Photoshop · Jul 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

I think this works great, for graphic design is perfect, makes my life easier.

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Photoshop is also very good at photo editing.

Comment by magnumninja1
about Adobe Photoshop · Mar 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

its easy to use and has allot of features that most free programs don't have.

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I recently shifted from photoshop to photoviewerpro. Photoshop's features are too complicated for me. I prefer using a user-friendly app.

5+

Comment by StepanBe
about Adobe Photoshop · Sep 2014 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

Amazing photo editor software!

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Yes you are right, my favorite program is Photoshop

Comment by justjohn
about Adobe Photoshop · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

As much as disgusts me to spend $1800 on one software package (CS5 Design Premium) there just isn't anything even remotely close to as good as Adobe's products. Photoshop is easily 10 years ahead of everything else on the market and worth the cost of admission. If you do any serious design work you simply have to have it.

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Are people equally disgusted to pay you for your work product?

Comment by Cyberia
about Adobe Photoshop · Nov 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

The main application is attached to like, 10 other software, all of which are interdependent. CreativeCloud, Adobe desktop Services,CCX Process, AGG, etc.

If that is not bloatware then I don't know what is.

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Updates

Comment by staffordready
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It was one of the most functional software ever created. Although the latest update made me worry a bit knowing that it will have you pay more! I really hope I won't or else, I will stay not updating my app!

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Adobe is charging you more for the latest update? How much more are they charging you than before?

Adobe was EVERYTHING until the CLOUD

Comment by ITSecMedia
about Adobe Photoshop · Oct 2016 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Go and get the last retail version CS6 and stay with it forever.

The cloud prices for Europeans are the extraordinary RIP-OFF

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I'm staying with CS5.5 at home (my personal copy) and CS6 at work.

The cloud licensing encourages soft piracy:

purchase a license,
uninstall,
download cracked pirate version

offline joy

I am use only Adobe Apps

Comment by 11perfectly
about Adobe Photoshop · Aug 2016 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I am use only Photoshop and some other Adobe Apps, because I like the interface and functionality. Other free app haven't some functions, that design can be more better.

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Comment by peterstaack
about Adobe Photoshop · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I can't afford to use this on my personal PCs (so I go with GIMP), but at work... There really just isn't any alternative (yet) that matches Adobe Photoshop in quality and ubiquity. Even if I skip a generation, it's fairly pricy, but pays for itself in just a few small projects. I'm still rooting for other open source, free or less-expensive alternatives, but for now Adobe Photoshop is the de facto standard for image editing.

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Comment by samdutton
about Adobe Photoshop · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I still love Photoshop -- despite the price...

...and it's worth remembering that the earlier versions had some of the very best GUI design in their day.

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Comment by Aaron
about Adobe Photoshop · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

This is a very good program, I have used Photoshop 7 for years for all of the graphics design that I have done. It has many features that save time. My personal favorite part of this program is the 'actions' feature that it has. Currently I use Gimp, but it does not have actions. If you have the money to buy this program, then I recommend it.

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GIMP has had python support for far longer than your comment is old.

I can't afford to use this on my personal PCs (so I go with GIMP), but at work... There really just isn't any alternative (yet) that matches Adobe Photoshop in quality and ubiquity. I'm still rooting for other open source, free or less-expensive alternatives, but for now Adobe Photoshop is the de facto standard for image editing. There are also many online educating videos for PS like this one http://fixthephoto.com/blog/retouch-tips/best-photoshop-tutorials-on-youtube.html . But it is soooo expensive so i do gimp

I use GIMP on Linux. Best alternative this program to Photoshop..

Comment by onawards
about Adobe Photoshop · Feb 2017 · Helpful Not helpful -1 Helpful Report as spam

Its the most professional way to create/edit anything.

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Comment by JValero209
about Adobe Photoshop · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful -1 Helpful Report as spam

There is not AlternativeTo Photoshop and Adobe Creative Suite in my opinion. There are only other tools that compliment them or make something a little easier. Photoshop is a professional's tool and thus the price tag. Most professionals can make Photoshop pay for itself inside of a week. Worth every penny!

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