Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for all platforms with Commercial License

  • 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...

    • Affinity Photo is a professional level photo editing application. It's very powerful and you can do 99% of things in it that you can do in Photoshop. It can read and write .PSD files, and is compatible (most of the time) with Photoshop brushes and plugins. If you don't mind paying, I'd recommend it. It's ~$50 one time, so no subscriptions. RemovedUserJun 2019 • 12 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 • 12 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The Adobe alternative is too expensive for a non-professional like myself. As far as Windows (and Mac) is concerned Affinity Photo is an excellent alternative, as good as PS (IMHO), and very affordable.Together with Affinity Design and Affinity Publisher this is a perfect trio. Unfortunately not (yet) available on Linux... hansgroenerJun 2020 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 • 6 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Brilliant tool, swapped over completely from Photoshop after almost two decades. The RAW features are great but it is still missing the features of bridge and lightroom for dealing with lots of photos quickly. If they can add an animation workflow I will be in heaven lewissturrockNov 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Very similar to PS, but a lot cheaper. Works really well if you want more advanced tools and options. A large variety of tools, that can be utilized really well. Personally I like it more than PS not only because of the price but overall "feel" of the application. PollyZDec 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Among *ALL* the open source and professional developed photo editing application, this is the true professional level developed, with the excellent UI, functionality, speed to tackle 99% of what most people will use with photoshop, at a one time price. Guest • Jun 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 15 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Professional, full featured app, with proper vendor support and very good workflows. The only true alternative to Photoshop. Thanks to Affinity I've been Adobe (and subscription) free for many years and very happy at that. wonderwarthogApr 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Does effectively everything PS can do, has a matching Designer app and soon Publisher app. Excellent GUI and functionality, well supported and regularly updated. Total no brainer for a simple one-off payment. robfolJun 2019 • 11 agrees and 1 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 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Better than Photoshop, and a fraction of the price if you want to keep using the software for any extended length of time. Adobe's subscription model is simply ridiculous. greentea1Mar 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Amazing feature set, and you only have to pay once, i.e. not a recurring subscription which is hard to get out of like Photoshop. Ideally for one-off use, or daily use. Guest • Apr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Affinity Photo is perhaps the best pro-level application in alternative to Photoshop. The best feature, for me, is its non-destructive regulation layers management. Guest • Apr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Similar user interface. It's also super fast, faster than Photoshop in my experience. GIMP, in comparison, is too complicated. Affinity Photo gets it right. lolrepeatlol14 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • Professional grade cross-platform application with well-polished UI which does the same and more, with *no subscription*, no accounts and no cloud stuff ejuJul 2019 • 2 agrees and 3 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 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Similar interface logic and keyboard shortcuts, great support for reading psd files. Pretty much 95% of PS abilities, but without the subscription fees. Guest • Oct 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has all the features you want, when using Photoshop and it can read Photoshop files. It is also very cheap in comparison to Photoshop. Guest • Sep 2019 • 6 agrees and 1 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 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The only real alternative to Photoshop, they share the most important features. it's also quite a lot cheaper. Guest • Sep 2019 • 3 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 • 13 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It does the same as PS, sometimes it is even easier to use. After many years of PS I don't miss it at all. Guest • Jul 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very powerful tool and easy to use. Selection tools are the most precise and efficient i ve ever found. Guest • May 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Does it all and, once you get the hang of it, more intuitively than PS. Guest • Apr 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Best features and interface of all other alternatives of Adobe PS Guest • Oct 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Incredibly great price, robust set of tools, leaner install. Guest • Jul 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • One time Payment. Good Toolset. Very similar to Photoshop Guest • Mar 2018 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Full featured, easy to use, actively developed and cheap! Guest • Sep 2017 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Does what I mostly need and does not force me to rent. Matt_PubJul 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Blazing fast, great interface, cross platform sbnicholasSep 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Really Good UI, not expensive and does the job Guest • Dec 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Best alternative to Photoshop ever. Guest • Dec 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Interface. Cost. iPad availability. Guest • Jun 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • No subscription - One-off payment ultra_blueMay 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Functional, very cheap, great UI Guest • Dec 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows iPad

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  • 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...

    • 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 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very intuitive UI for Effects. Impressed with how to apply them on an image, and how to turn a plain image to a professional edited image! Guest • Feb 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Can accomplish nearly all of the functions of Photoshop, while still being cheaper, and more stable Guest • Mar 2020 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac iPhone iPad

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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.

    • 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 • 8 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's by Corel, who has been in the industry for a while now. Professional level application, good alternative for Photoshop. RemovedUserJun 2019 • 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 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's commercial but cheap. It'a former Jasc software, easy to use and to understand. Very powerful. Guest • Sep 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Windows

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  • 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...

    • 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 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Web

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  • PaintTool SAI

    PaintTool SAI is high quality and lightweight painting software, fully digitizer support, amazing anti-aliased paintings, provide easy and stable operation, this...

    • PaintTool SAI is a great program for drawing and painting, but is definitely not a good alternative for robust photo editors like Photoshop. It is more like Krita and the likes. petergriffinDec 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • Clip Studio Paint

    Clip Studio Paint, previously Manga Studio or ComicStudio in Japan, is a family of software applications for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows used for the digital creation...

    • It has pretty similar tools and the results look just as good as in PS Guest • Sep 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Clip Studio Paint has the best blending tools I've seen so far Guest • Sep 2019 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • Adobe Photoshop Elements

    Adobe Photoshop Elements combines power and simplicity so you can make ordinary photos extraordinary; tell engaging stories in beautiful, personalized creations for...

    • It's a lest costly version of PhotoShop, with all the functions most peoples need. So if you absolutly need (or want) PhotoShop and aren't a pro, go for it. BigoukunMar 2019 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Windows Windows S

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  • 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...

    • While PhotoLine doesn't cover all the aspects of Photoshop, in terms of raw image editing nothing else comes close. herbertvanderwegenSep 2017 Disagree   Agree

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