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Paid Photoshop Alternatives

The best paid alternative to Adobe Photoshop is Affinity Photo. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Adobe Photoshop and loads of them is paid so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting paid alternatives to Adobe Photoshop are Pixelmator, Corel PaintShop Pro, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite and Affinity Designer.

Adobe Photoshop alternatives are mainly Image Editors but may also be Digital Painting Tools or Photo Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Adobe Photoshop.
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  1. 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.

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    Blouko

    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.

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    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.

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    monnef2

    It's a shame it doesn't support Linux. I sometimes use Krita and Gimp, but after seeing what Affinity Photo can do, how polished it is, I would buy it instantly if it ran on Linux. :/

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    danielcastelli

    Nothing else comes closer for this price range.

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    TopSock

    It's not as full-featured as Photoshop, but it does a lot of things that PS can do. If you don't need every single feature of PS or can't afford the monthly subscription, it's a very good alternative.

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    Powerful, easy to use, and no subscription.

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    It's a not expensive, and it can do most of the things that PS does.

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  2. 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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    Pixelmator vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Pixelmator is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
    davecortright

    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.

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    tiltedtripod_

    Considering Photoshop is a ripoff with the subscription crap and Elements is totally unsupported by Adobe and it's a piece of crap, Pixelmator offers a clean interface, powerful tools and it actually works. #adobesucks

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    Can accomplish nearly all of the functions of Photoshop, while still being cheaper, and more stable

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    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!

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  3. Enter a world of infinite creativity with the comprehensive photo-editing and graphic design power of PaintShop Pro X8. Accelerate your photo editing with enhanced layers, more precise selection tools, faster brushes and extensive productivity-boosting improvements.

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    Corel PaintShop Pro vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Corel PaintShop Pro is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

    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!

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    It's commercial but cheap. It'a former Jasc software, easy to use and to understand. Very powerful.

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    RemovedUser

    It's by Corel, who has been in the industry for a while now. Professional level application, good alternative for Photoshop.

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    A good price/quality. I also use GIMP, but it is cumbersome. I think that Corel should invest in porting it to Linux.

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    most of complicated photoshop specs, are easier possible in corel paintshop.

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

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    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
    Almost everyone thinks CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
    tobylennon

    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.

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  5. Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available. Built from the ground up over a five-year period, every feature, tool, panel and function has been developed with the needs of creative professionals at its core.

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  6. 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 of comics and manga.

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    Clip Studio Paint vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Clip Studio Paint is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
    james_hunt

    Far better than photoshop for digital painting

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    It has pretty similar tools and the results look just as good as in PS

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    Clip Studio Paint has the best blending tools I've seen so far

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  7. PaintTool SAI is high quality and lightweight painting software, fully digitizer support, amazing anti-aliased paintings, provide easy and stable operation, this software make digital art more enjoyable and comfortable.

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    Most users think PaintTool SAI is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
    petergriffin

    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.

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  8. Adobe Photoshop Elements combines power and simplicity so you can make ordinary photos extraordinary; tell engaging stories in beautiful, personalized creations for print and the web; and easily find and view all your photos.

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    Most users think Adobe Photoshop Elements is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
    Bigoukun

    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.

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  9. 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.

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    Almost everyone thinks Photoline is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
    herbertvanderwegen

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

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    Acorn

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    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.

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    Almost everyone thinks Acorn is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
    charumbem

    This is a great little Mac app.

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