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    Free Adobe Photoshop Alternatives

    The best free alternative to Adobe Photoshop is GIMP, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Adobe Photoshop and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Adobe Photoshop are Krita, Paint.NET, Photopea and Pixlr.

    Adobe Photoshop is mainly a Image Editor but alternatives to it 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.
    This page was last updated May 23, 2022
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    1. 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.
      GIMP vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
      Almost everyone thinks GIMP is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
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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.
      Top positive comment  almost 6 years ago

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      It's free... It's powerfull... I edit my photos with that and it's such a beatiful program ^^ It's easy to use and easier to get in than photoshop (my experience) :D
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

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      If you area already familiar with Photoshop, GIMP is almost completely alien, even though it can do pretty much anything Photoshop can. It just does things very differently. On the other hand, if this is the first professional editor you use, I think the learning curve is as steep or as lean as Photoshop.
      Top negative comment  almost 2 years ago

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      Anipe Very hard to learn and lacks many features; overated
      Negative comment about 1 month ago

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      imoterdaniel Gimp is indeed a great free alternative to Photoshop
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

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      saadnasir8009 GIMP is easy to use but it is limited.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

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      RinRin I used Adobe at first but when they started charging subscription fees for photoshop I tried out Gimp. I thought it was pretty much the same back then....though, it was about 10 years ago.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

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    2. Krita is a professional Free and open source (FOSS) painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone withith concept art, texture and matte painters, illustrations and comics.
      Krita vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
      Most users think Krita is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
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      I like Krita as an alternative to Photoshop because it's open source and free from the tyranny of Adobe Subscriptions
      Top positive comment  10 months ago

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      best open source raster program out there in terms of digital paintings goes, and in some areas even better than Photoshop.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      Krita is for painting, not photo editing.
      Top negative comment  almost 2 years ago

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      It's free, yet has almost all the features Photoshop has
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      For artists using photoshop it is the best alternative.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      krita is sketching and drawing photoshop is a photo editor
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Was born as a sketching app, now it includes all the Gimp features. Plus new features recently introduced (for example Smart clone, that acts as the content aware brush in Photoshop). In my opinion it is much faster and useful than Gimp. Can be a valid Phototshop replacement.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    3. Paint.net is a free and very capable image editing software for Windows. Great alternative to Photoshop for people that do not need all the stuff PS offers.
      Paint.NET vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Paint.NET is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
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      FedoraGFX Has many of the features of Photoshop, but it's free!
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      Not a direct replacement, but if you don't need all the advanced features of Photoshop and going to do just quick editing, this could be a solution.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

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      Thatstinkyguy While it doesn't beat GIMP in terms of features, open-source, or cross-platform accessibility, it's still a solid program that's lightweight, fairly easy to use, and with a plugin (among many other ones), it seems to have better compatibility with PSD files than GIMP.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

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      I was able to use it from day one and get better over time the more I worked in it.
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      sedeti Paint is not a photo editor
      Negative comment 6 months ago

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      emirhanpala My number one helper in editing dds file is very good
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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      I use paint.net because its great photos, high or low resolutions, its perfect either way
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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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.
      Photopea vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Photopea is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
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      StevenSun It has most features which Photoshop and its Browser Based.
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

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      petergriffin It does everything you probably need without costing $20+ dollars a month, and requires no download. Unless you need more advanced features this is extremely similar to Photoshop
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      less tools and dont have a great ai
      Top negative comment  about 2 months ago

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      Anipe Great, just wish it was open source but its amazing!
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

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      ioma8 Photopea is the best alternative to Photoshop out there. It is free, browser based and has EXCELENT support of PSD files. Supports literally every Photoshop feature, including smart object selecions, non-destructive adjustment layers or auto-fill of background.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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      adamcbuchanan It's a lite version of Photoshop. It runs in browser. And it's easier for new users to jump in than PS.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      sicko It looks, works and feels familiar, has PS shortcuts and style.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    5. Pixlr® makes it easy to transform everyday images into stunning works of art. Whether you’re applying a quick fix to your photos or adding your personal touch with effects, overlays, or borders, Pixlr has everything you need to make your moments beautiful.
      Pixlr vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
      Most users think Pixlr is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
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      ustamills 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.
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      It is browser based, and once you learn it it is essentially Photoshop.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

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      perfectsonichedgehog You do not need to download a program, you enter from the web.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      rory_harmon Easy way to change the image as per the demand.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      Photoshop Lite, but is great for simple stuff. Browser based is super nice.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      kvatanen Lighter on features but a lot easier to use. It's web-based, loads easily and doesn't overheat your machine. Has all the basic functionality of PS.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      cae Free No installation Easy to use A lot of many tutorials Work with layers
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    6. MyPaint is a fast painting program with an emphasis on full-screen use. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.
      MyPaint vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
      Some users think MyPaint is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop, some don't.
      uhada If you're looking for a painting app, MyPaint may be a good alternative to Photoshop. It has infinite canvas, good, natural brushes and overall good tools.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      MyPaint is only a drawing program, but it can't edit images. Adobe Photoshop can do both.
      Top negative comment  almost 7 years ago

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      sedeti My paint is not a image editor
      Negative comment 6 months ago

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      MyPaint is a program for digital art. Though GIMP can be used for that purpose, GIMP is also an image editing software.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

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      mypaint is really only for drawing, it's not an image editor
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

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    7. PhotoScape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.
      Photoscape vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
      Most users think Photoscape is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      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.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      I like it because you can merge multiple photos easily.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      vranha Good For newbie before u learn Photoshop, use this Software First :)
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    8. 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 simple and intuitive to use, and has an easy learning curve.
      PhotoFiltre vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
      Most users think PhotoFiltre is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      Very fast & lightweight but still powerful with great features. Doesn't take forever to load for quick edits
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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      In my opinion it provides most intuitive way to edit photos.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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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.
      Polarr vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
      Most users think Polarr is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      kreela I couldn't find an option for layers.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

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      Free version is the most capable offline editor available in Chromebook. Excellent masking tools in paid version.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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    9. MediBang Paint is a lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS.
      MediBang Paint vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
      Most users think MediBang Paint is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      Whitter MediBang is used for drawing manga and comic books, NOT editing photos.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      Ryvaa It's a wonderful software for painting, not editing photos.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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