Free Adobe Photoshop Alternatives

    Adobe Photoshop is described as 'The standard in professional image editing and compositing for creative design work'. There are more than 100 alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for various platforms. The best alternative is GIMP, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Adobe Photoshop are Krita (Free, Open Source), Paint.NET (Free Personal), Photopea (Free) and Pixlr (Freemium).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 14, 2021

    • 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. View 194 alternatives to GIMP
      Almost everyone thinks GIMP is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Snapcraft
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      GIMP vs 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 5 years ago

      Jatie Free, rich of feature, good performance, many tutorial, anything it's lack can be cover with plug-in. The best for free software.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      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  10 months ago

      It's not as intuitve and lacks features
      Negative comment 11 days ago

      i like gimp because it is easy compared to photoshop , if you see the tutorials in youtube , you can make your thumbnails very easily .
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

      sunboyz23 Brilliant for normal use.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

      brilliant for both amateur and professional.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

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    • 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. View 136 alternatives to Krita
      Most users think Krita is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Windows S
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      • PortableApps.com
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      Krita vs Adobe Photoshop
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      gaengschter 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).
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

      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.
      Top positive comment  12 months ago

      soulrain photoshop is a photo editing software; krita is a painting and sketching app
      Top negative comment  about 2 years ago

      It's free, yet has almost all the features Photoshop has
      Positive comment 19 days ago

      best open source raster program out there in terms of digital paintings goes, and in some areas even better than Photoshop.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

      For artists using photoshop it is the best alternative.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

      krita is sketching and drawing photoshop is a photo editor
      Negative comment 7 months ago

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    • 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. View 161 alternatives to Paint.NET
      Almost everyone thinks Paint.NET is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
      • Windows S
      • .NET Framework
      Paint.NET vs Adobe Photoshop
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      gamefreakerxD Free to use. Great application with a simple user interface.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      FedoraGFX Has many of the features of Photoshop, but it's free!
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      Paint.net as an alternative to PHOTOSHOP?! Er, no. It has bare minimums of editing elements, doesn't support objects, and is missing tons of features. It is a slightly more advanced Paint.
      Top negative comment  about 2 years ago

      its free and feature loaded.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

      Simple in design, yet comprehensive in features.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      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.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      It is a fantastic software. It is very versatile. Easy to learn. I have Paint.net and Photoshop on my PC and I use Paint.net much more often (as I do a lot of small edits). Don't get me wrong, Photoshop is superior. But it's also slower. And most edits can be done with the same results in both software programs. Only for Windows unfortunately. And it's free!
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    • 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. View 93 alternatives to Photopea
      Almost everyone thinks Photopea is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Online
      Photopea vs Adobe Photoshop
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      Fully supports PSD format with adjustment layers, layer effects, paths, layer masks etc.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      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 1 year ago

      sicko It looks, works and feels familiar, has PS shortcuts and style.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

      nightknight218 interface very similar to photoshop, and runs on the web, no download needed
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      It's basically a light version of PS that runs on your browser.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

      Easy to learn, the UI is very similar to that of photoshop's so you won't have a hard time at all transitioning!
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      SethAlexander Can locally store and load PS Actions, Styles, gradients, etc. Opens and saves as PSD as well as all other image formats one might expect from Adobe Photoshop. Photopea is easily the best alternative to Photoshop.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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    • Pixlr makes it easy to transform everyday images into stunning works of art. Make every moment beautiful with our family of photo editing apps. View 224 alternatives to Pixlr
      Most users think Pixlr is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Pixlr vs Adobe Photoshop
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      perfectsonichedgehog You do not need to download a program, you enter from the web.
      Top positive comment  12 months ago

      The fact that Pixlr is browser based is cool at places like school where you can't just install GIMP.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      It is browser based, and once you learn it it is essentially Photoshop.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      Photoshop Lite, but is great for simple stuff. Browser based is super nice.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      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 2 years ago

      cae Free No installation Easy to use A lot of many tutorials Work with layers
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      Sethu Has many similar features, and it is also easy to gain access since its free and available online.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    • MyPaint is a fast, distraction-free, and easy painting tool for digital artists. It supports graphics tablets made by Wacom, and many similar devices. View 121 alternatives to MyPaint
      Some users think MyPaint is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop, some don't.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Linux
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      MyPaint vs Adobe Photoshop
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      MyPaint is only a drawing program, but it can't edit images. Adobe Photoshop can do both.
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

      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.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      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 5 years ago

      mypaint is really only for drawing, it's not an image editor
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

    • PhotoScape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos. View 182 alternatives to Photoscape
      Most users think Photoscape is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      • FreemiumProprietary
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      • Windows S
      Photoscape vs Adobe Photoshop
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      I like it because you can merge multiple photos easily.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      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 4 years ago

      vranha Good For newbie before u learn Photoshop, use this Software First :)
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

    • 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. View 121 alternatives to PhotoFiltre
      Most users think PhotoFiltre is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      • PortableApps.com
      PhotoFiltre vs Adobe Photoshop
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      Very fast & lightweight but still powerful with great features. Doesn't take forever to load for quick edits
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      In my opinion it provides most intuitive way to edit photos.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    • From advanced image filters to professional local adjustments, Polarr Photo Editor is the most versatile and powerful online photo editor in the web. View 140 alternatives to Polarr
      Most users think Polarr is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      • FreemiumProprietary
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      • Windows
      • Online
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      • Chrome OS
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
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      Polarr vs Adobe Photoshop
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      Free version is the most capable offline editor available in Chromebook. Excellent masking tools in paid version.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

    • A lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS. View 70 alternatives to MediBang Paint
      Most users think MediBang Paint is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      • FreemiumProprietary
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      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      MediBang Paint vs Adobe Photoshop
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      Whitter MediBang is used for drawing manga and comic books, NOT editing photos.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      Ryvaa It's a wonderful software for painting, not editing photos.
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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