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    Free Adobe Photoshop Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best free Windows alternative 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 are free and available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free Windows alternatives to Adobe Photoshop are Krita (Free, Open Source), Paint.NET (Free Personal), MyPaint (Free, Open Source) and Photoscape (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jan 15, 2022

    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.
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      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  over 5 years ago

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      Gimp contain absolutely all what is required in 99% of cases for picture manipulation
      Top positive comment  over 2 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  over 1 year 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 about 1 month ago

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      beebaypk GIMP is the best software for photo editing etc
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

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      sedeti Just unacceptable that it doesn't have adjustable layers
      Negative comment 2 months ago

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      ioma8 GIMP is sadly not good alternative to Photoshop. Have very bad support of PSD files, you literally can't work with regular PSD from others who use Photoshop as GIMP doesn't support many of Photoshops features. One of them being adjustments layers. Basically you have to make all changes in GIMP being destructive.
      Negative comment 3 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.
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      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  5 months ago

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      Atoshi 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)
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

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      It's more of a painting software, not much related to photos/images.
      Top negative comment  almost 2 years ago

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      It's free, yet has almost all the features Photoshop has
      Positive comment 9 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.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      For artists using photoshop it is the best alternative.
      Positive comment about 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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    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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      gamefreakerxD Free to use. Great application with a simple user interface.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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      FedoraGFX Has many of the features of Photoshop, but it's free!
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

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      sedeti Paint is not a photo editor
      Top negative comment  2 months ago

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      emirhanpala My number one helper in editing dds file is very good
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      I use paint.net because its great photos, high or low resolutions, its perfect either way
      Positive comment 6 months ago

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      its free and feature loaded.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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

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    4. 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.
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      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  12 months 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  over 6 years ago

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      sedeti My paint is not a image editor
      Negative comment 2 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 about 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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    5. PhotoScape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.
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      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 over 4 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 over 4 years ago

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    6. 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 almost 5 years ago

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

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    7. 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.
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      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 2 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 almost 5 years ago

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    8. MediBang Paint is a lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS. Features -You can save multiple pages in one file. -Perspective grids for easily drawing backgrounds or speed lines.
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      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 about 2 years ago

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      Ryvaa It's a wonderful software for painting, not editing photos.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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    9. Edit, share, and upload photos on-the-go, or access your entire online photo library with a finger-flick using Adobe Photoshop Express for iPhone, iPad and Android.
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      Adobe Photoshop Express vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
      Some users think Adobe Photoshop Express is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop, some don't.
      Limited features and none of the real photoshop features
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

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    10. Glimpse is an open source image editor based on the GNU Image Manipulation Program. The goal is to experiment with new ideas and expand the use of free software.

      Discontinued

      The Glimpse editor has been discontinued

      Source: https://glimpse-editor.org/posts/a-project-on-hiatus/

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