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    Open Source Adobe Photoshop Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Adobe Photoshop is GIMP. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Adobe Photoshop and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Adobe Photoshop are Krita (Free, Open Source), MyPaint (Free, Open Source), Glimpse Image Editor (Free, Open Source) and LazPaint (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Apr 28, 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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      Gimp contain absolutely all what is required in 99% of cases for picture manipulation
      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 26 days 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 5 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  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.
      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 almost 2 years ago

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    3. 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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    4. 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/

    5. Raster & vector graphic editor with many tools and filters, written in Lazarus (Free Pascal). Portable, 32bit (under 3mb) & 64bit (3.55mb) versions, ORA format & 16384x16384 image support. In app 3D import & rendering.
      Some users think LazPaint is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop, some don't.


    6. PhotoDemon provides a comprehensive selection of photo editing tools in an 8 MB download. It runs on any Windows machine (XP through Win 10) and does not require installation. It can easily be run from a USB stick or SD card.
    7. A simple vector illustration tool.
    8. miniPaint is free online image editor using HTML5. Edit, adjust your images, add effects online in your browser without installing anything. You can use the Electron based version of the editor if you like.
    9. Pixelitor is a cross-platform raster graphics editor written in Java. It supports image filters, drawing, layers, multiple undo, etc. Currently its main strength lies in the more than 70 image filters and color adjustments, some of which are unique.
    10. Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It is based around the GIMPs technology and uses the same native file format.
      Most users think Seashore is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
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