Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for Mac with Open Source License

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  • GIMP icon

    GIMP

    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.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com Haiku AmigaOS Xfce

    • 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. Guest • Jul 2016 • 18 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Free, rich of feature, good performance, many tutorial, anything it's lack can be cover with plug-in. The best for free software. JatieDec 2016 • 9 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP is a powerful, yet fairly lightweight platform for general image editing. It runs on many platforms, including some obscure Linux distributions. Guest • Aug 2016 • 8 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The technology in GIMP really is stellar. There are tutorials all over the web for accomplishing just about everything you can imagine. Photoshop is a great piece of software, no doubt. But with their change to Cloud licensing GIMP is just that much more enticing. I *highly* recommend GIMP. ustamillsOct 2016 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • A fully completed alternative to photoshop. And this is free! TechnotikaAug 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its the closest photo editing software to photoshop Guest • Aug 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • First of all it's free. It has many plug-ins, for example the best tool to work on .dds -files. In Photoshop you need a nvidia plugin which works not good- You have a perspectific clone stamp Guest • 5 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • Gimp is the best photo editor, and Photoshop does not compare with its glitches with it. dan777May 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • it are said to be Free Software; has the Paths Tool on which works perfect to create complex drawings with a mouse peripheral on a desktop computer; DarkSystemCDApr 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Doesn't support CMYK, or if it does I couldn't find it, and I looked hard. Also, despite my best efforts, couldn't select more than 1 layer at a time (without creating a group and putting all the layers in that group) and working with text was insanely labor intensive. Guest • May 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it's all you want. you just need to know how to edit with it and you're set! no money spent! netikrasbananasApr 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It does not work directly on CMYK images or save them on this mode. It also priorizes its own file format instead of work directly with other file formats instead of "exporting" them, causing GIMP to be not so practical as Photoshop for multiple files at the same time. The interface also takes too much space of the screen and some tools have no obvious utilization shortcuts. Guest • Nov 2016 • 7 agrees and 12 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    Krita

    Krita is a complete creative sketching and painting application with advanced, commercial quality features. It's free, open-source and available across all major...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

    • 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) AtoshiDec 2016 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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). gaengschterFeb 2016 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Clean UI and easy to use. I don't think it's as refined as GIMP but still a great alternative. ExquisiteDisasterJan 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • While I like GIMP this is much simpler in design and easier to use. brandonyarvisJan 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is basically the same. Same tools and interfaces. Guest • Mar 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Much easier to use than other PS alternatives and fairly intuitive. kristinastarckApr 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Krita is the best alternative for digital illustrators. Intuitive interface offers options that even Gimp does not have, such as the layer effects available in Adobe Photoshop. However, not everything is flowers, the Krita text tools are still lacking. My recommendation is to use Krita and Gimp together according to the nature of your project. brunoprosaikoJul 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Better for painting, worse for photo/image manipulation (it is where gimp comes in) Guest • Sep 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • If you are looking for a (free) alternative for digital drawing and painting, this is it. Better than Photoshop in this regard - I don't touch Photoshop for drawing and painting anymore, only Krita and ClipStudio. herbertvanderwegen3 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • It is one of the few programs with an airbrush. The only quarrel I have is the color-picker. I prefer the style of color picker/custom color designer in Paint. Otherwise,Krita just boogies right along. Best free art program I've found, between it and IrfanView. I'm golden! clydelymanMar 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    Seashore

    Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS Xs Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports...

    Free Open Source Mac

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last versions, 0.1.9 and 0.5.1, released in 2007 and 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    photivo

    Photivo is a multi platform photo processor for RAW and bitmap images with 16 bit precision. Photivo tries to give the user as much control as possible to express his...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux GIMP

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    LazPaint

    LazPaint is a free and open image editor that features layers and transparency. It supports the format OpenRaster so it can interoperate with MyPaint, Gimp and Krita....

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com

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    Gimp Paint Studio

    GPS (aka Gimp Paint Studio) is a collection of brushes, patterns, color gradients, accompanying tool presets and dynamics. Tool presets are a simply saved tool options...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux GIMP

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    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 2.0, released in August 2013, can be still downloaded from GitHub.
  • ImageJ icon

    ImageJ

    ImageJ is a public domain, Java-based image processing program developed at the National Institutes of Health. ImageJ was designed with an open architecture that...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Luminance HDR

    Luminance HDR is a graphical user interface (based on the Qt5 toolkit) that provides a complete workflow for HDR imaging.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    ImagePlay

    ImagePlay is a rapid prototyping tool for building and testing image processing algorithms. It comes with a variety of over 70 individual image processors which can be...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    showFoto

    ShowFoto is the standalone image editor of the digiKam project. It runs without digiKam images database support, but provides all Image Editor functions.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux KDE

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    CinePaint

    CinePaint is a deep paint application that edits EXR, DPX, 16-bit TIFF, JPEG, PNG and many other types of image files. CinePaint is available as a native application for...

    Free Open Source Mac Linux

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    Gimp Painter

    GIMP with modified and enhanced workspace focused on painting.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows

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    • Discontinued Merge branch 'gimp-2-8' of https://github.com/GNOME/gimp into gimp-2-8. See https://github.com/seagetch/gimp-painter
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    Pixelitor

    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...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux