Top 5 Adobe Photoshop Alternatives for Linux


  • GIMP

    GIMP is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, and more. Available also as portable app: http://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pictures/gimp_portable

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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. Guest • Jul 2016 • 27 agrees and 9 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 • 18 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I don't understand the hype that GIMP is the most powerful alternative to Photoshop? Filters are bad quality and the interface is a stub! There are much more and better (!) alternative Apps that are a real alternative to Photoshop, like Krita or MediaBang, Everyone should check more than one, more than GIMP, before he tell the internet GIMP is the best alternative... because it is not! (But there are some...) Guest • May 2018 • 9 agrees and 1 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 • 10 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP cannot do anything as complex as Photoshop. Guest • Apr 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Version 2.8: I design graphics for web more than manipulate images. Support for pens is buggy, can't get pressure to be recognized. Slow to load in Windows 10. Zoom: can't use mouse scroll-wheel, limited to 800% makes it hard to work on small icons. Vectors: doesn't load PSD vector layers, converts copy-pasted SVG to raster. Didn't evaluate further as I gave up at that point. I did notice it has good support for multi-resolution .ico files. peterbrandApr 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 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 • 9 agrees and 6 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 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • A fully completed alternative to photoshop. And this is free! TechnotikaAug 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees 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 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It takes less time to administrate and update and of course more affordable and can be supported by free will and ability by donations or other contributions and involvement instead of forced upgrades and costly subscriptions where users have nothing to say where the future (or money) goes. NuvendiMay 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • It is very easy to understand and use, it also offers many filters and effects, the vectorial tool is easy to use and it offers many pre-defined brushes to start. This is my favorite program to make art because of it's simplicity and comfort, I'm very pleased to say that this is a really good alternative to Adobe Photoshop. IvannJun 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Its the closest photo editing software to photoshop Guest • Aug 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's free. For basic operations I do I don't want to pay as much. mygamela2Dec 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • I'd much rather use Photoshop but I'm on Linux, so no go. GIMP is free and is packed with features but Photoshop is a long way ahead in terms of usability and experience. GIMP does everything I need, it just takes longer and not as intuitive as Photoshop. jakebrumbyJan 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Krita is new and seems more like photoshop. Still is developing. Guest • Feb 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • This is the best that can be used in linux Guest • Mar 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • A good program, but the menus are not intuitive, and the startup is somewhat slow. Guest • Mar 2018 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 • Sep 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Gimp is the best photo editor, and Photoshop does not compare with its glitches with it. dan777May 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 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 • 2 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Open Source, Unique functions and tools and it's free. I have achieved far better result with gimp, thanks to its flexibility. Oh and it doesn't "sync" your personal photos to da "cloud" under the pretext of creative connectivity and oneness, LOL. Did i mention that you don't have to pay an annual fee of $240!!!? CyberiaNov 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 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 • 11 agrees and 14 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Krita

    HIGHLIGHTS User Interface - An intuitive user interface that stays out of your way. The dockers and panels can be moved and customized for your specific workflow. Once you have your setup, you can save it as your own workspace. You can also create your own shortcuts for commonly used tools. Pop-up Palette - Quickly pick your color and brush by right-clicking on the canvas. Brush Stabilizers - Have a shaky hand? Add a stabilizer to your brush to smoothen it out.

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    • 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 • 9 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 6 agrees and 2 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 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • While I like GIMP this is much simpler in design and easier to use. brandonyarvisJan 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 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 • 3 agrees and 2 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 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees 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. herbertvanderwegenSep 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Sleek design, many useful resources, ergonomic UI, really is the best free photo editing software I've used. I only used it for digital drawing though, so I don't know how it fares for other purposes. Guest • Nov 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Krita has completely replaced Photoshop for me. It's intuitive, responsive, and feature rich. As a professional photo editor and illustrator, it includes all of the features that I frequently use like cloning, filter layers (akin to adjustment layers), transparency masks, deformation tools, and a robust brush editor. It looks especially nice in the KDE desktop environment. tonyarrayDec 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Excellent UX design interface, non-destructive image manipulation. Superior graphics tablet integration makes it a *better* alternative to photoshop for artists. peterbrandApr 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Krita allows you to make drawings and animations with a great quality and ir's also FREE. KRITA4EVER Guest • Jun 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Better for painting, worse for photo/image manipulation (it is where gimp comes in) Guest • Sep 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees 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
    • Krita is a painting application, It does not really edit photos. Guest • Feb 2018 • 3 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • MyPaint

    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 supports pressure or tilt sensitive graphic tablets and comes with an easy-to-use brush collection. There is a complex interface for creating own brushes, focusing on brush dynamics (changes with speed, pressure, randomly).

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    • MyPaint is only a drawing program, but it can't edit images. Adobe Photoshop can do both. Guest • Jul 2015 • 10 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Pinta

    Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET . Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, Mac, and Windows. On Windows, Pinta requires the .NET framework, just like Paint.NET.

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    • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 1.6, released in March 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Polarr

    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. Now with the ability to batch export your photos, adding watermark, and using keyboard shortcuts, Polarr Photo Editor is also the most efficient photo editing tool available on Chrome.

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    • Free version is the most capable offline editor available in Chromebook. Excellent masking tools in paid version. Guest • Mar 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

22 More Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for Linux with any license

  • Pixeluvo

    Pixeluvo is a beautifully designed photo and image editor for PC. It supports everything from simple color and contrast tweaks, cropping and resizing, to complex photo...

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  • Bloom

    Bloom is a fast, light-weight, cross-platform procedural graphics editor that lets you tweak any action you have ever performed - organized by layer. Bloom is the...

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    • It has many photo editing tool, layers support, tablet support and amazing PSD support. GargantulaKonFeb 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

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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.

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  • 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...

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  • SketchPort

    SketchPort is an online drawing community with free software for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. Draw, chat, vote, be inspired, be challenged and earn badges!

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  • Paintstorm

    Paintstorm Studio is created for professional digital painting. And a major role in this program play the brushes. We did our best so that you can easily and quickly...

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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...

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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.
  • PencilSheep

    Layers, filters, layer styles, adjustment layers, masks, selections, brushes, undo/redo, graphics tablet support, raw file import, etc. Interactive filter layers, full...

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