Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for Mac with any license

  • 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, rich of feature, good performance, many tutorial, anything it's lack can be cover with plug-in. The best for free software. JatieDec 2016 • 33 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 45 agrees and 12 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Because it's simply free it may be complicated but you can learn it easily. Guest • Jul 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Does not have same functions as PS but there are some filters. Guest • Jul 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • First: It's the closest software to photoshop that is free. Second: Have a good performance. Third: Easy to learn. LuizCarlos91Jun 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • 95% of most users photo editing needs are covered by GIMP and its plugins. Guest • Aug 2018 • 5 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP has remained a broken program, it's move tool still is very troublesome if your cursor is over the layer dock instead of the graphic in the central view. exporting and saving to specific but common file types is overly complicated. many features are counter-intuitive even AFTER you've learned them, unlike in a GOOD graphics program like Krita or Clip Studio Paint. ghostlycoyoteJun 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Gimp contain absolutely all what is required in 99% of cases for picture manipulation Guest • Apr 2019 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 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP is not similar enough to Photoshop for someone to get started immediately, but when you do know how to use it, it can be just as powerful as Photoshop in almost every way. Better than paying Adobe $30+ a month for a product that never belongs to you. lazysami00Apr 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • It's free... It's powerfull... I edit my photos with that and it's such a beatiful program ^^ It's easy to use and easier to get in than photoshop (my experience) :D Guest • Mar 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Offer most of PhotoShop functionality, if not all, is Free (in both meanings of the word) and, unlike PhotoShop, Isn't limited to MacOS and Windows as operating system. BigoukunMar 2019 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 • 18 agrees and 15 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The best free PS alternative, feature-packed and powerful. stephenbarrow895Nov 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Closest you can get to Photoshop for free. The UI is not great but functionality-wise it's near perfect. Great alternative. PavlinaKellerovaNov 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP is better as painting software, and rather crappy for photo manipulation Guest • Nov 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • A good program, but the menus are not intuitive, and the startup is somewhat slow. Guest • Mar 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Gimps is very basic... its no way near to adobe Photoshop Guest • Oct 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Completely free with many plug-ins. socjopatkaxSep 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • I have used Gimp for years. I used Adobe and Correl, but Gimp does what I need, and why pay hundreds of dollars for something that was not all that better, or worse in some ways. Guest • Sep 2018 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 • 5 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its got all the features pretty much and it's available on all devices Guest • Aug 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
    • GIMP cannot do anything as complex as Photoshop. Guest • Apr 2018 • 7 agrees and 8 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • A fully completed alternative to photoshop. And this is free! TechnotikaAug 2017 • 4 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 • 17 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • This is the best that can be used in linux Guest • Mar 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Too complicated to use it, bad UI/UX rnicksonMar 2018 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Krita is new and seems more like photoshop. Still is developing. Guest • Feb 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees 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 • 1 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 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's free. For basic operations I do I don't want to pay as much. mygamela2Dec 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 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 • 1 agrees and 2 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 • Sep 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its the closest photo editing software to photoshop Guest • Aug 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 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 • 5 agrees and 6 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
    • 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 • 10 agrees and 6 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 16 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Gimp is powerfull almost as Photoshop. jansikaSep 2016 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...

    • Krita's focus is painting rather than photo manipulation. quadraticOct 2018 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • photoshop is a photo editing software; krita is a painting and sketching app soulrainMay 2019 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Photoshop is a professional editing tool. Krita is a very good piece of software, however it isn't a professional software or one that could be used as an alternative for Photoshop. It's closer to the level of Paint.net. If you would like a free and powerful alternative, I'd recommend GIMP, however the user interface is annoying to work with. If you don't mind paying, I'd recommend Affinity Photo, which is $50 one time and is very amazing. UnleavenedEagleJun 2019 • 2 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's open-source and very easy to use. cami_llaApr 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Powerful layer-based drawing with tablet support, and a variety of brush styles and supported formats. deltz025Nov 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • While I prefer GIMP for graphic design, Krita is the best alternative to Photoshop for digital painting pizzalovingnerdOct 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 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 • 12 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Krita allows you to make drawings and animations with a great quality and ir's also FREE. KRITA4EVER Guest • Jun 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees 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 • 1 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 • 8 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • MUCH better UI than GIMP or PAINT.NET Guest • Oct 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 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 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Krita is a painting application, It does not really edit photos. Guest • Feb 2018 • 5 agrees and 8 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 • 16 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Better for painting, worse for photo/image manipulation (it is where gimp comes in) Guest • Sep 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Brushes, functionality, and its free. Guest • Dec 2017 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
    • 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
    • Lightweight, similar interface. TristisOrisAug 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • While I like GIMP this is much simpler in design and easier to use. brandonyarvisJan 2017 • 3 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
    • 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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  • Affinity Photo

    Affinity Photo is a professional, full-featured raster graphics editor. Working in Affinity Photo is always live and you can pan and zoom at 60fps, with live previews...

    • Affinity Photo is a professional level photo editing application. It's very powerful and you can do 99% of things in it that you can do in Photoshop. It can read and write .PSD files, and is compatible (most of the time) with Photoshop brushes and plugins. If you don't mind paying, I'd recommend it. It's ~$50 one time, so no subscriptions. UnleavenedEagleJun 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Does effectively everything PS can do, has a matching Designer app and soon Publisher app. Excellent GUI and functionality, well supported and regularly updated. Total no brainer for a simple one-off payment. robfolJun 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Professional grade cross-platform application with well-polished UI which does the same and more, with *no subscription*, no accounts and no cloud stuff ejuJul 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Incredibly great price, robust set of tools, leaner install. Guest • Jul 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • It does the same as PS, sometimes it is even easier to use. After many years of PS I don't miss it at all. Guest • Jul 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • One time Payment. Good Toolset. Very similar to Photoshop Guest • Mar 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I believe, now that it supports Windows, that it's a great alternative to Photoshop. There's a wide variety of features you can find both on Photoshop and Photo, they share most of the key features. Affinity's design is beautiful aswell. BloukoDec 2016 • 13 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Really Good UI, not expensive and does the job Guest • Dec 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 90% of the same features of Adobe Photoshop. The other 10% are tools rarely even used. Save your money, buy this cheaper alternative. Guest • Apr 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Best features and interface of all other alternatives of Adobe PS Guest • Oct 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Does it all and, once you get the hang of it, more intuitively than PS. Guest • Apr 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Similar interface logic and keyboard shortcuts, great support for reading psd files. Pretty much 95% of PS abilities, but without the subscription fees. Guest • Oct 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Professional, full featured app, with proper vendor support and very good workflows. The only true alternative to Photoshop. Thanks to Affinity I've been Adobe (and subscription) free for many years and very happy at that. wonderwarthogApr 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • I love gimp for what you get for free.. But best paid alternative without the subscription based software or stripped down PS Elements. Affinity Photo is a sweet deal, and great alternative to Photoshop. I only see this getting better with time and now it's on Windows. Pen support (default settings) could be better but doable. Guest • Dec 2016 • 10 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's non-subscription, and Affinity keeps adding new features, which do not require a paid upgrade. I'm hooked. aldorrDec 2016 • 12 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • No subscription - One-off payment ultra_blueMay 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • One time payment, low price, can do almost anything Photoshop can do, often better! Frequent updates, many free tutorials online... Excellent team that answer any question on the forum. It's not the best alternative to Photoshop, Photoshop is a good alternative to Affinity Photo. Guest • Jul 2017 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is usable! Everybody keeps recommending GIMP, which is (if you're used to Photoshop) horrible in it’s usability for creative work. Affinity Photo can totally keep up with Photoshop and is so much cheaper! Guest • Sep 2017 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Functional, very cheap, great UI Guest • Dec 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Does what I mostly need and does not force me to rent. Matt_PubJul 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Full featured, easy to use, actively developed and cheap! Guest • Sep 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Interface. Cost. iPad availability. Guest • Jun 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Affinity is the closest software to Photoshop. With a direct import for PSD files and the simple "Persona"-System it's the best solution with a low price. janse_wFeb 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Pixelmator

    Pixelmator is a powerful, beautiful, and easy to use image editor. Featuring an elegant and streamlined single-window interface, it puts all the focus on the images you...

    • For the simple editing I do to get photos ready for email and web, Pixelmator is perfect. It can crop (including constrained cropping), resize, and do all the essential color/brightness/contrast/levels tweaks. And the best feature of all, it has a magical healing brush for removing blemishes. davecortrightMar 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • MyPaint

    MyPaint is a fast, distraction-free, and easy painting tool for digital artists. It supports graphics tablets made by Wacom, and many similar devices.

    • MyPaint is only a drawing program, but it can't edit images. Adobe Photoshop can do both. Guest • Jul 2015 • 14 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

    With vector illustration, page layout, photo-editing and tracing software, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 is ideal for professional and occasional designers tackling any...

    • Corel Photo-paint and CorelDraw work very well with Corel Painter and Paint-shop Pro. Pretty much everything is covered, there [High-end full-body textile design must be around the corner.] Everlasting licences also make CorelDraw the clear Winner. tobylennonJan 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Photoscape

    PhotoScape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos. Key Features: * Editor: resizing, brightness and color adjustment...

    • 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. Guest • Aug 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Good For newbie before u learn Photoshop, use this Software First :) vranhaJun 2017 Disagree   Agree

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  • Polarr

    From advanced image filters to professional local adjustments, Polarr Photo Editor is the most versatile and powerful online photo editor in the web.

    • Free version is the most capable offline editor available in Chromebook. Excellent masking tools in paid version. Guest • Mar 2017 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Clip Studio Paint

    Clip Studio Paint, previously Manga Studio or ComicStudio in Japan, is a family of software applications for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows used for the digital creation...

    • It has pretty similar tools and the results look just as good as in PS Guest • Sep 2017 Disagree   Agree

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  • Adobe Photoshop Elements

    Adobe Photoshop Elements combines power and simplicity so you can make ordinary photos extraordinary; tell engaging stories in beautiful, personalized creations for...

    • It's a lest costly version of PhotoShop, with all the functions most peoples need. So if you absolutly need (or want) PhotoShop and aren't a pro, go for it. BigoukunMar 2019 Disagree   Agree

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