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Photoshop Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is GIMP, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Adobe Photoshop and loads of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Adobe Photoshop are Affinity Photo, Krita, Pixelmator and MyPaint.

Adobe Photoshop alternatives are mainly Image Editors but may also be Digital Painting Tools or Photo Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Adobe Photoshop.
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  1. GIMP icon

    GIMP

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    192 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  Support for LayersGIMP supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
    3.  Ad-freeGIMP doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGIMP can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    5.  PortableGIMP can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    6.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in GIMP.
    7.  Dark ModeGIMP supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    8.  Batch EditingGIMP allows you to select multiple items (tasks, files, images etc) and edit their properties all at once.
    9.  Support for scriptingGIMP supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    Almost everyone thinks GIMP is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
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    Guest

    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.

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    Jatie

    Free, rich of feature, good performance, many tutorial, anything it's lack can be cover with plug-in. The best for free software.

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    Guest

    Bad user interface, difficult to learn, unintuitive, slow. Thank God for Photopea.

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    Guest

    gimp 3.0 will be more better hope so

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    marekszewczyk

    Irritating, totally unintuitive, completely unthought-out interface. It may have a lot of possibilities, but a lifetime is not enough to discover them and understand the twisted logic of this program.

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    rimon

    Not similar, missing lots of important functionality. STOP PROMOTING IT AS A PHOTOSHOP ALTERNATIVE!

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    ya_Bob_Jonez

    Versatile editing and drawing application, FOSS, great for an average user.

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  2. Affinity Photo icon

    Affinity Photo

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    95 alternatives to 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 and non destructive application. It supports unlimited layers and a dedicated RAW editing workspace, as well as...

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    1.  Non Destructive EditingAffinity Photo allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
    2.  Support for LayersAffinity Photo supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    3.  LightweightAffinity Photo consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  No Coding RequiredAffinity Photo can be used without an coding or programming skills.
    5.  WYSIWYG SupportAffinity Photo integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    6.  Privacy focusedAffinity Photo is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    7.  Works OfflineAffinity Photo can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    8.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAffinity Photo can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    9.  Dark ModeAffinity Photo supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Almost everyone thinks Affinity Photo is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
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    danielcastelli

    Nothing else comes closer for this price range.

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    Blouko

    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.

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    agileidea

    This was my go to image editor for a while when I was using Windows. There's no Linux support however, which is disappointing.

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    mimumu

    Not all but very close on features, certainly all the most important. Price model absolutely better. Pay once and use it until new version.

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    Samgd14

    Essentially the same functions without any subscription and at a very reasonable price.

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    monnef2

    It's a shame it doesn't support Linux. I sometimes use Krita and Gimp, but after seeing what Affinity Photo can do, how polished it is, I would buy it instantly if it ran on Linux. :/

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    TopSock

    It's not as full-featured as Photoshop, but it does a lot of things that PS can do. If you don't need every single feature of PS or can't afford the monthly subscription, it's a very good alternative.

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    Krita

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    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 within concept art, texture and matte painters, illustrations and comics.

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    1.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Krita, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    2.  LightweightKrita consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Support for LayersKrita supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    4.  Non Destructive EditingKrita allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
    5.  Drawing Tablet SupportKrita supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
    6.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in Krita.
    7.  Pressure SensitivityKrita can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    8.  PortableKrita can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    9.  Color PickerKrita allows you to select and copy a color property from an image, object, or shape.
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    Startup page with news
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    Most users think Krita is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
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    Guest

    I like Krita as an alternative to Photoshop because it's open source and free from the tyranny of Adobe Subscriptions

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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)

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    Guest

    Krita is for painting, not photo editing

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    fomenkois

    It works with legacy graphics card, it's intuitive, it has super transform tools

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    Guest

    It's free, yet has almost all the features Photoshop has

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    Guest

    best open source raster program out there in terms of digital paintings goes, and in some areas even better than Photoshop.

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    Guest

    For artists using photoshop it is the best alternative.

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  4. Pixelmator icon

    Pixelmator

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    142 alternatives to 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 edit, rather than what's around them.

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    Pixelmator vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Pixelmator is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
    davecortright

    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.

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    tiltedtripod_

    Considering Photoshop is a ripoff with the subscription crap and Elements is totally unsupported by Adobe and it's a piece of crap, Pixelmator offers a clean interface, powerful tools and it actually works. #adobesucks

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    Guest

    Can accomplish nearly all of the functions of Photoshop, while still being cheaper, and more stable

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    Guest

    Very intuitive UI for Effects. Impressed with how to apply them on an image, and how to turn a plain image to a professional edited image!

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    MyPaint

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    123 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  Support for LayersMyPaint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  Drawing Tablet SupportMyPaint supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
    3.  PortableMyPaint can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Distraction-freeMyPaint has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
    5.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in MyPaint.
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    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.

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    Guest

    MyPaint is only a drawing program, but it can't edit images. Adobe Photoshop can do both.

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    sedeti

    My paint is not a image editor

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    Guest

    MyPaint is a program for digital art. Though GIMP can be used for that purpose, GIMP is also an image editing software.

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    Guest

    mypaint is really only for drawing, it's not an image editor

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    Affinity Designer

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    50 alternatives to Affinity Designer 

    Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available. Built from the ground up over a five-year period, every feature, tool, panel and function has been developed with the needs of creative professionals at its core.

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    1.  Support for LayersAffinity Designer supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  Works OfflineAffinity Designer can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAffinity Designer can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    4.  WYSIWYG SupportAffinity Designer integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    5.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in Affinity Designer.
    6.  Support for scriptingAffinity Designer supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    7.  Ad-freeAffinity Designer doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    8.  Dark ModeAffinity Designer supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    9.  Color PickerAffinity Designer allows you to select and copy a color property from an image, object, or shape.
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  7. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite icon

    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

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    86 alternatives to 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 type of graphics project. Precision design tools, market-leading file compatibility and high-quality graphics...

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    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
    Almost everyone thinks CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
    tobylennon

    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.

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  8. Photoscape icon

    Photoscape

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    181 alternatives to Photoscape 

    PhotoScape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.

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    1.  Batch EditingPhotoscape allows you to select multiple items (tasks, files, images etc) and edit their properties all at once.
    Viewer: Slideshow, Fullscreen, Wallpaper, Lossless Rotation, Exif
    Editor: 120+ Frames, Resize, Rotate, Brightness, Color, Contrast, Auto Contrast, Sharpen, Clipart
    Batch Editor: For Frames, Resize, Filters, Objects
    Photoscape vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
    Most users think Photoscape is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
    Guest

    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.

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    vranha

    Good For newbie before u learn Photoshop, use this Software First :)

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    Guest

    I like it because you can merge multiple photos easily.

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  9. Clip Studio Paint icon

    Clip Studio Paint

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    100 alternatives to 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 of comics and manga.

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    1.  Pressure SensitivityClip Studio Paint can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    2.  Support for LayersClip Studio Paint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    3.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Clip Studio Paint, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    4.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    5.  Drawing Tablet SupportClip Studio Paint supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
    Blank Canvas
    Tool editing dialog
    Wide variety of built-in tools, brushes, and effects
    Clip Studio Paint vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Clip Studio Paint is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
    james_hunt

    Far better than photoshop for digital painting

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    Guest

    It has pretty similar tools and the results look just as good as in PS

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    Guest

    Clip Studio Paint has the best blending tools I've seen so far

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    Polarr

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    142 alternatives to 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.

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    Most users think Polarr is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
    kreela

    I couldn't find an option for layers.

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    Guest

    Free version is the most capable offline editor available in Chromebook. Excellent masking tools in paid version.

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