Adobe 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 (Paid), Krita (Free, Open Source), Pixelmator (Paid) and Affinity Designer (Paid).

    This page was last updated Nov 26, 2021

    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.
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      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  over 5 years ago

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      Gimp contain absolutely all what is required in 99% of cases for picture manipulation
      Top positive comment  over 2 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  over 1 year ago

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      beebaypk GIMP is the best software for photo editing etc
      Positive comment 5 days ago

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      sedeti Just unacceptable that it doesn't have adjustable layers
      Negative comment 13 days ago

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      ioma8 GIMP is sadly not good alternative to Photoshop. Have very bad support of PSD files, you literally can't work with regular PSD from others who use Photoshop as GIMP doesn't support many of Photoshops features. One of them being adjustments layers. Basically you have to make all changes in GIMP being destructive.
      Negative comment about 2 months ago

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      Bad user interface, difficult to learn, unintuitive, slow. Thank God for Photopea.
      Negative comment about 2 months ago

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    2. 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.
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      Almost everyone thinks Affinity Photo is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
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      robfol 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.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      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.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

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      Powerful, easy to use, and no subscription.
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      It's a not expensive, and it can do most of the things that PS does.
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      Ryvaa It's very close to the photoshop experience, you can probably do everything that PS do.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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      b5odn Perfect alternative for casual user. One off payment and you don't have to feel bad about paying monthly subscription for something you don't use. Very easy to get used to.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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    3. 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.
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      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  4 months ago

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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)
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

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      It's more of a painting software, not much related to photos/images.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

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      It's free, yet has almost all the features Photoshop has
      Positive comment 7 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.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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      For artists using photoshop it is the best alternative.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      krita is sketching and drawing photoshop is a photo editor
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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    4. 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.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      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!
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      Can accomplish nearly all of the functions of Photoshop, while still being cheaper, and more stable
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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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
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    5. 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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    6. 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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      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  10 months 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  over 6 years ago

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      sedeti My paint is not a image editor
      Negative comment 13 days 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 about 6 years ago

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      mypaint is really only for drawing, it's not an image editor
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

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    7. 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.
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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.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    8. PhotoScape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.
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      Most users think Photoscape is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      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.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      I like it because you can merge multiple photos easily.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      vranha Good For newbie before u learn Photoshop, use this Software First :)
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    9. 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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      Clip Studio Paint vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Clip Studio Paint is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      Clip Studio Paint has the best blending tools I've seen so far
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      It has pretty similar tools and the results look just as good as in PS
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      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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      Polarr vs Adobe Photoshop opinions
      Most users think Polarr is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
      kreela I couldn't find an option for layers.
      Positive comment 13 days ago

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      Free version is the most capable offline editor available in Chromebook. Excellent masking tools in paid version.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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