GIMP Alternatives

    GIMP is described as 'free program for such photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Essentially it's the closest thing to Photoshop you can get for free' and is one of the leading apps in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 100 alternatives to GIMP for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based, Linux and iPhone. The best alternative is Krita, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like GIMP are Paint.NET (Free Personal), Adobe Photoshop (Paid), Affinity Photo (Paid) and Pixlr (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jun 22, 2021

    1. 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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      Krita vs GIMP opinions
      Some users think Krita is a great alternative to GIMP, some don't.
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      It is easy to use and has many useful features. It focuses on creating your art and not on making tons of configurations like Gimp or Photoshop.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Free and open source and with non destructive image manipulation capabilities
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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      Krita focuses on painting, and therefore lacks the in-depth manipulation tools of GIMP.
      Top negative comment  over 2 years ago

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      mrdaltro It is really AMAZING how this piece of software has evolved in a short time. Just a year ago, it's true: it was just kinda Illustrator alternative. But nowadays Krita incorporated a lot of features that can for sure make it a good substitute for PS or GIMP as well. A good bunch of filters, layers and styling options for layers, adjustment layers, RAW support, very nice interface (way more producer-friendly than GIMP). I'm really surprised on how this project is evolving.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

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      Photo Manipulation and raw Painting/Drawing tools have been part of the program for QUITE a while now (some odd 5 years or so). Ignore anyone who says otherwise.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Krita has effect layers like Photoshop and the most powerful brush engine
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      It's like comparing Microsoft Word and Microsoft Powerpoint.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    2. Paint.net is a free and very capable image editing software for Windows. Great alternative to Photoshop for people that do not need all the stuff PS offers.
      Paint.NET vs GIMP opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Paint.NET is a great alternative to GIMP.
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      zippy123 A more user friendly interface, great for simple editing jobs.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      Much simpler to master for the occasional user
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      It is only for windows users.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

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      Excellent Software lightweight, easy to use for fast editing.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      it just has 100 times less features and is kept wayyyy too simplistic
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      ive been using paint.net for a long time. the interface is very user friendly. someone like me with limited computer knowledge will find it very easy to use. i tried gimp and PS although they are powerful, they are very complicated to use.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      CraftKittyScotland GIMP is so sophisticated and complicated that the average user will find it a challenge to master it. Paint.NET, on the other hand, is much easier and less challenging to learn how to use it. I use it all the time for my video editing, logo making, and music photo making, since I'm an electronic music producer.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    3. Adobe Photoshop is the commercial image editor that set the standard in creative illustration and design work with a sophisticated, layer-based workflow and robust, professional feature set.
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      Adobe Photoshop vs GIMP opinions
      Some users think Adobe Photoshop is a great alternative to GIMP, some don't.
      its just wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Its not free, should not be listed on par with GIMP
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

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      22Ezra22 Easiest to use and has the most features. With most Photoshop alternatives you cannot even re-edit text after typing.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Henry220 Yes, PH costs a lot. But It's still very effective there are much more features for a professional photographer and to my mind PH has more convenient workflow.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      CraftKittyScotland While it is not free to use forever, you can make better images like Adobe Lightroom CC and Paint.NET.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      It's all way better. GIMP constantly mess the workflow and functionality unstable. My mouse sometimes won't click anything in GIMP popup interface.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    4. 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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      Affinity Photo vs GIMP opinions
      Most users think Affinity Photo is a great alternative to GIMP.
      Aristomenis Low price for many features that are very close, if not better that Photoshop's.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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      GIMP is free and Affinity is not, however, Affinity photo isn't expensive and it has non-destructive editing and superb capacity for making selections. GIMP doesn't have these features yet. For me, GIMP is straight forward and a great workhorse, but I find myself using Affinity Photo more and more.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

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      Mosrod Very similar to Photoshop and a great photo editing program for only $50
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      sharevari It's a considerably cheaper version of Photoshop.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      wonderwarthog Well it's not free, but for 50 bucks it's still a steal. And no subscription nonsense like "that other photo editing app"…
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    5. Pixlr® makes it easy to transform everyday images into stunning works of art. Whether you’re applying a quick fix to your photos or adding your personal touch with effects, overlays, or borders, Pixlr has everything you need to make your moments beautiful.
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      Pixlr vs GIMP opinions
      Most users think Pixlr is a great alternative to GIMP.
      Similar interface and similar tools.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      Manipulation tools similar to GIMP
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      Hank_Scorpio Missing loads of features gimp has. Can’t make layers. Selection tools are basically nonexistent. Disappointing.
      Top negative comment  7 months ago

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      Pixlr E has a lot of the same features that GIMP has and Pixlr X allows to make minor edits to photos quickly. Both run in a browser without any need to be installed. And yeah, both are free to use :)
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Nothing like Gimp it's a really minimal toned town bad vertion to photoshop and gimp
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      Only for editing single photos
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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      no tools selection, only presets filters and effects
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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    6. Online photo editor, which can work with PSD, XCF and Sketch files (Photoshop, Gimp and Sketch App). Convert between PSD, XCF, JPG, PNG and many other formats.
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      Photopea vs GIMP opinions
      Most users think Photopea is a great alternative to GIMP.
      It opens correctly all my PSD files.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    7. 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 GIMP opinions
      Some users think MyPaint is a great alternative to GIMP, some don't.
      MyPaint is for drawing/painting not for any type of photo editing.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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    8. darktable is a virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers: it manages your digital negatives in a database and lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable. it also enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.
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    9. 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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      Most users think Pixelmator is a great alternative to GIMP.
    10. PhotoScape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.
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      Photoscape vs GIMP opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Photoscape is a great alternative to GIMP.
      Photoscape is a great program, I use it myself but won't do the more complex editing GIMP can do.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      VoceClassica GIMP is BIG because it has countless tools that make it a true photoshop rival. Photoescape has a beautiful interface but is focused on implementing effects on ONE single photo at a time. CROP functions and LAYER management very very limited. Unsuitable for complex professional creations. Good instead for amateurs and hobbyists of photography.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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