Alternatives to GIMP for all platforms with any license

  • Adobe Photoshop Express

    Edit, share, and upload photos on-the-go, or access your entire online photo library with a finger-flick using Adobe Photoshop Express for iPhone, iPad and Android. ...

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    • No way comparable to GIMP, much too simple in functions. Guest • May 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • LazPaint

    LazPaint is a free and open image editor that features layers and transparency. It supports the format OpenRaster so it can interoperate with MyPaint, Gimp and Krita....

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD

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    • Cool render features, minimal but complete UI Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Artweaver

    Artweaver is a simple Freeware program for creative painting, i.e. Artweaver offers you all artistic effects which you need for your work. You can create sketches...

    Freemium Windows

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  • Corel Painter

    Corel Painter is a raster-based digital art application created to simulate as accurately as possible the appearance and behavior of traditional media associated with...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android Android Tablet

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  • Sumo Paint

    Sumo Paint is a powerful image editor with a long-standing history as a fully capable Photoshop clone in the browser. Being designed for the browser, it's accessible...

    Freemium Web

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  • Acorn

    Acorn is a photo editor built for the rest of us. With a simple interface and tools for adding everything from text, shapes, and effects, you can make the perfect...

    Commercial Mac OS X

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  • Seashore

    Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS Xs Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last versions, 0.1.9 and 0.5.1, released in 2007 and 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • 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...

    Freemium Windows Linux

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  • Hornil StylePix

    Hornil Stylepix, or simply StylePix, is a graphics editing program with a number of advanced features. StylePix is an acronym for Style Pictures. This means your...

    Freemium Windows

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Comment by EmasXP
about GIMP · Jul 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 7 Helpful Report as spam

I use GIMP professionally at my job. We use only open source software, so I had to learn GIMP instead of Photoshop. There was a pretty steep learning curve, but I will never touch Photoshop today. I still miss some things like layer effects though, but I think GIMP wins in the end. I know it is a bit different and frustrating to get a grip on. I believe that everyone should give GIMP a honest try before thowing it into the trash can.


it is rumored that GIMP will add new layer blend modes.

Adobe has repeatedly ignored requests to add this functionality to their SDK.

Gimp is Gimp, just like Photoshop is Photoshop

Comment by 5247009
about GIMP and Adobe Photoshop · May 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 6 Helpful Report as spam

In Gimp, the workflow is completely different, and shortcuts are as well. For instance, in most programs, you use Ctrl + D to deselect, but in Gimp you use Ctrl + Shift + A. It's like the Emacs of image editing: you must relearn all controls from square one, at the alleged benefit of greater long-term productivity from using a very robust and script-oriented program.

I have pity on those who simply cannot afford Photoshop. It is industry-standard software and arguably more conformant to user interface guidelines, whereas Gimp has often been caught in the line of fire among all of the projects that Gimp depends on (GTK, automake, GEGL, etc.). Gimp is no exception: like many large open-source projects, debates and holy wars are certainly abound ("floating panels, or everything in one window?").

That said, if you need a Photoshop-like workflow but cannot afford Photoshop, you really are out of luck and should try to find another way to use Photoshop for your needs. However, if you are open to using a new program and workflow (i.e. you've never had the opportunity of using Photoshop), then Gimp is very likely to fit your bill.

Comment by peterstaack
about GIMP · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 4 Helpful Report as spam

When I'm on the clock, I'm using Adobe Photoshop - still the king of the raster graphics editors, IMO. But, for my own personal usage, I've really taken a liking to GIMP. PS CS5 has actually been giving my computer a little grief, every so often, while every iteration of GIMP has always been rock solid. It's a little easier on the system resources, and man... I do like the price tag of $0.00.


gimp best

Comment by muggo
about GIMP · Mar 2012 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful Report as spam

not worth paying for PS, because it is GIMP :)

Comment by wojosc
about GIMP · Apr 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

GIMP is great because it is cross platform and you'll find loads of tutorials with which you can do pretty much anything to manipulate your pictures.

Comment by DaveSimonH
about GIMP · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

Great piece of software for those of us not wanting to fork out for photoshop, and/or illegally obtain it and end up with system full of viruses & trojans.

Comment by MiriamGreen
about GIMP · Aug 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

Great one) I like that one) But it is not very easy to understand at the first time


I like it.Haters need to realize that it's NOT meant to be ...

Comment by UncleNinja
about GIMP · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

I like it.

Haters need to realize that it's NOT meant to be an open source version of Photoshop, but an ALTERNATIVE to Photoshop. I use Ubuntu and the GUI fits in beautifully. It's also meant for Linux, not Mac or Windoze.

Anything I ever needed Photoshop for I can do in GIMP. I'm not a professional, I'm a user. Now I wish I wouldn't have spent all the money for CS4. :/

Comment by toonychannel
about GIMP · 8 days ago · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Excellent alternative to Photoshop

Comment by orestesgaolin
about GIMP · Jun 2018 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Gimp is no longer available for MacOS. Since version 2.8.X which was released in 2013/2014 there were no newer builds for OS X/macOS.

Comment by JacenBoy
about GIMP · Jul 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

It's fairly simple to understand and makes fairly good quality images for use in YouTube videos.

Comment by merovigiam
about GIMP · Jun 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Reliable and customizable so you can make your flow efficient.



Comment by cloundy89
about GIMP · Mar 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

i think that for a free software is very good.


it's fine

Comment by gregzaid
about GIMP · Mar 2016 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

i think that for a free software is quite good but i think photoshop is way better.