Aug
6
2014

Top Five Free Photoshop Alternatives for Image Editing

Think about image editing and Photoshop is the first thing that comes to mind. The software is so dominant in its field that its name can be used as a verb! Although it comes with a lot of great features, for most people (especially non-designers) it might just be too complicated to use or too expensive. Thankfully, there are plenty of free powerful alternatives that’ll get the job done. Take a look at five of the best.

Adobe Photoshop Express

 

Adobe photoshop express

Adobe photoshop express

Here, you’ll get all the basic Photoshop features free of charge. The software can be used from your browser or you can download the app on your Android, iOS or Windows Phone. You can crop, rotate and resize pictures as well as modify other variables like brightness, contrast, and red-eye removal. Finally, the Touchup tool can be used to correct all those minor blemishes. The software also comes with an array of brushes and effects. It’s simple and fun to use, and changes can be undone in a click or two.

GIMP

GIMP

GIMP

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is freeware desktop software that comes with its own impressive stack of image editing tools. It may not be as feature rich as the mighty Photoshop, but many of the higher level tasks such as advanced image filtering, stitching multiple pictures together, and so on can be easily achieved in it. It is usually the default alternative for anyone looking for a free Photoshop-level image editor. The software is available for Windows, OS X and Linux.

Paint.NET

Paint.NET

Paint.NET

This feature packed windows only software comes with layer editing capabilities, a customizable interface, tons of effects and filters and a community of passionate users. The software supports all the common image file formats like JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF etc, but not high-resolution RAW files. It might not have the same set of features like the once in Photoshop or even GIMP, but, if all you need is a quick image retouch, then Paint.NET is the way to go.

PhotoPlus Starter Edition

 

Photoplus starter edition

Photoplus starter edition

A simpler way to enhance you digital photographs or repair your old pictures is by using PhotoPlus. Its easy to use tools and features have made it quite popular among users. The free version comes with all the basic image editing options such as crop, image-straightener, red-eye removal etc. You can easily import and edit most image files and turn them into artwork with its uncomplicated tools.

PhotoFiltre

 

Photofiltre

Photofiltre

This lightweight alternative to Photoshop comes loaded with features that’ll allow you to make simple to advanced adjustments on images. The software contains all the essential editing tools and the option to optimize pictures through a range of filters. It supports most of the image file formats and can batch process and convert photos rapidly. Overall, PhotoFlitre is simple and intuitive to use, and can be learned easily.

Do you know of any other such alternatives for Photoshop? Give us a holler in the comments section.

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While Nair loves his job as a graphic designer, he’s also a technology writer and an avid traveller. He claims to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after being held hostage for hours at many a do by people who want to consult about their next vacation!

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