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5 Free Alternatives to Photoshop

  • March 21, 2017
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When it comes to retouching and manipulating photos and images, Photoshop is the software that millions of people around the world would choose without hesitation. It has hundreds of tools and effects that can turn every average photo into a fascinating masterpiece, and the only limits that you have are your imagination and Photoshop’s monthly fee.

Yes, the legal versions of Photoshop are paid, but we are here to give you 5 free alternative programs, which you can use to create stunning images and photomontages.  

Let’s begin!


GIMP is probably the second most popular choice after Photoshop, but it’s free to use. The software contains tools and effects that are similar to those you can find in Photoshop, and allows you to perform sophisticated tasks like advanced filtering, stitching multiple pictures, working in layers, and many more! GIMP is also compatible with Windows, OS X and Linux, and you can download it directly from the software’s site.


Paint.NET is less powerful than GIMP and at the same time gives you a bit more opportunities than the regular Windows Paint (as you have guessed by the name). The software is pretty simple to use and don’t have thousands of features, compared to Photoshop, but you can still work in layers and use the different tools to create something amazing.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express is a simple photo retouch software that contains all the basic features you need to edit a photo. You can flip, crop, straighten, rotate, adjust the color and the brightness levels, and you can also add some effects what will make the image look more artistic and vibrant. You can install Adobe Photoshop Express even on your smartphone and tablet (the app is available on Google Play and Apple App Store), so you can always have a photo editor on the tips of your fingers.


Pixlr is an online photo editor, so you don’t need to install it on your computer, and you can edit a photo anytime you like, as long as you have an internet connection. The software allows you to work in layers, to replace colors, to transform objects and to add creative effects to your photos. Just like GIMP’s app, you can install the Pixlr on your phone and work on your images while you are riding the subway, or in the comfort of your bed.

Sumo Paint

Sumo Paint is another online photo editor, which has a free and a paid version. Using the free version, you have access to the basic tools and effects, which is enough to give some final retouch to your photos and make them stand out. The paid version is only $4/per month and allows you to use the software at its maximum potential, and you can download it on your computer as well.

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