Adobe Photoshop is arguably the most used application when it comes to web design. With interesting and easy to use features, the app is not just famous amongst designers but the ones from the non-designing background as well. But, as they say, everything comes with a limitation or drawback! Photoshop is pretty expensive; well, not for the ones from the non-designing background as they can use the unpaid version. For budding graphic designers, it is a must to explore all the features of the app, and for that, they are required to purchase the premium version of the app which supports all the features and tools.
If you have money and can buy the paid version, then go ahead, it’s well and good. But for those aspiring designers who can’t afford to get themselves the paid version, we have come up with a list of some of the alternatives (or should I say the best alternatives) to photoshop which are absolutely free of cost.
Pixlr is one of the most popular photo editors. For a fact, Pixlr is unique as it is completely a web-based photo editor. For beginners, it is one of the best platforms to sharp up their designing skills. Pixlr allows you to make basic adjustments like that of colour correction, frames, saturation, vignettes, and contrast. The best thing about Pixlr is that it supports layers that are hard to find in any other online or web-based editor.
If it is about the best free alternatives to Photoshop, then GIMP has to be on the list. For a fact, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is one of the oldest editing platforms in the market. This open-source program is available for all main three operating systems - Windows, Mac, and Linux. It offers a wide toolset (more like Photoshop in many ways). From painting tools to selection to colour correction to enhancement tools, everything is there in GIMP. Yes, the interface is all different from that of Adobe Photoshop.
Photo Pos Pro
Photo Pos Pro is yet another popular alternative to Adobe Photoshop. This photo editor is brimming with amazing capabilities and is touted as the advance piece of editing equipment, specially designed for all the budding designers or editors who cannot afford to buy Photoshop. The editor supports layers and layer masks, more like Photoshop. Not just this, the tools also include clone and healing brushes. You would be amazed to know that, Photo Pos Pro also includes the options for match editing and scripts that help users save some time. Along with that, this editing software also comes with plugins that enhance the editing experience.
Not many know that Photoscape X is much more than just a photo editor. On this software, you can do batch editing, RAW image processing, animated GIFs, screen captures, image stitching, and more. It is one of the best editing software to add graphics and text to images. On this platform, you can use many tools and brushes the same as in Photoshop. With easy-to-use features and tools, Photoscape X is undoubtedly the best editor software for all the beginners.
Paint.NET was founded as an alternative to Microsoft Paint. But with time, it has also become an alternative to Adobe Photoshop. The software includes basic tools that help one to edit using levels, curves, and layers. You can see a number of features on Paint.NET is the same as Microsoft Paint. Just like Photoscape X, it is yet another ideal option for all the aspiring designers and editors who wish to learn basic editing.
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Indeed, Photoshop is a great tool and no other program can take its place in the near future. But, the heavy price that one needs to pay in order to use the premium version makes the budding designers look for alternatives mentioned above. For more such interesting and informative blogs, subscribe to Auxesis Infotech. They are one of the leading web design & development firm, and hence, give the best suggestions and solutions on anything related to web design and development.