There's more than one image editing option, here are the Photoshop alternatives worth exploring. Shares If you're looking for an alternative to Photoshop, you're in the right place. Photoshop is such a powerful brand that, like Google, it's become a verb: It all adds up to great PR for Adobe, but it might make you believe that no other software could possibly do as good a job as the big PS.
In fact, Adobe doesn't necessarily have the market cornered and its move to the Creative Cloud in actually helped to spur on a wide range of alternatives to Photoshop. These options can be just as powerful, and produce results that are just as professional. So whether you're looking elsewhere because you can't afford the subscription our Adobe Black Friday deals might be able to help with that , you want to support smaller development houses, or you just don't need all the millions of features that come with Photoshop CC, there's a selection of photo editing software open to you.
Here are the best Photoshop alternatives. Procreate A powerful option for sketching, painting and illustration Image credit: Procreate Platform: What first started out as a basic drawing app back in , has transformed over the years into a highly professional tool — so much so that it even bagged itself an Apple Design Award back in With an easy-to-use layout, Procreate is packed with features artists will love, from true-to-life pencils, inks and brushes, to advanced layer compositing and unique digital tools to help realise your creative visions.
Added palm support means you no longer have to worry about accidentally drawing over your canvas, and an ever-growing library of Procreate brushes will help you add flair to your artwork. Procreate has full support for both first- and second-generation Apple Pencils depending on your iPad model. And earlier this year, users welcomed a long-awaited new Text tool with open arms. Rebelle Paint with natural watercolors and acrylics Image credit: Escape Motions Platform: Windows 7, 8 and 10; OS X This excellent, affordable program replicates traditional painting techniques — watercolour in particular — with absolute authenticity.
Rebelle mimics the way paint behaves in the real world, enabling the users to simulate a drop of colour being blown and running in different directions. Meanwhile, the Tilt option makes it possible to let your colours run in whichever direction you choose. However, the option to create your own is available, with a built-in Brush Creator tool to help making them a cinch.
A highly professional painting software package, Escape Motions is keen to keep the focus of Rebelle on traditional media and the best way to present it in the digital realm.
ArtRage Create amazing natural art Image credit: ArtRage Platform: OS X It offers realistic oils, pencils, watercolour, canvas textures and other traditional media painting tools, many of which are fully customisable. Popular tools are immediately visible, with other less-frequently used features concealed in pods to avoid taking up space. Affinity Photo Can this Photoshop alternative topple Adobe from its throne? Mac, Windows, iPad Buy here Fully compatible with Photoshop and other file formats, Affinity Photo is aimed squarely at professional photographers and designers, and although it is hugely cheaper than Photoshop with no subscription , its creators argue it's actually better.
We think it's perhaps the most serious Photoshop alternative we've seen to date. It comes with a promise of higher speeds, fewer crashes and unlimited undos but in truth, the amount of improved performance you'll get will probably depend what equipment you're using it's been specifically designed to take advantage of the latest quad core technology.
Available for both Mac and Windows, if you're looking for an alternative to Photoshop, Affinity Photo is definitely worth investigating. Photopea Photopea feels as close as you can get to Photoshop in the browser, and it's free Image credit: Photopea Platform: Web Try it here Thanks to continual advances in web technology you don't always need a discrete app to do much of what you'd use Photoshop for, and Photopea is the latest browser-based image editor that can handle a decent chunk of your workflow.
Designed to be an advanced editor with pro tools, Photopea bears a distinct resemblance to Photoshop and features most of the tools you'll need for everyday image work. Photopea supports layers and layer masks, lets you use blend modes and features a stack of selection tools, from standard marquees through to a magnetic lasso and a quick selection tool.
While it doesn't offer the sort of advanced features you'd expect in Photoshop CC such as content-aware fill, it still has a more than enough going on to keep most designers and artists happy, and it's completely free to use.
However if you don't like ads, there's also the option to subscribe to a premium version which gets rid of them and also gives you extra levels of undo - 60 rather than Sketch Sketch includes tools similar to that of Photoshop and Illustrator at a fraction of the price Platform: Mac Buy here Sketch is a professional vector graphics app for creatives that has created enormous buzz within the design community, and web designers in particular.
The development team behind Sketch has made it as flexible as possible, with it supporting infinite zooming and vector shapes that are perfect for multiple resolutions.
You can build a new graphic from primitive shapes or start a new one with the Vector or Pencil tool. It has a pleasingly simple UI and has many features similar to that of Photoshop and Illustrator, including layers, gradients, colour picker and style presets. Its popularity means there are also plenty of community-created Sketch plugins you can use to extend its functionality.
Today it's available in versions for Linux, Windows and Mac. GIMP offers a wide toolset, similar to Photoshop in many ways, and is a great option if you're looking for a no-cost image editor. The interface differs somewhat from Photoshop, but a version of GIMP is available that mimics Adobe's look and feel, making it easier to migrate over if you're ditching Photoshop.
The full suite of tools is available here — everything you're accustomed to is within easy reach, including painting tools, colour correction, cloning, selection, and enhancement. The team that oversees development has worked hard to ensure compatibility too, so you'll be able to work with all the popular file formats without any trouble at all.
You'll also find a very capable file manager built in, along similar lines to Adobe's Bridge. Overall, this is a great option whether you've either got a limited budget, or want to move away from Photoshop for other reasons.
Mac Buy here Pixelmator has been around for a while now, but more recently the team released the Pixelmator Pro. While the previous tool used floating windows, the Pro version has a more usable single-window UI, and offers non-destructive image editing.
The team have pared back the interface, which should make it easy to pick up — and there's a 'hidden interface' option you can activate if you just want to see your image, with no distractions.
This Photoshop alternative is geared up especially for use on a Mac, and it supports features like tabs, fullscreen and split view. Pixlr Pixlr comes with more than effects Platform: Free Download here Pixlr is a free Photoshop alternative that boasts more than effects, overlays and borders. It also lets you do all the main things you'd expect from a basic photo editor, from cropping and re-sizing to removing red-eye and whitening teeth.
And if you're used to using Photoshop, then you'll find Pixlr's user interface easy to pick up quickly, as it's very similar.
This free app is available in both iOS and Android varieties, or use can use it as a web app.
You can help by adding to it. September Older versions[ edit ] Photoshop's naming scheme was initially based on version numbers, from version 0. Adobe published 7 major and many minor versions before the October introduction of version 8. Notable milestone features would be: