What are the best alternatives to Photoshop?

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    Painter is a complete solution for professional graphics designers and artists looking for realistic results. This software offers a wide range of progressive drawing tools, natural brushes, making it a great complement to Adobe Photoshop.




    Michael Richards
    Written on June 14, 2017
    "What I really want in a photoshop alternative is something lightweight, that resembles a stripped down earlier version of photoshop. What I got with Painter 2017 was a very art-heavy and sketch-heavy program that really still needs access to photoshop to be useful. I'd avoid this unless you're already happily using photoshop."
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    Sketchbook, also known as Autodesk SketchBook is a drawing and sketching mobile app offering numerous useful tools for a realistic drawing experience.  Its full set of features have been made available for free with the last update.


    iOS, Android


    Teresa Owens
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "This solution certainly seems compatible with Photoshop, however I'm not sure it serves as a full alternative to Photoshop. Its seems to be both a creation tool, as well as an editing tool."
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    GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is an illustrative digital freeware which serves as a photo-retouching program, image compositor, and image authoring. This program was created in 1996.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Elizabeth Lawson
    Written on April 3, 2017
    "While I have used Photoshop before, it is expensive. As an art student, I was looking for something that would do what I needed but also be affordable. Gimp, is the perfect solution. It's free and has everything you need to create beautiful digital works."
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    Pixelmator is a tool wherein you can touch up photos or create your digital artworks from scratch using its wide range of tools, brushes, and effects. This is a great iPad alternative to Photoshop.


    Mac, iOS


    Sean Howard
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Great app for a photoshop alternative for all apple users, especially on the iPad. Can change shape, paint, edit lighting or color and much more. A great go to for the unprofessional photographer."
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    Krita is a free and open source painting software for artists and illustrators. Is a great alternative to Photoshop, built and designed by artists who needed a fast and free tool to create original digital art or enhance print artworks.

    Windows, Mac


    Tang Jiang
    Written on April 19, 2017
    "Don't have the experience (or maybe the cash) to try out Photoshop, but still want a great editing software for your pics? Krita is free and open source, and gives you almost the exact same features as Adobe's Photoshop. It's definitely worth checking out, and could help out any artist."
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    #6Phixr Photo Editor

    Phixr Photo Editor

    Phixr is an in-browser online photo editor with tons of filters, effects and other features as well as excellent Facebook integration.




    Pari Chavan
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "If you're familiar with Photoshop and like it, I think Phixr would be a major let down. It's website is very limited and it looks like it's made for users who just want to easily edit a picture without having many options. This actually brings up a good point: If Photoshop's complexity and features either perplex you or just take too much time for your needs, Phixr might be the basic app that you'd like."
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    LunaPic is a great online photo editor. Easy to use with cool effects. Create your own Art instantly online for Free.



    Jack Powell
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "I liked this. It has some cool aspects and would be what you are looking for. With that said therrr are better ones."


Best What are the best alternatives to Photoshop
1PainterSoftware 11 Paid
2SketchBookApps 9 Free
3GimpSoftware 8 Free
4PixelmatorApps 7 Paid
5KritaSoftware 3 Free
6Phixr Photo EditorSoftware 3 Free
7LunaPicWebsites 1 Free

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