Photoshop is every graphic designer’s dream software. It has distinct features that can help in altering and editing any sort of picture to the desired style and shape. You can do wonders to an image that looks stark simple and make it absolutely gorgeous by editing via Photoshop. It is in fact a misnomer to photo editing. So widely used and vouched for, this software has just one drawback attached to it; the price. Someone has so rightly said, “good things don’t come for free always”. This applies to Photoshop as well. Not everyone can afford to buy this amazing software. Sounds like a bad news. But hey, there are good news as well. There are many open source programs that are just as good as Photoshop or in certain cases, better.
We just browsed through the Internet and came up with a collection of some amazing open source Photoshop Alternatives. These are not only great in terms of their applicability but are also free.
GIMP (GNU image manipulation program) is the most popular alternative for Photoshop. It is a cross-platform software that can be used on Windows, Linux as well as Mac. Except a few features in Photoshop that\’s not found in GIMP, GIMP is quite similar to it. There are quite a number of designers that have made a switch to GIMP in order to show their support to the software.
Website – Gimp.org
A software that looks pretty simple to use and consisting of mostly all the basic features that Photoshop has, Paint.net is another good alternative. In case you are not satisfied with the performance of the software and want more from it, you can add loads of plugins to it, which keep on making your graphics editing experience better. The only drawback to this is that it is only available for Windows and not other platforms.
Website – Getpaint.net
This is a web-based application for photo editing. You can use it for retouching your pictures and upload them directly on your social networking profiles. It has some easy professional touches that can be applied easily to your photos and make them look great. It can be used on your computer as well as your mobile phone, which makes it a great app. Being web-based also means that you don\’t have to install it on your computer and hence saves a lot of space on your hard disk.
Website – Pixlr.com
Another cross-platform web-based application, Splashup is an absolutely easy to use Photoshop alternative. It comes in handy especially when you are a beginner with the photo editing stuff. The most attractive part is that it gives a feeling of using Photoshop with its strong set of features.
Website – Splashup.com
Inkscape is a cross-platform alternative for Photoshop, which is touted as a toy for those who want additional features at no cost. With the usage of vector graphics, instead of bitmap, it provides a better option as compared to GIMP. It is similar to Adobe Illustrator or Coral Draw in many ways.
Website – Inkscape.org
Pixia, a Windows based alternative for Photoshop that is just as good as Inkscape in terms of its advancement. Initially a Japanese software, it is now also available in an English version as well. One drawback to this software is that it is not cross-platform and also its not very user friendly in many ways.
Website – Pixia
Picasa by Google is not a great alternative to Photoshop as it doesn’t have the advanced features compiled in it. But, it is still great for those who are looking for the basic features of Photoshop at no cost in an easy to use platform. The most basic usage of this is in correcting the photos and making small changes in them. One good thing about Picasa is that it is a cross-platform software, meaning you can easily use it on one machine to another without worrying too much about compatibility.
Photoplus is a user-friendly, windows based alternative to Photoshop. Photoplus has Photoshop\’s most basic features. It doesn\’t fare very well when compared to most of the other Photoshop alternatives. In addition to not having many features, Photoplus also does not have any keyboard shortcuts which could make working tedious.
Seashore is a Photoshop alternative available only for the Mac. It is good for those who are looking for a Photoshop alternative with its basic features. Even though it is a perfect solution for your basic Photoshop needs, the fact that it doesn\’t have the option of editable layers makes it a weak as compared to the other options above.