Photoshop is – and unless something crazy happens will remain – the king of photo and image editing. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t alternatives out there that are giving Photoshop a run for its money. We compiled a list of some of the best Photoshop alternatives for those looking for something cheaper or wanting to change things up.
If you’ve ever searched “Free Online Photoshop” on Google, you probably have used Photopea before. It’s one of those rare gems that combines a lot of the features that we love about Photoshop, and gives you the flexibility of an online platform.
Another stellar thing about Photopea is that the developers are actively adding new features to it. On their blog, you can get access to all the new features that they’ve added to their platform.
Gimp is Still The Open Source King
A lot of open-source software packages come and go, but not Gimp. Built in 1993, one year after Photoshop, Gimp has given users image and graphics editing at the best price: FREE.
The nice about Gimp is has just as much as the features that Photoshop provides (as you’ll see later on, some of the other alternatives only offer some features.) It also still has a large user-base, and an active community willing to offer assistance.
It’s safe to say that Gimp is still one of the best Photoshop alternatives in 2019 and beyond.
Affinity Photo markets itself to professionals looking for a faster and more precise image-editing software. They boast the following features:
A Cleaner, More Easier-to-Access Design
Flat Fee – No Monthly Subscriptions
A Comprehensive Tool Library
But don’t take our word for it. Check out video straight from Affinity Photo’s Youtube account, discussing the latest version of their software.
Your Cell Phone + A Couple of Apps
This might not be what you were expecting, but hear us out. We talked about the rise of cell phones and photography in our article about Moment Lens. Although, not as complex as some of the photo editing apps found on the internet, most personal devices have altogether satisfactory tools for tailoring your personal edits.
Beyond the built-in adjustment options such as cropping, tone, light and saturation effects, some phones even include more advanced features that can alter textures and add visual elements.
And then, when you couple these baseline effects with the abilities of apps, you have yourself a suitable alternative – again, depending on your exact needs. Here are some examples of these apps:
Enlight is another versatile photo editing app, but it can only be found on the Apple Store. It also costs $3.99 to download, and there is no free version.
So why would you use it instead of something like SnapSeed? The makers of Enligh claim that the social features available on their app, coupled with their list of 150+ features, makes it the most complete photo editing app out there.
VSCO separates itself from its competitor apps by having its own online community for photographers built in. This means users can not only use VSCO to edit their photos, but they can also upload them directly to their VSCO account and share it with other community members.
VSCO’s base version of the app is free, but they offer $20/year membership that’ll give you over 130 presets, video coloring, and exclusive tutorials.