5 Photoshop Alternative Free Software you should know.

Are you a freelance Graphic Designer? Do you suffer from paying bills? Also, do you need to pay the subscription fee for Adobe Photoshop? Don’t worry, in this post, we will introduce to you 5 top Photoshop alternative free software, at least it will help you release your burden a bit.

Everybody knows Adobe Photoshop is a powerful photo editing and graphic drawing software, contains a tone of the feature, it will amaze the user from beginner to expert level.  But the only problem is that it has a cost subscription, and some freelancers will be frustrated with it. Most freelancers have no consistent income so the subscription cost may burden them.

Let’s go to check out the software below:

      1. GIMP

      2. Krita

      3. Pixlr Editor

      4. Photo Pos Pro

      5. Paint.NET

1. GIMP

I am sure this is the most popular “free Photoshop” in the market since 1995, it’s also my first photo editing software installed on my computer. GIMP add-on a lot of features for the new version, such as the high pixel density display, multiple layers selections, and etc, please refer to the GIMP 2.10 Release Notes. It’s not only photo editing software, it is also suitable for graphic designers to produce some basic graphic elements, icons, even mock-ups. This is a powerful free alternative to Photoshop.

Pros

  • A lot of features
  • High bit depth support
  • Color Management Revamped
  • Multi-Thread support – use of multiple cores for processing.
  • Layer and Mask

Cros

  • Complicated User Interface
  • No Raw Filter
Photoshop alternative free software, GIMP Photo Editing Software
GIMP Software (Image source : GIMP.org)

2. Krita

If you are using Photoshop for brush drawing, Krita is another powerful alternative software to Photoshop. Techradar was selected as the “best free painting software in 2019”, similarly the interface and toolbar look like Photoshop, that’s will be easy for you. With over 100 professional brushes preloaded, it also has a built-in vector tool. I love drawing with this software.

Pros

  • Layer Management
  • Support drawing tablets
  • PSD Support
  • HDR Painting
  • Full-Color Management

Cros

  • Not for photo editing
  • No RAW Filter
  • No History Toolbar
Photoshop Alternative Free Software, Krita Software
Krita Software (Image source : Krita.org)

3. Pixlr Editor

Let’s introduce another Photoshop alternative, but this is not Windows or Mac software, it’s a web-based photo editor, Pixlr Editor, not need to download and install it, free for use. Free version that is for normal use and basic editing, for me that is enough. But if you want to unlock more features, it also has a paid version with ads free. 

Pros

  • Smart Ai-Tool
  • Access from any platform
  • Layer and Blending
  • History tool and customer interface
  • Easy to use

Cros

  • Flash player required
  • No pen tool
  • Less support file format
  • No guides and rulers
Photoshop Alternative Free Software, Pixlr Editor
Pixlr Editor (Image source: Pixlr Blog)

4. Photo Pos Pro

If you edit photos in the RAW format, so the Photo Pos Pro will be your best photo editor. It has a user-friendly interface and powerful tools, also supporting most of the standard professional photo editing functions. The software has more than 10 million downloads, and also comes with plug-ins to enhance your editing experience.

Pros

  • RAW file support
  • Layer and Mask
  • Similar to Photoshop
  • Replace Background
  • Filter

Cros

  • Size exported file limited
  • Premium Version for $35
Photo Pos Pro (Image source : photopos.com)

5. Paint.NET

Yes, you are right, Paint, as you use in the built-in MS Paint in your windows. But this is the Paint.NET version, it is a photo editor. Even though this software is not as powerful as Photoshop, it still comes with notable features for basic editing, so that’s more than enough. It also has a plug-in add-on function, which you can get from Paint.NET. Also, The Automate update function always comes with new function and improvement, it’s free for use in the full version.

Pros

  • Blending and Layer Support
  • 3D Rotate Zoom Function
  • History Tools
  • Guides and Rules
  • Drawing available 

Cros

  • Do not support PSD file
  • Do not support RAW file
  • The user interface was Outdated
Paint.Net Software (Image source : getpaint.net)

Conclusion 

Above is all the Photoshop alternative free software I have ever used, which one is the best, I have no answer for you since no one can overcome the powerful Photoshop. But you can get it all, combine to use it, sure that will fulfill your need. 

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