Photoshop turns 25: here's the best FREE alternatives

19 February 2015

bad photoshopWould you believe it! Adobe’s Photoshop is now 25 years old! In all that time, it has changed the way we view things - some tasteful, some awful, some so funny you wish you could Photoshop the urine from your trousers from laughing at a model with three limbs.

Anyway, Photoshop isn't cheap to those who want to play around with photo editing software now and again, rather than spend their time using it like a pro. Of course, there's people who will swear by it, but if you're looking for a free alternative, then there's a number of programmes you can try.

Whether you're looking de-wrinkling yourself or just cropping photos and making a collage of something, there's a load of options you can get stuck into.

Naturally, if you know how to get cracked products from torrents, then this might not be the best list for you. Indeed, there are other round-ups of alternatives available online for paid-for products, but for the best free PS alternatives, these could be just the trick for you.

Seven Best Free Photoshop Alternatives

Gimp [download]

This open-source programme is a good all-rounder and available for OS X, Windows and Linux. It takes a little while to get your head around it, but once you do, you can manage all manner of things with it. Very good indeed and

Aviary [download]

A capable, solid image editor with resizing and touch-up tools for you to use. This one is liked because it is more straightforward than some others, so won't batter your brains with impenetrable jargon.

Pixlr [download]

Pixlr has a decent tool for everything you're likely to want to do to an image unless you're a graphic designer. However, some of Pixlr’s advanced apps ask you for an annual subscription.

PicMonkey [download]

PicMonkey is free, browser-based image editor with a solid feature set for simple photo touchups, adding text to images and adding frames. Images can be taken from a computer or various cloud services, including Dropbox and Flickr. A paid-for upgrade removes the ads and gives access to more fonts and effects.

Fotor [download]

tor is a free image editor that’s available on just about any platform either in app or web app from. It has a good selection of tools, each with an easy-to-use sliding scale of effect. Batch editing is a bonus, as are the filter tools.

Paint.net [download]

Easy to use and great for simple cropping and photo manipulation. You can't do gigantic amounts with it, but if you want something simple to sort out some pictures, this freebie is the job for you.

SumoPaint [download]

A browser equivalent of Photoshop is a decent photo editor. Again, some of the more advanced features will cost you, but if you want to resize something, crop it or another basic edit, then this is worth checking out.

TOPICS:   Technology   Freebies

2 comments

  • jim
    nice article thanks
  • Dave
    Who the fuck is that hairy cunt?

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