To improve a photo, add text to it, make a collage – we usually go to Photoshop out of habit. But besides it, there are a bunch of other programs. Some can be used online for quick operations, others are installed on the system, but do not require a lot of PC power. In this collection of the most popular alternatives to Photoshop.
The program has two interfaces: “Basics” and “Full version”. Simple tools and a set for the pros are available to the user.
PaintShop has a lot of functionality: working with layers, many filters, gradients, lens corrections, tools for painting and working with text. You can also post processed images directly to Facebook and Flickr. PaintShop supports RAW and PSD formats. This program has integration with Adobe Photoshop. You can use plugins and brushes from Photoshop.
A big plus is the license with no time limit. Unlike Photoshop, where the license has to be updated in a timely manner, in PaintShop you pay for access once and you will use all the tools as much as you like.
Among the shortcomings can be called the imperfect work with light and shadow so far. Also, the program is intended only for Windows.
For a beginner, the program interface may seem complicated. But the program is perfect for a professional. Affinity Photo has a wide range of options: working with layers and curves, portrait retouching, photo fusion, perspective settings, a wide range of filters and professional color correction. Working with color is one of the strengths of Affinity Photo. You can not only manage the colors provided by the program, but also import palettes from other applications. Affinity Photo also supports RAW and PSD formats.
Unlike PaintShop, the program works not only on Windows, but also on Mac OS 10.9 and above, as well as iPad on iOS 12 and above.
Cons: lack of automatic tools. And an additional difficulty for a beginner is teaching materials in English only.
An English-language program with a simple interface. Even without knowing the language, you can intuitively understand the functionality. By the way, in comparison with the previous programs, it is not that big. Many features are missing, including Camera Raw. The program is not suitable for graphic design, but many photographers love it. It allows you to easily remove the background and gives you the ability to go back to any layer and adjust it. Suitable for Windows and macOS platforms.
The most popular free Photoshop counterpart with a very similar set of tools. In Gimp, you can paint, use layers, retouch photos, and create collages. The program allows you to work with raster images and GIF-animations.
You can save the created effects and filters as presets. This is a ready-made photo color correction preset. Gimp is great for both graphic design and photo editing. The program supports various formats such as JPEG, PNG, PNM. And more rare: XPM, TIFF, TGA, MPEG, PCX, BMP, XPM, as well as PDF and GIF.
There is a Russian-language interface. Suitable for work in Windows 7, 8, 10; Mac OS 10.9 or later; GNU / Linux.
Graphic editor for Windows. Unlike the built-in Paint, it can work with layers and the properties of the tools are improved. Each layer can be adjusted separately and their order can be changed.
Of course, there are far fewer features in Paint.net than in Photoshop. But they may be enough for simple tasks. The program is easy to use and is suitable for beginners who do not need complex tools.
A relatively new program with constantly evolving functionality. Has a simple icon-based interface. Convenient application for the browser, does not hang during use.
Wide range of photo cropping tools: shapes, lasso, drag and drop. From multiple images, Pixlr X Sumopaint allows you to create complex compositions.
Filters are grouped under the categories “Colors”, “Retro” and “Instage”. There is a set of pop art effects.
Browser app that supports multiple languages. The system works online and also provides a Windows version.
The hallmark is a set of original symmetry tools and custom shapes. Sumo Text Tool is one of the most convenient and simple.
The workbar is similar to Photoshop. The program is easy to use and has its own community, where participants share their work and actively discuss them. This is a plus for aspiring photographers and graphic designers who need feedback and advice.
Thanks to constant pop-up ads, the web editor is free. The functionality is not inferior to paid professional programs.
This graphic editor allows you to work with layers and their styles, text, mask objects, use custom brushes and vector shapes. In the menu, you can choose Russian.
The user does not have to worry about the loss of the Internet connection – the work will not be lost. Photopea requires login only to load the working environment. Later, the entire editing process takes place locally using computer resources.
Photopea supports formats such as DNG and PSD. Unlike Photoshop, the application can be run on weaker hardware, but working with large images requires RAM.
The application supports Windows and Mac, as well as all major mobile and desktop platforms from Android to iOS.
Fotor mobile versions are frequently updated and improved. There is the possibility of sharing images on social networks. The application often hosts photo contests on various topics, which attracts an increasing number of users.
Compared to conventional photo editors, Fotor supports a variety of operating systems. You can run it online or offline for free.
Fotor has a similar interface to Adobe Photoshop. But the tools are easier to use, which is suitable for beginners. Here you can also edit photos, create collages and designs.
Another editor actively using social media integration. Through them, the user can register and further share their work. The program has a Russian-language interface and works with the popular Russian-language social network Vkontakte.
There are three main tools included in the “photo editing” section:
Enhanse.Pho.to – automatic photo enhancement
Makeup.Pho.to – work with a portrait image
Editor.Pho.to – manual photo editor with maximum toolbox
Another section – “creating effects” – contains many fun templates and even helps you create an original animated avatar for your page.
Intermediate results are saved on the service. You can apply another effect or tool to the previously obtained picture.
An advanced service that is actively used in the filmmaking and video game industry. Krita is great for designers, illustrators, and visual effects creators. The program has a modern interface and a huge set of brushes. Brushes are designed to perform various functions. For example, the opaque Frit Brush Circle is great for silhouettes, while the soft Basic Mix brush can be used to blur the edges.
Krita will be able to run on low-power PCs as well. The disadvantages include the lack of image retouching tools. The program supports RAW files, but the RAW toolkit is rather limited. There are only a few basic tools like Color Correction, Selection and Exposure.