Monday, October 25, 2010

15 Photoshop Alternatives (Free)

October 25, 2010

15 Free Image Editor Softwares (Photoshop Alternatives)
Adobe Photoshop is the most sophisticated software for image editing. Adobe Photoshop has many great features and can be used by professional web designers and graphic designers. filters, plugins, actions, brushes and easy to use is the main reason why most designers prefer Photoshop than other tools. Some designers try to find Photoshop alternatives. There are 15 free software as a Photoshop alternative. The following are the Photoshop alternatives:

GIMP (short for the GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free software raster graphics editor. It is primarily employed as an image retouching and editing tools and is Freely available in versions tailored for most popular operating systems, Including but not limited to Microsoft Corporation's Windows platform, Apple Computer's Macintosh, and Linux.

In Addition to detailed image retouching and free-form drawing, the GIMP image editing cans accomplish essential tasks Such as resizing, editing, and cropping photos, photomontages combining multiple images, and converting Between different image formats. GIMP cans Also be Used to create basic animated images in the GIF format. With its encyclopedic Abilities, GIMP is widely Considered to be the main free-software replacement for Adobe Photoshop functional; it embodies to a similar degree both universality and user interface complexity. (

GIMP - Free Image Editor Software

Download GIMP here.

2. Paint.Net
Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. (

Paint.Net - Free Image Editor Software

Download Paint.Net here.

3. PhotoPlus SE
PhotoPlus is an award winning digital photo editing software. PhotoPlus itself is not free, but you can download PhotoPlus SE, which is freeware. With PhotoPlus SE, you can perform features such as warps and transformations, filters, adjustments and optimized images to perfection.

PhotoPlus SE - Free Image Editor Software

Download PhotoPlus SE here.

4. Seashore
Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS X's Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It is based around the GIMP's technology and uses the same native file format.

However, unlike the GIMP, Seashore aims to serve the basic image editing needs of most computer users, not to provide a replacement for professional image editing products. Also, unlike GIMP, Seashore has an all-new Cocoa UI that will fit right in on Mac OS X. (

Seashore - Free Image Editor Software

Download Seashore here.

5. Photoscape
Photoscape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos. Some key features is a batch editor, animated gif, splitter, color picker and the raw converter. Besides being used as an image editing tool, Photoscape can be used as an image viewer.

Photoscape - Free Image Editor Software

Download Photoscape here.

6. InkScape
An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development. (

Inkscape - Free Image Editor Software

Download Inkscape here.

7. Krita
Krita is a KDE program for sketching and painting, offering an end–to–end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters. Fields of painting that Krita explicitly supports are concept art, creation of comics and textures for rendering. Modelled on existing real-world painting materials and workflows, Krita supports creative working by getting out of the way and with snappy response. (

Krita - Free Image Editor Software

Download Krita here.

8. Photo Pos Lite
Photo Pos Lite is a free lite version of the award-wining photo editor Photo Pos Pro. Photo Pos Lite contains many of Photo Pos Pro's tools and features. Despite Photo Pos Lite contains only a part of Photo Pos Pro features it is still a powerful Image and Computer Graphics editor. Using the Lite version you can edit, enhance and manipulate your pictures easily. You can edit and optimize your pictures, print it, resize it, convert it to another format and much more. The editor also includes some great drawing and painting tools for creating computer graphics.

The Lite version offers many tools and functions which include among other things Support of many picture file types (include gifs with transparent background, password protected file and more), Support of scanners and digital cameras, Various of Image Enhancing and editing tools and functions, Paint Brush Tool, Shapes Tool, Clone Brush Tool, Rich Text Tools, Special Effects, Selection Tools, Simple Gradients and more. (

Photo Pos Lite - Free Image Editor Software

Download Photo Pos Lite here.

9. ChocoFlop
ChocoFlop allows you to edit your photos or design stuff using Apple's CoreImage technology. It takes advantage of the power of your graphics card (GPU). Because of this it can show real-time previews of filters and keep modifications live for as long as you want.

This means that you can add for example a blur filter on your text and keep everything dynamic. You can change the strength of your blur filter at any time or edit your text, the blur will apply on the updated text. That's called non-destructive image edition and it really saves you a lot of time. (

ChocoFlop - Free Image Editor Software

Download ChocoFlop here.

10. Pixia
Pixia is a freeware bitmap graphics editor program for Windows, created by Isao Maruoka. It was originally designed for the anime/manga community but has also been used in other branches of art.

Besides the primary Japanese interface, it is also available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Polish, Korean and German. The program supports multiple layers, transparency effects, standard file formats and a number of RGB file formats including .PSD. The main file extension used by this program is .PXA. The program also has a native support for Wacom tablets, for example the 4.2a version added support for Wacom Bamboo tablets. (

ChocoFlop - Free Image Editor Software

Download Pixia here.

11. Active Pixels
Active Pixels, a free image editor software that provides image enhancing and image editing features like Photoshop. Active Pixels can consider as cheaper alternative images software that allow you enjoy images editing functionality like Photoshop.

Active Pixels - Free Image Editor Software

Download Active Pixels here.

12. PaintStar
PaintStar is versatile digital-image processing software suitable for such tasks as retouching photographs, composing and authoring images, image morphing, screen capture, and displaying image thumbnails in the Windows Explorer context menu. It supports alpha, layer, path, and the most common editing techniques. PaintStar has many of the tools and filters you would expect to find in similar commercial offerings, and some interesting extras as well. (

PaintStar - Free Image Editor Software

Download PaintStar here.

13. PhotoFiltre
PhotoFiltre is a free image editor that makes a great lightweight alternative to Photoshop for users who want something more simple and easy to use.

Photofiltre - Free Image Editor Software

Download PhotoFiltre here.

14. Pixen
Pixen is an innovative graphics editor for the Mac. It's designed from top to bottom for pixel artists—people who make low-resolution raster art like the sprites you see in old video games. But it's great for artists of all arenas: Pixen is like a very powerful MSPaint or a simpler, more agile Photoshop.

Pixen - Free Image Editor Software

Download Pixen here.

15. Artweaver
Artweaver lets you paint creatively with the help of a huge range of painting tools. You can create sketches from photos or just experiment with colors. For professional users, Artweaver offers layers, group layers and support for the PSD file format. It is also possible to load and run Photoshop compatible filters (only Artweaver Plus). Artweaver is available in two versions. A Artweaver Free version for free and a Artweaver Plus version with costs which has more features than the free version. (

Artweaver - Free Image Editor Software

Download Artweaver here.


  1. Hi, thank you for sharing this list. It will be useful for beginners. I'm using now. It isn't free but I need a little bit more functional features.

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