One of the questions I get asked often in the shop – I don’t have Photoshop. So what do I do?
No worries, there are several other image editing alternatives available to help you accomplish your goal. And best of all, they are completely FREE. So, here we go.
One of the best known Photoshop alternative, GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. I’ve used the program a few times and I think it’s amazing! It’s great for image composition, photo retouching, file layering and so many more. You can also add plug-ins and extensions to even further enhance its features. Those already familiar with working in Photoshop will find it’s features very similar and familiar. It might not be for you if you’re just looking for something a bit simpler for image edits as there’s a bit of a learning curve. But with a rich library of tutorials it could be worth the effort.
I love this alternative because it runs online. Also similar to Photoshop, Pixlr has a ton of wonderful design capabilities and features ranging for simple to more advanced edits functions. Can be used for creating collages, layering, editing colors, adding borders, adding image filters, and so on. There’s an app version as well for photos and tablets called Pixlr Express which I found very user friendly as well
Is a free image and photo editing software for PCs that runs on Windows. It’s similar to GIMP but not as complex and it’s a bit easier to learn. It offers all the basic capacities found in Photoshop and has simple tools for layering, adding text, using brush tools and adding effects.
Another free software that can help you with simple and basic image edits. One of its strong features is the easy to use drag and drop system for creating collages. It also has a ton of other amazing fun features and effects for touch ups, for adding text and overlays to enhance your image. Also has a mobile app
I’d just heard of this program and decided to give it a try and it is definitely worth checking out. Within a few moments of playing around with it, I was able to import some test files and arrange and edit. It also runs online so nothing is being downloaded. It has a paid version if you’d like to remove the ads but I found the free version to work just fine