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Top 10 alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for Windows and Mac

Does Adobe Photoshop feel heavy on your pocket and system? Or you simply want to try something new. Here are the best Photoshop alternatives.

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Photoshop is a marvellous piece of software that is developed by Adobe. Do you have a photo and you are willing to edit it? No problem Adobe photoshop got you covered with tons of tools and extensive editing options. But there is a drawback as well. With so many features there also is a big price tag attached to the software. Over that, the application requires a lot of resources to run. Here are some best alternatives to Adobe Photoshop.

These applications you can run on your Windows or MAC machines. Though these are not as powerful, they will get you through the day to day tasks.


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GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is an open-source Photoshop alternative. The program provides almost similar features to photoshop but is relatively cheap/free. For a basic paint program or an expert retouching program, the software got you covered in all the aspects. 

GIMP also supports many file formats like  GIF, JPEG, PNG, and TIFF. The developer community is very active and rolls out updates often. The application is available for Windows, MAC or even Linux. 

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  • PhotoWorks


An application for windows with incredible functionality and ideal for both professional editors or newbies. It has some AI-based basic tools to help you with basic tasks. Not only that, PhotoWorks is also equipped with niche tools to get you through some advanced photo editing procedures. The application supports over 450 RAW formats with an intuitive interface and library with beautiful presets. Another advanced AI feature is the Face Sculpt feature that takes portrait mode editing to the next level.

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  • Pixlr x

Pixlr x

Pixlr X is the newer version of the popular Pixlr editor. The well-liked web-based photo-editing application is based on HTML5 rather than Flash that makes it ideal for all the latest browsers including iPad and iPhone. Following the modern dark and light scheme, the software looks modern and refreshed. 

The application is completely web-based, meaning all you need is a device with the support of an HTML5 browser. It does not do wonders but can do a mediocre level of editing with ease. The Auto-Fix tool is a handy feature to fix any image with just a click.

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  • Colorcinch


Another web-based editor and a great alternative for photoshop. The application has a big library of presets, graphics and creative assets to enhance your creation. The highlighting part of the application is an AI-based tool that adds a cartoonish special effect to your project. 

Also, as it is web-based it will run on any platform be it Mac, Windows PC and Linux as long as you have a good internet connection. Just want to sharpen your editing skills? Use 1.5 million high-resolution images available natively in the application. Colorcinch supports PNG, JPG, or PDF up to 300 DPI.

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  • Paint.NET


Paint.NEt was initially a substitute for Microsoft Paint that came with Windows. The application runs on the .NET platform and can be a good alternative for Adobe Photoshop. The user interface of the application might seem outdated but Pain.NET is still a powerful tool you can consider using. 

The highlight of the software is that you can work in tabbed format just like you use in a modern browser. Multiple images can be opened in tabs for quick switching and editing. The application still has good support and updates automatically with new features and bug fixes.

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  • Photopea


Photopea is a web-based photoshop alternative that eliminates downloading and keeping another application on your system. Good for simple tasks like resizing and a quick touch up. Rather than waiting for photoshop to load, just open the web-based application and quickly edit your photographs. With the support of PSD, XCF, Sketch, XD, and CDR formats it is compatible with all platforms.

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  • Krita


A free application specially made for photographers who need more flexibility when they get creative. The application revolves around some good painting tools. It has a huge library of paints and brushes with a highlighting pop-up colour palette. It is useful for artists, texture and matte painters, illustrators, and comic strip creators. 

You can easily make a shortcut of your most-used tools for easy access. If Krita doesn’t have what you are looking for, worry not you can easily import brush and pain packs from other creators or artists to expand your toolset. Whether you are a Windows, Linux or Mac owner, install Krita to enjoy painting hassle-free.

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  • Photo Pos Pro

Photo Pos Pro

Does Photoshop seem a little too extreme for you? Try Photo Pos Pro. It is a full-fledged editing application but a more organised and tuned down version when compared to Adobe’s offering. The best part about the application as it also features an expert mode that switches the layout according to expert level editing. Practice your editing skills in novice mode to get great knowledge about the editing tool. The application runs on both Windows and Mac.

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  • Seashore


The application supports TIFF, PNG, JPEG, JP2000, BMP, PICT, PDF, XBM, and GIF, making it one of the most versatile editing tools. The inspiration was taken from the GIMP application but it is a toned-down version of the same exclusively for MAC OS. Ideal for people who just want to do basic tweaks on their photographs and for that Photoshop seems too heavy. The application natively supports pressure sensitivity, good for people who love drawing and have a drawing tablet with them.

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  • Sumopaint


Want something old school? Try usingSumopaint. The application is like Microsoft paint hit the gym to get some extra bulk. Sumopaint functions exactly like MS paint but has extra features like layering and extra editing tools. It works on any browser with Flash support and also has a dedicated application for Chromebooks. The file extensions supported are GIF, JPEG, and PNG and users can even use native SUMO format as well.

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