What are the best alternatives to Photoshop?

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    Adobe Creative Cloud

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    Andrew Chapman
    Written on October 3, 2018
    "The fact that I can have Lightroom on my phone to edit photos on the go before posting them is just fantastic! Plus, with one single monthly plan I get access to a ton of apps on my computer and phone which for me is essential since I work making movies, short films, and taking pictures!"
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      Painter

      Painter is a complete solution for professional graphics designers and artists looking for realistic results. This software offers a wide range of progressive drawing tools, natural brushes, making it a great complement to Adobe Photoshop.

      Software

      Windows

      $359 - Free trial available

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      Michael Richards
      Written on June 14, 2017
      "What I really want in a photoshop alternative is something lightweight, that resembles a stripped down earlier version of photoshop. What I got with Painter 2017 was a very..."
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      Michael Richards
      Written on June 14, 2017
      "What I really want in a photoshop alternative is something lightweight, that resembles a stripped down earlier version of photoshop. What I got with Painter 2017 was a very art-heavy and sketch-heavy program that really still needs access to photoshop to be useful. I'd avoid this unless you're already happily using photoshop."
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      Linda Stanley
      Written on February 13, 2017
      "Painter 2017 works very well with touchscreen. I have saved a lot of money on canvas and paint while still creating works of art. Allows me to be mobile and express myself. Definitely worth it if you love to paint and create!"
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      Sketchbook

      Sketchbook is a drawing and sketching tool available for Android and iOS that offers numerous useful tools for a realistic drawing experience. A premium subscription unlocks more pro tools.

      Apps

      iOS, Android

      Free

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      Teresa Owens
      Written on January 2, 2017
      "This solution certainly seems compatible with Photoshop, however I'm not sure it serves as a full alternative to Photoshop. Its seems to be both a creation tool, as well as..."
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      Teresa Owens
      Written on January 2, 2017
      "This solution certainly seems compatible with Photoshop, however I'm not sure it serves as a full alternative to Photoshop. Its seems to be both a creation tool, as well as an editing tool."
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      Sandra Reed
      Written on February 22, 2017
      "Not an alternative to Photoshop. This is just a drawing and sketching app."
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      Gimp

      GIMP is a free and open-source painting program that works as an alternative to Photoshop. This tool provides artists with all they need to create digital artworks. 

      Software

      Windows

      Free

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      Elizabeth Lawson
      Written on April 3, 2017
      "While I have used Photoshop before, it is expensive. As an art student, I was looking for something that would do what I needed but also be affordable. Gimp, is the perfect..."
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      Elizabeth Lawson
      Written on April 3, 2017
      "While I have used Photoshop before, it is expensive. As an art student, I was looking for something that would do what I needed but also be affordable. Gimp, is the perfect solution. It's free and has everything you need to create beautiful digital works."
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      Paul Mendoza
      Written on March 15, 2017
      "When I switched to linux, I switched to Gimp from years of Photoshop. No regrets. It took me a while to learn where everything is , but the functionality is as good as Pshop for my needs. And ....it's free!"
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      Ananya Kapur
      Written on May 5, 2017
      "Gimp has most of the features of photoshop in a smaller package. It really helps editing for my business and keep mistakes lower."
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      Pixelmator

      Pixelmator is a tool wherein you can touch up photos or create your digital artworks from scratch using its wide range of tools, brushes, and effects. This is a great iPad alternative to Photoshop.

      Apps

      Mac, iOS

      $14.99

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      Shell B.
      Written on September 17, 2018
      "I made the big switch to Apple, and wasn’t able to use Photo Shop anymore.....came across Pixelmator, it took awhile to learn the app. and have been really happy with it! ..."
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      Shell B.
      Written on September 17, 2018
      "I made the big switch to Apple, and wasn’t able to use Photo Shop anymore.....came across Pixelmator, it took awhile to learn the app. and have been really happy with it! You can’t go wrong with it as they have additional masks available. My only wish is it had some animation added to the app."
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      Sean Howard
      Written on September 22, 2017
      "Great app for a photoshop alternative for all apple users, especially on the iPad. Can change shape, paint, edit lighting or color and much more. A great go to for the unprofessional photographer."
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      Carl Peterson
      Written on September 22, 2017
      "I use Pixelmator as my mobile alternative to Photoshop. It costs a lot less and has most all of the features"
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      Krita
      Krita is a free and open source painting software for artists and illustrators. Is a great alternative to Photoshop, built and designed by artists who needed a fast and free tool to create original digital art or enhance print artworks.
      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free

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      Tang Jiang
      Written on April 19, 2017
      "Don't have the experience (or maybe the cash) to try out Photoshop, but still want a great editing software for your pics? Krita is free and open source, and gives you almost..."
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      Tang Jiang
      Written on April 19, 2017
      "Don't have the experience (or maybe the cash) to try out Photoshop, but still want a great editing software for your pics? Krita is free and open source, and gives you almost the exact same features as Adobe's Photoshop. It's definitely worth checking out, and could help out any artist."
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      Arjun Bose
      Written on June 7, 2017
      "I feel Photoshop for a casual user like myself is far too costly. I think Krita is feature-packed and convenient for a quick sketch-up to show to my friends as a hobby or to produce quick invitations for business events. I saw that Krita was fast and available on many platforms."
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      Emily Lynch
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "Krita is a good app for artists and illustrators. It was designed for artists that need a tool when making digital art."
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      Phixr Photo Editor

      Phixr is an in-browser online photo editor with tons of filters, effects and other features as well as excellent Facebook integration.

      Software

      Web

      Free

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      Pari Chavan
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "If you're familiar with Photoshop and like it, I think Phixr would be a major let down. It's website is very limited and it looks like it's made for users who just want to..."
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      Pari Chavan
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "If you're familiar with Photoshop and like it, I think Phixr would be a major let down. It's website is very limited and it looks like it's made for users who just want to easily edit a picture without having many options. This actually brings up a good point: If Photoshop's complexity and features either perplex you or just take too much time for your needs, Phixr might be the basic app that you'd like."
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      George Castro
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "I didn't feel like paying for Photoshop, $50 plus dollars for when I can use something else for less or even cheap? Yeah, I'll go with Phixr Photo Editor instead."
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      LunaPic

      LunaPic is a great online photo editor. Easy to use with cool effects. Create your own Art instantly online for Free.

      Websites

      Free

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      Jack Powell
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "I liked this. It has some cool aspects and would be what you are looking for. With that said therrr are better ones."
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      Jack Powell
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "I liked this. It has some cool aspects and would be what you are looking for. With that said therrr are better ones."
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      Reyansh Kadam
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "The solution is exactly what the topic asks for. Lunapic is a free online alternative photo editor."

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    Best alternatives to Photoshop
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Painter Software 12 Paid
    2 Sketchbook Apps 9 Free
    3 Gimp Software 8 Free
    4 Pixelmator Apps 7 Paid
    5 Krita Software 4 Free
    6 Phixr Photo Editor Software 3 Free
    7 LunaPic Websites 1 Free
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