Photoshop Alternatives. Part 2

by Bradley Nice, Content Manager at ClickHelp — all-in-one help authoring tool

Even though I consider Adobe Photoshop an excellent tool for photographers, designers, video game artists, etc., it can be too much for a common person doing everyday image editing. So, as promised, I continue to enumerate the alternative tools to Photoshop. Part 1 is here.

16. Crelo. With Crello, you’ll edit photos and any other graphic visuals in minutes. In addition, the option of uploading extra elements to their library and customizing them makes Crello a favorite instrument of designers with unique styles. Another interesting detail is that the service offers multi-user accounts for team collaboration on designs. Free plan available for limited features.

17. FireAlpaca. A free paint tool with simple functionality for creating graphics. Use templates or start from scratch; it’s up to you. With FireAlpaca, you have different viewing options, including a 3D view. Unlike complex Photoshop, Firealpaca is simple. However, if you need a tool to keep up with Photoshop’s optionality, FireAlpaca might not have the features you’re looking for.

18. Fotor describes itself as “fundamentally Photoshop online.” In addition to advanced editing, effects, and retouching, it has some fun features like the GoArt AI photo effect, making photos look like classic art pieces. Trial version available. Don’t look for templates or photo libraries, though.

19. Paint.net. It all started as a Microsoft-sponsored project and has become an open-source one. Paint.net focuses on accessibility with a tendency towards photo editing rather than artistic creation. A range of special effects allows you to easily create fake perspectives, blend and push pixels around the canvas, and so on. A good range of selection tools, support for layers, and adjustments show that Paint.net is a great alternative to Photoshop for photo editing.

20. Pixelied has thousands of ready-made templates and icons, millions of stock images, and two unique features. First, its mockup editor lets you get to create powerful product mockups for your brand. And with Pixelied’s workspace, you can switch between workspaces, each with its separate assets, designs, and team members.

21. PicMonkey is heavily loaded with design assets and templates. If you use PS to create graphics for business use cases, PicMonkey may be a faster way to get designs out the door. Touchup, layer, mask features, effects, and features help to unbelievably enhance your photo. Also, use their real-time team collaboration feature to work with teammates or clients. According to some users, the kicker here is that the features offered in the app and the web version differ from one another.

22. Pixlr. Free online photo editor has more than 600 effects, overlays, and borders. This free app is available in iOS and Android varieties, or use it as a web app. Its AI Cutout features let you remove backgrounds with just one click. Add accents or textures.

23. Polarr. An intuitive image editing app gives you Lightroom-like image manipulation capabilities like temperature, denoise, diffuse, and more. In addition, it has persistent edit history and infinite undo and redo — making it super user-friendly. Unfortunately, there have been some recent bugs, and now users must upgrade to Pro to save edited photos.

24. SumoPaint is a free browser-based image editor. It has all the standard features you’d expect from a desktop tool. It’s lightweight and quick to load with a very usable free version. You can also open saved documents from your hard drive that makes SumoPaint a perfectly viable option for editing and re-editing.

25. Seashore is a basic image editing tool. Seashore seeks to offer a simpler interface for Mac users. Support for TIFF, PNG, JPEG, JP2000, BMP, PICT, PDF, XBM, and GIF, makes it one of the most versatile editing tools in terms of file formats. You can customize your photos with a pressure-sensitive drawing tablet.

So, this is my list that I’m going to complete over time. As you may see, some tools work in different ways to Photoshop, offering possibilities that would be difficult to match in Adobe’s offering. Also, some limitations will put off some users, especially in the free version. Experiment to see which ones you can integrate into your workflows. You may discover that using a combination of several of the above apps lets you do all your image editing without ever opening Photoshop.

Have a nice day!

Bradley Nice, Content Manager at ClickHelp.com — best online documentation tool for SaaS vendors