The Top Four Alternatives to Photoshop

Photoshop is the premiere image-editing program. However, there are wonderful, viable alternatives to this industry-leading software program. Here are the top 4 alternatives for Photoshop. Best of all, each of these 4 image-editing alternatives are free.





Gimp has been around for a long time and is one of the first ones I recommend for those that don’t want to spend $$ on an image editing program. Gimp is a very powerful package. It runs on multiple operating systems (Mac, Windows, and others) and has a large user community.

Get Gimp


Video comparing Gimp to Photoshop.





Canva is the newest member of this group and is an online option. I have used Canva to create social media posts, postcards, invitations and infographics, but I didn’t know there was a photo editor option.

The Canva Photo Editor includes various types of filters and the option to adjust brightness, contrast and saturation. You can also crop, rotate and resize your images with the Canva Photo editor.

Check out Canva Photo Editor


Active Pixels

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Activel pixels has very similar functionality as Photoshop and is a very viable alternative. This photo editor resembles Photoshop in many aspects. A large number of filters and effects are included.

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Pixlr online


This is a very popular online image-editing program. It is also very similar to Photoshop. It handles layers, and has a variety of filters, effects and level adjustments. It is intuitive and user-friendly.

Pixlr online


Video comparing to Photoshop


What has been your experience with alternatives to Photoshop? What other image-editing programs do you like?

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