One of the most popular image editing software, Adobe Photoshop, is loved by professionals and amateurs alike due to multitudes of editing options it presents and the amount of control it gives to the user, which goes from editing the image to straight up manipulation. However, due to Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription, Adobe Photoshop can prove to be quite expensive for beginners in editing.
With a plethora of tools to offer, Adobe Photoshop can be quite confusing for beginners. While Photoshop is arguably the best at what it does and doesn’t really have a rival, there are a few free apps that can be quite useful when you don’t have access to Photoshop.
Here are seven alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for your Windows PC, Android, and iOS.
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Snapseed is one of the best apps available on the Google Play Store for image manipulation. It has a user-friendly interface which includes image tuning, curves and many more options similar to Photoshop.
Each filter on Snapseed acts like layers, so you can apply the filter in selective areas. You can also edit RAW images in Snapseed. It is ranked higher than Photoshop Express on the Google Play Store.
Be it Instagram story or post, Facebook Header, logos, photo collage, invitations, greeting cards, posters, banners, email header — you name it, Canva has it.
Canva is your one-stop solution to all your graphic design needs — right from image editing to working on numerous templates. It is available for Android devices, iOS and for your PC too, so you can make, edit, and share your designs anytime, anywhere.
Ibis Paint X
If you love to draw, this app will prove to be a heaven for you. With a highly user-friendly interface, stylus and touch support, this app includes a grand range of brushes and canvas sizes, which allow you to enjoy expressing yourself anytime anywhere.
It works in layers just like Photoshop with similar functions and tools. The best feature of this app is that as you work, your progress automatically gets recorded into a video.
So, at the end of the masterpiece, you will have the entire video of how you drew your artwork. Also, once you save and exit, you can come back later and edit from where you left.
A Cinemagraph creating app, Vimage lets you add motion to your stationary images, turning them into live pieces of art. Cinemagraphs are in trend and if you’re into creating them, this could be a useful resource for you.
They’re an amazing tool to add a creative, eye-catching twist to your visual marketing content. You can edit your images with over 70 inbuilt effects, with constant updates on new effects.
Another fantastic free editing app, Pixlr started its journey as an online web-based application and eventually trickled down to smartphones. It’s one of the most intuitive apps in this list — easy to get around for beginners and pros alike. You also get access to several nifty features such as creating collages, filters, arrays of fonts, correction tools, effects and much more in your palm.
Garnering north of 100 million installs, Prisma Photo Editor is one of the top image editing apps out there. It transforms your image into an artwork using the styles of famous artists all around the world. It has more than 800 modern art filters.
You can also go for PicsArt, which has a bunch of dramatic, adjustable filters with effects that can be applied to selective areas along with goofier stuff, such as clipart, stickers, doodles and talk bubbles.
It is a great platform for traditional photography corrections and adjustments, but it lacks fun special effects. It mainly provides vintage film-inspired filters and basic editing tools.