There is really no doubt that Photoshop is one of the best overall photo editors available, whether it is on a mac or a Windows PC. However, many people do not agree with the newer subscription based payment model and would rather pay a one-time fee for a software of equal caliber. That is why we have compiled a list of the best alternatives to Photoshop that you can use on your mac computers.
Pixelmator has been around for some time now, and it famous for its lack of complicated features that only a minority of photo editors uses. Instead, the software focuses on bringing the best editing tools of other famous programs in one package that is very affordable.
While you can edit your photos to your heart’s content in Pixelmator, the real reason so many people favor it as a Photoshop alternative is its digital artwork capabilities. You can work in layers, use brushes and shape tools to turn your photos into art pieces, or use the presets to help you out. The Heal tool works mostly like Photoshop’s too, allowing you to remove unwanted portions of your images.
All in all, if digital art is your thing, then Pixelmator is the best alternative to Photoshop we can recommend.
If you don’t need a Photoshop alternative for digital art needs, and rather wish to have a highly capable, professional grade editing tool that allows you to work with RAW files too, then look no further than MacPhun’s Luminar. This excellent image editor combines an easy to use interface with more editing tools than the average photographer will need.
You can work with RAW files non-destructively, work in layers, make selective adjustments, use some great looking presets, get rid of noise, make your images clearer, correct the colors and white balance, tweak the exposure and contrast to your liking, and much more with this nifty piece of software.
Luminar is much cheaper than Photoshop in the long run thanks to its one-time fee of $69, but it contains a wide array of advanced photo editing features that make it a direct rival rather than just an alternative to Photoshop.
Who doesn’t like free stuff? If you are after something that can be used for completely free, then give GIMP a try. Just be ready to be baffled by its complicated interface the first time you open it.
GIMP has always been notoriously difficult to use, and its user interface hasn’t improved all that much over the years. Still, if you are willing to put in the work and if free software matters to you that much, you probably won’t be able to find any other software that can go on par with Photoshop’s features and tools like GIMP does.
There you have it. Three different photo editors with Photoshop’s abilities for three different kinds of photo editors. If you are a digital artist and would like something that allows you to manipulate your photographs into digital paintings, then go for Pixelmator. If you want something balanced and easy to use, but that still allows you to take your editing game to new heights if you want, go for Luminar. And if you are really short on cash or want something that mimics Photoshop’s capabilities almost entirely, go for GIMP. The choice you make will ultimately depend on your preferences, but we can assure you that your photo editing needs will be fulfilled by these great editors.