In today’s day and age, where a majority of people is exposed to photography thanks to the rise in the sales of smartphones worldwide. Everyone with a modern smartphone inevitably has a decent camera at their disposal. With this increase in photography, photo editing apps and programs have also been improving. No more is there any need to invest in the likes of Adobe Photoshop which, with its subscription based payments, can end up becoming a very expensive tool for people with basic to enthusiast image editing needs.
With that said, let’s take a look at some great software programs that provide many of Photoshop’s image editing tools to you for a very low price, or even for free.
Photo Pos Pro
Not a software known to many people yet, Photo Pos Pro brings most of Photoshop’s best editing tools to the masses for free! The editor has everything from easy to use filters and automatic presets to tools like clone and heal brushes. You can work in layers just like in Photoshop, and use layer masks as well. It allows you to edit your photos in batches as well, saving precious time for you when you are in a hurry. You can use frames to add more life to your photos, or get more in the form of plugins.
The only downside of using the free version of Photo Pos Pro is that you will be limited to exporting files of a maximum size of 1,024×1,024 pixels. However, that is not so bad for someone who just wants to edit photos for Facebook or Instagram. But if you do want a bigger size, then paying a measly $20 will get you the Premium version of the software.
Pixlr by AutoDesk
AutoDesk is one of the biggest names when it comes to CAD and modeling software. However, many people don’t know that the company also has an excellent photo editor available by the name of Pixlr.
This photo editor can be used on desktops as well as on smartphones. But the best version of the editor lives in your browser. The web version of Pixlr has support for layers, which is something every Photoshop alternative should have. Other than layers, it has multiple tools like sharpen, mask, curves, levels, and blur – much like Photoshop. You also have access to healing and stamping tools to fix your images with ease. For an editor that lives on the web and doesn’t need to be installed on your computer, Pixlr is the best Photoshop-style editor you can use. And the best part is that it is totally free!
Luminar by MacPhun
If you are willing to spend a little cash, then the overall best Photoshop alternative is Luminar. This is a truly innovative photo editor, with support for layers, masks, selective adjustments, presets, filters, textures, color correction, curves, levels, and a lot more. It combines all of these with an easy to understand interface and a low price tag of just $69 to make itself a killer option for a very serious, professional grade photo editor. It even allows you to edit RAW files so that you can create stunning images without losing any quality, just as you would with Photoshop.
So you see how easy it is these days to get your hands on a serious photo editor with Photoshop capabilities? Depending on what price you want to pay for your software and what level of editing you wish to achieve, these three photo editors make truly excellent alternatives to Adobe Photoshop.