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When it comes to downloading photo editing software, there is a huge market and a world of opportunities out there. One key competitor that comes straight to mind is Photoshop. The Adobe owned photo editing powerhouse, first founded in 1990 and has ruled the market ever since. Although, in my opinion, it is the best software on today’s market it comes at a hefty price. To own the software you will be looking at around a price of £20 per month, around $25. In this article, I will be showing you 5 cheaper and free alternatives to Photoshop.
Whilst searching the web, I came across a software called ‘Affinity’. This was the closest replica I could find to Photoshop and is a very serious Photoshop alternative. Although the software is only for Mac, it is a onetime fee of £39.99, making it significantly cheaper than Photoshop. Affinity is fully compatible with Photoshop and other file formats and is aimed at mainly photographers and designers.
Next, we have ‘GIMP’, GIMP is a free, open-source alternative to Adobe Photoshop. GIMP, meaning GNU Image Manipulation Program, available on Mac, Windows and Linux. The software comes free of charge to all platforms and is very like Photoshop is many different aspects. Although the interface differs from Photoshop, there is a version that somewhat relates to Adobe’s design and feel, making it easier to adapt GIMP.
The third piece of software I have researched is ‘Pixelmator’, again the software is restricted to Mac, iPhone and iPad, which comes at a price of £20.99. This is mainly used by photographers due to its limited editing capabilities. Features include Hue/Saturation, Shadows/Highlights and contrast. Even though it is a very basic piece of software it is a good Photoshop alternative if you rarely use Photoshop.
The photo editor I have found is named ‘Acorn’, sorry if you’re on windows but again this is a Mac OS X only product. You will expect to pay around $24.99 for this piece of software. The software is mainly used by artists with features including, layer styles, non-destructive filter and curves and levels. It has similar comparisons with Photoshop but has yet to exceed the market leader. The software is very simple and easy to learn and use.
Paint.net is the last photo editing software I have decided to list. This editing software is only available to Windows users and is free of charge to use. It is an alternative to ‘Microsoft Paint’ as well as being a Photoshop alternative. The focus is on ease of use, which is very clear when you are using it, it tends to focus on photo editing rather than artistic creation. With that being said they are many things you can do with the software and is usable for many different things.
So, will you be downloading or researching any of the software’s mentioned in this article? What seems to be your favourite? Mine is possibly Affinity! Be sure to leave your feedback in the comments!
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