Adobe’s Photoshop is undoubtedly one of the most famous software used for image editing. It has become so popular among people that people have started using its name as verb similar to Google. Also, people have started calling an edited image as ‘photoshoped’.

All these features or hype make it seem as the only reliable picture editing software in the market. However, there are several other picture editing softwares that can be used to modify images instead of Photoshop. The only thing that makes Photoshop look best, for photo editing, is that most of the people have not discovered its alternatives.


So, let’s take a quick look at some of its alternatives.

1.    Serif PhotoPlus X6:

PhotoPlus X6

Serif PhotoPlus X6 is one of the great alternatives which you can also refer as a direct competitor to Photoshop. It has almost the same tools that you can have with Adobe’s Photoshop for image editing. It may be a tricky tool for beginners; however, those having command on Photoshop can enjoy its best potential.

2.    GIMP:


GIMP is another great yet free image editing software that you can use as an alternate to Photoshop across different platforms such as Linux, Windows, Mac, etc. It has a wide range of brush controllers, layers and masks. Beginners can learn using it through the tutorials available on its official site.

3.    Pixler:


Pixlr is a web-based image editing software that can be used as an alternate to Photoshop. It has more than six hundred effects, borders and layouts for manipulating the image digitally. Some of its great features are image resizing, cropping, fixing images and whitening teeth. You can also download its application through Apple and Google Play Store for free.

4.    Pixia:


Pixia is the English version of Japanese photo editing software that can be used as an alternative to Photoshop. It has a lot of options and features that can help you edit the image. Along with its own distinct features, it also has layers, masks and some other basic Photoshop tools for image editing.

5.    Sketch:


Another great tool that you can opt to replace Photoshop is Sketch. It has a very simple and easy to use interface along with some of the basic yet important tools of Illustrator and Photoshop. You can now make your own unique graphical image by using vector or pencil tool.

6.    Picasa:


For those who are using Photoshop for some basic image editing can replace it with Google’s Picasa. It is one of the simplest image-editing software that a beginner can easily use for image modification. Along with image cropping and resizing, you can also do some considerable corrections with it.

7.    Pixelmator:


Last but not least, Pixelmator is another great tool for making your images more enhanced and beautiful. Since, it is developed for Mac users only, Windows and Linux users cannot enjoy its awesome features. However, it can easily be integrated to iPhoto and iCloud. Along with the basic and professional image editing tools, it also has built-in export tools for Facebook and Flickr.