Best Alternative PC/Mac Softwares for Photoshop Editing
I am using Photoshop since 12 grade, and every update makes me feel better and easy to use.
Currently, I am using the CC version with 2019 latest Update. Now they have added an AI in it to work fast and added tutorials ( short tutorials in it to help the new and to understand it easily.
So for those who don’t want to use Adobe Photoshop CC, I have listed the three best and easiest alternates of Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop alternatives
All three of the programs listed below provide effective photo-editing tools, from sizing, cropping, and retouching to noise reduction, color correction, and more. Affinity and Paint Shop Pro have a few more features than GIMP does, and all three have fewer than Photoshop. The filters and special effects are what distinguish them from one another and from Photoshop.
1. Affinity Photo ($49.99)
Affinity Photo stands somewhere between PaintShop Pro and Photoshop in features and special effects. Its highlight features include custom brush nibs called Nozzle tips, which modify the shape and size of your lines as you draw them. Symmetry mode creates amazing kaleidoscopes, and the best Dispersion effect I have ever seen. You can even record and save actions as macros. Even if you own both PaintShop and Photoshop, this little gem is more than worth the ticket.
Affinity Photo is a professional photo editing tool with all the power you’ll ever need. Live retouch tools work in real-time and its speed means there’s no waiting to see your results. Non-destructive editing, raw processing, and end-to-end color management are standard, so Affinity Photo has all the features required to make beautiful photographs spring to life.
Affinity Photo comes with a huge range of high-end filters including lighting, blurs, distortions, tilt-shift, shadows, glows and many more. Correct and enhance images with Levels, Curves, Black and White, White Balance, HSL, Shadows and Highlights and over a dozen other adjustments that are previewed instantly and can be edited any time.
Other features include raw image processing, PSD import and export, color management, accurate adjustments, high-end controls for channels and masks, advanced layer handling, batch processing, focus stacking, and much more.
Affinity Photo 22.214.171.124 Beta changelog:
- Fixed Document Setup dialog failing to show correct Height and Width values when switching between portrait modes
- Fixed incorrect color from the CMYK waterfall model
- Added check for disabled .NET 3.5 during installation
- Fixed Info panel not showing W, H and D information in document units
- Fixed being unable to select layers whilst recording Macros
- Fixed crash caused by Shift-clicking to select slices
- Added save and load of Twirl settings
- Added Twirl to radial controller
- Added Blend Modes to radial controller
- Fixed Global Opacity on radial controller
- Fixed History on radial controller
- Fixed PDF import crash when a soft mask doesn’t load
- Fixed PDF Import hang
- Fixed resized floating panel not sticking when swapping to a different panel
- Fixes included in the 126.96.36.199 customer beta.
2. Inkscape (free open-source)
Inkscape is a free and intuitive vector graphics editor used to create and edit vector images. Inkspace’s best features include text (or line) to path; pattern fills; and pencil, pen, and calligraphy tools. You also get embedded bitmaps; a nice gradient editor; impressive color palettes and ramps; and standard object editing and manipulation tools, though scaled down a bit from its competition.
Inkscape can render primitive vector shapes (e.g. rectangles, ellipses, polygons, arcs, spirals, stars, and 3D boxes) and text. These objects may be filled with solid colors, patterns, radial or linear color gradients and their borders may be stroked, both with adjustable transparency. Embedding and optional tracing of raster graphics is also supported, enabling the editor to create vector graphics from photos and other raster sources. Created shapes can be further manipulated with transformations, such as moving, rotating, scaling and skewing.
One of the main priorities of the Inkscape project is interface consistency and usability. This includes efforts to follow the GNOME human interface guidelines, universal keyboard accessibility, and convenient on-canvas editing. Inkscape has achieved significant progress in usability since the project started.
The number of floating dialog boxes has been reduced, with their functions available using keyboard shortcuts or in the docked toolbars in the editing window. The toolbar controls at the top of the window always display the controls relevant to the current tool.
All vector transformations, scale, rotation and positioning (minus skewing) have keyboard shortcuts with consistent modifiers ( Alt key transforms by 1 screen pixel at the current zoom, Shift key multiplies the transformation by 10, etc.). These keys work on nodes in the Node tool as well as on objects in the Selector Tool. The most common operations (such as transformations, zooming, z-order) have convenient one-key shortcuts.
Inkscape provides mouse-over tooltips and status bar hints for all buttons, controls, commands, keys, and on-canvas handles. The status bar hint messages are dynamic: A given object can display up to four hints while editing it with just one tool. The hints update based on two items – the tool being used, and the type of object/node/handle being edited—text, shapes, paths, node types, etc. It comes with a complete keyboard and mouse reference (in HTML and SVG) and several interactive tutorials in SVG.
3. Apache OpenOffice Draw (free open-source)
The interface is intuitive (if a bit outdated), and the product packs a punch. OpenOffice Draw’s highlight features include Styles, Glue Points, and Picture Gallery for stock images and clipart. It also offers advanced rendering, lighting and texture effects, an efficient 3D controller for creating shapes, plus all the standard editing and manipulation tools.
OpenOffice offers free and open-source document, spreadsheet, presentation, vector graphics, and database creation tools, along with a mathematical formula editor. More than 750 extensions and over 2,800 templates are available for the productivity suite at SourceForge.
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