Best alternatives to Adobe Photoshop for Photo & Image Editing and Improvement

GIMP (open source, no cost)

GIMP GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image manipulation (retouching) and image editing, free-form drawing, transcoding between different image file formats, and more specialized tasks. It is not designed to be used for drawing[6].

GIMP is released under GPL-3.0-or-later license and is available for Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

Krita (open source, no cost)

Krita is a free and open-source raster graphics editor designed primarily for digital painting and 2D animation. It runs on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and Chrome OS. It features an OpenGL-accelerated canvas, colour management support, an advanced brush engine, non-destructive layers and masks, group-based layer management, vector artwork support and switchable customisation profiles. It is written in C++ using Qt.

Pinta (open source, no cost)

Pinta is an open-source, cross-platform bitmap image drawing and editing program inspired by Paint.NET, a similar image editing program which is limited to Microsoft Windows. Pinta has more features than Microsoft Paint. Compared with open-source image editor GIMP, Pinta is simpler and has fewer features.

Darktable (open source, no cost)

Darktable (stylized as darktable) is a free and open-source photography application program and raw developer. Rather than being a raster graphics editor like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP, it comprises a subset of image editing operations specifically aimed at non-destructive raw image post-production. It is primarily focused on improving a photographer’s workflow by facilitating the handling of large numbers of images. It is freely available in versions tailored for most major Linux distributions, macOS, Solaris and Windows and is released under the GPL-3.0-or-later.

Shotwell (open source, no cost)

Shotwell is an image organizer designed to provide personal photo management for the GNOME desktop environment. In 2010, it replaced F-Spot as the standard image tool for several GNOME-based Linux distributions, including Fedora in version 13 and Ubuntu in its 10.10 Maverick Meerkat release.


MyPaint is a free and open-source raster graphics editor for digital painting. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Unix-like operating systems.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express is a free image editing and collage making mobile application from Adobe Inc. The app is available on iOS, Android and Windows phones and tablets. It can also be installed on Windows desktop with Windows 8 and above, via the Microsoft Store. Photoshop Express Editor has various features that can be used to enhance photos.

In November 2016 Collage creation was introduced to Adobe Photoshop Express on iOS.They allow editing pictures in the smartphone or tablet rather than online. It can be used to showcase your latest art, ideas, or products.

Other Free and open-source Photo & Image Software

  • Affinity Photo
  • Paint.NET
  • CinePaint
  • Darktable
  • DigiKam
  • F-Spot (inactive)
  • G’MIC
  • GIMP
  • GimPhoto
  • GIMPshop
  • GNU Paint
  • GrafX2
  • GraphicsMagick
  • gThumb
  • Hugin
  • ImageJ
  • ImageMagick
  • KolourPaint
  • Krita
  • LazPaint
  • LightZone
  • mtPaint
  • MyPaint
  • Panorama Tools
  • Pencil2D
  • Phatch (inactive)
  • Pinta
  • Rawstudio
  • RawTherapee
  • Seashore
  • Shotwell
  • Tile Studio
  • Tux Paint
  • UFRaw
  • Adobe Photoshop Express
  • Andrea
  • Mosaic
  • Artweaver
  • Autodesk SketchBook Pro
  • Brush Strokes Image Editor
  • Chasys Draw IES
  • Fatpaint
  • Fresh Paint
  • Microsoft Photos
  • FastStone Image Viewer
  • Fotografix
  • IrfanView
  • Paint 3D
  • PhotoScape
  • Pixia
  • Windows Photo Gallery
  • XnView


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