I believe that many people will have such a feeling now – like Google, Photoshop has become ubiquitous, and even Photoshop has become a symbol of image processing software. From Adobe ‘s product strategy line, we can clearly see the importance of Photoshop. Adobe specifically promotes the Creative Cloud business by binding Photoshop to Creative Cloud. But if you feel that you can’t pay for the Creative Cloud subscription, or you think you can’t use the super-complex features in Photoshop CC. Here we can introduce you to the nine Photoshop alternatives, so you can have more choices.

In fact, in the world of image processing, although Photoshop is really powerful, Photoshop is not the only image processing software. In this issue of foreign boutique translation tutorials, we will introduce you to nine image processing software. These nine image processing software are very easy to use and can completely replace Photoshop.

Some of these Photoshop alternatives are free, and some are paid but can be tried for free. Come and have a look together:

The best nine alternatives to PS

First, Affinity Photo

Affinity Photo is a paid image processing software ($49.99) that supports the Mac platform.

The latest updates from Affinity Photo have caused great repercussions in the community and are seen as the first major replacement for Photoshop. According to reports, Affinity Photo is aimed primarily at professional photography division and design division, is fully compatible with AI and PSD file format, you can also output files PSD and SVG formats. The author believes that Affinity Photo has the advantages of faster processing speed, less software crash and unlimited undo compared to PS.

But it’s worth pointing out that Affinity Photo’s performance capabilities still depend a lot on your computer configuration (its operation is based on the latest quad-core technology). If the computer hardware configuration is not enough, the performance of Affinity Photo will be greatly reduced.

Second, GIMP 

GIMP is a free image processing software that supports Linux, Windows and Mac platforms.

GIMP is very similar to Photoshop, and both have many functions, but the image processing interface is different. The tools, brush corrections, stamps, etc. that you are used to in PS can be easily found in GIMP. In addition, GIMP compatibility is relatively high, you can work with all popular file formats now. In addition, GIMP has a very powerful file manager .

Overall, GIMP will be a good PS alternative if your budget is limited.

Third, Sketch 

Sketch is a paid image processing software ($99) that supports the Mac platform.

Sketch is a vector drawing application for all designers. Given that vector drawing is currently the best way to design web, icon, and UI, Sketch has caused a lot of repercussions in the design community in recent years. Especially with the rise of retina HD displays and smartphone devices, Sketch’s functionality is becoming more flexible.

Currently, in addition to vector editing, Sketch adds some basic bitmap tools such as blur and color correction. The author believes that for the vast majority of digital product design, Sketch has been able to replace Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks.

Fourth, Pixelmator 

Pixelmator is a paid image processing software ($29.99) that supports Mac, iPhone and iPad platforms.

Pixelmator uses the Mac OX X tool library to create fast, powerful image processing tools. At the same time, because Pixelmator is based on Mac and iOS technology programming, it often seamlessly integrates some Apple applications, like iCloud. In addition, on the output side, Pixelmator integrates well with social networks and can be exported directly to Facebook and Flickr. In terms of functions, Pixelmator is quite rich in functions, and also has color correction tools such as hue/saturation, which are used for retouching.

Five, Pixlr 

Pixlr is a free image processing software that supports iOS and Android mobile operating systems.

Pixlr is known as “the world’s most popular online image processing application.” Of course, this sentence may be true, after all, it is free. But even though it’s free, Pixlr has over 600 effects, layers and borders, and you can do all the retouching operations in Pixlr, including removing red, whitening your teeth and more. The most important point is that Pixlr’s user interface is almost the same as Photoshop , which makes PS users very intimate and easy to use.

Six, Acorn 

Acorn is a free image processing software that supports iOS and Android mobile operating systems.

Acorn debuted in 2007, it can not be said to be the best image processing software, but I think it is the best free image processing software. Acorn is similar to Photoshop because it has all the basic tools and filter effects of PS, including layer styles, curves, levels, blend modes, and more.

Seven, Corel PaintShop Pro 

Corel PaintShop Pro is a paid image editing software (Standard Edition $65.99, Premium Edition $84.99) that supports the Windows platform.

The author believes that in the image processing software, Corel PaintShop Pro can compete with Photoshop, the absolute number can be ranked. PaintShop Pro offers a wide range of image processing and graphics authoring tools, including layers, a full range of image editing, color correction, cloning and retouching tools. In addition, in PaintShop Pro, you can also find a series of realistic brush and vector graphics. In addition, PaintShop Pro also supports PS brushes and allows you to customize the creation tools. In the latest X7 release, PaintShop Pro promises 30% faster and offers a number of font and graphics cutting tools.

Eight, Paint.net 

Paint.net is a free image processing software that supports the Windows platform.

Paint.net was developed and maintained by students at Washington State University and is guided by Microsoft. Although it was initially positioned as a free replacement for MSPaint, it has evolved into a powerful and easy-to-use open source image processing software.

The advantages of Paint.net are ease of use and a range of special effects that make it easy to create fake perspectives, create blended pixels around the canvas, repeat selections, and more. In addition, because there are a large number of selection tools, layer support, and adjustment layers for curves, brightness/contrast, etc., Paint.net can completely replace Photoshop in retouching, especially if you don’t add some of the latest tools to your PS. Of course, another advantage of Paint.net is that because of its open source, you can download some plugins in the community , or even customize some personality plugins.

Nine, Sumopaint 

The basic version of Sumopaint is free, but the Professional Edition is a fee, $4/month, and supports a browser or iPad.

Sumopaint is an online cloud storage image processing tool. All the coefficient tools you want to have, Sumopaint has it. But compared to Photoshop, Sumopaint is lightweight and easy to use. In addition to the basic free version, Sumopaint has a professional version and a paid version of the iPad.

Sumopaint has a lot of tools for adjusting layer tools, brushes, graphics, fonts, clones, gradients, etc., and can directly open files stored on your computer’s hard drive, which is quite convenient to use. However, Sumopaint has some tools that work differently than PS and are difficult to match with Adobe . In this regard, users will be restricted to a certain extent as a PS alternative.