Just 26 years ago, on February 19, 1990, the Knoll brothers made Photoshop 1.0.Distributed by Adobe since the very first version, here is what the software looked like at the time.
Since then, Photoshop has hosted many related programs within the Adobe Suite. Formerly sold in pack, the software is now available for monthly or annual subscription. But the tariff logic remains the same: If Adobe Photoshop remains an indispensable tool for many professional designers, everyone does not have €12 per month to spend in the following Creative Cloud photography. Over the years, many free alternatives have thus emerged. Here are the 5 best free alternatives to Adobe Photoshop to retouch your photos.
Adobe offers a free version of Photoshop! This is not a desktop software but a tool online. This is a light version of Photoshop, but it can still edit a photo or improve it in a few minutes. The tool is very simple to use, you need not you are technically know to retouch your photos. Practice!
GIMP is the best known free alternative. The software is free and offers pretty much the same functionality as Adobe Photoshop: interface customization, photo enhancements, photo retouching… PSD (Photoshop) files are also supported: a good point!
Pixlr is an effective alternative to Photoshop. The tool is available on Windows, on Mac, but also directly online and on mobile. Pixlr has decided to separate its tools in 3: Pixlr Editor is a Photoshop like (no limit: photo retouching, creation of images…), Pixlr Express is a Lightroom like (Photo enhancements, superficial alterations…), and Pixlr-O-Matic is an Instagram like (adding filters, frames…). Everything is free and you are not obliged to register!
GIMPshop is a version of Gimp. It has the advantage of much look like Photoshop. If you use Photoshop to work, you can use Gimpshop at home without breaking the Bank! The software (Windows, Mac and Linux distributions) supports roughly the same functionality as Photoshop: Photo enhancements, interface customization, support the PSD and graphics tablets… Gimpshop site also offers many tutorials to well understand the software.
Paint.NET is an effective alternative to Photoshop but is supported starting from Windows 7 SP1. It can be improved with many plugins and online help is very documented.
The mobile application Adobe Photoshop Express
Adobe offers a free version of Photoshop mobile, available on Android, iOS and same Windows Phone. Simple to use and totally free, it allows to easily retouch photos: cropping, rotation, color adjustment, contrast, brightness… The application also supports sharing photos on major social networks: Facebook, Instagram, etc.