Adobe’s recent changes to their terms and conditions have been a bit frustrating for many of us long-time users, myself included. After using Photoshop for about 15 years, I’m a little sad to move on. But, the good news is there are plenty of excellent alternatives out there! It’s always a good idea to explore different options, regardless of any changes Adobe makes. Here are some great alternatives I found while searching online:

1. Affinity Photo

  • Price: One-time payment of $79.99
  • Platform: Windows, macOS, iPad
  • Key Features: Non-destructive editing, advanced selection tools, real-time performance, and extensive file support. My personal favorite.
  • Link to Affinity Photo

2. Photopea

  • Price: Free (ad-supported) or $5 per month for ad-free
  • Platform: Web-based
  • Key Features: Supports PSD files, layers, masks, and blend modes. It’s a robust browser-based editor perfect for quick edits.
  • Link to Photopea

3. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

  • Price: Free
  • Platform: Windows, macOS, Linux
  • Key Features: Open-source, customizable interface, extensive plugins, and a large community for support and tutorials.
  • Link to GIMP

4. Krita

  • Price: Free
  • Platform: Windows, macOS, Linux
  • Key Features: Ideal for digital painting and illustration, offers advanced brush engines, and supports PSD files.
  • Link to Krita

5. Corel PaintShop Pro

  • Price: $69.99 (one-time payment and they often have sales)
  • Platform: Windows
  • Key Features: Comprehensive photo editing, graphic design tools, and intuitive user interface with AI-powered features.
  • Link to Corel PaintShop Pro

6. Clip Studio Paint

  • Price: $54 for the Pro version, $237 for the EX version (one-time payment), or a subscription starting at $0.99/month
  • Platform: Windows, macOS, iPadOS, iOS, Android, Chromebook
  • Key Features: Best suited for digital artists, extensive brush customization, and a strong community for resources and tutorials.
  • Link to Clip Studio Paint

Each one offers a unique set of features, so take your time and find the perfect fit for your creative process.

Author Katverse
Categories Tutorial