5 Programs That Make You Edit Photos Free Like Photoshop

Want to Edit photos free like Photoshop. There are many free softwares available for image editing. But they never compete with Adobe Photoshop. But if you can not offer an amount, then my list gives you a solution.

Adobe Photoshop, A professional designer tool which doesn’t require too much of introduction. It was serving professional designers from 25 years and still going on. One must go through the Adobe to prove themselves as a professional designer. Ok! But the thing which worries the newbie’s is its pricing. To be frank, it was the costliest tool and its worth too. Who is going to give quality software for such low costs? (It doesn’t matter about your knowledge level, right?). So if you are a complete newbie searching for some alternate photography tools, then this list of top 5 Photoshop alternatives is just for you.

Programs That Make You Edit Photos Free Like Photoshop

1. Pixlr

pixlr web based tool

Pixlr is a cloud-based image editor. If you are a great user of the internet then pixlr suits you as it was a powerful web-based online editing tool. The best part is we can get access to some effects for free, Yeah without paying a penny. That’s cool. We have to take care of overloading (it mean using 3-5 images on a single layout, if you are an expert it will be awesome) the pictures as it was a bit ugly. If we avoid overloading images, then you can make awesome edits. Pixlr applications are available for both Android and iOS.Apps don’t help much in adding more effects, and so web-based tool is preferred.

Key features:

  • Tools selection
  • Overlay text effects
  • Included with more than 600 effects and filters
  • Available in app format as well
  • The interface is a bit like Adobe Photoshop.
  • Cropping, resizing are available.

Supported systems: It’s a web-based online editor and is compatible with Android, iOS.
File types supported: All kinds of image files are supported (standard file types are supported).
Price: Free


gimp a free photoshop alternative

GIMP is a well-known and most used alternative tool for Photoshop. GIMP is the abbreviated form of the GNU image manipulation program. It’s a cross-platform image editor. The unique part of GIMP is you are allowed to change its source code to feel the difference in UI (user interface).imagination is the only limitation in using GIMP.
It’s more similar to Adobe Photoshop when compared to the pixlr. The interface was included within the Adobe as well that we can’t separate them. You need to be a professional designer to catch the difference.
Key features:

  • All usual features are embedded.
  • Color correction is its main part
  • Easy reach to all the tools (Good tools navigation).
  • Plug-in supported and more.

Supported operating systems: It almost supports all the popular operating systems. Windows, Linux, UNIX, and Mac, are on the list, and it goes on….
File formats: All formats including the RAW format.
Price: Free

3. Paint.Net:

paint net

Paint.net is the advanced structure of windows paint tool. Well, you might be well-known of this as it was a default image editor in Windows operating system.  It was not open for filters and effects; just basic needs to edit an image are included. If you are completely new to photography, then you can start with it.
Key features:

  • Basic editing options
  • Re-sizing
  • Cropping without compressions
  • Sharpening etc…

Supported operating systems: Windows operating system (Any version).
Supported file format: It supports all kind of files.
Price: Free.

4. Picmonkey:

picmoneky tool

PicMonkey is one more image editor tool which is web-based. We can use filter effects which are a bit like Instagram. If you are completely new to the photography world, I would like to suggest you go with pic monkey in your initial days and the reason it had all the basic effects and moreover you are allowed to edit online(web-based tool).
Key features:

  • Filters specialist
  • Wrinkle remover
  • Web-based
  • Funny stickers and emoji’s

Supported systems: It’s a web-based tool
Supported formats: BMP, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, and PNG.
Price: Free

5. Krita:

Edit photos free like photoshop

Krita is one of the best image editing tools for open source platforms like Unix, Linux, and the list goes on. We had done with some familiar tools which support traditional OS, and some are web-based. Krita is not a single tool. It was embedded with a kit which is popularly known as Office Suite. Compared to the tools in the list, it was a bit lack in features but still worth for open-source lovers.

Key features:

  • Open source tool
  • Primary effects are available
  • Strictly suggested for the UNIX and Linux lovers

Supported operating systems: Windows, Linux, and UNIX.
Supported file formats: any Windows compatible file works here.
Price: Free


Hope now you had a good list of alternatives to Photoshop. But one thing, if you are thinking to be a professional designer then Adobe is the only one which takes you to that level. All the tools listed above are for the beginners and intermediate level. No one of the tools from the list competes with Adobe but they just offer the effects, filters in their style and giving them a try is completely worth.

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