15 Best Free Photoshop Alternatives You Can Use Today

Photoshop was released in the summer of 1988 by two developers. A few months later, Adobe bought out the distribution rights. Two years later, The company releases the first official stable release (Version 1.0). The rest is history. Today the photo editing software is the leading tool for designers across the world. If you own a Windows or MAC OSX operating system computer. This iconic piece of software is most likely a household name.


Similar to the Coca Cola brand and how there are other brands of cola on the market. Many people do not know that there that other image editors out there. Whatever you are trying to accomplish with Adobe Photoshop. Can also be accomplished using the options. Here is a curated collection of the best free software image editing softwares that you probably didn’t know about.

photo! editor
Operating System: Windows

They also have mobile applications so If you have an Android or iOS device. You can take Photo! Editor on the go. Some of the most popular things that you can do with this software is but not exclusive to cropping, resampling, straightening, light effects, make up alterations, blurring, enhancing colors and fixing red eyes. If you don’t want to download the tool to your computer. They have an Online Editor that you can try out.

Operating System: Windows

An amazing free image editor that lets you edit your content in a number of ways. Photobie has many of the functions you would expect it to have from cropping to filter and layer functions.

Operating System: Mac OSX and Windows

Gimp is an open-source image editor. With it you can even alter .PSD files. In my opinion this might be one of the best free photoshop alternatives out there. They have been around since 1996 and are continually making updates, constantly making it better with each new version they release.

Operating System: Mac OSX and Windows

Owned by Google, so you can expect nothing but quality. Picasa is a premium choice to modify your photographs. With this tool you can easily manage, transform, and share your content with the world.

Operating System: Mac OSX

With a beautifully designed user interface and state of the art backend. You can modify all of your media with Seashore easily while making it look nice and professional.

photos by apple
Operating System: Mac OSX

If you own an Apple computer this should be one of your first choices if you are doing non advance modifications. Photos By Apple lets you take your content straight from your iCloud account (or computer) and make modifications using the tool either on your computer and or iPhone/iPad.

Operating System: Mac OSX and Windows

Talk about expansion. They are everywhere. If you want a sneak peak at what Fotor can really do. They are also available on iPhone, Android, and have a Web Editor. It is all free except for the web editor. Some of the great features you will find are among but not selective to batch processing, collage makers, tilt shifting, enhancements, multiple format types, effects, borders, and texts.

Operating System: iOS and Android

Letting you take your creativity on the go. If you are in the market for a mobile alternative to photoshop. BeFunky is available on iOS, Android, and the web.

Operating System: iOS and Android

Developed by Google Inc specifically for mobile. Coming from such an iconic brand you can expect nothing but the best. This is a very reliable tool if you are looking for editing software for your phones and or tablets.

Operating System: Mac OSX and Windows

On1Photo10 has an awesome standard version that works wonders. It supports a number of files types, effects, resize tools, layers, and more. This is a great tool for professional designers.

Operating System: Mac OSX and Windows

This is one of my favorites. The software not only works on the computer but they have an online photo editor that works perfect if for some reason you cannot install the software on your computer. If you prefer it on mobile. They are also have an Android, and iOS app.

Operating System: Mac OSX and Windows

Another photoshop alternative worth checking out. Photoscape is a good way to enhance and fix your photographs with a list full of features available. You will spend countless hours being entertained with this tool.

Operating System: None. Web Based

FotoFlexer is a professional online based picture editor designed specifically for the web. It is among the one of the best when it comes to one that you can access from any web browser. There is even integration with photobucket, myspace, facebook, flickr, and picasa for easy transfers.

Operating System: None. Web Based

Aimed towards making the design process fun. This is great if you do not want to download software. Ribbet is another option that you can use on any web browser.

Operating System: Windows

Designed for the beginner users. IrfanView is very bare bones but gets the job done. It is very similar to the old school paint tool found on Windows XP but with more modern options for modifying.

CONCLUSIONphotos on computer

Now that you know about all these great free photoshop alternatives. You have no excuse to not get to work and start creating those master piece creations. Whether you are you are doing it for fun or for business. I wish you the best of luck.

Mr. Van is a tech expert. He has had his past work featured on some of the biggest tech outlets on the internet. During his free time you can catch him researching the latest innovating things in tech. So that he can deliver Parallelogram readers the most up to date content.