The best Photoshop Alternatives for when PS is a no go

Whether they are masters of design or just people trying to fool around and give their friends cat ears and googly eyes in a picture, many people are infatuated with Photoshop, the photo editing and graphical design tool which has been installed in billions of homes since it first came out many years ago. But for some reasons, many people are unable or just don’t want to install and use Photoshop. If Photoshop isn’t an option, there is no option, or so many say. That is completely wrong as there is life after Photoshop and it can be quite good. Here are some of the best alternative graphic design programs that can be used as a substitute for Photoshop.


Gimp is a photo editing tool which excels at a couple of things but also have a couple of downsides. First of all, it’s free, which is always a good thing. It also supports Photoshop files, meaning that artists who use this software won’t be cut out from the mainstream community which uses PS and can continue to collaborate with them and share ideas and graphical concepts. Gimp works on a wide array of operating systems which gives it a nice range across computers worldwide. It also features from great support.

On the downside, Gimp might be considered hard to work with or hard to understand right from the start. These feelings are more than likely to appear for some novices that have just started using the software. Another con to this software is the fact that it is open source thus anyone can alter its files at will, and that’s not a good thing in this situation.


Pixlr is another software alternative for PS which comes with more pros than cons. It features great support and is free to use. These two elements combine already spell out “success”, but let’s see what more does it offer. Well, it comes with a very friendly learning curve which means that people won’t be stuck a long time trying to learn it instead of using it.

The bad thing about Pixlr is the fact that it lacks the technical prowess and capabilities of Photoshop, so choosing this alternative can definitely be felt in terms of power.


Canva is yet another healthy option that can replace PS if the situation demands it. Its strong points are the fact that all the basic features within the software can be accessed for free, and it excels in producing graphics designed for social media. Last but not least, it has a wide array of templates and fonts to choose from, which is always great.

The not so good thing is that it has a poor collection of free icons. The other available ones must be paid for first, and each one costs $1. Also, there aren’t a lot of tutorials available which makes it quite harder to get the hang of since there is no Canva to master to guide the rest of the user base.

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