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20 Adobe Photoshop Free Alternative for Mac, Windows and Ubuntu [2014]

20 Free & Best Adobe Photoshop Alternative

Are you looking for some best free Adobe Photoshop Alternative? If yes, we have collected some of the best alternative under the same hood which you might love to check.

Though Photoshop is the first choice of most of them for manipulating the pictures and design job, there are many other good alternatives that you can try without investing your single penny. However, which Adobe Photoshop Alternative to use is a big question. It doesn’t matter if you are not aware of the features of the alternative you choose as every alternative has a tutorial from which you can learn everything about it.

Note: Actually, you can get photoshop for free, as there are lots of videos and article available over web that help you make a trial version to full version for free. But we don’t suggest you do so.

In this article we intend to share with you the best and free alternatives of Adobe Photoshop for Windows, Mac, and Linuxwhich are genuine and provided by owners for free.

1. Gimp


Gimp is a popular Photoshop alternative that comprises of rich features and will never let you down. It is true that Photoshop is pretty forward with features such as bleeding edge, but Gimp is also capable of doing what Photoshop does. Many communities support Gimp and it is generally known as a cross platform. But, you cannot get Windows binaries as the Gimp team has no such provision.

(Cross Platform)



This is a free photo and image editing software for Windows running software. You can find innovative and intuitive user interface with this software that supports special effects, layers, unlimited undo and many more useful and interesting tools. You can even find friendly tutorials and help provided by various online communities.

(Windows Only)

3. Pixia


Originally, this was Japanese editor. Now, you can manipulate the pictures with Pixia application. It includes many rich features that are worth trying.

(Windows Only)

4. Photo Pos Pro

photo pos pro

Photo Pos Pro is a totally free digital photo and image editing software allows you easily create, edit, enhance, print, and manipulate your digital photos and computer graphics. In short, we can call this a good software like Photoshop.

(Windows Only)

5. Photoplus


With this photo editing software, you can fix and improve digital photos, create interesting graphics and web animations too. With just basic requirements, you can create powerful pictures.

(Windows Only)

6. Seashore


Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS X’s Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes

(Mac Only)

7. Pixlr Editor


This software is internet based with a design that looks similar to Photoshop CS. It comprises of interesting interface and good features that includes layers, styling, magic wand, editing, texting and many more appealing effects. You need not register or sign up or do anything, just take a picture and start editing it within seconds.


8. Choco Flop


This is a clean Mac application that has been specifically designed to run on Mac. With this software you can edit the pictures and create different designs, you can as well use the CoreImage tech of Apple. The main advantage taken by this software is your GPU or Graphic card.

(Mac Only)

10. Splashup



This software will give you the feel of Photoshop. It is mixed up with Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and other supportive layers.

(Web- Based)

11. Krita



This application of painting and sketching is very creative, and it is based on the KOffice technology. You can create cartoons, paintings and any kind of arts. This application has unique and interesting features.

(Windows Only)

12. Photoshop express editor

Photoshop express editor

This is designed according to the Photoshop features, however it has limited capabilities and no technicalities. Nevertheless, amateur photographers can use this application.


13. Phoenix


This tool has recently been acquired by Adobe. It’s best features can now be found within Photoshop, Lightroom, and other Adobe Suite products.

14. Inkscape


Counted as one of the best alternative of Photoshop and better software, then GIMP. It’s an, Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

(Cross Platform)

15. Picasa


Basically Picasa is not a competitor to Photoshop, because its also have the same features as in Photoshop.  But its photo management and batch editing option are cons. Of software. You can also make image wide corrections, with few re-touches.

(Windows Only)

16. Xara Xtreme

xara extreme

Its a powerful tool for Linux, which is developed for general purpose graphics program for Unix platform, including Linux, FreeBSD and (in development) OS-X. Very easy to use tool featuring most powerful graphics tools, using which you can make a huge range of outstanding graphics.

(Cross- Platform)

17. CinePaint


Its an open source computer program for painting and retouching bitmap frames of films. Its also an deep paint image retouching tool that supports higher color fidelity than ordinary painting tools.

(Window Only

18. Gimpshop


Gimpshop is a FREE, downloadable photo and image editing software program built to rival Adobe Photoshop

19. PhotoFiltre


If you are windows users and only want to do some simple of the advance adjustment to an image or want to apply some filters on it, then you might love to use PhotoFiltre.

(Windows Only)

20. LiveQuartz


Simple and easy to use image editor which also give you support for layer management and multi-touch.

(Mac Only)

So this all what I found for you as Best & Free Photoshop Alternative, give a try to these similar tool and share your opinion with us. Also, if you are already using any of these image editors, share what you like about that?

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