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Photoshop Competitors

There are many alternatives to Photoshop available, from online photo editors to desktop software. Though we only feature three competitors here, each represents one of the best alternatives for online editing, free software, and paid download. To begin with, you can check out our article Top 5 Free Online Photo Editing Apps for 2020.

Pixlr: Pixlr’s free online software can open photos from your computer, a URL address, or your clipboard. It can also create new images from scratch. Like Photoshop, Pixlr divides images into different layers that can be edited separately. Available editing tools include cropping and moving, drawing and painting, stamping, and image manipulation such as blurring, sharpening, red eye reduction, etc. Pixlr also includes a Pro version with templates, stock photos, and no in-browser pop-up ads for $5/month.

GIMP: GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a free, open source image editor that can be downloaded for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS. GIMP’s interface is similar to Photoshop’s and includes dozens of image editing tools such as stickers, cropping, text, paintbrush, and smudging that can be used on different layers of an image. GIMP updates frequently–version 2.10.18 released on February 24, 2020–so it remains competitive with other paid image editors.

Acorn: Acorn is a Mac-only direct competitor to Photoshop. Acorn features numerous advanced editing features such as layering, image effects, filters, text effects, and vector tools. Acorn 6, the latest release, adds new features like image metadata manipulation, layer export sizing, and cloning across images and layers. Acorn can import images from your camera, the web, or even Photoshop. Acorn can be bought for a flat price of $29.99 directly from the developer’s website or on the Mac App Store. However, the two versions are slightly different–the one from the website includes a few extra perks such as faster updates and the ability to write your own plugins. Older versions of Acorn can be downloaded for free off the website. 


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