Product Marketing Manager
Joined July 2013
Asked over 5 years ago

Are there any viable alternatives to Photoshop?

If you are a professional graphic designer?

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Senior Software Developer
Joined October 2012
Responded about 5 years ago
There are some simple web based tools to do photo editing, you can find them in Chrome plugins or Firefox plugins. For more involved stuff the closest thing to Photoshop for open source is GIMP. I've also used Paint.NET - it's only for Windows. It is not nearly as sophisticated but it does most of what I need it to do. GIMP is a much more involved tool and requires a certain amount of investment to learn how to use it.
Social Media Marketing Manager
Joined February 2014
Responded about 5 years ago
If you are a professional designer its one of those "you are only as good as your tools" type situations. However if you need basic editing I have use Pic Monkey to to basic editing and re-sizing. I guess it depends on what you are using it for!
sr. BIM Manager
Joined February 2014
Responded over 5 years ago
I have used PhotoPAINT from the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite in the past. It is not a 100% Photoshop replacement, but suffices for most common tasks and is pretty complete. For the price of Photoshop alone, you get a usable PhotoPAINT and the very decent CorelDRAW, which is more like Illustrator, with better support for multi-page documents, although it is not a full InDesign replacement. I have mixed feelings about GIMP. Tried it a few times and it seems to be evolving really well, but it's Linux heritage and unconventional interface might put some people off. GimpShop was (still is?) an attempt to tweak the GIMP interface to be like Photoshop as much as possible. And I heard very good comments indeed about PixelMator. Mac-only (and only recent OS is supported), but very cheap (around $24). To me, it seems mostly a replacement for a large set of the common Photoshop tasks for everyday users, without the depth of Photoshop features. It boots fast, works efficient and is totally Mac-oriented in the interface.
Senior Director, Information Strategy
Joined November 2013
Responded over 5 years ago
Pixelmator is my personal favorite, acorn is also good. Gimp shop is free and open source.
Business Transformation
Joined November 2012
Responded over 5 years ago
I think GIMP is the only real one. There is corel draw still, but Photoshop has a lot more power. What about Elements/?
Co-Founder - CEO
Joined August 2012
Responded over 5 years ago
I use GIMP because it is free. I'm not sure I would consider it a viable alternative to photoshop. It does the job for what I use it for. (minor graphic manipulation on a occasional basis) I prefer photoshop, however, for the amount of work I do on it, it doesn't justify the price.