Most of the professionals who want a powerful image editing software look at Adobe Photoshop as the first option. There is no doubt that Photoshop is the most popular and best software for editing images. But, there are many alternative applications that can offer you similar features at a very low cost. In fact, there are so many that you might find it difficult to choose the best. Thus, we have compiled a list of the best cheaper alternatives to Photoshop.
GIMP (Free on Windows, Mac, Linux)
We start our list of the best alternatives to Photoshop with GIMP because it is absolutely free. However, it is not the only reason why I like GIMP. You might find it a bit complicated to start with but it offers almost everything that you can find in Photoshop. It is an open source application and thus you might face some issues. But, there is no doubt that it is a powerful photo editing applications with some great tools. I feel that GIMP is the best alternative if you are looking for a free application. If you want a simpler yet powerful application, you will have to spend some money.
Affinity Photo ($50 on Windows and Mac)
Affinity Photo is another great alternative to Photoshop if you are willing to spend $49.99. It is not a huge amount as compared to that you would need to pay for Photoshop. The best part is that you will get all the features in Affinity Photo that is available in Photoshop. You can buy it for Windows as well as Mac computers for a nominal cost. In terms of simplicity, you might find Photoshop better as compared to Affinity Photo. Also, it cannot match Photoshop when it comes to advanced features. Still, you will not feel the difference unless you are a professional. Amateur photographers can go for it without any second at this takeaway price. Photographers would particularly enjoy it more as it is very similar to Photoshop in terms of the workflow.
Pixelmator ($30 on Mac)
Pixelmator is a perfect alternative to Photoshop for Mac users who do not need a fully featured photo editing application. Photoshop has a lot of features that you might never need unless you are a professional. Thus, it is not a bad option to get Pixelmator at just $30. I think that it is one of the best cheaper alternatives to Photoshop.
When you start using this application, you might find it a bit hard to get used to its workflow. It works a bit differently than the routine applications such as Photoshop. Thus, you will have to spend some time before you can feel comfortable. Also, you must note that Pixelmator is only available for Mac computers. Still, we feel that it is not a bad option at this price. Moreover, there are some additional features in Pixelmator that are not present in Photoshop. Thus, you can be more creative and have more fun with this wonderful application.