Photoshop has become so popular that people now rarely speak of editing photos. In most cases a noun such as ‘to do photoshop’ is used. Photoshop is a great Windows app but you have to pay a hefty price to use it. Don’t be upset! There are many alternatives to Photoshop available in the market.

We have handpicked options for you that will cost you no money to use.

Adobe Photoshop Express
It comes with basic features of Photoshop and is available absolutely free. You can use Photoshop Express in your browser. Apart from this, apps are also available for Android, iOS or Windows platforms. This app lets you crop, rotate and resize photos. Apart from this, you will be able to adjust the brightness and contrast. There are also some touchup tools that will help you fix minor flaws in your photos.

Important features like Dodge, Burn and Highlight of Photoshop are also present in it. But you will not get the control like the desktop version. Apart from this, effects like Crystalize, Pixelate, Sketch, Distort and Pop Color can also be used.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is the most popular alternative to Photoshop for desktop. It doesn’t come with as many great features as Adobe’s Photoshop, but it has many useful features for first-time image editing users. The good thing is that it doesn’t take much time to learn how to use GIMP. After a while, the time invested in it will be of no use to you.

You can easily do image filtering, merging multiple photos in this app. It is available for Windows, OS X and Linux. You can get a lot of information from the web to help you use this app.

If you do not like the desktop app, then through Pixlr you can edit the pictures in the browser itself. It is very similar to Photoshop in appearance and use. But it is free and works online. You’ll be able to edit photos by uploading a picture from a computer in a browser or copying a URL from the web.

In addition to Dodge, Burn, Blur and Clone Stamp, you will find many useful tools. The toolbox is also very similar to Photoshop. If you go to the Filter menu, you will come across many strange and amazing effects.

paint dot net was initially introduced as a more feature-rich version of the default Paint tool. But it gradually managed to become popular among Windows users. It is less powerful but easier to use than Gimp. And it comes with a more familiar interface.

You get full control of the translucent interface. Paint.NET not only handles all the basic responsibilities, but also comes with layer support and some effects. Even though it does not have many top end features but it is an app designed keeping in mind the simple user.

This online app manages to strike a balance between an easy-to-understand interface and advanced features. It is also very easy to use it. You can get started by clicking ‘Edit a Photo’ on the website. But as you get ahead, you have many tools to use. Shapes, textures and text can be easily combined. It also has many Instagram style effects.

These are just a few of the apps we love. But there are many other options available in the market. If you use any other app then let us know via comment.

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