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Top Free Adobe Photoshop Alternatives 2022

In this article, we have selected 7 of the Top Free Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop. The selected replacement for Adobe Photoshop is chosen based on being free and use whether it is Online or through the use of a program or software that operates under Windows and/or Linux and/or Mac OS.

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7. PhotoScape

You can use this software as your stepping stone before using Adobe Photoshop. Simple, no layers, but brushes are available. Cheap, lightweight, and goes easy on your machine resources. PhotoScape gives you the ability to perfectly select and to move and manipulate a text object and change the font size in pictures. 

The framing of text fields is a problem for many other free photo-editing software products such as, Pixlr, Adobe Photoshop Express, GimpShop, or IrfanView. We recommend Photoscape for the professional framing and renaming of large series of photos. 

Freemium product, is free to use but for additional features, they have a One time purchase (perpetual license).

 Photoscape is sometimes referred to as Photoscape X.

Available for

  • Mac
  • Windows
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6. MyPaint 

MyPaint is an excellent application for uncompromising sketches or drawings. The infinite canvas allows you to make drawings at will, without worrying about the space available in a “virtual paper”.

If you are an artist who is used to traditional media, but you want to try digital, then MyPaint is for you. The brushes simulate traditional media very well, and the interface is clean and simple. The whole program emphasizes real media so there are no tools such as straight line, box, circle, etc. However, this is not really a drawback because if these were included, the program would become very complicated, and then you could just get Gimp or Adobe Photoshop. I would not recommend doing heavy-duty photo editing with this software, but for drawing, this program is ideal.

This is an editor designed for sketching with natural-type brushes and effects. It’s like drawing on paper with Conte or ink, or whatever brush you want. You would not find rules and guides here, but (like Paint Tool SAI) you might have a lot of fun! Ideal for drawing with a tablet and a notebook/laptop.

Really awesome for paintings or sketching/ drawing mockups. Lots of brushes and a very nice User Interface with a very flat learning curve.

Available for

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
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5. Pixlr

You have all the basics in this program, and do not need to download a program onto your desktop. You enter from the web through the use of your browser.

Pixlr is suitable to complete simpler tasks than using Adobe Photoshop, it starts and stops much more quickly. If you want to do a quick edit such as Crop, Contrast, and Saturation it does this very quickly. 

Has many similar features to Adobe Photoshop, and it is also very easy to gain access to since it’s free and available online.

No installation required, Easy to use, many tutorials, Lightweight, perfect for quick edits and has all the basic features.

The Free version works great but there is a Subscription fee if you chose to join their community that costs between $5 and $15.

Pixlr is sometimes referred to as Pixlr, Pixlr Express, 


  • Online
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4. Photopea

It is a Free Photoshop online tool. Perfect for quick editing. A very beautiful and functional interface. Photopea is its versatility meaning since it’s an online alternative to Adobe Photoshop it can be used right on your laptop, tablet, or phone through the use of the browser.

Fully supports PSD format files with adjustment layers, layer effects, paths, layer masks, which require no download. This online tool is extremely similar to Adobe Photoshop. The interface is very similar to Adobe Photoshop (it has a Photoshop-like and feel) and runs on the web. It’s basically a light version of Adobe Photoshop. You can easily export the images as various file types such as: .png, .jpg, .svg, .gif, .pdf, .bmp, .tiff, etc. It easily handles advanced image editing. Its ads aren’t intrusive.

You can easily publish your project to Imgur if you’re using Reddit. 

Photopea is definitely an Adobe Photoshop light and is browser-based so easy to use anywhere!

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3. Paint.NET

It is fantastic software. It is very versatile. Easy to learn. It is Free to use has a Good Community. There are many tutorials on YouTube. It is easy to find out how to use layers and masks. If you know how to work with Adobe Photoshop, you already know how to work with Paint.NET. It is an easy transition with its simple user interface. 

Not a direct replacement, but if you don’t need all the advanced features of Adobe Photoshop and are going to do quick editing, this could be a solution for you. Simple in design, yet comprehensive in features.

It may be basic but you can make incredible designs with this software. However, it has a lot of missing tools that are in Adobe Photoshop but on the other hand, it has a lot of similar features as well. 

it’s not Open Source. 


  • Windows ONLY
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2. Krita

If you are looking for a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop for digital drawing and painting, Krita is your choice. It was born as a sketching app, now it includes all features of Gimp. Some users find it to be much faster and more useful than Gimp. Can be a valid Adobe Photoshop replacement, it has a sleek design, easy to use, has many useful resources, is lightweight, has an ergonomic clean User Interface, and is used for Digital Drawings. It’s relatively intuitive, has various customization options, and is sufficient for basic photo editing and more advanced image manipulation and drawing.

It has hidden depths such as the G’MIC plugin and supports CMYK if anyone needs it.

Powerful layer-based drawing with tablet support and a variety of brush styles and supported formats. Excellent UX design interface, non-destructive image manipulation, and superior graphics tablet integration make it the best alternative to Adobe Photoshop for Artists.

It is a good alternative or replacement to Adobe Photoshop!


  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
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It is probably the closest alternative to Adobe Photoshop. GIMP has a ton of great features, this program is constantly improving and is never going to cost you money. It will just cost you a bit of your time to learn how to use it. 

Free, rich in features, good performance, many tutorials, anything it’s lacking can be covered with a plug-in. In most cases, you can do everything you would in Adobe Photoshop, I’d say for the vast majority of users it’s more than enough. There are tutorials all over the web for accomplishing just about everything you can imagine. GIMP is a powerful, easy-to-use, and yet fairly lightweight platform for general image editing. It runs on many platforms, offers many filters and effects, the vectorial tool is easy to use and it offers many predefined brushes to start.

It is suitable for both amateurs and professionals.

This program boots extremely quickly on Linux. 

GIMP is sometimes referred to as the GNU Image Manipulation Program.


  • Free • Open Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux


We have chosen GIMP as our overall number 1 choice for graphic design however we found Krita to be the best alternative to Adobe Photoshop for Digital Painting. While we prefer GIMP we also found that Krita is much simpler in design and easier to use as an Adobe Photoshop Alternative.

The one(s) that as a Golden Star next to it is the Adobe Photoshop Freeware Alternative we use regularly at The Correct Choice.