For schools that cannot afford or justify the cost of buying Photoshop, here is a list of 5 great alternatives which introduce students to many of the basics of digital image editing.
One of the fastest free photo editors for windows, paint.net was started as a substitute for Microsoft Paint. But with its new features like advanced photo editing tools, automatic filters, manual editing tools for fine adjustments and multiple layers, it has become the most used software. It is excellent for quick edits, crops and daily photo editing.
Thank us later for introducing you to Photo Pos Pro if you haven’t heard of it. Offering interfaces for both, beginners as well as advanced users, this software promises you the best of both worlds. It offers layer masks and multiple layers, one-click filters and excellent clone and healing brushes. Designed to fulfill every need, it also contains colour-refining tools. It supports multiple-editing and scripts to save time and you can also import images directly from a camera or scanner. The software also comes with plugins for extra frames and templates.
When we talk about Pixlr, it is no ordinary alternative. If you’ve worked with Gimp, PaintShop Pro, or Photoshop, you will feel nothing different while working on this. You get all the Photoshop-style tools here; you get sharpen, unsharp mask, blur, noise, levels and curves as well as the artistic filters and automatic optimization options. This online image editor also comes with a toolbox with brushes, fills, selection, healing and clone stamp tools – all customisable via a ribbon above the workspace.
Encompassing the best features from Adobe and its expertise in photo editing, Photoshop Express is a light version of the standard photo editor and is free for your browser. It is even downloadable for Windows, iOS and Android. It packages useful picture-enhancing, sleek, minimalist interface, sliders that enable you to adjust contrast, exposure and white balance of your photo dynamically and automatic options for one-click adjustments.
GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. This free alternative provides numerous options for the no-cost image editor. It encompasses wide toolset and options like painting tools, colour correction, cloning, selection, and enhancement. It gives Adobe’s look and feels, making it easier to be used. You'll also find a very capable file manager built in, along with similar lines to Adobe's Bridge. This is a great option if you’ve got a limited budget or want to take a step away from Photoshop.
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