Adobe Photoshop is often the go-to resource for photo editing, but there exist many great Photoshop alternatives worth trying. There are photo editing apps that can be a better choice for you if you need a cheaper option, a smaller learning curve, or more automatic and magical effects when editing your photos.
Photoshop can be a lot to learn, especially if you only need to make simple and effective visual adjustments. Here is a list of some of our favorite Photoshop alternatives.
BeFunky is available for mobile and desktop. It is easy to use, allows you to create graphic designs and collages, and has great photo editing features. BeFunky Plus is a subscription service that grants access to additional features at just $4.99 a month. However, you can start with the standard version for free. With BeFunky, you can batch edit photos — so if you want to apply a certain filter and style to many photos at once, you can.
You can also retouch portraits, add artsy filters, and remove the background, which is great for designing logos and overlays.
Picsart has a background removal tool, one-click photo effects, and a photo-to-cartoon feature. In addition, there are a host of available filters, and you can make adjustments to the light and brightness along with other adjustments.
You can even create a double exposure effect with your images. What's more, Picsart has video editing options, so if you are working with both videos and photos, this could be a good choice for you. There is a free version, or you can upgrade to Gold for $4.66 per month, billed annually. With Gold, you get more templates, high-resolution stock images, and watermark free downloads.
This mobile app is made by Google and offers great photo editing on the go. One beloved feature is that you can save your favorite looks for quick editing in the future. In addition, there are a lot of tools and filters to make adjustments to your photos. You can even edit RAW photos just like you can with Photoshop.
This app has many of the same features as Photoshop but with less of a learning curve. So, if you are looking for an easier to learn alternative to Photoshop, consider Snapseed.
VCOS also allows you to edit both photos and videos. It’s free but offers in-app purchases if you want additional filters and features. VCOS uses presets, which are custom filters that you can buy or create to edit your photos. You get 10 with the free version. A membership option that adds over 200 presets with a seven-day free trial is available. VCOS presets are a great option to keep your Instagram feed looking cohesive. In addition, this app allows you to save your favorite editing styles. As with the other apps, you can add borders and filters, and use advanced editing features. Some of the advanced features include split tone and color grading.
Photoleap is a neat app by Lightricks. This app allows you to edit by layer like Photoshop. It features blending modes, special effects, brushes, and many more useful tools and functions. You can get creative with photo mixing, or you can doodle on your photos or add stickers — great for creating memes and social media images. This app also allows you to do advanced editing of RAW images.
One caveat — Photoleap is not free. You must purchase an unlimited access subscription to use all the features.
We could not end this list without mentioning Canva. Canva is one of the most popular graphic design apps for creators on mobile and the web. While its main focus is graphic design, Canva also allows you to edit photos. You can remove backgrounds, change the contrast and saturation, add filters. While not as robust of a photo editor as some of the other apps, it is a great graphics creator and may be all you need.
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