It’s no secret; photo and graphic editing has become imperative in this generation. We use it for everything! Whether it’s to create a logo for our business, or to create snapchat filters for your event. It’s a necessity. Adobe Photoshop is one of the most powerful applications today that’s being used by professional photographers and designers. It’s so heavily used that the word Photoshop can now be found in the dictionary listed as a verb.

To Photoshop or Not To Photoshop? That’s the obvious questions here.

With that being said, I’ll let you in on a little secret:

There’s a way to photoshop without spending any money.

I am a huge fan of Adobe Photoshop, however, I enjoyed the application more when I wasn’t paying a monthly fee for it. I dropped about $200 dollars for the application to have forever and could use it whenever I wanted. Now, no matter how much you use it, you are charged monthly to keep the application (Starting at about 29.99 depending on what plan you choose). As a working woman, I found myself paying for it without having time to use it. So I feel that free alternatives to Adobe Photoshop are a blessing.

Here are 5 graphic editing tools you can use for free. Take a moment to look through the tutorial videos I have posted under each one. That may help you decide which application you want to download if you are trying to go with only one from the list.


GIMP is by far the best alternative for Photoshop. It is flexible and super easy to use. Not to mention it is free of charge, whether you are on a PC or a mac book. Its remarkable features allows users to create artwork from scratch and easily fine tune images. You will be surprised at how professional your photos come out looking after being edited in this application.

If you are a beginner in Photoshop and need a quick tutorial on how things work in this application, you should watch this video:

2. Canva

Canva is an online design solution that offers a plethora of powerful features, including a simple drag-and-drop design tool and a vast collection of over 1 million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It gives users a very simple design platform that enables them to create amazing and professional quality graphic designs.

Check out this video for a guide that simply explains Canva:

3. Pixlr

Pixlr is another web-based photo editing tool that is free and easy to use. This app is intended for non-professional editing, however, with the right skills, the advanced features can make your image look just as though it was edited in Photoshop.

There are several versions available, including web, desktop and mobile apps. Here we’re looking at the Pixlr Editor web app, which is the only one that supports layers.

Check out the tutorial:

4. Inkscape

Inkscape is a great free application for creating vectors (those scalable graphics that won’t get blurring when you resize them). It’s extremely adaptable and powerful, and an excellent tool for graphic designers. It’s so good, that it’s a serious alternative to premium tools like Adobe Illustrator. This application would be great for creating your own SnapChat filters. Check out the tutorial below:

5. SumoPaint

Sumo Paint is yet another application that is completely free. Its interface presents a comprehensive set of photo editing tools that you wouldn’t expect to get for free.  Its variety of brushes, brush effects, and brush styles make a good impression on any digital artists. Every simple feature provides tons of options. Sumo paint also features layering tools that help you create professional looking images. There are also plenty of image filters and adjustments that enable you to create beautiful images.

Check out this tutorial on Sumo Paint that gives a walk through for beginners:

Not free but worthy of being mentioned

6. Paint Shop Pro

If you are looking for an alternative that’s not free but also not TOO expensive, you should definitely try Paint Shop Pro. This is the first application that I used when I first started out with graphic design. It is a classic! Back in the day (I say that like I’m so old), Paint Shop Pro was the application to use, not Adobe Photoshop!

Check out the tutorial below:

I hope this post was helpful to those who don’t want to spend a fortune to have beautifully photoshopped images! Leave a comment if you know of any other alternatives better than the ones listed.


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