Free and Cheap Alternatives to Photoshop

Matt Stauffer

The ability to edit photos and create graphics can be very useful to a campus minister, and Photoshop is far and away the best tool for the job. But how many of us have $700 to spend on it? Here is a non-exhaustive list of some free and cheap alternatives to Photoshop.

I have minimal experience with most of these products, so you’re on your own in terms of picking which is the best fit for you. Do you have any experience with these, or ideas for others? Let us know in the comments.

Web-Based Photoshop Alternatives

Photoshop alternatives for Mac & Windows (and Linux?)

  • GIMP: Free, open-source. As powerful as Photoshop (more?) but with an extremely high learning curve.
  • Photoshop Elements$79.99
  • Paintshop Pro$79.99
  • InkscapeFree, open-source. NOTE: Inkscape is not actually an alternative to Photoshop, but rather to Illustrator; it’s useful for text layout and illustrations, but not for manipulating photos.

Photoshop alternatives for Mac

Photoshop alternatives for Windows

By Matt Stauffer | Posted: Mar 04, 2011
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  1. March 13, 2011, 11:48 am | Permalink

    Thanks for thew article Matt, it’s a nice complete list. I’ve been a pixlr evangelist for a while as I’ve been moving more of my ministry and personal life to the cloud on my less powerful netbook, but I’m really coming to like some of the other web based solutions too, with their (mostly subtle) differences. Isn’t HTML5 awesome?

    • March 13, 2011, 12:08 pm | Permalink

      Hey Steve,
      Yes. HTML5 is *amazing*. I’m glad to hear Pixlr has stood your tests–until I wrote this article I’ve used Picnik for everything, so your recommendation has steered me Pixlr-ward for testing more Photoshop-like web editors. Thanks!


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