by Nancy Gao, Marketing Coordinator
With powerful photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop, editing or manipulating a photo has become a fairly common practice. Now, people around the world are looking for programs to make the edits they want to their photos.
The most popular software is undeniably Adobe Photoshop, but the price for the program can be a heavy burden financially. In this article, we’ll be going over our top 5 Photoshop alternatives and comparing them with Foxit Studio Photo.
- Foxit Studio Photo
- Corel Paintshop Pro
- Pixelmator Pro
- Affinity Photo
Foxit Studio Photo
Foxit Studio Photo is the latest photo editing software by Foxit Software. Unlike Adobe Photoshop, it has a perpetual license, so you can keep the software with a one-time purchase. At only $59.99 it is definitely much more affordable in comparison to other Photoshop alternatives. Foxit Studio photo comes equipped with all the main tools casual users use in Photoshop. With powerful tools like the clone stamp tool, magic wand tool, layers, sharpening etc., Foxit Studio Photo is definitely a great option for casual photo editors to learn how to use photo editing software without the high learning curve. Their interface is very similar to Photoshop, so it is definitely a great option to get started with photo editing, without feeling overwhelmed with too many drop down windows and advanced professional level settings.
Corel Paintshop Pro
Corel Paintshop Pro is a powerful photo editing software designed for intermediate and professional level photo editing. When it comes to photo editing capabilities, Corel Paintshop Pro is definitely the most suited for professional level use, which is also why the price is higher in comparison to other Photoshop alternatives. This software comes with a manage and an edit tab for both photo organizing and photo editing, which is one of their distinct UI features.
Pixelmator Pro is a photo editing software with an intuitive and unique interface for photo editors to use. It is a fairly cheap photo editing software, but it has a lot less features when it comes to photo manipulation. This software is good to use for color changing and photo enhancement, but definitely lacks in tools that most people wouldphoto editing software for.
Platform: Windows, Mac
Affinity Photo is another perpetual license product that aims to be a Photoshop alternative. It has a unique user interface that looks sleek and easy to navigate through. It is also one of the few Photoshop alternatives that have a platform on both Windows and Mac. Like Photoshop, Affinity Photo has the usual tools needed in the software, and also has key features of their own like 360-degree image editing and liquefy features.
GIMP is one of the most popular free source photo editing software in the market. It has a lot photo editing capabilities, and can be a great resourceful tool for photo editors. Although it is undeniably a powerful software, the main issue would be its difficult to navigate interface and high learning curve. GIMP can be good for casual edits as well, but it would take a lot of practice to really master the program and understand all of its photo editing capabilities.