Saturday, March 29, 2014

Top 5 Adobe Photoshop Alternatives That Are Absolutely Free

Posted by Prem Trivedi
Graphics Designing is the most important task which helps you in every work like Architecture, Engineering, Office Work, Professional works, Ceramic Works, Web Designing etc. Graphics Designing make it's place in every tasks. 

Graphics Design merged in two parts :- 
  1. Online Graphics Designing
  2. Offline (Computer based) Graphics Desingning
There are so many Online Graphics Editors available mentioned in my previous post Online Image Editors where you can edit or create images online. So you can easily modify your photos online without Adobe Photoshop.

Offline (Computer based) Graphics Desingning is for those who don't want to modify their photos online and don't want to use Internet or don't have Internet facility on their computer. So they must have to use image editing software Adobe Photoshop. But Adobe Photoshop is not an open source or Freeware software to use free of charge. You must have to pay for it to enable all the features and use it for limited time because it allows you to use it only for 30 Day at Trial or Demo based features.

So In this post I would like to share some Open Source softwares which are similar to Adobe Photoshop which provides you all the functionality used in Adobe Photoshop.

[1] Paint.Net

Paint.Net is photo editing software that runs in Windows. Paint.Net is freeware image editing software with lots of functionality which provides you to modify your photos as similar to Adobe Photoshop. It provides wide range of powerful tools, unlimited undo, special effects and plugins similar to Adobe Photoshop.

System Requirements :

  • Windows 8 or 8.1
  • Windows 7 sp1
  • Windows xp sp3
  • Windows Vista sp1
  • 800MHz processor with Dual-Core
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Microsoft's .NET Framework 3.5 sp1 or it will automatically installed if you don't have

Click Here to Download Paint.NET

[2] The GIMP

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is free image editing software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and and modifying images. It provides powerful tools similar to Photoshop with great capabilities and of course it's totally free.

Features :

Customizable Interface:
GIMP allows you to change colors, widgets spacings and icon sizes to custom tool sets in the toolbox. It provides Full Screen Mode capability to preview your artwork and also allows you to do your editing work while using the most of your screen estate.

Photo Enhancement :
It provide facility to fix Perspective Distortion caused by lens tilt by using Corrective Mode in the transform tools. It eliminate lens Barrel  Distortion and Vignetting with a powerful filter. Perspective Transform and sample colorize with Channel Mixer gives you freedom to change your image into B/W Photography by using Perspective Clone Tool.

Hardware Support :
GIMP supports various input devices such as MIDI, Linux Input, Mouse Wheel, Keypad, Powermate, Space Navigator.

File Format :
GIMP support variety of file formats likes of JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF and PSD. It can also provide compatibility to use multi-resolution and multi-color-depth Windows icon files. You can also load and save files from remote locations using FTP, HTTP, SMB(MS Windows Shares) and SFTP/SSH. It also provides wide range of file saving mode in compressed format like RAR, ZIP, GZ or BZ2 without needing to do any extra steps.

Supported Platforms :

  • GNU/Linux(i386, PPC)
  • Windows 8 or 8.1
  • Windows Xp 
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Sun OpenSolaris
  • FreeBSD

[3] PhotoFiltre Studio

PhotoFiltre Studio is very useful image editing software. It also work like Adobe Photoshop which allows you to do simple or advanced modification of your photos and apply a vast range of filters on it. You can access standard filters just few clicks by using toolbar. It also has layer manager, advanced brushes, nozzles, red eye corrector, batch module and lot of other advanced tools.

Features :

Nice Filters :

PohotoFiltre Studio provides wide range of filters which allows you to create your desired artistic graphics with nice enhancements. It provides standard adjustment functions like Brightness, Contrast, Dryed, Saturation, Gamma correction and also you can find filters like Watercolor, Pastels, Indian Ink, Pontillism, Puzzle Effect etc.

Vectorial Selections :

PohotoFiltre Studio provides two types of vectorial selection. The first type uses automatic shapes like Rounded Rectangle, Rectangle, Ellipse, Triangle and Rhombus. The second type include Lasso and Polygon..

The Brushes :

PohotoFiltre Studio has some standard brushes like Round and Square in different sizes but also some more variant brushes like Oblique Line, Custom Shapes etc. You can easily customize size of brushes with your desired choice. The Rainbow option allows you to get gradiant effects and other 3D, Pastels and Charcoal are also available too.

The Layers :

It provides three types of thumbnail sizes :

  1. Standard Size
  2. Large Size
  3. Invisible
It can handle several layers type :
  • Bitmap Type
  • Text Type / Dynamic
  • Settings Type
  • Color Type
Automatic Stoke and Fill Option :

This feature is useful to fill with colors or draw strokes of a vectorial shape automatically. It is very useful to creating charts by using single or double-sided arrows.

The Erase Tool :

This tool is the best feature to make some hand-drawing area. It works like brushes which erases the selected area and make visible the transparency grid.

Automatic Transparent Gradient Tool :

This tool allows you to get transparent gradient effects to your photos which enables to get half-pictured or half-transparent photo effect. These functions operates on the Alpha channel directly.

Red Eye Correction Feature :

This tool is used to remove the red eye effect by selecting the part of the picture to soften.

Animated GIF Generator :

This tool is used to transform layers into animated GIF file. It create a frame calculated by merging the visible layers one-by-one. It create GIF files by gathering multiple images into one file.

PhotoMasque Module

With this tool you can create powerful effects in transparency mode using preset masks. These masks are grayscale images where white is the transparency color while opacity increases as the shades of gray become darker and black means complete opacity.

Icon Expert

PohotoFiltre Studio allows you to create your own icon with sized 32x32, 48x48 and 64x64. It supports 8 bits, 16 bits and 24 bits color formats.

Compatibility :
Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Win XP, Win NT, Win 2000

Click Here To Download PohotoFiltre Studio

[4] PhotoScape

PhotoScape is an easy and user-friendly with great functionality as similar as Photoshop. 

Features :

Editor : Brightness and color adjustment, Resizing, White Balance, Backlight correction, Frames, Balloons, Mosaic Mode, Adding Text, Drawing Pictures, Cropping, Filters, Red Eye Removal, Blooming, Paint Brush, Clone Stamp, Effect Brush.
Viewer : To view photos existing in your system.

Batch Editor : Batch edit multiple photos.

Page : To Merge multiple photos into one page frame.

Combine : Attach multiple photos vertically or horizontally to create one final photo.

Print : To print photograph like passport size photos or CDV(Carte De Visites)

Animated GIF : Combine multiple photos to create one final photo as GIF animated image.

Splitter : It expands one photo into multiple pieces of photo.

Screen Capture : It captures your desired screenshots and save it in required image format.

Color picker : To pick selected color from existing or opened image.

Raw Converter : It Converts Raw file into JPG format.

Rename : It changes photo file name in batch mode.

Paper Print : It prints music, calendar paper, print lined and graph.

Face Search : It finds similar faces on the Internet.

InkScape is an open source Vector Graphics editor similar to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe illustrator, Corel Draw and Freehand . It is used to create Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) with great features.

Features :

Object Creation
  • Drawing : Pencil too, Pen tool, Calligraphy tool, 
  • Shape Tool : Rectangles, Ellipses, Stars/Polygons, Spirals
  • Text Tool
  • Embedded Bitmaps
  • Clones
Object Manipulation
  • Transformation
  • Z-order Operations
  • Grouping Objects
  • Layers
  • Alignment and distribution commands
Fill And Stroke
  • Color selector(RGB, HSL, color wheel)
  • Color picker tool
  • Copy/paste style
  • A gradient editor
  • Pattern fills
  • Dashed Strokes
  • Path markers
  • Live watching and editing the document tree in the XML editor
  • PNG, OpenDocument Drawing, DXF, sk1, PDF, EPS and PostScript export formats

So try these useful open source Image Editors which gives you all the functionality similar to Adobe Photoshop with great features.

Enjoy !


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