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19 Free Alternatives to Photoshop

19 Free Alternatives to Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful raster graphics editor which supports layers, masks and several color models. In addition to the built-in tools and functions, there are plugins available to expand its capabilities. Photoshop is known by most as the industry standard in image editing, and its name has even become a verb in the modern English language.

So, why doesn’t every one use Photoshop? Well, all those features come with a larger pricetag that many casual users are comfortable with. So if you’re looking for image editing software without the price tag, here are 19 free alternatives to Photoshop.

1. GIMP

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    By The GIMP Development Team (GIMP and GTK+ installers for Windows web site) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

    GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free image editing program available for several operating systems including Windows, OS X and Linux. GIMP is also open source software which means you can access the program and modify it to suit your needs as necessary. This has enabled the generation of many 3rd party plugins which expand the capabilities of this already powerful software. GIMP is probably the most well-known free alternative to Photoshop.

    2. Paint.net

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      Paint.net is a free photo and image editing software for Windows. Paint.net support layers, its undo has unlimited history, and it comes with many special effects and editing tools. With a large user base, it’s easy to find helpful tutorials on their forums or a plugin to help you achieve your desired effect. (Paint.net was also included in this list of 15 powerful free computer programs.)

      3. Gimpshop

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        Gimpshop is modification of the open source software GIMP. The programmer who created Gimpshop was attempting to make the user interface feel more like that of Photoshop. It’s available for the Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. Its impressive features include layers, filters, masks, channels, levels and more. Their site includes a video tutorial library to help you master the effects and tools it offers.

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        4. Photofiltre

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          Photofiltre

          is image editing shareware available for the Windows operating systems. The software offers brushes, masks, filters and more. There are also two premium paid versions which include layer capability, animated GIF formation and vector adjustments.

          5. Pixia

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            Pixia is a Japanese painting program. The program was translated to English and is available for Windows operating systems. Their site includes tutorials and links to user generated filters.

            6. Seashore

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              Seashore

               is an open source image editor available for Mac’s OS X. It’s based on GIMP technology but modified to allow for more user friendly image editing. Seashore includes layers, brushstrokes, and other tools. However, the software is still in development and users are likely to encounter bugs, according to their website.

              7. Cinepaint

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                Cinepaint

                is raster-based image-retouching software available for linux and Mac operating systems. According to the original about page, Cinepaint has been used by Sony Picture Imageworks (and other studios) in the creation of animated films. This GIMP-based software supports high fidelity image file formats and up to 32 bit color channels.

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                8. Inkscape

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                  By Ramón Retamar (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

                  Inkscape is a free, open source, vector graphics program available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Inkscape is full of built in tools and functions with more available through user created add-ons. They boast a large community which can be found on their site forum and on several social media platforms.

                  9. Xara Xtreme

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                    Xara Xtreme for Linux is a graphics editing program available for Linux. It is an open source, vector drawing program based on Xara Xtreme for Windows. There are tutorials and videos available on their site as well as a group forum.

                    10. Krita

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                      Krita

                      is an open source, raster based program designed for illustrating, sketching and painting. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Krita has layer support and includes transforming, brush and drawing assistant tools.

                      11. Chocoflop

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                        Chocoflop is an image editing program available for Mac. Although development of this software was discontinued it still runs on OS Leopard. The software supports layers, has several filters and tools and allows for non-destructive image editing.

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                        12. Photoplus

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                          Photoplus by Serif is an easy and free photo editing software for Windows. It has the basic tools you’d need for cropping and retouching images, removing red-eye and restoring old photographs. The Photoplus starter edition is free. For extra features you can purchase the full program.

                          13. Fotor

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                            Fotor is free software that provides photo editing, filters, borders and batch processing. You can download the program for Windows or Mac, the app for iOS or Android or just use it online in your browser.

                            14. Pixlr

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                              Pixlr is a photo editor which includes effects, borders, overlays, stickers, refining, editing and stylizing tools. (If you prefer to pay for the pro version you’d have access to even more tools). It’s available as a download for Windows or Mac, an app for iOS or Android or for use in your browser.

                              15. Sumopaint

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                                Sumopaint

                                 is an impressive photo editor full of tools, filters and capabilities (including layers) that you can use directly in your web browser. If you prefer to have a downloaded copy to work offline you can do that for a small fee.

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                                16. Picmonkey

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                                  Picmonkey

                                   is a free online photo editor which has tools, filters, borders, overlays and more. You can use Picmonkey for free or upgrade your account to remove ads and increase the number of filters and tools available. (The majority of images on this tech tips site were generated with the help of Picmonkey).

                                  17. Canva

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                                    Canva is an online photo editor that includes built in design elements, text overlays, predesigned layouts and more. There are also stock images available (for a fee) to help you kickstart your design. For additional options, including the option to save working images in team folders, you’ll need to pay for the upgrade to Canva for work.

                                    18. Pixenate

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                                      Pixenate is an online photo editor that includes basic picture editing tools and functions like redeye reduction, teeth whitening and brightness adjustments. There are also tools for writing and adding shapes on top of your image.

                                      19. Ribbet

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                                        Ribbet is an online photo editor which gives you the ability to store your photos (and editing history) online. The stored editing history gives you more flexibility in making (and undoing) changes to your pictures. There are filters, overlays and stickers available to add to your picture. Or, create a collage from several of your photos and upload them directly to Facebook or Flickr.

                                        Which is your favorite free alternative to Photoshop?

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                                        10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                        10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                        The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

                                        Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

                                        Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

                                        In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

                                        1. Cal Calendar

                                          Cal Calendar has recently appeared on the market of mobile applications (Android, iOS). It is the brainchild of the development team of Any.do that features impressive functionality and well-thought-out design.

                                          The application comes with many great features, including support for Exchange and Google Calendar, widgets, voice recording, and many more.

                                          Cal Calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

                                          Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

                                          What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

                                          Cal Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

                                          Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

                                          Available for iOS and Android

                                          2. Google Calendar

                                            Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

                                            Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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                                            Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

                                            The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

                                            Available for iOS and Android

                                            3. Jorte Calendar

                                              Jorte Calendar is one of the most popular calendar applications in the Google Play store.

                                              The program features a wide range of configuration options, with many design alternatives. You can adjust display mode to your needs and view calendar entries sorted by month, week, or day (by hours). It is convenient for quickly picking the desired date, using task bars, and setting reminders.

                                              Apart from its ordinary information storing function, this application can be a special cloud service, Jorte Cloud, allowing you to synchronize calendars, schedules, and task lists on multiple devices. The application also supports data importing from Google Calendar.

                                              For those paying attention to the program design, there is also Jorte Store, where you can buy styles and icons to personalize the calendar. This feature makes Jorte is one of the brightest calendar applications.

                                              A basic version of the app is free of charge, so if you do not want to spend money on a calendar application, it is a good option.

                                              Available for iOS and Android

                                              4. Business Calendar

                                                Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

                                                The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

                                                You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

                                                The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

                                                Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

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                                                Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

                                                Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

                                                A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

                                                Available for Android

                                                5. Calendar

                                                  Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                                                  A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                                                  Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                                                  Available for Desktop, and iOS

                                                  6. aCalendar

                                                    aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                                                    Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                                                    Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                                                    When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                                                    Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                                                    The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

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                                                    The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                                                    Available for Android

                                                    7. DigiCal Calendar

                                                      DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                                                      With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

                                                      Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                                                      The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                                                      Available for Android

                                                      8. SolCalendar

                                                        SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                                                        The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                                                        Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                                                        Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                                                        Available for Android

                                                        9. Today Calendar

                                                          Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                                                          The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                                                          If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                                                          Available for Android

                                                          10. Calendar Widget: Month

                                                            Sometimes people do not need a heap of calendar applications. They would prefer to have one efficient calendar widget.

                                                            Calendar Widget: Month perfectly fills this niche and meets all the needs of a modern user. It has some features of an ordinary calendar, but the real great thing about this software is that it has 80 or more themes in its library.

                                                            The design of the application is great; the themes are perfectly tuned. There are options for almost any theme of your smartphone. The only drawback is the fact that the widget memory is not too large, and you should be ready for it.

                                                            This simple calendar widget was created in the image and semblance of widgets from Yahoo. The widget window displays one calendar month with the ability to go to the previous and move to the next one.

                                                            If you need a simple and affordable calendar to plan your tasks and affairs for one month, this widget is ideal for you. Calendar Widget: Month is so simple that it does not even have Google Calendar support.

                                                            At the moment, it does not have the function of connecting any third-party calendars and services. Developers allow the possibility of introducing support for Google service as an addition to the widget, if users request to have this opportunity.

                                                            Available for Android

                                                            Our Verdict

                                                            Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                                                            Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                                                            Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                                                            The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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