Top 3 Free Photo Editing Software Like Photoshop

Are you looking for a free Photoshop substitute?

You will be glad to know that there are 3 amazing free alternatives to Photoshop.

1. Photopea

Photopea is a online replica of Photoshop. You simply go to and then open your image and immediately you will see the screen below:

You can see that it’s literally a replica of Photoshop. The main difference is that it is to be used online. You don’t have to download any software.

And the best part is that it’s FREE!!!


GIMP is often referred to as a poor man’s Photoshop.

It’s similar to Photoshop but most of the tools have different names and also the way these tools work is different to Photoshop. It looks like this:

It’s a software that has a learning curve but once you master it, you will love it because it can achieve things similar to Photoshop with the main difference being that it’s FREE!!

We highly suggest you check out this course on Udemy to master GIMP for photo editing.

Unlike Photopea, GIMP has to be downloaded on to your computer just like a regular software.

It’s available for all operating systems.

3. Pixlr

Just like Photopea, Pixlr is another cloud-based (online) editor. You don’t have to download anything. It looks like this:

Again, you can see how similar it looks to Photoshop.

One thing to be noted is that in case you are finding that the Pixlr editor is not opening on your browser, make sure you enable Hardware Acceleration on Chrome (found in the Settings).

So there you have it!

Now you know about the other free photo editing software like Photoshop!

One thing to remember though. Photoshop will always be superior to any free software. Adobe has thousands of developers who continously update and improve Photoshop.

So don’t expect these free photo editing software to outperform Photoshop. Have realistic expectations!

If you are someone who wants to learn the art of Photo Editing, then do check out our online courses.

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