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Alternatives to Photoshop

Business Technology | May 2, 2012

Adobe Photoshop is an excellent photo manipulation tool. With it, businesses can create professional looking marketing materials fairly easily. The biggest issue with Photoshop is the cost. A person looking to purchase it can spend more then $600 for newer versions. This is not feasible for many small business owners, plus they probably don’t require all of the features that a $600 photo-editing program comes with. Thankfully, there are many alternatives to Photoshop that are affordable or free.

These programs may not contain all the elements that Photoshop boasts, but they have more than enough photo-editing features for most small business owners. Here are three of the best free photo-editing programs available today:


GIMP is very simple to use and contains most of the features from Photoshop that a business owner would need to create marketing material. The best thing about GIMP is that it’s absolutely free!


Did you ever use MSPiant? It came with your Windows operating system and was very basic. Paint.NET is its successor and is much more powerful then its predecessor. One great feature for designers is an unlimited undo button. Paint.NET is a free program; the only negative regarding it is that it only works on Windows machines.


Picnik is fast, free, and easy to use. It works on the Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems and you don’t have to download files to use it. It has some interesting special effects as well, making it a very popular photo-editing program.

Business owners needn’t let Photoshop’s high price keep them from inserting professionally edited photos into their marketing materials. With just a little bit of online hunting, even the most frugal of business owners will find a wonderful alternative.


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