Adobe Photoshop may be dominant among industry professionals, but the software can be daunting for beginners and amateurs who just want to touch up the occasional photo. There are many simpler, easier-to-use alternatives to Photoshop, some of which offer features the latter does not. Plus, many image editors don’t have the hefty sticker price of Adobe products.
  1. Pixlr

    For a free image editor that lives within your browser (no software download needed), Pixlr is the best free dupe of Adobe Photoshop out there.

  2. Sumopaint

    Sumopaint is available online and can be downloaded as an app, as well. You’ll find free and pro versions; the former has basic tools enough for simple image editing.

  3. PicMonkey

    PicMonkey is a web app good for fun photo editing with Instagram-like filters. Similar to other online image editors, PicMonkey offers free and pro versions.

  4. Splashup

    Splashup (formerly Fauxto) is a simple online image editor good for beginners. You can import photos from third-party libraries like Flickr, Facebook, Picasa or even Photobucket, or upload from your desktop.

  5. Picfull

    Picfull prides itself in one-click photo editing. If you want to quickly throw an easy filter onto your photo, Picfull offers many simple options.

  6. Fotor

    Fotor is an online image editor that shares similar functions with PicMonkey. Fotor hosts a wide selection of filters — seven filters under the black-and-white category alone — plus a cool tilt-shift tool. 

  7. GIMP

    GIMP, GNU Image Manipulation Program, is an open-source software almost as old as Photoshop itself, still going strong 17 years after its initial release.

  8. Seashore

    An open-source image editor for OS X, Seashore uses the same native file format as GIMP but uses a Cocoa UI for easy Mac workflow. Additionally, Seashore is a much simpler image editor with basic tools.

  9. Image Tricks

    Chock-full of filters, overlays and effects, Image Tricks for Mac comes in lite and pro versions. While the latter provides even more effects, the former already has a great selection to choose from.