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Favorite Photoshop Alternative

I recently bought a small laptop so I don’t have to lug my 17” beast around. I am afraid I am going to drop it and the backpack needed to carry it should have wheels. Complete social suicide there. There are some vital programs that I download right away. Office 365, and Grammarly, followed by my favorite photo editing software – Photoscape.

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Many people swear by Photoshop. It a great piece of software and despite it being on the expensive side it is a good investment IF you are going to use all its abilities and features. If you are only using it to edit photos or are on a budget, like many bloggers are then Photoscape is a terrific alternative. It takes up much less room on your drive and is very powerful. I have used it for years. Since 2008 I believe.

The most recent version is paid, but the older versions are freeware.  3.7 is running on my Windows 10 with no problems.

I have been doing photography since I was eleven years old. I took a course in summer school and learned how to take pictures – with film, develop the film and print the photos from the negatives.

Learning how to compose a photo wasn’t all that hard. Learning to do it quickly and automatically as I look through the lens took much longer.

I learned that the picture you take should be as close as possible to what you want without editing.

With the advent of digital photography whole new vistas of image manipulation opened up. Powerful software like Photoshop were developed. Photoshop is incredibly powerful and goes far beyond editing photos, but it is often way more program than I need. Here is my favorite Photoshop altrenative.


favorite photoshop alternativeMany years ago I discovered Photoscape. It is very powerful photo editing software and is very intuitive. (One of my problems with Photoshop is the learning curve is very steep and can be overwhelming) It’s also freeware so you can see if it works for you with no cost.

What is Freeware?

Freeware is software that is available for use at no monetary cost. In other words, while freeware may be used without payment it is most often proprietary software, as usually modification, re-distribution or reverse-engineering without the author’s permission is prohibited.

“Freeware.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 23 Apr. 2017. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.

As I said earlier, I try to take photographs that require very little manipulation. Cropping can make an average composition great and a little adjustment to the brightness and contrast can sometimes help out a good photo. I find that the images on my blog can display slightly differently than in the editing software so I can adjust to optimize the blog images. Photoscape has added a big package of Film Effects that are a lot of fun to play with. My rule is only one effect per blog post.

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Each small square is a different Film Effect. It feels a little like cheating but it’s fun!

If you prefer to shoot RAW, Photoscape has a RAW converter. I do not shoot in RAW for any images that will be displayed on the internet. My son, a graphic designer, assures me that it is unnecessary to use RAW unless you are planning on massively manipulating the image or said image will end up on a billboard. That works for me.

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This panel shows the various functions. You can adjust all the curves and there are a large variety of effects and filters, including 10 different vignetting filters. It is very easy to remove unwanted items in the image too. 







favorite photoshop alternative, www.moderngillie.comI was told off recently by the graphic designing son for not watermarking my photos. Photoscape has a great function for this. 

favorite photoshop alternative, www.moderngillie.comGo to object and select “T” . There is no shortage of fonts and any True Type fonts you have added to your system are available for Photoscape. 

Type your text and adjust the color, size, and opacity. Then select the “Photo+Objects. This combines the photo and object text so the object cannot be removed. 

There are lots of tutorials for Photoscape. I was going to give you a list but it would be too long. Search “Photoscape Tutorials” and you will find many Youtube videos to get you started and to show you the depth of the program. 

I can’t say enough good things about this program. It has NEVER let me down.

If you love Photoscape do make a donation so they can keep the freeware coming. http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/donate.php


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20 Replies to “My Favorite Photoshop Alternative – it’s powerful and its free!”

  1. Aah. I use this almost everyday! It is the only desktop photo editor I use. I wouldnt think of Photoscape as a Photoshop alternative though, but more like a Lightroom alternative. It is really powerful for a free utility, and when I need more of a Photoshop alternative, I look to Youzign. Great share for all those who are not aware of this powerful photo editor.
  2. Thanks so much for sharing this! I just haven't been able to make the investment in photoshop and while Canva and Pixlr can create alternatives for creating graphics and cropping photos I need something that is a step up. Thank you, checking it out!
  3. Oh wow - this is awesome to know. I've mostly just used Canva and PicMonkey, but I'm always excited to find new - and free - ways to make my photos look better. Thanks. I'm going to pin! -Lauren
  4. At the moment I just use PicMonkey to edit my photos as I didn't want to invest in any expensive software but I will definitely be having a closer look at photoscape :) Lianne | Makes, Bakes and Decor
  5. I've never heard of this one before, but am always on the hunt for offline free programs. I work on a cruise ship, so the rise of all things "cloud based" becomes a huge challenge when the speed of internet by satellite reminds me of my first 14.4k baud modem...and still loading.
    1. Oh ouch. Might as well be punch cards. Photoscape is on your machine. Another bonus is that it doesn't take up anywhere near the disc space of Photoshop.
  6. Interesting! I downloaded Gimp in 2004 or so and have been using it for photo and image editing ever since. I've recently begun playing around with Canva for combining simple graphic elements for blog and pinterest images, and though I occasionally get frustrated when something doesn't work the way I want it to, I can always go back to Gimp for image designs that Canva is being finicky about. I'll have to give Photoscape a try. Thanks!
    1. I use Gimp too. It's has a lot of power for graphic design. I like Canva because they have done so much of the work for you. I can drag and drop something of theirs then tweak it.
  7. Thanks so much for sharing! I've never tried using Photoscape before, and I really REALLY need a crash course in photography one of these days. Appreciate this review, and will have to look it :) Have been meaning to really boost the images on my blog for ages.

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