Best Photoshop Alternatives For Windows 10 & 8.1

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Today we will highlight the best Photoshop alternative apps for Windows and all of them are free to download. We have list of features and screenshots of each Windows 10 app for you to compare and try. Let us begin.

Does Photoshop Work On Windows 10?

Yes! Adobe Photoshop works perfectly on any official Windows OS including Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and of course, the elegant and stable Windows 10. As long as you have a Windows computer/device you never have to worry about Photoshop. Windows is by far Adobe’s biggest customer base by far and it will remain like that for awhile.

#1. Use Pixlr For Windows

Pixlr combines image design and paint tools with photo editing and adjustment features more convincingly than any other online image editing program. Whether creating an image carte-blanche, layering one image over another or using a variety of filters, effects and level adjustments to transform photographs, Pixlr is equally capable of producing results on par with many of its software-based counterparts. Yet, despite its deep feature-set, Pixlr remains facile, intuitive and, most importantly, user-friendly.

Standard Features:

  • A fully customizable user interface with movable and scalable windows
  • Navigation-free drop-down menus featuring all filters, adjustment and layering options
  • Intuitive design and paint features with a dedicated history window for reference and quick undo/redo
  • A “Photo Express” portal for quick, simple changes to images and photographs

We had to put Pixlr #1 mainly because it can do a lot of the same things Photoshop can do, not everything, but a good amount. They also have a downloadable version backed by AutoDesk, the makers of those popular computer design tools. It’s called AutoDesk Pixlr and it is actually worth your time to download if you don’t want to use the online version we have listed.

AutoDesk Pixlr Screenshot

#2. Use Paint.NET For Windows

Install Paint.NET For Windows 10

Install Paint.NET For Windows 10

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool.

Paint.NET Screenshot

#3. Download Gimp For Windows

Gimp vs Photoshop

Install Gimp For Windows 10

GIMP is ideal for advanced photo retouching techniques. Get rid of unneeded details using the clone tool, or touch up minor details easily with the new healing tool. With the perspective clone tool, it’s not difficult to clone objects with perspective in mind just as easily as with the orthogonal clone.

GIMP is ideal for advanced photo retouching techniques. Get rid of unneeded details using the clone tool, or touch up minor details easily with the new healing tool. With the perspective clone tool, it’s not difficult to clone objects with perspective in mind just as easily as with the orthogonal clone.

  • File formats supported include bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, ps, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm, and many others
  • Load, display, convert, save to many file formats
  • SVG path import/export

Gimp Screenshot

#4. Download Sumo Paint For Windows

Sumo Paint For Windows

Install Sumo Paint For Windows 10

The free online image editor Sumo Paint offers users a powerful range of tools and features for adjusting images and producing creative images. Users of offline pixel based image editors like Photoshop will very quickly feel at home when using Sumo Paint. Many of the tools and features that you’d expect are available.

There are quite a number of free online image editors available currently, many of which are designed for more basic users.

Sumo Paint, however, falls into the group of the more advanced editors, which also includes Pixlr Editor and Splashup.

Features of Sumo Paint

  • Layer support with blending modes and layer effects
  • Wide range of tools
  • Good selection of adjustment features for improving photos
  • Nice range of Filters for producing creative images
  • Full screen option for maximum working area

Sumo Paint Screenshot

#5. Use Fotor For Windows

Fotor For Windows 10 Online

Use Fotor For Windows 10 Online

Fotor’s powerful desktop photo editor is the real deal and it has all the tools you need to make every moment you capture look truly great.

• Powerful Photo Editing Tools

Fotor’s state-of-the-art photo processing engine makes it easy to process high quality photos quickly. Adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, white balance, and saturation, sharpen/blur, add a vignette, or crop, straighten, rotate and more. And new editing tool is Red-Eye Removal.


• Flexible text editing tool

You can now add text to any photo. Lots of options to adjust the font, size and color of your text, plus move your words around till it looks perfect!

• Effects & Borders

Stretch your creativity further with Fotor’s huge palette of effects and borders. Designed with input from professional photographers and designers, Fotor comes loaded with over 90 effects, including Classic, Lomo, B&W, Art and Vignettes, plus over 33 different styles of frames.

• Image Formats

Supports importing and exporting a wide range of image formats, including TIFF, JPEG, and PNG,plus conversion functionality for RAW files.


Fotor Screenshot

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Kenya Motala

Kenya Motala

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