When we see touched up photos or flawless models on magazine covers, we joke about them being “photoshopped.” Photoshopped became a buzz word in the tech world just like “Google it” became the buzz phrase for finding something on the internet. It’s part of our everyday language now, because Adobe Photoshop used to be the go-to source to clean up your images. But if you’ve ever tried to use Adobe Photoshop yourself, you know it will cost you.
Adobe is now moving towards an annual plan instead of making people buy the license, and depending on the version with the bells and whistles you want, it can cost you from $10 to around $80 per month. But, if you just want to touch up photos, add a filter or text, you might check out other options.
For example, if you are using your iPhone to take photos, it already comes with simple tools to adjust your photos. You can watch our Youtube Channel, WatchPSPinc, to learn how to use these tools: https://youtu.be/NTne3Pi2m5A.
If you’re looking for a bigger program comparable to Photoshop, there are several choices to consider, one of them being GIMP. GIMP is one of the most popular Photoshop alternatives, and it’s free. It can add plug-ins to expand its offerings, and like Photoshop, you can work multiple layers and masks. The drawback is that the interface can be confusing to some, especially if you’re already accustomed to how things work in Photoshop.
You can find others like Photo Pos Pro and paint.NET. They both support layers, but our designers still recommend GIMP for its features and functions.