With Adobe announcing that its popular photo-editing software Photoshop will now only be available for a monthly subscription fee, outraged graphic designers and photographers are turning to cheaper alternatives that offer some of the same functions for a fraction (or none) of the cost. From the most powerful Photoshop replacements to free, will-do-the-trick programs, here are the best Photoshop Creative Cloud alternatives for every user and budget.
Users looking for a basic tool to edit pictures may be surprised that a program with a familiar name may be the solution to their image-editing problems. Paint.net, which can be downloaded for free, was created by an undergraduate design project mentored by Microsoft and is currently maintained by some of the alumni of that team. Not to be confused with the ultra-basic drawing tool that comes installed in all PCs, the significantly more powerful Paint.net has layer support, improved drawing tools, unlimited history and a growing library of plugins that make it more similar to Photoshop than Paint.
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