Alternatives to Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is an amazing tool. It lets business owners edit the images they need to produce professional-looking brochures, pamphlets, and marketing materials. However, Photoshop is far from inexpensive. A simple online scan will show that newer versions of this image-editing program can run higher then $600. For small business owners with limited funds, this program isn’t feasible. This doesn’t mean, though, that these small business owners don’t have photo-editing options. In fact, businesses can pick from a host of alternatives that are not only cheaper but are actually free.

These programs might not contain all the elements that Photoshop boasts, but they have more than enough photo-editing features for most small business owners. Here are three of the highest quality free photo-editing programs available today:


GIMP is very easy to use and contains most of the features from Photoshop that a business owner would need to create marketing material. The beauty of GIMP is that it’s absolutely free!


Did you ever use MSPiant? It came with your Windows operating system and was very basic. Paint.NET is its successor and is a lot more powerful then its predecessor. One fantastic aspect for designers is an unlimited undo button. Paint.NET is a free program; the only negative regarding it is that it only works on Windows machines.


Picnik is fast, free, and easy to use. It works on the Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems and you don’t have to download files to use it. It has some interesting special effects as well, making it a very popular photo-editing program.

In the end, if you are looking for a program that allows you to create professional marketing material, you don’t have to spend a lot. These programs will let you accomplish this task at no cost.