8 Free Photoshop Alternatives To Discover (Part 2)

You’ve done your market research, decided on the perfect theme for your brand, and made plans to take the world by storm! But suddenly—you’ve found yourself in need of photo editing software.
by Yeefu on 11-Aug-2021
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5. Pablo

Use it for: Social media graphics

Pablo by Buffer is a great starting point for a social media and graphic design newbie—it’s completely free! The program lets you post your creations straight to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Feel free to play around with Pablo’s design options, but remember that it’s not meant for making print designs!

Price: Free

Platforms: Online Browser, also available as Google Chrome extension

File format: PNG



  • Easy to use

  • A wide selection of images

  • (provided by Unsplash)

  • Linkable to Buffer account for faster social media scheduling

  • Suited only for social media graphics

  • Limited template selection

  • Limited choice of fonts

  • Few social media integrations

  • Only 72 DPI

6. Instasize

Use it for: Social media and marketing content, photo editing, basic video editing

For creatives who want a Photoshop alternative that caters directly to social media lovers and, even better, fits right in your pocket, Instasize is a popular choice. It has all the basic features you need to polish raw photos, and a user-friendly interface that makes it easy to scroll through and apply every option.

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, iOS

File format: PNG, JPEG, MOV, MP4, HEVC, HEIF  

Color space: RGB, Display P3



  • Free to download

  • Color filters

  • Text options

  • Basic video editing (filters and clipping)

  • Cropping and resizing

  • Additional content packs require a paid subscription

  • No beauty tools and video editing on Android

7. Photo Pos Pro

Use it for: Social media and marketing content, photo editing

From simple tasks and editing images to creating artwork from scratch and even designing your own business cards—Photo Pos Pro is the ultimate tool for your marketing campaigns and beautiful social media posts. And all photographers out there will be glad to hear that the editor supports RAW files as well.

Price: Free

Platforms: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10, MAC with Windows Apps emulator installed

File format: JPG, BMP, PSD, GIF, RAW

Color space: RGB



  • Customizable interface for experts or beginners

  • Editable layers

  • Supports various file formats

  • Can create projects from scratch

  • Many educational tutorials

  • Limited text designing options

  • Difficult to start photo editing

  • Slow work with complex manipulations


Use it for: Social media and marketing content, photo editing

PIXLR was created to make design easy and accessible to everyone regardless of experience. The tool provides a variety of ways for users to edit images. You can dive into deep photo editing sessions or just quickly add some simple filters or stickers to spice up your designs. Discover more opportunities with PIXLR by creating marketing banners, posters, or greeting cards for your business partners.

Price: Free

Platforms: Browser

File format: JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIFF

Color space: RGB



  • Great multi-purpose templates for graphics and ads

  • Versatile and Lightweight

  • Has most Photoshop filters

  • Works with Google Drive

  • Good amount of features

  • Lacks drag and drop support

  • Ads

  • Not possible to upload raw files

  • Other tools provide better quality graphics

Which option is the best for me?

Creating print files

If you’re looking for a software for creating print designs, look no further than Gimp or InkScape. Check out Canva for making poster and canva designs.

Photo editing

For editing pictures for your online store and blog, use Canva or Gimp.

Social Media Graphics

To create engaging social media content, it’s best to use Canva, Instasize, PIXLR and Pablo.

Final Thoughts

The first step is to determine what you want the software to do. When that’s done, choose the programs you want to try out and play around with.

If, however, you want a well-rounded free Photoshop alternative, I’d suggest Photopea—it can be used as a design tool, has a set of social media templates, and has the same adjustment layer and photo editing tool options as Adobe Photoshop.

By now you’re probably either ready to dive into the vast world of photo editing or more confused than ever. If it’s the latter, don’t worry, I’ll be happy to answer any of your questions. And, if you want to be sure about design quality, you can always hire a professional—our designers know what’s best for Yeefu fulfillment. I wish you the best of luck with your creative adventures!

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