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Introduction

  • The complexity of Photoshop and Lightroom, and the fact that they are only available as a monthly subscription puts many people off using them. There are alternatives, listed below, which can be bought and owned, though they are not then updated until you upgrade to a newer version.

Other Editing Programs

  • GIMP is a free, open source photo editor for both Windows and Mac.
  • Affinity Photo is a photo editor by Serif for Windows, Mac or iPad.
  • Luminar is a stand alone photo editor for Windows and Mac. It can also be used as a Photoshop or Lightroom extension.
  • ON1 Photo RAW is a stand alone photo editor.
  • Foxit Photo is similar to Photoshop and can work with JPEG or RAW files.
  • Photoshop Elements is a consumer version of Adobe Photoshop which is designed to be easy to use.
  • Picktorial is a free Mac only editor.