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Photoshop is the most popular design tool, even today. There are quite a few interesting alternative options out there, that designers can freely use. There are quite a few desktop alternatives of Photoshop, while  there are also some newer web based ones as well. Most of these do not provide the complete range of functionality as provided by Photoshop, but are very useful in their own way.

Best Free Photoshop Alternatives

Sumopaint

The is an interesting alternative to Photoshop, with quite a few features. The tool supports image formats such as PNG, JPG and SUMO. The free version of the software has got ads and looks quite like Photoshop. The tool has an in-house community and the designing process therefore, becomes simpler. The tool features- image creation, graphic design and photo editing. The tool does not have a photo sharing feature or a social networking integration for that matter.

Photoshop Express

This is a free online version of the image editing tool from Adobe. The tool has a simple and a user-friendly interface.  Although the tool does not have all the features of Photoshop, it provides some useful features. For easy photo editing. One of the benefits of this tool is social media integration and helps in easy sharing of photos on social media sites.  The tool also provides fee 2GB of space for creating albums. The tool does not have layers which is a big drawback as compared to the original version of photoshop. The tool has got a preview section at the bottom for easier editing of images.

Pixlr

Pixlr is a very interesting online alternative to Photoshop. The tool has got a variety of features like effects and filter. The tool also features layering of images for advanced photo editing and designing.  The best part about this tool is that it’s fairly user-friendly despite the large number of features it has. Filters and adjustments have a dropdown that makes the design process simple. The tool has got a host of features for simplified editing and designing.

Lunapic

Lunapic is another useful tool that has got a host of interesting features. The tool also helps you easily encrypt images. The images can also be easily saved to the computer. The tool also makes sharing on other sites fairly simple. The tool does not requires any plugins for using its features effectively.  There is no need to signup or create account for this tool and it can be easily used.  One can also use URLs for editing online images in this tool. The maximum size of the Lunapic canvas is 1000X1000 pixels.  Although there are quite a few good features in this tool, but the undo feature is missing and this can be a reason for trouble. Besides that, the tool also features a variety of animations which is one of its strong points.

FotoFlexer

This is another popular browser based alternative to Photoshop. Layering and animations are some of the distinctive features of this tool. The tool does not require account creation and can be easily used to upload images from the computer or from social networks. The advanced features in the this tool include photo cut out and multiple layers. The tool also allows blending of two images to create one image. The tool also features interesting animations allowing you to be  creative with your designs.