Six Photoshop Alternatives Under $50
Having a great yearbook means having great photos, and as much as we wish it were true, not every photo comes straight out of the camera looking its best. Most photos require touch-ups or a bit of color correction to get them print-ready. While our app does allow you to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and cropping, there may still be some additional editing desired.
These days, Adobe’s photo editing software, Photoshop, has become so ubiquitous that its name is a synonym for editing photos. Photoshop is now just as much a verb as it is a name! But Photoshop isn’t the only option out there for photo editing. Due to its high price tag, Adobe now competes with a market full of programs and apps for both computers and mobile phones, most of which are a fraction of the price and some are even free.
If you need to edit your yearbook photos but don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for software, check out these budget-friendly Photoshop alternatives.
PRICE: $50 | PLATFORM: MAC
Affinity Photo from Serif is possibly Photoshop’s most serious rival, offering full PSD capability, unlimited undos (be still our hearts!), and the ability to scale layers without losing image quality. Affinity Photo is attracting designers and photographers left and right, and if you’re creating your yearbook on a Mac, it might just be the perfect choice for you!
Read more about Affinity Photo here.
PRICE: FREE | PLATFORM: WINDOWS, MAC OS X, IOS, ANDROID
With more than 600 effects, plus the ability to resize, crop, remove red eye and whiten teeth, photo editing app Pixlr is a wonderful free option. Maybe the best thing about Pixlr, however, is that is comes in a variety of platforms.
The web editor allows you to edit photos from your web browser with apps like Pixlr Express, Pixlr Editor, Pixlr-o-Matic and Pixlr Touch-Up, all for free. If you’re editing photos from your phone, check out Pixlr Mobile, available in the App Store or on Google Play. The desktop software version of Pixlr offers over 2 million combinations of effects. Get the Essentials software for free, or upgrade to Pro for $14.99/year.
Read more about Pixlr here.
PRICE: $30 | PLATFORM: MAC, IPHONE, IPAD
Created for Mac platforms, Pixelmator integrates quickly and easily with Mac OS X libraries, iPhoto, Aperture and more. You can retouch images, color correct, add text, or draw with a wide range of tools similar to Photoshop’s.
Read more about Pixelmator here.
PRICE: FREE | PLATFORM: WINDOWS AND MAC
GIMP is a popular Photoshop alternative that’s been around for years – probably because of that magic little word: free! This open-source software allows you to manipulate high quality images, retouch and restore creative composites, and do pretty much everything you can do in Photoshop! GIMP even offers a version that is similar to Adobe’s look and feel, which makes switching from Photoshop that much smoother.
Read more about GIMP or download it here.
PRICE: $30 | PLATFORM: MAC
This Mac OS X app has been around for years, and is a great budget option for photo hobbyists. Create photo collages, add text and shapes, retouch, add photos and effects. Acorn was created for users who don’t have the time to learn complicated image-editing software, so if you’re not as tech savvy this could be a great option for you!
Read more about Acorn here.
PRICE: $3.99 | PLATFORM: iPHONE, iPAD
If you take the majority of your photos on your iPhone, Enlight is a great app that allows for image correction, filters, decorations and stickers, overlays, reshaping and more. Enlight also offers more advanced settings like shifting focus or mixing multiple photos into one. Once you’ve perfected your image, you can save it or share it to social media, or export it to your computer.
Read more about Enlight here.