photoshop alternatives

The Best Free Alternatives to Photoshop

The Best Free Alternatives to Photoshop

Photoshop is great but if you don’t have the bread to be able to buy it then you’re still not out of luck

Read on to learn about all of the alternatives to photoshop, and they are all free!

There are many alternatives to Photoshop, and some are even free. Some even come pretty close to having all the features that photoshop has. But in my opinion, there is only one Photoshop and Photoshop is the best everyday graphics software on the market. But if money is a concern or problem, don’t worry, there are plenty of free alternatives to Photoshop. Read about the best Photoshop alternatives here.

Gimp!

Gimp stands for Graphic image manipulation program and it is free and open source. Overall it is similar to Photoshop in many ways, it has layers, filters, and many of the same tools as photoshop, and like Photoshop it also has the ability to add plugins for additional functionality. However for those used to working in photoshop you will find that it may be difficult to work in, and they keyboard shortcuts are completely different in Gimp than in photoshop (although you can remap the shortcuts to mimic photoshop, but that is a difficult and advanced task). Also working with text in Gimp is nowhere near as easy or professional looking as it is in photoshop. Working with text in Gimp is it’s bigest flaw in my opinion. But having said that, it is free to use as you please for anything (even commercial work), and it is also available for windows, linux, and mac. You can find more information and the download links at: Gimp.org

Photopea

Photopea is an online copy of photoshop. It is kind of a bare-bones version of photoshop, that is online and free to use. It will read most any photoshop files, and will recognize layers and even text fonts, although I have found that it will tell you what font was used much of the time that font will be missing from the built in font library. Anyway it is pretty smooth for what it is, and it’s main selling point is to be able to read, open, and edit photoshop native files. And that it does very well. If you would like to try it out you can find it at: photopea.com

Canva

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Canva is a simple, drag-and-drop, design software that’s completely online and free to use. Canva is pretty nice for photo editing and also for adding effects to your photos. Its also very easy to use the online version, and it’s free. Canva has been around for about two years and has over 10 million users. If you would like to try it out you can find it at: Canva.com

Others

I am sure that there are other Photoshop alternatives out there, but the above two are the only two that I have found that even come close to Photoshops features and uses. If you know of any other photoshop alternatives then please post them in the comments section.

Thanks for reading this article!

Shane Zentz

Photoshop Abstract Art by Shane Zentz

Easy Abstract Art in Photoshop by Shane Zentz

Easy Abstract Art in Photoshop by Shane Zentz

One of the cool things about Photoshop is that sometimes you accidentally stumble upon something new (at least to you) and that is what happened with me recently.
I discovered how you can create an image like the one below:

Photoshop Abstract Art by Shane Zentz

Photoshop Abstract Art by Shane Zentz

 

And I discovered this by just fiddling around with the ’tiles’ filter. So to create an image similar to the one above is really easy. Just start a new image in Photoshop of whatever size seems best to you. Then using the marquee tool, create a rectangle with some fill color of your choice (and add a stroke color if you would like). With this rectangle that you just created as the active selection, go to the top filters menu and select -> stylize -> tiles, when the dialog box comes up then choose about 10 for the number of tiles and 1% for the offset, just to start. Then repeat the same action, only this time fiddle with the total number of tiles and the offset number (I used 15 for number of tiles and 5% for offset). And you can repeat this process any number of times or experiment with different numbers of tiles and offsets to get the abstract art that looks good to you. Pretty easy huh?

 

 

Thanks for reading this post and my blog,

Shane Zentz

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Free Text in Photoshop Tutorial

Free Photoshop Text Tutorial

Learn some basic text styling in photoshop

by Shane Zentz

Today I will show you how to achieve some really cool text effects in photoshop, and it is very easy and will only take a few clicks of the mouse to make cool text. This is the kind of text that you see in advertisements and newspapers and magazines, so this kind of text is used all the time and is a basic skill in photoshop. I will break this up into a series of tutorials, so this one will just start with the basics of text in photoshop. But this is not a comprehensive tutorial on text in photoshop, so I assume that you already know how to use the basic text tool in photoshop. I will show how to transform basic text into something cooler and better than just plain old text. So let’s get started.

First, open photoshop and start a new document, something around 6″ x 4″ should suffice. If you started a new document with transparency, then create a new layer and add a white background layer, and also create a new layer for the text. Next select the text tool and choose a font and font size from the menu. Almost any font will work, but plain text would be better to start with, avoid the scripts/handwriting styles for now. And make sure that your font size is reasonably large, like a heading font. Type any word you like, maybe just your name. So far you should have something like this:

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photoshop-Shane Zentz

Not very interesting, but it’s a start. Now lets add some effects to this plain text to spice it up. Before adding effects, it is a good idea to ‘rasterize’ the text, so select the layer with text and right click and select ‘rasterize’ to rasterize the type. With that done, double click on the text layer to open up the style options dialog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By adjusting various effects, you can achieve some surprising and cool effects on your plain text. For this first one, I used the drop shadow with default settings and inner glow also with default settings, then added a 1px black stroke as well as a gradient, and also adding bevel and emboss and also contour (both with anti-aliasing). By fiddling with the settings just a little bit I was able to create these:

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photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

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There are far more advanced things you can do with text in photoshop, so this is just a start. Look for more text photoshop tutorials to come in the near future…..Thanks for reading this blog!

Shane Zentz