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

canva

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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Some recent photoshop work by Shane Zentz

Hi all,

So I have been learning and improving a lot lately on my graphic arts skills, mostly with photoshop and illustrator. Here are some recent works by me…..

Of course I post most of my works on my art website at http://art.shanezentz.com and also some on http://www.shanezentz.com so feel free to check out

those websites for more of my work. But for now here is a couple of recent images created in photoshop by me:

shane zentz logo papercut

shane zentz logo papercut

shane zentz poster

shane zentz poster

Thanks for looking at my work and my blog,
Ya’ll come back real soon, hear!
Shane Zentz

Shane Zentz Camo Windows 7 Theme

Windows 7 Theme by Shane Zentz

Hi,

Here is a new Windows 7 Theme created be me, Shane Zentz. It contains 18 photos created by me using photoshop. (the photos may be a little small 1024 x 768, but I will increase the size of the photos for my next theme.) So here it is, available to download at 4shared.com : http://www.4shared.com/file/F1QGG3tc/Shane-Zentz-Camo.html Go ahead and download it and try it out and feel free to let me know what you think of it.

Here is a preview of some of the included artwork photos by Shane Zentz included

in the theme:

Shane Zentz Camo Windows 7 Theme

Shane Zentz Camo Windows 7 Theme

 

Thanks for reading this post and for reading my blog!

Shane Zentz Camo Windows 7 Theme

Shane Zentz Camo Windows 7 Theme

Shane Zentz Camo Windows 7 Theme

Shane Zentz Camo Windows 7 Theme

Shane Zentz Video Introduction

Video Introduction with After Effects by Shane Zentz

So one of the tasks of my job has become video editing. Very simple and basic editing, but still video editing. So lately I have been trying to learn Adobe After Effects (along with other video editing software), so recently I combined Adobe Illistrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe After Effects to create a video introduction. This is something that maybe would be the introduction of a TV show or something like that. It is a very simple video introduction, but was fairly easy to complete (it took about a day from start to finish). In the future I will try to keep improving at after effects and hopefully produce something very polished and professional looking. But for now this is kind of my first project with after effects, so here it is:

Feel free to leave comments and to let me know what you think about it.

Thanks for reading my blog,,,

Shane Zentz

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Easy Way to Create Neon Black Light Effect in Photoshop

Easy way to create a neon black light effect in Photoshop

So, Open Photoshop and Let’s Get Started

This tutorial will show how to change this photo to that:

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

OK, first thing to do is to load the photo into photoshop, then hit ctrl+j to create a duplicate layer of the background. On this new layer, use whatever tool you want to make a selection of the girls in the photo, I used the lasso tool, but you could also use the pen tool or even the magic wand. After you have the girls in the image as the active selection, ctrl + click (that is hold ctrl key while left clicking with the mouse) on the little image (next to the little eye icon) with the selection in the layers panel (right side). Then hit ctrl+j again to create a new layer with only the girls selected. It should look something like this:

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

 

You can see that a little clean up will be needed, so use the eraser tool to remove as much of the white outline around the girls as possible. Then, with this layer as the selected layer, go to the top menu and select: filter -> Stylize -> Glowing Edges. The settings for the glowing edges that I used are: Edge Width: 2, Edge Brightness: 11, Smoothness: 4 , but you should also fiddle with the settings until you achieve the effect that you want. When you have the settings that you like, simply place this edited layer on top of the original background layer to see the new photo.
Here is what the edited photo will look like:

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another thing you can do for a slightly different effect, is to remove the blue from the RGB channel, by going to the top menu bar and selecting -> Image -> Adjustments -> Channel Mixer and setting Blue channel to zero (making sure that the layer with only the girls is active). Here is what the result will be:

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also try applying other filters to achieve different effects. Here is another filter in photoshop that I used to create a cartoon like effect or a comic book look for this photo:

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

Shane Zentz Photoshop Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try to experiment with all the available filters in photoshop (and even add other filters) to see what you can do with any image. The only limit will be your own imagination. So have fun and thanks for reading this photoshop tutorial….

photoshop-Shane Zentz

How to create an odd moon in Photoshop

by Shane Zentz

This is just a short photoshop tutorial on how to create a kind of odd looking moon in photoshop. The main point of this tutorial is some of the things you can do with some of the included filters with photoshop, in this case the ‘plastic’ filter. So to get started, create a new image, 1070X768 and 78 dpi is fine for this. Next create a background layer with white, and add a new layer. On the new layer, create a perfect circle with the elliptical marquee tool(hold down shift while dragging the mouse to get a perfect round circle), and then choose a light gray color from the color menu and use the fill tool to fill the circle with the gray color.
So now you should have something like this:

photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, on the same layer as the gray circle, use the paint brush along with a slightly darker gray color (than the fill color of the circle) and create several dots/circles of varying size in the circle.
So now it should look like this:

photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

OK, now we want to ‘plasticize’ this moon type thing. So with the moon layer active, select the filter menu, and then select the artistic menu, and in the artistic menu, select ‘plasticize’. In the menu that pops up, adjust the settings to your liking, but mainly increase the intensity of the lighting which will give the circle more of a moon look.
Here is what you should have now:

photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From here you can firstly adjust the opacity to add some transparency for a cooler look. And then add a background or even add more filters to create something even cooler than this….
Here is the final image:

photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

Thanks for reading this tutorial!!!!!!

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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:

photoshop-Shane Zentz

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

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:

photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

photoshop-Shane Zentz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

How to Improve Image Quality with Photoshop – by Shane Zentz

How to Improve the Quality of Your Images with Photoshop

by Shane Zentz

If you use your digital camera for photography and also use Photoshop for editing images or creating graphics, then you can improve the quality of your digital photos with a few simple steps in Photoshop. So lets assume that you take a picture on a cloudy, fall day and the lighting is not so great. So that the photo is dark and the detail is difficult to see. Your picture could look something like this:

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dark-photo-300×225

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well with Photoshop you can make this dull looking digital photograph look great with a few easy steps. So first open this photo up in Photoshop. Now to make it a little brighter with better lighting and better contrast, select Image->Adjustments->and then brightness/contrast from the menu. You will see a dialog box with two slider controls, one for the brightness and one for the contrast. For this photo I first increased the brightness a little and then also increased the contrast just a bit. And here is the result of this first round of improvements:

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better-dark-photo-300×225

 

 

 

 

This digital photograph certainly looks better than the original low-light dull photo. But I think it can be improved still even more. So I select Image->adjustments->brightness/contrast once again and increase the brightness a little bit more and I also increase the contrast a little bit more as well. The more I play with the adjustments the more of a feel I can get for how the photo really should look and once I have what I feel are the correct settings, I save the image again. Here is the final result:

 

 

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even-better-dark-photo

 

This looks so much better than the dull, low-light original digital photo, don’t you agree? So there you have it, a very easy way to improve the quality of your digital photographs with Photoshop. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that it helps you out.

Thanks for reading this post!

Shane Zentz