A cheaper alternative to Photoshop?

United States
November 5, 2008 6:40pm CST
Does anyone know of a cheap (or free?) software program for editing phhotos that is comparable to Adobe Photoshop? I tried Paint.NET, but it has a lot of limitations. I would like to get rid of backgrounds, so I can save, for example, just an airplane out of a photo, and put it into another picture. I also would like to crop and save irregular shapes. Photoshop is out of my budget.
5 responses
@Asylum (48067)
• Manchester, England
10 Oct 15
Photoshop is a very expensive piece of software, but has no real challengers. Many people choose Roxio due to the reduced cost, but the features nowhere near match those of Photoshop.
• United States
10 Oct 15
This is an old post. Since then, after I got a good paying job, I did end up buying Photoshop. You are right, there are no good substitutes.
@Asylum (48067)
• Manchester, England
10 Oct 15
@connierebel I had forgotten to mention the most popular alternative in those days, which was Jasc Paint Shop Pro.
• Singapore, Singapore
1 Jun 13
this is super old topic... but valuable answer should be added, you may wabt to try photoshop alternative PhotoStudio, the photo editing software that can sharpen blurry photos, remove image background, add photo effects and you name it! It have both win and mac versions, for more info you can visit: http://www.arcsoft.com/photostudio-mac/
Use PhotoStudio 6 to enhance and edit all of your digital photos.
• Australia
16 Jan 09
If you haven't settled on a program yet, my vote is still for PaintshopPro as the best, most powerful and economical tool. But Photoshop Elements is a terrific second choice. Try eBay for a cheaper way of getting a legal copy.
• United States
20 Dec 08
I love paint.net and it has a ton of plugins you can download and use with the program. It does everything you are wanting to do and more. You can go to www.paintdotnet.forumer.com and you can find everything from tutorials, to plugins. :] Hope I was of some help to you.
@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
11 Dec 08
If you still like the look of what Photoshop can do, you could always try Photoshop Elements. I have the newest version which is Elements 7 and I love it. Elements is the same thing but it's minus a few features, basically just a condensed version. I bought it for $80 and I love it.