Are you looking for an alternative to your Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom subscription plan for photo editing? In my new YouTube video I discuss three Photoshop alternatives as the best photo editing software for those who don't want to pay rising prices for Adobe subscriptions. If you are looking for tutorials on how to edit photos with Photoshop, I will soon be posting more videos about using these alternative software programs to achieve better looking photos at a fraction of the cost. So be sure to subscribe to our Digital Behavior YouTube Channel.
If you are looking for the best Photoshop alternatives, read on...
This last weekend I saw an article stating Adobe’s intent on doubling the price of Photoshop and Lightroom. I just wanted to share a quick video with you all about a great Adobe alternative. Now, I’m not bashing adobe here, they make awesome software. But what I am hear to tell you is - There are alternatives. And good ones! I am working on a MAC so I will be talking mostly about that platform, but all the softwares that I mention will also work on a PC.
Here are my photo editing software recommendations as an alternative to Photoshop, for those who cannot afford the price hikes:
For a fraction of the one-year subscription price for Photoshop, you could be using Affinity Photo basically for life. I’ve been using affinity photo 1.6 for about a year now, and recently began working with the new 1.7 beta version. With the new 1.7 beta, you can now open PSD files and they won’t break (unlike the previous version). That is huge! In the coming weeks I will be making some new videos about how to “create” using this program. You know, it just took me a couple days to get used to the new interface, but now when I have to use Photoshop for whatever reason, it’s kind of annoying, I prefer the way Affinity Photo works as opposed to Photoshop.
If you are not doing a ton of graphic design work, and just need a good program for light photo editing, try Luminar by Skylum. This program is so good it might just replace Lightroom altogether someday. It's great because it is a very fast, easy way to do a quick photo edit. For example, if all you are doing is a color correction or resizing, or batch editing without all the graphics and text - this is the program for you!
Now, if you need something easier and more basic, you might want to try PicMonkey. This program is ideal for the beginning graphic designer, or social media enthusiast who wants to dabble in making cool graphics beyond the editing tools in your personal phone or device. This program has got graphic designs and pre-sized templates for every social network - all ready for you to start designing super quickly. There is a free version and a pro version for more experienced designers interested in uploading your own fonts. We will be covering more about Pic Monkey in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!