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3 ways to get Adobe Photoshop and 3 free alternatives

About Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is Adobe's digital-image creator and editor. It offers extensive photo- and image-editing tools, from basic functions like cropping and adjusting size, brightness, and contrast, to more advanced actions like layering, color replacement, and 3D extrusion. Adobe offers a free trial of Photoshop as well as an online version. A mobile version is available as a free download for Android and iOS devices. For a limited time, users, who buy now, can save 15 percent on Creative Cloud.

Adobe Photoshop

Latest versions of Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop CC 2017 works with OS X v10.9 or later and Windows 7 and up. Photoshop CC's free companion apps, Adobe Photoshop Express, which enables you to make basic edits and one-touch auto fixes to your photos and share them over social media and messaging apps; Adobe Photoshop Mix, which lets you cut out and join elements from multiple images, blend layers, and apply looks; and Adobe Photoshop Fix, which lets you liquify, heal, lighten, color, and adjust images, are powerful on their own. But with a paid Creative Cloud account, you'll gain the bonus ability of working on projects seamlessly across devices.

Adobe Photoshop CC

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Mix

Adobe Photoshop FAQs
  • How much does Photoshop cost?

    Adobe Photoshop CC is available through monthly subscription in three price tiers.

    The lowest priced tier, Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography plan ($9.99 per month), includes:

    • • Photoshop (Windows, Mac)
    • • Lightroom (Windows, Mac)
    • • Creative Cloud
    • • 6 companion mobile apps
    • • a portfolio builder
    • • video tutorials
    • • 2GB of cloud storage

    Creative Cloud Single App plan ($19.99 per month) includes:

    • • Photoshop Creative Cloud
    • • 13 companion mobile apps
    • • a portfolio builder
    • • video tutorials
    • • premium fonts
    • • the ability to showcase your work on Behance network
    • • 20GB of cloud storage

    Creative Cloud All Apps plan ($49.99 per month) includes:

    • • 28 apps
    • • 13 companion mobile apps
    • • a portfolio builder
    • • video tutorials
    • • premium fonts
    • • the ability to showcase your work on Behance
    • • 20GB of cloud storage
    • • users save 15 percent on this plan, so buy now.
  • Is there a free Photoshop?
    You can get a seven-day free trial of Adobe Photoshop CC with full functionality.

Free alternatives to Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop CC may be the premier image editor, but it's expensive and full of features that you may not need. If you just want to touch up photos for personal use, you might be better off with one of these free alternatives to Adobe Photoshop CC for Windows and Mac.


GIMP is an open-source image editor that enables you to do everything from slight retouches to major restoration. It's a paint and drawing tool, a photo retoucher, and a batch processing and conversion tool, with sophisticated features like layers, filters, and effects. If you don't find the tool you need, GIMP's active online community has probably created a third-party plug-in that does what you're looking for.


Paint.Net clearly presents most of the tools you need to create stunning images in the main working window. Add layers, introduce text, or use filters and effects to get the look you're going for. You can also try out third-party plug-ins from the app's online community.

Fotor Photo Editor


Fotor Photo Editor is one of the most robust free photo editors for Mac. Its sleek, well-designed interface allows you to easily import, export, convert, print, and share files. Group photos in Fotor's 20 beautiful collage layouts, and batch-process your images. The app also has myriad editing tools, from the basic to the advanced, including crop, rotate, contrast, exposure, filter, tilt shift, and more.

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