Photoshop Alternatives – Generally, Photoshop and Adobe always tied for image modification terms. Hence, a digitally manipulated images are often called ‘Photoshopped’ aka had modified in Photoshop.
I would say that for image modification, Photoshop is one of the best software for that purpose. But hey, it’s not the only one. There are many software which created for image editing. For example, there are some alternative software like The Gimp aka GNU Image Manipulation Program (open source) and Paint.NET (was initially developed as an alternative to Microsoft Paint or Paintbrush).
But today, there is no need to always use software to modify image / photo. Thanks to a new advanced web technologies, now a website can be used for that activities. What you need are only a browser and an internet connection. Then ‘photoshopping’ act is on the roll (and keep your wallet in the pocket, it’s free)
Here are the list of four web sites which can be used as a ‘replacement’ of Photoshop.
Pixlr become popular in 2008 and now it still the best image editing site on the internet. It’s a surprise how the design almost look like Photoshop.
Pixlr is like an old version of Photoshop that can be accessed via browser. One interesting feature from this web application is it support layering. This site is worthy as the main alternate for those who need to edit some images online. Not only can pull image from your hard drive, but also get image from any web page.
Well, It’s not fair to show website for image editing alternative without mentioning the fact that Photoshop also has a site named Photoshop.com.
In this site, users can upload and manage their collection of images and photos.
Image editing feature only works on simple modification such as adjust color and give some effect. There is also ability to add some cartoon decoration on image.
All you have to do is register as a member and you’ll be able to use it’s features.
Phixr’s capability is not like Pixlr, but it’s worth enough to be an alternative for simple image editing on web. We’ll feel more relaxed when using Phixr compared to Pixlr that tend to be “more serious”.
Most process in Phixr required user to first select the area to be targeted, and then choose the desired effect.
One more interesting thing is users can pulling some images from their Facebook account to be processed in Phixr. In addition there are also options to access other image hosting services, such as Flickr and Photobucket.
One more site which can be alternate to image editing is DrPic. It’s simplicity for easy navigation become a great factor that most people like. Some good features like Raised Frame effect or Polaroid automate the process for editing an image to become more better look in web.
DrPic also has a service for users to upload and save their edited image. It’s no wonder since the same party (DrPic maker) also provides online image re-size service one by one as well as batch (re-size a lot of images at one time) and image hosting.
Each web application’s performance will vary depending on:
1. Computer Ability
Because certain applications / features will continue to use CPU resources such as memory and processor
2. Internet Connection Speed
As it would be more often to transfer data back and forth between a web application server and your computer