In 1987, the brothers Thomas and John Kroll began developing image editing software, which was later acquired and released by Adobe Systems. Photoshop was originally exclusive to the Macintosh, but after a while it spread to other platforms, becoming almost the most popular graphics editor in the world.
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Most users are probably familiar with Photoshop or at least heard about it, but 20 years after the release of the first version of the program, the situation has changed significantly. In recent years, software has increasingly been criticized – from high cost to lower PC performance due to the high consumption of processor resources.
In 2013, Adobe Systems announced the transition to a new business model, which includes a subscription to the Photoshop line of applications. This move caused a negative reaction from users, many of whom began to look for a replacement for the graphics editor.
Photoshop is still the king among image processing applications; however, there are many great alternatives for macOS today. Nine of them are presented below.
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Apple’s Photos app
Although the Photos app built into macOS cannot be a complete replacement for Photoshop, it has several advantages. First of all, you won’t have to pay for its purchase. “Photo” implements a set of standard functions, for example, rotating elements, cropping, filters, editing and retouching an image. There is the ability to work with third-party extensions for editing photos.
With the release of macOS Sierra (review) in the Photos app, the “Memories”, which allows you to quickly create and edit slide shows from automatically or manually selected pictures with the ability to add a soundtrack.
It is also worth noting the presence of a “smart” search for objects in photographs. Allows the app to find pictures in the library where, for example, a cat or a sunset is present.
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Pixelmator and Pixelmator Pro
The Pixelmator graphics editor, released in 2007 by the brothers Saulius and Aydas Dailide, quickly gained popularity among Mac users. The project was developed on the basis of open source software and macOS technologies and is characterized by high performance. Pixelmator has extensive capabilities that allow you to work with raster and vector graphics, as well as draw. In addition, the application is equipped with a simple and intuitive interface that any user can deal with.
The cost of the basic version of Pixelmator is 2 290 rubles (2 990 rubles for Pixelmator Pro).
By the way, all the work with images on our website is done in Pixelmator.
Download Pixelmator for macOS (Mac App Store)
Download Pixelmator Pro for macOS (Mac App Store)
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The GNU Image Manipulation Program or GIMP is a free, free software graphics editor with a significant amount of Photoshop features. The application interface, developed in 1995 by students at the University of California and the University of Berkeley, Spencer Kimball and Peter Matisse, largely inherits Photoshop. In addition, it can be customized. GIMP provides support for Mac, Windows, and Linux.
Download GIMP for Mac (developer site)
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“Graphic editor for people” – this slogan fully conveys the essence of the Acorn 6 application, developed by Gus Muller, also known as Flying Meat. This graphic editor is really easy to use – both beginners and professionals can work with it.
Download Acorn 6 for macOS (developer site)
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Affinity Photo is a powerful graphics package for professionals. The program works with RAW files and supports all common color spaces – RGB, CMYK, LAB and Greyscale. The application uses exclusive macOS technologies – OpenGL, Grand Central Dispatch, Core Graphics, etc., and the speed of its work inspires respect. The cost of the package in the Mac App Store is 3,790 rubles.
Download Affinity Photo for macOS (Mac App Store)
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Another Adobe product with some Photoshop features. Lightroom is a photo manager with tons of editing options. The application is designed to accompany the entire photo-technical process – from importing the image to exporting the finished photo to the library. The cost of the package is 499 rubles per month.
Download Lightroom for Mac
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The application, which is a high-quality analogue of Lightroom for Mac, has the ability to adjust HSL, support for auto-detection of faces, numerous settings for image parameters (color, lighting, perspective, clarity, saturation, etc.), a filter library, the ability to work with JPEG and PNG, as well as most RAW- formats and more.
The application allows you to create your own filter presets.
Download Polarr for macOS (Mac App Store)
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Corel aftershot pro
Corel AfterShot Pro is a rival to Photoshop, combining tools for processing RAW files, organizing and managing photos, editing and mass image processing.
Corel AfterShot Pro for Mac
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The graphics editor Seashore is the brainchild of developer Mark Pazolli, developed on the basis of GIMP, but with a simpler design. This application can not be called a full-fledged alternative to Photoshop. The program includes a standard set of tools for editing photos and is perfect for non-professionals.
Download Seashore for Mac