For those of us who use digital, 10 FREE alternatives to Photoshop!

I know a lot of us are digital users, whether in a small way or full-on…that’s kind of inevitable, given the relentless onward march of technology in virtually every aspect of our lives.

Using digital has it’s problems in my view, which are not wholly present with film. As an example, when I shoot using my film camera, I very rarely need to do anything to my shots, as I put so much into getting the right exposure, film speeds, framing etc.

Sure, I’m no angel, and some shots are wasted sometimes, at times through accidental problems such as a person walking into the frame at the critical moment, or maybe a stray pigeon flying across the photo! But on the whole, the more care you put into your shots, digital o film, the less and less you have to do afterwards.

For digital users, there is always that sneaking temptation to add or remove something from the shot, and for that, Photoshop is the recognised mainstay.

But if you do not want to spend the rest of your life learning how to use Photoshop fully, or haven’t the patience to learn about layers in your shots etc, there are alternatives available on the web, and the ones I’m listing here for you are FREE, too!

So without further ado, here we go, not listed in any particular order:

Piknik (very handy as it’s integrated with Flickr!)

Splashup (tools are easier to use than Photoshop)


Photoshop Express ( a tamer cousin of the heavyweight version)


flauntR (huge range of tools & effects)

Pic Resize (check out the huge buttons!)




There you go….now, if you’re a digital user, you have no excuses for that awful shot of your girlfriend you took last weekend by the beach!



About filmcamera999

ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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