In light of recent political developments, Adobe has announced a temporary exit from the Russian market. Russian users can no longer buy any of their developments, including Photoshop. In the article we will talk about alternatives to the popular graphics editor.
What alternative do Russian developers offer?
The Russian computer software market is not as developed as the foreign one. However, here you can still find worthy alternatives to foreign software.
One of them is the PhotoMASTER program from the Russian developer AMS Software. The program allows you to process photos of any format, including RAW. A distinctive feature is a set of AI-functions, thanks to which you can professionally process photos in a few clicks.
The main advantages of the program:
- retouching using ready-made presets or manual settings;
- semi-automatic face and figure plastic surgery;
- effects library for styling and quick quality improvement;
- color correction: curves, RGB and LAB channels, LUT filters;
- simple removal of unnecessary objects;
- spot correction of individual areas;
- quick background change;
- overlay photos on top of each other, add stickers and frames.
The photo editor does not require a powerful computer to work; you can install it on a PC with any version of Windows. The disadvantages include only a short demo period. However, unlike Photoshop, you do not need to constantly renew your subscription to use the program: a license is purchased only once. The cost starts from 690 rubles.
Analogues of Adobe Photoshop: paid and free software
Let’s continue to consider analogs of Photoshop for the computer. The list of programs below includes software that works equally well on both powerful PCs and weak ones. We tried to choose programs that have tools similar to Photoshop.
PaintShop is a good alternative to Photoshop: there is work with layers, masking of any objects, drawing digital paintings from scratch, advanced photo editing, professional color correction.
The editor provides filters for processing different types of shooting, for example, for photos under water or from the air. If you want to bring a picture to life, you can create an animation.
Unfortunately, the software has the same disadvantages as Photoshop: it puts a heavy load on the system and has a rather complicated interface. The purchase is a one-time, but all subsequent updates must be paid separately.
If you want to get the functionality of Photoshop for free, GIMP will come to the rescue. Almost all of his tools are here (with the exception of animation creation).
Work with RAW, draw pictures, perform photo manipulations, work with curves and color professionally, create an unlimited number of layers, adjust transparency and blending — all this and much more is available.
The application has a lot of technical nuances, so advanced editing skills are required. But it is cross-platform and works stably on weak PCs.
3. Home Photo Studio
Home Photo Studio is another completely Russian-language software. Practically does not load the computer and imposes minimum system requirements.
In addition to the basic options (cropping / brightness and contrast / working with color / filters and effects, etc.), we can note:
- point correction and coloring;
- application and creation of your own “scripts” (recording a sequence of actions in a script);
- creation of postcards, calendars, photobooks;
- automatic quality improvement.
The program has many useful features. This is both a plus and a minus at the same time, because it can be difficult to find the right tool right away.
If you’ve used Photoshop for the basics — cropping, color grading, general enhancement — you don’t need a professional alternative. The free Paint.NET allows you to do all these things, as well as make simple photo montages and create digital art.
The software allows you to work with each layer separately, adjust transparency and blending. You can open multiple snapshots and work with them in different tabs. And most importantly, Paint.NET is easy to learn and does not load the system at all.
5. Pixel E
If you’re looking for a browser-based option, Pixlr E’s online editor is a great option. Regarding the processing of raster images, the online editor is almost the same as Photoshop, the only thing missing is working with vector and animation.
Otherwise, you can carry out the same operations: apply masks to text and photos, create digital art, promotional materials and posts for social networks, adjust colors, etc. The interface is almost identical to Photoshop, so it won’t be difficult to master it.
Alternatives to Photoshop on mobile
Since mobile applications from Adobe are also temporarily disabled for our country, we have selected replacements that work on Android and iOS.
iOS | Android
Completely free, Snapseed allows you to create photo collages, quickly enhance your image with a filter, fix colors and lighting, work with HDR, and even create a double exposure. Distortion of perspective and point change of areas is allowed. The disadvantages include not very intuitive work with layers.
2. Pics Art
iOS | Android
The hallmark of PicsArt are “remixes” — user-created presets that you can apply to your photos. Among the manual functions are retouching, stickers, effects, plastic, curves, photomontage, masks, drawing functions. The free version disables background removal and some filters.
3. Tool Wiz Photos
iOS | Android
ToolWiz does not require payment and comes with a set of almost professional tools. Perspective, layers, object removal, lens correction, retouching, filters are just a few of its options. Particular attention should be paid to art functions — there are options for drawing manually or transforming pictures using art filters.
iOS | Android
Polarr is suitable for those who need advanced processing. The application allows you to work with areas, change perspective, apply textures, edit colors and lighting, retouch portraits, overlay pictures on top of each other. A slight negative is the lack of filters, but you can use custom presets from the internal community.
As you can see, even despite the departure of Adobe Photoshop from Russia, it is quite possible to find alternatives with similar functionality. At the same time, some of them are superior to the popular graphics editor in terms of price and system requirements, and are almost as good in terms of capabilities.