Open Source and Free Image Editors & Tutorials – Alternatives To Photoshop, Microsoft Paint

All of us have used Windows Paint. It is nice but not many features and flexible. Free doesn’t mean limited features. If you start using tools such as listed below, you will soon realize, they are quite powerful tools and can be used for professional work too.


GIMP (supports Windows, Mac and Linux – free and open source)

GIMP is one of the most popular and most blogged image editors on the planet! Quite powerful with layer, filter, plug-in support. Requires a little advance image editing skills. Do practice, there are good tutorials available here.

Also look at GimpShop – similar UI as Photoshop for GIMP.

Paint.NET (Supports only Windows – free but not open source)

Simple yet powerful image editor. Light weight, fast to load – no nonsense image editor.  Lots of tutorials available here and here


Krita (KDE/Linux, open source)

Krita is a KDE program for sketching and painting, offering an end–to–end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters. Tutorials are here.

Artweaver Free (supports only Windows and not open source)

Relatively unknown but powerful image editor.


You may want to see the below software tools too…not necessarily free/open source.

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