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My Experience Top Photoshop Alternatives For A Web Designer

Discussion in 'Web Design and Graphics' started by krishatg, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. krishatg

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    Adobe’s Photoshop is immensely powerful and versatile software that has an impressive legacy and reputation. It has been used by millions of web designers and print media professionals across the world for more than a decade. With each version, its feature set has been enhanced and over the years, it has become almost a verb used by industry. However, the ever increasing feature set and footprint of Photoshop can prove to be tedious for some users. Adobe’s move to the cloud has irked a lot of professionals and by no means is Photoshop cheap.
    If you do not really need print specific features of Photoshop and want lightweight yet versatile solutions for web graphics design, there are a few alternatives out there! You can pick from some free and cheap priced alternative tools for web design:
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    • GIMP- It has been in the industry as an open source graphic design tool for quite some time. Over the years, GIMP has become really feature packed and stability issues are not that annoying anymore. It comes for free. The tool also offers support for a wide range of image file formats. On top of that, the software even supports Adobe Bridge integration and has loads of features. What more a web design professional can ask for?
    • Pixlr- One advantage of Pixlr, over the rival design apps is that it comes in many forms. If you want to be spared from the endless update cycle, using the browser only version helps. You may also resort to its Android version for working on mobile devices naytime. Pixlr is very user friendly though hardcore Photoshop lovers may point out lack of certain features in it. The desktop version resembles Photoshop quite closely.
    • Affinity Photo- Often hailed as the Photoshop of new era, Affinity Photo has enough tools in its arsenal to let you edit images for web usage fast. Made by Serif software, it is a Mac exclusive tool and this limits its appeal to an extent. It does have its advantages but hardcore Photoshop users may need some time getting habituated with the workflow. It runs really fast compared to Photoshop and lets you see real time editing changes.
    • Sketch- Another Mac-based software for designing and editing graphics, it is worth a try for people looking for Photoshop alternatives. Its tools are aimed more at web design than image editing. The app is really user friendly, lightweight and fast. The shared styles and symbols in the app also help speed up workflow in web design projects. It support for vector Boolean operations let you create complex designs easily. Making web designs with a vector based tools was never this easy! If you are a Mac owner, give this a try.
    You can try out the free tools for web design first. Based on the suitability for your design needs, you can then zero in on the most apt one. However, the platform you use may limit your options in some cases.
     

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