Free Photoshop Alternative: Photopea

For those of you out there that are starting to dive into the world of image retouching and correction, committing to a Photoshop subscription with Adobe can be a tricky decision to make.

This decision can be made trickier if you're completely new to editing because you're likely to spend the first few days and weeks, maybe longer learning your way around the program.

You'll be pleased to know then there are free Photoshop alternatives out there that offer a more condensed version of the features that Photoshop does, but they are the perfect starting point for a lot of folks that want to start to get the best out of their photos. Enter Photopea.

If your plan is to eventually work inside the Adobe ecosystem and use Photoshop then Photopea is for you. This is because it's user interface is very similar to that of Photoshop and when it comes time for you to make that transition you'll find it will be a much smoother transition.

Photopea Interface

Photoshop Interface

As far as I can tell a lot of the shortcuts and workflows of Photopea work in the same way that Photoshop does, again this makes it perfect for anyone looking to get to grips with their editing before making the jump to Photoshop.

It should also be said that this doesn't just have to be a program to get you ready for Photoshop. Photopea holds it's own and will only become better and more advanced over time. You could easily stick with this as your main image editor and never need to switch to Photoshop.

Best of all, Photopea runs entirely in your web browser. No load times, simply type in the Photopea web address ( and you'll find yourself ready to edit in a matter of seconds. That's pretty cool.

I'd encourage everyone to give this editor a try. Not everyone has a computer capable of running the increasingly demanding Photoshop software and the fact that Photopea can run entirely from your web browser is just even more of a reason to give it a go. Let us know what you think.

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