Established for Mac, Pixelmator offers user-friendly editing tools for touching up and enhancing photos and is a good competitor against Adobe Photoshop. Other than typical photo editing tools, it also includes creating drawings, sketches and paintings or adding text and shapes. It’s a powerful yet affordable software. Bottom-line, if you don’t want an industrial-level software Pixelmator might be perfect for you.
However, if you do want more editing features, there are many great alternatives to Pixelmator. We will discuss three of the best ones you can find at three different price points.
Lightroom has the edge against several other alternatives mostly because it’s been specifically designed for professional photographers. It also has a wide assortment of features and tools used by photographers to edit, retouch, and correct images before displaying them in other media. From removing objects to color correcting your images; this software has it all.
Lightroom has been part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Suite, and is available as a stand-alone software on a subscription basis. Although not free, this product offers a lot for photographers and digital artists alike. However, the subscription-based model means that you’ll be paying a lot of money over time if you choose to go with Lightroom.
If you want something that is cheaper than Lightroom, offers very similar controls for photo editing, but is a lot younger in comparison, then Luminar is the best we can recommend. The software is designed to make it easy to be used by both professionals and newbies. It offers a plethora of editing tools from basic exposure controls to selective adjustments and layer masks. Luminar also offers excellent presets that make it quick to fix photo in one click. Its RAW editing capabilities mean that photographers can use it without worrying about degrading their image’s quality.
Overall, if you’re fine with using a software that is not as established as the likes of Lightroom or Capture One, then Luminar is perhaps the best and most balanced alternative to Pixelmator and even Photoshop.
GIMP has been around for quite a long time as a free, open-source alternative to Photoshop. Even though GIMP is less polished than many other programs of this category, users still name it as the number one free editor available. However, as compared to when it launched, GIMP has really grown both in performance and looks. It has a much cleaner and runs quite smoothly.
Although it may lack the depth that Adobe Photoshop, GIMP contains all the necessary photo editing features and tools most users require. These include exposure control options, special-effect filters, and levels and curve settings. It also provides good color controls which include hue/saturation editing and color replacement. Other tools include the notorious paintbrush, bucket fill, eraser tool, an array of selection tools, and many more. All these tools can help you achieve the product that you want to create.
GIMP has been described by many as a potential Photoshop killer but to be very honest, it hasn’t reached that level yet. The main reason for this is the complexity that GIMP brings with it. It is not something that a beginner photographer can open up and start using right away to its full potential. It takes a lot of time to understand everything that GIMP can do but those who have mastered it over the years swear by its potential and the fact that it is a complete photo editor that can be used for free.