What price Photoshop? Higher than a kite? Priced for the rich and famous? Do you have to mortgage the house or put a price on your first born male child to afford Photoshop? That’s the price of success. If you want Photoshop, you pay the going rate, and Adobe keeps it stratospheric.
What’s the alternative? They’re few and far between, but affordable Photoshop alternatives exist from free to not much (relatively speaking). If you want the real thing, you pay real money. If you want a substitute, the choices are few, but there are choices.
The Alternative Trend To Photoshop
From my perspective as a long time Photoshop user, there are half a dozen somewhat competitive alternatives, many at nearly 1/10th the going dowry rate.
A recent trend has developed whereby competing apps are available on both Mac and Windows.
PhotoLine is a monstrous beast with a layout somewhere between GIMP and Photoshop, more intuitive than the former, fewer tools and less capability than the latter.
Tools hang on palettes to the left of the image. Settings hang on larger palettes to the right of the image, similar to most high end graphic editors.
Click on the image to get a larger, pop up view of the PhotoLine interface. Doesn’t that remind you of something?
What you get is a rather complex toolset that’s good for painting, blending, special effects and layers. It handles EXIF digital camera data, fully supports CMYK, ICC profiles, and runs as both 32 and 64 bit on your Mac.
Like Photoshop, an image browser is built in so you can manage images. There’s text flow along vector graphics and the capability to convert lines to beziers (some vector graphic tools are built in).
Like Photoshop, there’s even a built in action recorder so you can record and save your actions for later use. In other words, PhotoLine is a lot like Photoshop, but less. And priced less.
I can’t see that it does much more than GIMP, though the interface is more palatable. If money is still an object, there are 5 Ways Pixelmator Is The Photoshop For The Rest Of Us. Or, 4 Ways This Little App Challenges Photoshop. The real value in image editors. This one.
Compared to Pixelmator, Photoshop Elements, and GraphicConverter, PhotoLine is still 2nd best.