Although Photoshop is an all-in-one place out of the box tool for your photo manipulation requirements, there are other great alternatives that can closely match what you would need to create the perfect photo.
Let’s look at the following alternatives:
ALTERNATIVE 1: APPLE APERTURE 3
Expect more of a Lightroom experience with Aperture. As a tool for Mac users, it will require an operating system of Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.
Aperture offers great advanced features such as your custom-printing elements, RAW processing, tagging / organisation tools or manual retouching elements and more fun features such as geo-tagging, one-click filters and the great facial recognition feature. Aperture has additional plugins available on Apple’s website that can cater for short falls in elements such as the lack of built-in lens-distortion correction, etc.
ALTERNATIVE 2: COREL PAINTSHOP PRO X5
If you are using windows XP SP3 or later, Corel PaintShop Pro X5 is a great out-of-the box solution to use for your photo editing jobs. As a graphic artist you will able to create your vector based graphics where you will be able to access Photoshop’s brush tool set. You will also enjoy an array of editing tools such as filters, layers, one-click HDR and some retouch tools. The RAW-format support is the great.
ALTERNATIVE 3: PHASE ONE CAPTURE ONE PRO 7
If you are an emerging fashion or studio photographer and need support for tethered shooting, this tool is the top recommended and used tool for you; including in this package is an in-app camera adjustment and live-viewing capabilities. Additional features that are of great use are: a speedy performance, unique focus-peaking previewing and great organising tools. Much like Lightroom it offers an array of features such as lens-correction, custom-printing, noise-reduction, etc.
ALTERNATIVE 4: GIMP 2.8
GIMP a free open-source initiative focusing on the features such as manipulation and recomposing of photos; cropping photos, resizing photos and effects that Photoshop has to offer. You can open your PSD files in GIMP and use the array of tools such as colour correction, text and brush’s, etc. GIMP also uses fewer resources to run leaving you with more memory and hard drive space for your photos.