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Best FREE Photoshop Alternative You’ve NEVER Heard Of???

August 13, 2019

– Hey everybody this is Roberto Blake helping you create
something awesome today. I use Adobe Photoshop pretty frequently. I use it for all of my graphic design work for the most part. I use pretty much everything
in the Adobe ecosystem. It’s done the graphics
of this YouTube channel, the graphics for, and the graphics for my podcast. And while I’m still a huge
advocate for Adobe products because of my experience with them, the fact that I’ve used them literally for about roughly two decades now. Well, I still feel like
there should be some budget solutions for people who need them and for people who don’t make a living yet from their digital art and their projects. So in looking for free
and affordable solutions, I came across something that
I didn’t necessarily expect. I found a free alternative to Photoshop that wasn’t Gimp. What I ended up finding
was a browser based application called spelled like peas in a pod. And Photopea is something that I really wasn’t expecting. A browser based version
of Photoshop essentially that could open and save PSD files and the only caveat is that it does have ads on the sidebar and if you can put up with that then you’re good to go and
it won’t cost anything. The features are almost exactly like Photoshop and it’s
pretty easy to use. One of the things that
turned me on to this was I was looking for more solutions for my students in and our mentoring program. I was looking for people who have bought the YouTube starter kit to have a you know, piece of software that wouldn’t cost them anything extra just to go ahead and use some of the resources that I’m providing because when I built
the YouTube starter kit, for those of you that are not familiar I build this graphic design package with over 150 downloads right now and I update it sometimes with new things. Its like templates for
YouTube channel artwork, templates for YouTube thumbnails, end cards, all kinds of
graphics and I was like well, you bought this and its 99 bucks. Do you also need to go
out and buy software just to use it? And you know that was a little
uncomfortable for some people so I was like well here’s a list of budget software. And I came up with things like
Affinity Photo and Designer, and obviously Gimp is free, and Pixlr and things like that. But then, there was Photopea. And I was like wow, well anybody could use this
because it’s browser based. Even if you’re not on Mac or PC, if you’re on bloody
Lennox you could use this. So it made perfect sense. So I wanted to just let you guys know that this is free software
that you can take advantage of. It’s actually really good. Photopea isn’t paying me anything. They’re not sponsor;
there’s no backend deal. And they’re an opensource platform so I don’t know if they
really could afford me if they wanted to
influence their marketing and so just as long as this is around, I would take advantage of it if I was you. If more people are using it or if more people decide to upgrade to the premium offering that they have then this will stick
around and we can have good, open source solutions. And I think this is a
nice different approach. Photoshop will always be my bae. It will always be my
main program that I go to for anything that I need
when it comes to graphics. It’s the thing that I know the most and I love what they’re
doing with machine learning to scale it and to make things just work even
better and more accurately. So I’m a big fan of what
the Adobe team is doing. I always will be but
that doesn’t mean I want you know, only focus
on expensive solutions. I remember what it’s like
not to have a lot of money and to need open sore
software or budget solutions so I will talk about
them here on the channel from time to time even though they’re not really the
tools that I use the most. So I won’t be going super deep on them just because I’m not happy with the open
sore solutions sometimes just from my perspective because the things that they’re lacking are exactly why when I could afford it, I did upgrades and I
bought into the new stuff and when you do that, it feels almost impossible to go backwards and you’ll experience that for yourself or maybe you’ve experienced
that in the past. So, question of the day. What software and solutions do you want me to make tutorials around? Some of you have asked for
more video editing tutorials. Those are going to come
and I’m going to try and make them as simple
as possible for people. A lot of you have asked me to do some more tutorials and training around camera gear so that’s coming because I’ve
got some new camera stuff. And of course I’ve got a new drone coming
in so stay tuned for that. But I want to know, well what do you guys want tutorials on? What do you want training on? And I’ll try to work it here
into my content calendar and just see what I can do for you guys. Definitely make sure you’re
checking out Like I said, it’s completely
free open sore software. I’m not getting any money from this but if you want to check out some of my other resources and
some of the tools I use, you can check out those links
in the description down below. Also, make sure you’re checking out That is my online education platform. I’ve got a blog over there where I’m putting out
some interesting content. You can also check out all the resources that I use in my business and you can see if there’s anything we’re offering at Awesome Creator
Academy that might be able to help you guys out with
whatever you’re doing as a creative pro or if you’re an entrepreneur
trying to market your business. Like this video if you like it. Don’t forget to subscribe. Check out the other awesome
stuff here on the channel. As always you guys, thanks so very much for watching and don’t forget, go out there and create
something awesome today. Take care. (calm music)


  • Reply CallMeKapkid February 28, 2018 at 6:12 am

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  • Reply Kitslams Art February 28, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Roberto, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts about the new app Vero.

  • Reply Dwight Perry February 28, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Tutorial for affinity designer and photo would be awesome, thanks man

  • Reply ricky todd Botelho February 28, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Thankx. I totally agree. I want some more stuff on this new Photopea. Gimp. and Photoshop. Have trouble with layering.

  • Reply The Rewired Soul February 28, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Awesome video! Even though I have photoshop, sometimes I'm on other computers without it. I'll definitely give this a try if I need to make my thumbnails on the go.


  • Reply B Lee February 28, 2018 at 6:59 am

    I see the "Crushing It" by Gary Vaynerchuck in the back🙂

  • Reply Matan Presberg February 28, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Thanks for the video! I'll definitely be looking to photopea if I'm trying to do graphics. Just a quick note, photopea is not open source. They have a Github page, but it only serves to report issues, doesn't actually have the engine's code on it.

  • Reply Toby Horn February 28, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Sehr interessante Variante. Die Webseite werde ich mir mal anschauen

  • Reply Yonatan24 February 28, 2018 at 7:32 am

    I've used it since you mentioned it on a live stream, it has saved me sooooo much time when making thumbnails!

  • Reply Sabah Noor Rahman February 28, 2018 at 9:05 am

    I see lily singh behind, high 5 I am her fan too

  • Reply Dan Willis February 28, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Crazy! Just checked Photopea out, I have Photoshop and don't think I will change over but if I was looking for free I would definitely use this or Canva.

  • Reply DumDumDev February 28, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Training on a mobile flow

  • Reply Flipped Classroom Tutorials February 28, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Been using this for a long time with our students and we love it! Another plus: it's all cloud based and works on Chromebooks!

  • Reply Crystal Freediving February 28, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Going to check if it is suitable for thumbnails.

  • Reply Computer-Boy February 28, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I used Pixelmator for photo editing and what the Best FREE  Illustrator Alternative?

  • Reply Tenmir Destruction February 28, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Is where something similar for Illustrator?

  • Reply iSasFTW February 28, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Why is linux bad? 🙁

  • Reply 30 Minute Mindset February 28, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks! Never heard of this but definitely going to check it out now!

  • Reply what_2020 February 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Make tutorials for iMovie 2018 , can't afford Photoshop CC or Final Cut Pro X

  • Reply Sasuworld February 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    I use Photoshop and Clip studio Paint pro. But i would like to see you give tutorials for Clip studio Paint Pro/EX 🙂 By the way isn't Medibang and Krita free?

  • Reply Web Assist February 28, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Thanks for this, I've found it extremely difficult to find a free editor that's any good to recommend to clients, this may just be my new go-to recommendation.

  • Reply JKN Productions February 28, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    This is great. Love that it is browser based so it works on almost any operating system

  • Reply pauly braden February 28, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    wow man, you had to reach way down there to find this one.  Appreciate it.

  • Reply Love of Pets February 28, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Thank you for the suggestions.

  • Reply S.J.'s DIY Adventures February 28, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    But Gimp is awesome!

  • Reply Relyea February 28, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Such a great tip! Thanks for the heads up. I am going to try this out right away. Canva doesn't have enough way to edit text (like outlines or shaders) I'm hoping that this will level up my thumbnails.

  • Reply Dennis Tyson Plein Air February 28, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Nice find Roberto! Thank you!

  • Reply bytheBrooke February 28, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Yay! Thank you! I've been wanting something free like adobe since for freaking ever!!

  • Reply Jayne Nicoletti February 28, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Lighting tutorial would be great. I pay for PicMonkey and IMO, for the price it has a lot. I also have Photoshop through work which I use the liquify tool a lot from. It help with taking flyaways from my hair but I am thinking, will anyone see that in the size that is the thumbnail? lol

  • Reply GONZ February 28, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks for the tip Roberto! If you're into web-based editors, Pixlr could be a good option too.

  • Reply Jay Malone February 28, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Awesome! You're right, I had never heard of it! I'll be sure to share the info now!!

  • Reply Imo and Izzy Vlogs February 28, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Thanks! That's great. Thanks for sharing. x

  • Reply Jen Nipps March 1, 2018 at 1:35 am

    Thanks for the information about PhotoPea! It definitely looks like something I can use.

  • Reply fixt09 _ March 1, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Yo! Love the vids and helpful tips! Keep it up dude!

  • Reply limesquared March 1, 2018 at 5:49 am

    Thank you!

  • Reply Pandar's Puppets March 1, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks, this is a very helpful video.

  • Reply MooniGaming March 1, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    I'd love a begginner's walk through of Final Cut Pro if you've ever used it.

  • Reply Deepy March 1, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Roberto! Thanks for this awesome video!!

    I've got a question, or I need your advice. So I got this mail from "" And I do not understand it perfectly, but they reach out to youtube channels and they wanna help me selling some merch. Which I don't understand cuz I've a small channel. They give you a 14 days free trial, whatever that means when it's about merch. Anyway, do you think this is legit? I've been mailing with them for some time now, and to me they sound legit, but I'm still scared. I think it would be cool to try this, they got this 14 days free trial, but still. Do you got some advice? Thanks in advance! Love you man!

  • Reply Creator Central March 1, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    This is an extremely useful videos for those who can't pay for Photoshop!

  • Reply UNIVERSAL BLOSSOMINGS March 2, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Got it….thanks so much

  • Reply Scott Davis March 2, 2018 at 7:12 am

    Love that Crushing it Book. It was awesome.

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  • Reply That Guy Health March 2, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    love the way you plug! Nice man!

  • Reply Big Undead Daddy March 2, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Hey Roberto! Thanks for the insights and videos! I've been binge watching all this great information you've shared trying to get a handle on the youtube and getting viewers and such. While I've been mainly staying to your YouTube specific content for new creators I had to check this one out. I recently abandoned Adobe as I found their software to be getting awful bloated. Some other alternatives people can use that are free/affordable that I switched to are these:

    Photoshop Alternative: Affinity Photo – ($49)
    Illustrator Alternative: Affinity Designer – ($49)
    After Effects Alternative: (FREE)

    Switching from Photoshop/Illustrator to the Affinity softwares had minimal learning curve, I found them to be extremely similar in function/options and use. Hitfilm is a tad different (interface wise) from after effects so it does take some getting used to. But it has a ton of tutorials and once you know where stuff is, it really isn't that different.

    Anyway. Hope these links help some folks out! Thanks again for the great information! Keep creating awesome!

  • Reply Geek Spring March 3, 2018 at 2:38 am

    Great Video 🙂
    Definitely going to check this out.

  • Reply Joy Rhodes March 3, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Awesome!!! Thank you for sharing, was just looking for something like this!

  • Reply John Apolo March 3, 2018 at 4:09 pm


  • Reply Kamala's Own March 3, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Now I need a Photopea tutorial. I've been trying to make channel art for two frikkin' hours and can't make this work! I am so frustrated!!!!!!!! Why can't these things just make sense?!?

  • Reply Mario Linton March 4, 2018 at 3:37 am

    Of course I checked this out bcuz of your recommendation, I’m blown away & it’s my go to now. I was on Pixlr but was upset how much it lacked. This is my kinda prog. Thanks Roberto!

  • Reply Thomas Kleven March 5, 2018 at 2:58 am

    I'm Using Inkscape instead of illustrator, any thoughts?

  • Reply Thomas Kleven March 5, 2018 at 2:58 am

    I'm Using Inkscape instead of illustrator, any thoughts?

  • Reply Retro Gamer March 5, 2018 at 6:05 am

    photoshop the best. Even photoshop 7 trumps GIMP

  • Reply Angelo Galamgam March 5, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Hello Sir Roberto Blake… thank you for your videos, it helped me a lot. im a beginner at youtube, starting to grow it, and your videos are very very informative 🙂 the education that you put into your content encourages me and motivates me more 🙂

  • Reply Lets be Frank March 5, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    I will need to check this out. Since i am just starting out i was looking for affordable ways to do certain functions for my videos. Thank you for the info!

  • Reply Kaz March 5, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Bro this was a huge help, thanks a lot

  • Reply theariascode March 6, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Incredible! Works like a charm!

  • Reply Goluptious Geek March 6, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    I’ve been using Pixlr, but I’ll definitely check this one out! Thanks for mentioning this, I’ve searched and searched for free photoshop alternatives, but had never heard of this one before.

  • Reply Clipping Path Servicce March 6, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks Roberto for sharing Free Photoshop alternative. Really it was very important for me and also all graphic designer.

  • Reply Photonerds University March 8, 2018 at 11:43 am

    WOW, this is super cool. I've been asked by students for awhile now about alternatives to Adobe Products and no matter how much I try and convince them that the $9.99 a month is worth it, there are those who still don't see the value. I get it. So as a result I have mentioned things like Luminar and others but this PhotoPea is fantastic. I think I may do some tutorials on it for my community. Thanks a bunch for sharing. Super cool.

  • Reply Art Archaeologist March 8, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    I'm so grateful for your channel. Very happy subscriber, thx

  • Reply Ann Elisabeth March 9, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Thanks. Sent the tip to a friend.

  • Reply Floyd Darryl March 9, 2018 at 5:46 pm


  • Reply Sherryanne Francis March 11, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Thank you

  • Reply Michele Bedard March 11, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Hi! I'm interested all your videos. Just need to find time to watch them all! 🤔 I would be interested in more beginner tutorials on graphic design, particularly using stylus with iPad or something like that. Thanks! Peace!

  • Reply ostrichtv March 14, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    i will be downloading this, thanks so much

  • Reply Scott Markowitz March 15, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Cool. I'll check it out. Let's see how PhotoPea shapes up.

    I strongly believe that, unless you're a pro designer, Photoshop (and the Adobe suite- in general) is way too much. It's so complicated that it takes serious energy to keep up with all you can do with it. Then, you have to keep up with all the updates. Again, if you make your livelihood as a designer, it's well worth it. For the rest of us (I'm an editor)

    I prefer using Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer on MAC. They boot up much faster, the interface is far more responsive, and I can do 99% of the things I need to do in design and image processing software.

  • Reply Scott Cramer March 16, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Does anyone know if you can add a stroke to images on PhotoPea?
    I found it! You just have to go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke
    This site is awesome.

  • Reply Sarah Andrea Royce March 21, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Great tip I personally use Gimp, and Photoshop and me have a bit of a bad history, because it was so much directed for print in the early days of web development and I prefered Paint Shop Pro at the time that seemed a lot better with bitmaps for use with a display.

  • Reply Thirstytraveler41 March 26, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    It is a great alternative to Photoshop. I found out about it thanks to one of your podfest 2018. One tip is if you are a student, Photoshop is cheaper. I would be interested in video editing tutorials. Thanks

  • Reply Creator Fundamentals March 26, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Nice find Roberto

  • Reply Gary Quinn March 27, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks Roberto, this is exactly what I've been looking for. Hope to see videos on free Indesign and Illustrator alternatives, that would be awesome!

  • Reply Julie Gower March 27, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    I am gonna check this out

  • Reply Jk Canvas March 30, 2018 at 3:23 am

    How to use my iPhone to make video’s.

  • Reply mattgamer April 2, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you very much! I have been searching and looking for a good way to build thumbnails. Thank you so much

  • Reply Ra'liyah and the Music April 7, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    It’s litterally a bigger version of PHOTOSHOP 😂😂 Really cool!

  • Reply Stefano Papaleo April 14, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Nice "little" discovery. It perfectly opened and old PSD of mine with masks, smart filters, layer groups etc. A handy solution. Also, a very good offline alternative, esp. if you are into painting (but photo editing too even if it is hardly publicised as such) is Krita. Awesome piece of software, it works on OS X; Windows and Linux and it also opens .psd files and somehow better non-destructive tols compared to Gimp.

  • Reply Danny Moore April 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    you gotta stop looking to the side, its gets annoying fast! but your vids are very informative with great info! thanks bro!

  • Reply Chris D Mack April 25, 2018 at 4:18 am

    So glad I ran across this video! Roberto you're doing great things 🤜🏽👍🏽

  • Reply Chris Fraser May 2, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Yeah, I'll stick with GIMP.

  • Reply Linda Williams May 23, 2018 at 8:26 am

    I've recently tried out this tool and it turned out to be a surprisingly interesting tool to edit photos. I find it easy to use and quite useful for certain retouching needs.

    I also use and recommend BatchPhoto. It's a tool for Windows and Mac designed to edit multiple photos at once. Really useful if you have to resize, watermark or date stamp images in bulk.

  • Reply Are you feeling it now Mr Krabs? July 2, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Ayy you read "How To Be a Bawse" this channel may be just for me XD

  • Reply R F July 3, 2018 at 10:30 am

    dumbest video ever where are the tools lad ?!?!?!?

  • Reply Snakearies The Third July 4, 2018 at 4:07 am

    I tried to use it but for some reason everything was all jumbled and mushed together on my screen.

  • Reply aaronsdavis July 29, 2018 at 12:48 am

    Browser based is a deal breaker for me. Think I'll go with Krita.

  • Reply TriBe Crucial August 12, 2018 at 4:55 am

    Just illegally download it its not that hard.

  • Reply Sander Cokart October 24, 2018 at 8:37 am


  • Reply Laris Ndamo November 16, 2018 at 1:28 am

    This is awesome!!
    Thank you !

  • Reply Laris Ndamo November 16, 2018 at 1:29 am

    This is awesome!!
    Thank you !

  • Reply SA Accounts November 27, 2018 at 5:47 am

    Can this convert rgb to cmyk

  • Reply Akhi Abdullah December 22, 2018 at 2:58 am

    What about Inkscape and Blender?

  • Reply Kek Gorilla January 30, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Thank you

  • Reply TheGhosterH20S February 6, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks for the info. I might be getting a Windows tablet for drawing

  • Reply Trinity Likins February 15, 2019 at 8:15 am

    when he's been using adobe for longer than you've been alive

  • Reply ShinyFist March 10, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    You saved my life @Roberto my photoshop is under maintenance!!!

  • Reply Jason Zimmerman March 15, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    I've always liked Pixlr.

  • Reply Soldatul April 1, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Omg Thanks You is the best

  • Reply Marc Duchamp April 8, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Photoshop and Adobe subscriptions adds up

  • Reply WaschyNumber1 April 22, 2019 at 11:42 am

    I don't like online based photoshop programs , i like offline programs.

  • Reply Tashi April 24, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Wow this is scary,It’s so close to Photoshop

  • Reply Beyond Birthday June 27, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Thank u it does really helped me out

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