View Full Version : Photoshop alternative?

05-14-2012, 03:21 AM
Just wanted to mention here that I found this refreshingly powerful little app called "Photoline".

I have been a Photoshop user since v3, but lately I am growing tired of Adobe's direction with it and their licensing. Also, Photoshop is growing out of bounds in regards to installation size - it's becoming a bit ridiculous.

And some absolutely basic workflow issues are still not resolved:
- just one layer mask per layer
- having to switch between image modes to perform certain actions
- having to convert to smart objects if you want live filters
- vector tools are limited (well, that at least has been tackled in CS6)
- switching to 16bit/32bit per channel causes Photoshop to forbid you to use most of the filters (hello! This is the 21st century! Why can't I apply a basic filter on 16bit images?!?)
- most filters have not been updated in ages. The noise and clouds filters are a joke.
- and so on.

Having said that, it is still incredibly powerful and often very convenient in use.

Enter Photoline:
- full LAB/CMYK/RGB support PER LAYER! How cool is that?
- curves can be applied to any layer IN ANY COLOUR MODE - so use a LAB curve on a RGB layer. Or a CMYK layer. No switching required!
- full 16bit per channel support
- as many layer masks as you like per layer! FTW?
- colour management!
- the installer weighs in at 18mb(!).
- Inexpensive!
- mac and pc
- full vector tools and even layout tools, multiple pages
- (almost) any filter and effect can be applied to any layer in any colour mode and bit depth as an adjustment layer
- very fast
- loads and loads of effects, presets, and so on.
- developer seems very supportive, and the community surrounding it as well

- archaic interface.
- workflow can be quite different compared to Photoshop
- did I mention that the GUI looks dated and *f*ugly?
- things that can be done in a minute in a friendly way in Photoshop can take many more steps in Photoline.
- Photoshop offers way more 'hand-holding' than Photoline.

Still, this is the only image editing app I have found that can compete with PS on a more advanced level. Not for beginners, though.

05-14-2012, 04:41 AM
Thanks for the link Rayek :thumbsup:

There's also this one too: http://pixlr.com/editor/
It's good for doing quick stuff when online.

05-14-2012, 05:04 AM
It's not 32float...

05-14-2012, 06:48 AM
How's the animation side? I'm impressed it does all that though.... I always found Serif's Photoplus to be the closest to a cheap Photoshop I could find. The UI is pretty identical and you can mix filters live before committing the changes.