Photoshop alternatives for iPad – One might SURPRISE you!

Photoshop alternatives for iPad – One might SURPRISE you!


Are you looking for ways to work with
PSD files or edit photos on your iPad and you don’t have that Creative Cloud
subscription? Well in this video I’m going to show you my top alternatives to
Photoshop on the iPad Pro. Welcome to the video. Now if you’re into design or video
production consider subscribing to the channel because that’s what we’re all
about. Now if you own an iPad and you’re looking for ways to either edit PSDs or
kind of have that Photoshop experience on the go with your iPad and you can’t
afford the Creative Cloud membership or you just don’t like using it then I’m
gonna show you my best alternatives for Photoshop for the iPad. I’ve got two free
versions and two premium paid versions and I think the last one is really going
to surprise you. Now if you’ve used Photoshop for the
iPad before you’ll know it’s pretty good but it even has some elements which are
missing from the desktop version such as custom brushes, so some of these apps
may be the answer for you. So before we jump in I know some of you are probably
thinking “hang on” I didn’t even know Photoshop existed for the iPad! If you
didn’t know that and you want to see our full review of Photoshop for the iPad
you can click up here and see that review. Photoshop for the iPad is
pretty good, however it is missing some features So anyway let’s jump into our first pick
for your first alternative to Photoshop on the iPad. Ok so the first app is
called Pixelmator and it costs just 4.99 okay so lets open up Pixelmator
. What’s great about this is you can import PSD files and I’m gonna do that
now, so let’s import thumbnail which we’re gonna use for this video this is a
PSD file created in Photoshop on the desktop and you can see what’s great
here you’ve got all the layers you’ve got the option to
just color so let’s say we want to adjust the background color here you’ve
got the sort of tool section here we can adjust the colors there and then we’ve
got some really nice just simple fast ways to adjust colors brightness all the
kind of things you would expect from a photoshop alternative let’s apply that
you have options at the top here to paint an eraser if you want to get rid
of any blemishes and photos you can do that you can retouch you can just or you
can add effects crop all of the basic tools you would expect in Photoshop and
I think this is so powerful it’s so fast you’ve got options for fonts you’ve got
different backgrounds you can put images and bring those on let’s just bring this
bottle of spider spray here you can see how quick it is as we zoom in and out
I’m just gonna delete that and then this text has been brought in from Photoshop
so this is one of the only problems is that sometimes the fonts don’t pull in
the same fonts font Photoshop but we can now change this to a different fonts if
we go up here you’ll see when you go back to the formatting option now I’ve
selected this text you can now alter all of the options for the text here so we
can change this font and that’s changing to say did an alternative and you can
see the phone it’s changed there it’s all looking pretty good okay so that’s
Pixelmator for the iPad now it’s pretty good as you can see the only downside is
that I sometimes find when I bring in PSD files that already have layer text
in them they don’t always work as I would expect and sometimes I have to
kind of delete the texts that is already there and then just re-enter it it’s not
a huge thing to work around but it’s definitely worth noting it so our next
app is called Snapseed now this is a completely free app for iPad OS or
iPhone and whilst it doesn’t have multi-layer support it’s such a good
photo editing app that I had to include it you know if you just want to edit
your photos on the go before you upload them to Instagram
maybe gaps and blemishes you know repair some photos and then add some text then
this is the app for you so let me jump into that now so if we open up Snapseed
here i love about this is you don’t really need the Apple pencil for this
you can use your fingers and it works really really well so let’s tap here to
open an image let’s just open it from the device I’m gonna go to all photos
and let’s use this picture of an iPad now what I like about this it’s just so
so simple so up here you’ve got a few different options this is for some
instant looks that you might create before here you’ve got your tool
selection so let’s just say we want to tune image you do have the option here
to improve the details white balance you’ve got healing options you’ve got
HDR options and you’ve got other options as well for lens blurs adding texts and
things like that which is great but why I like about this app is how fast this
is so if we got a tuned image how you actually go through your setting is
through and up and down menu and then once you’ve selected the option so let’s
just say we want to bring the contrast up you let go and then you swipe left
and right and you’ll see the bar at the top here then controls the contrast and
so you can see literally let go of your finger and then you can jump between
each section then we go to ambience let’s see a huge difference there so
it’s just a very very fast way of going through and editing your photos and as I
say I use this a lot when we’re out about on the go as it’s just a quickest
editor there is lens blur options here so if we want to add that make a look
like we used a really good lens on this you can add that in there you can tap
and hold anyway on the screen to see their before and after I like that let’s
tick okay let’s add some text easily even has some kind of Instagram style
text effects in here as well so let’s just say you want to add that let’s
double tap to edit in there iPad pro 10.5″ boom and you’ve got a title there
it’s pretty good that could go straight onto Instagram super simple we’ve edited
that photo added some text within a matter of seconds and there you can
export that as a JPEG you can upload it you can email it do whatever you want
that Snapseed in a nutshell okay so the next app is called affinity photo now
whilst this is the most expensive app I’m gonna recommend to you at 19.99 I
think for that one-off payment this is a seriously good app it has a desktop app
and an iPad app and all of the features on the desktop version
are available in the iPad version it’s so good you can clone there’s got
brushes it’s got unlimited layer support support for CMYK so if you’re into print
design then this is the app for you so let’s jump into it okay so let’s open up
the Finity photo now what I like about this app is that it really feels like a
fully functional desktop app it doesn’t feel like a mobile app that’s been made
for the iPad so what we can do here let’s import from cloud again let’s and
put that same thumbnail that we were working on in Photoshop on the desktop
and you can see here it’s brought it in absolutely perfectly you’ve got
unlimited layers in a finished photo and I think that’s really really good if
you’re a kind of a Photoshop person that uses thousands or hundreds of layers
this is the app to go for you know I’m just kind of creating thumbnails
improving photos things like that so quite basic stuff but it’s great that
you’ve got it here you can see it’s brought in the fonts as they should be
we can’t of edit the fonts here we can select objects and move each one around
independently all the things you would expect on a Photoshop replacement and
you’ve got loads and loads of type of typography options you can import new
fonts it’s absolutely tons of fonts already installed on the program which
is really really great to see and then from a UI perspective why I like is that
you have different personas up here on the top corner sorry the top left hand
corner of the screen now what a persona is essentially is a way of a sort of
simplifying a workspace so you can see here it doesn’t look like there’s that
many tools down the side here but that’s because we’re in just one persona if we
change this you can see we’re now in the selections persona and all of the tools
now change to selection tools and then if we go to liquify you’ll see this now
changes to a liquid liquify persona and then we can manipulate with the Apple
pencil the iPad screen here you can see we pull that in
and it’s just so fast you know there’s no lag in this program whatsoever you
can also work with CMYK which i think is a really really great feature so let’s
create a new project here new document and as you can see here versus color
mode a lot of other apps for the iPad such as Pixelmator and even photoshop do not support CMYK this does so if you work on print if you’re working on
packaging you can now do this within affinity photo directly within the iPad
it just has great selection of brushes as well you can see here you can scroll
through you’ve got drawing your spray paint texture brushes everything that
you would want and expect from a Photoshop alternative basically it’s
really worth delving into there is quite steep learning curve of this because if
you’ve never used it before it’s a little bit different from Photoshop
however I think if you’ve used Photoshop before you’ll find this quite satisfying
to use and they really used the iPad screen to its best ability it looks
absolutely fantastic so that’s affinity photo and I think if you’re using
Photoshop on a daily basis and you really need that full selection of tools
then out of the four I think this is probably the best one but the next one I
think is going to surprise you okay so the next app is a surprise for a lot of
people who have never seen this before this is called photo pea calm and it’s
almost a one-to-one replica of Photoshop and it’s based within the browser so as
you’ll see in a moment the tools are in the same place as Photoshop the menus
are very similar it’s completely free there is a paid version if you want to
get rid of the ads on the side but I think it’s so cool it’s very easy to use
and until recently until Apple released iPad OS there was no way of actually
accessing this on an iPad because it is in browser now it has a full desktop
version of the Safari browser you can access it and let me show you how it
works okay so let’s open up photo P and all you need to do is type in photo P
comm and then the entire application loads within the browser there’s no app
to install no program to download and install it just simply works so let’s
open the thumbnail that we’ve been working on it’s open this lets go to
browse let’s open up the white one what they’ve been working on and you can see
here it imports just fine there’s multiple layers here on the right hand
side just like Photoshop you’ll notice all of the menus and toolbars are almost
identical to Photoshop as well so let’s just say that we want to control this
iPad here we can move this around we can go to adjustments and say we want to
change the brightness and contrast just to show you how quick this is you can
see there look at that it’s adjusting almost instantaneously and bearing in
mind this is doing this through a web browser I think that’s pretty insane so
that’s pretty cool let’s click OK on that that’s just some of this text shall
we say let’s say alternative see how easy it is to edit
fonts and it hasn’t changed our fonts as well these are the fonts that we used in
Adobe Photoshop which is really cool let’s change let’s just say let’s just
make a new background layer and let’s fill in that with it
gradient tool and it’s done and that’s how easy it is now what I like about
this is you can actually import a PSD or you can export as a PSD as well so if we
go save as a PSD you can now download that thumbnail for dot PSD so this is
really really surprisingly good for an in-browser application as I say it’s
completely free with page a little bit of a premium just to get the ads to go
away as it fits better within the iPads UI but this is a great alternative for
Photoshop if you’re used to Photoshop you just need to make some quick
adjustments you can also use the Apple pencil too so if we change this to the
brush tool now let’s make this a larger brush and then what I’m gonna do is just
show you if you draw with the Apple pencil if I put more pressure on the
pencil you can see it’s thicker if I take the pressure away it gets thinner
so even though this is going through the Safari browser you’ve still got that
Apple support for drawing and using brush tools which is really cool so
there you go they are my four alternatives to photoshop on the iPad
what do you think of those let me know in the comment section below especially
if you’ve got any questions about any of them I promise I do get back to every
single comment so I hope you enjoyed that video and if you did make sure you
subscribe because we have plenty more videos just like this on the channel so
thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next one

3 thoughts on “Photoshop alternatives for iPad – One might SURPRISE you!

  1. What do you think of these 4 Photoshop Alternatives?

  2. First+1

  3. Super helpful!

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