I am looking for photo editing software that is as similar as possible to Adobe Photoshop.

The reason why I want it to be as similar is because if I ever want to do a job which requires Photoshop knowledge, it would be an advantage to be experienced with software the only differs minimally, to shorten relearning a much as possible. Also, I doubt Photoshop and similar software, such as Illustrator, are privacy respecting.

Does there exist such free, open source software?

I've seen the following recommendations that are privacy respecting:

  • GIMP - The Free & Open Source Image Editor.
  • Krita - Krita is a free and open source digital painting application
  • Czkawka - Multi functional app to find duplicates and similar images etc.
  • DigiKam - Awesome Professional Photo Management with the Power of Open Source.
  • Inkscape - Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor used to create vector images.

Are any of these a good alternative for Photoshop, as I have described?

I'm thinking of digital painting as an application. So the aspects and tools of PS that are associated with it, such as brushes, layers and so on, should have similar UI.

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    Why not try them all out and see which one suits you since they are free? Anyway, GIMP is considered the most similar to Photoshop.
    – Sebastian
    Sep 11 at 12:50
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    Please list the options which are critical for the job(s). PS have so many options and tools... Sep 11 at 17:41
  • In the past Adobe has been very aggressively defending their proprietary rights, so I think it will be rather unlikely that there will be a Photoshop lookalike ever. Maybe they even defend their key combinations.
    – U. Windl
    Nov 20 at 17:58

Maybe you should give it a try to https://www.photopea.com/ it's not fully open source (but it has a repo: https://github.com/photopea/photopea ). It has a similar user experience to Adobe Photoshop.

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    W/o list of required options this answer is shoot in the dark. Moreover this software do not support RAW files which may be (for me for example) critical. Sep 11 at 17:45
  • It says that support RAW files - at the very front page if you open it.
    – komorra
    Sep 12 at 18:39
  • It doesn't support Tough TG-5, I try it. On Git page i see: Raw: DNG, NEF, CR2, ARW, RAF, GPR, 3FR, FFF. Sep 12 at 18:43

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