Bloat Busting Part 1: Adobe Photoshop replacements for Linux and Windows

I’m sure you all would have heard about software bloat and Bloatware. Bloatware is a term used to describe software that is so packed with features that it becomes like an overkill. Most of the people don’t use most of these features and some features aren’t used by anyone. But still they exist, and eat up valuable space of your memory and HDD.

On the other hand are developers who code software that are light on resources, and still just do the job. Take the case of Adobe Photoshop, over 3GB in size and alternatives can do it under 100MB!

Here, in this article series, I’d concentrate on Linux and Windows software which can easily be replaced by lighter alternatives.

Adobe Photoshop CS5.5

Adobe Photoshop has had a big reputation for being bloated and heavy in size. The latest version, CS5.5 extends 2GB in install size. It has many features not used by more than 90% of people and the startup times are awful.


  • GIMP: GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a very reliable piece of software, that can easily rival Photoshop in its capability. Although it is itself quite powerful, some of the plugins are so good that it outdoes Photoshop too. And best of all, it is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. And it is free! Get it now from

  • Paint.NET: Paint.NET is a great tool that weighs under 10Mb and can be used as a free replacement for Photoshop. It is free and customizable by Plugins. Paint.NET. Although it is only available for Windows, a clone called Pinta is also available. Get Paint.NET for free from and Pinta from

  • Inkscape: Inkscape is very reliable and fast for quick editing. But it can be used the same way as Photoshop and it is nice at photo editing too. The interface is nice and the program is cross platform. It is compliant of SVG file format too. Get it for free from

Out of all these, GIMP is the most feature rich, but its interface isn’t very beautiful. Inkscape is easy and fast, but has a slight learning curve to it. Paint.NET dominates the show by being a complete all rounder. So I’d recommend it to all who don’t want to shell out the bucks!

Know something better? Please comment!

Stay tuned for the next one in the series!


    1. I tried that..Quite similar to Paint.NET (8Mb!!cool!)
      Thanks for suggesting!
      Keep Visiting

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