YouTube on a Budget

Free Photoshop Alternative

When it comes to YouTube, everyone wants the elite level gear, equipment, and software. But lets face it, when you trying to grow your channel, the money is never quite flowing the way you wish it was, so getting it is not always possible. Luckily there are cheaper options that will do the trick without putting you in the hole. In this article we discuss how to avoid forking up the big bucks for Photoshop, with a free (yes free) alternative.


      GIMP is a completely free photo editing program that you can download today as an alternative to Photoshop. It is feature rich, and will do everything you need it to do for you as a YouTuber. All you have to do is download and install it onto your computer, no free trial limitations, no add-ons to purchase, and no untrustworthy downloads from sketchy websites. GIMP is 100% free, and is perfect for any YouTube channel that is starting out, and trying to grow.

How To Download GIMP

       Downloading, and installing GIMP is very simple. Just head over to their website and click the download tab in their header.

       Scroll down, and click the “Download GIMP Directly” button, then let it download. *Make sure you are downloading the right version for your operating system. 

       Once it has downloaded onto your computer, open it up and wait for the install wizard to appear. Just follow the steps it gives you and wait for it to install. Once it has installed, the program is ready to be used.

GIMP's Features

Color Correction and Editing

Adjust the color in your images with color correction and editing tools such as color balance, brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and more.

Customizable Interface

Edit the way the program looks on your screen so it is suitable for you.

Photo Manipulation Tools

Edit and compose photos with all the manipulation tools you get in Photoshop, such as blur, magic wand, clone stamp, paint brush, and more.

Layer Based Workflow

Edit your work in layers just like Photoshop. Layers are easy to understand, edit, and manipulate.

Built in Filters and Effects

GIMP has an array of different preset filters and effects to apply to your images. They are completely editable so you can get a result that looks great.

Plus Much More

There is always new techniques and features that can be discovered in GIMP, to take your images and edits to a whole new level.

Uses For YouTubers

       Though there is a limitless amount of uses for programs like Photoshop or GIMP, there are a few main uses that GIMP can be used for, that are especially helpful for YouTube channels.

Video Thumbnails

Bring in potential viewers with eye catching thumbnails. GIMP has all the tools to create, and edit great looking thumbnails for your videos.

Video Assets

Create and edit video assets for your videos, to get an idea across, provide information, or tell a joke to your viewers in a creative and entertaining way.

Social Media Promotion

Promote your channel on all social media platforms with well edited photos.

Green Screen Backrounds

Green screens are a powerful tool that are very popular among YouTubers. Using GIMP, you can create your own original green screen backgrounds that look great.


       GIMP has an array of tutorials out on the internet to help you learn and expand your photo editing skills. A quick search on Google will bring up hundreds of tutorials ranging from basic to advanced in skill level. On the GIMP website, you can also find official program tutorials. Check them out here. Finally, there is also tons of YouTube video tutorials that you can follow along with, for most people, this tends to be the easiest way to learn. With the magnitude of available resources, learning to use GIMP is possible no matter of your experience and skill level.

       Being a YouTuber doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money, there are many ways to cut the costs of running your channel, Using GIMP as a free Photoshop alternative is just one of them. For more tips, tricks, and other YouTuber knowledge, check out our blog, and keep an eye out for more “YouTube on a Budget” articles.

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