Artweaver – a free photoshop alternative to open psd files
Recently I was asked to create a business card.
To do that I would usually use Adobe Photoshop to design the card and get it printed by the professionals.
However I do not have Photoshop installed on my machine now, so instead I searched online for a free Photoshop alternative.
Artweaver is a photo and image editing software with user interface similar to Photoshop.
The windows application comes in two versions:
- Artweaver Free
- Artweaver Plus (25 €)
I gave Artweaver free version a try since I wanted to work on the business card asap. Below is how Artweaver looks.
If you are a Photoshop user, this interface should look familiar.
The layers and the tools window works similarly like Photoshop.
Just in case you’re wondering if you could open a .psd file with Artweaver, well it depends on whether or not the color depth / resolution of the PSD file is supported.
I tried to open a sample business card in PSD format and got this error message “The color depth / resolution of this PSD file is not supported”. I guess with Artweaver plus it should open up just fine.
Tested with another PSD file which I downloaded, and it opens up nicely together with all the layers intact.
If you have basic photo and image editing requirements such as removing a background image or adding some text to a photo, then Artweaver should be good enough.