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Artweaver – a free photoshop alternative to open psd files

Carte de visite Sylvain NaudinRecently 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.

Some recommended GIMP, Paint.NET and IrfanView but I found this one called Artweaver to fit my requirements nicely.

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.

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Bob Lee

Hi! My name is Bob Lee and I’m a web developer / technical writer who specializes in developing and reviewing web applications. As an entrepreneur, blogger, developer, and tech enthusiast, I have been in this field for more than 10 years, and have been loving every minute of it.

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