Alternatives to PaintShop Pro X9
Three painting programs to suit every artist’s budget and skill set
Photoshop CC Web www.adobe.com Price From £9/$10 per month
The market-leading image-editing program for Windows and Mac is much more affordable than it used to be, if you subscribe to the Creative Cloud Photography plan.
Painter Web www.painterartist.com Price £315/$429
PaintShop Pro’s stablemate is the definitive painting software for Windows and Mac, with a superb array of natural media tools. PaintShop Pro makes a decent companion program for artists wanting to publish their art in print or online.
Affinity Photo Web www.affinity.serif.com Price £40/$50
An exciting 2015 launch on Mac, this powerful and affordable image editor is coming to Windows shortly, although at the moment its photo manipulation prowess far outstrips its painting tools.