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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku AmigaOS ... Xfce

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    Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems for Windows and OS X.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    Paint.NET is a free image and photo editing software. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers...

    Free Windows

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    MyPaint is a fast, distraction-free, and easy painting tool for digital artists. It supports graphics tablets made by Wacom, and many...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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    Microsoft Paint

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    Free Windows

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    Autodesk SketchBook

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    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Windows RT Android Tablet ... iPad Kindle Fire

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    PaintTool SAI

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    Commercial Windows

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    MediBang Paint

    A lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS.

    Free Mac Windows Android Tablet iPad

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    Free Mac Windows

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    Seashore Discontinued

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    Open Source Mac

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    Corel Painter

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    Commercial Mac Windows Android Android Tablet

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    Acorn is a photo editor built for the rest of us. With a simple interface and tools for adding everything from text, shapes, and...

    Commercial Mac

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    Adobe Photoshop Elements

    Adobe Photoshop Elements combines power and simplicity so you can make ordinary photos extraordinary; tell engaging stories in...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    Drawpile is a drawing program that lets you share the canvas with other users in real time.

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Windows RT ... Windows Phone Kindle Fire

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    Livebrush Discontinued

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    Free Mac Windows Adobe AIR

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    Verve Painter

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    Free Windows

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    KolourPaint is a free, easy-to-use paint program for KDE (a desktop environment for UNIX).

    Open Source Linux

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    Gimp Paint Studio Discontinued

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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux GIMP

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    Open Source Mac Windows

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    Commercial Windows

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    Free Windows

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    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android Chrome OS

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    Freemium Windows

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    Freemium Windows Linux

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    Free Windows

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    Open Source Windows

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    Free Windows

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    Freemium Mac

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    Free Windows

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    Artecture Draw, Sketch, Paint

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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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Krita Comments

Simply Amazing

Positive Comment by Satuim
about Krita Jul 2016

I just discovered Krita this year, and found it to be a great painting (and even photo editing) tool.
It's a must have in anyone's Open Source collection


Available for OS X but hard to use

Negative Comment by malthejorgensen
about Krita Feb 2016

Krita can be run on OS X, but is very but hard to use and I had to give up using the application as it was taking me minutes to simply add some text to an image.


PSD-format support

Positive Comment by ingothomas
about Krita and GIMP Nov 2015

Not sure why this is not widely reported, KRITA is the only open-source graphics program to (almost) fully support the commercial Photoshop PSD format. GIMP supports only 8-bit RGB as far as I know.

KRITA is the only free program I found, allowing opening and conversion of layered PSD files, therefore the only gateway between the professional graphics processing standard and the open-source community - or simply, users, unable to afford massive license fees.


Give Krita 2.9 a Kickstart!

Positive Comment by J0y
about Krita Jun 2014

Give Krita 2.9 a Kickstart!

Help and support. Krita is the leading, professional-level open source digital painting application. Help them add 24 (or more!) powerful new features.

[Edited by J0y, June 12]


Version 2.8.0 out today - first release that is ready for end-users on Windows

Comment by tabakis
about Krita Mar 2014

Krita is geared more towa artists rather than photographers ...

Comment by HomeyD5
about Krita Jun 2011

Krita is geared more towa artists rather than photographers, and has a toolset which reflects that. While a number of photography-specific tools are missing, Krita can still be a very powerful photo editor when suplemented by another program to handle the basic raw conversion and curve editing. The fact that Krita supports deep color gives it a big advantage over GIMP, at least until the next full version release of GIMP.