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  • GIMP icon

    GIMP

    GIMP is a free program for such photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Essentially it's the closest thing to Photoshop you can get for free.

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

  • Adobe Photoshop icon

    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

    Paint.NET is a free image and photo editing software. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and...

    Free Windows

  • MyPaint icon

    MyPaint

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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

  • Pinta icon

    Pinta

    Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET . Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, Mac, and Windows. On Windows, Pinta requires the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

    • Discontinued Last release from March 1st, 2015. See https://pinta-project.com/pintaproject/pinta/releases/1-6
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    Autodesk SketchBook

    Autodesk Sketchbook drawing software features an artist-friendly, gesture-based user interface that is so fast and intuitive even new users can be productive within minutes. A natural drawing experience. Professional-grade...

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

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    PaintTool SAI

    PaintTool SAI is high quality and lightweight painting software, fully digitizer support, amazing anti-aliased paintings, provide easy and stable operation, this software make digital art more enjoyable and comfortable. Details: ...

    Commercial Windows

  • MediBang Paint icon

    MediBang Paint

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

    Free Mac Windows Android Tablet iPad

  • Corel Painter icon

    Corel Painter

    Corel Painter is a raster-based digital art application created to simulate as accurately as possible the appearance and behavior of traditional media associated with drawing, painting, and printmaking. It is intended to be used in...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android Android Tablet

  • Seashore icon

    Seashore

    Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS Xs Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It is based around the...

    Open Source Mac

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last versions, 0.1.9 and 0.5.1, released in 2007 and 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    FireAlpaca

    FireAlpaca is the image editor that can be used readily and easily. We made it possible to provide the completely FREE download, in order for our products to be experienced by more users from all over the world. It is available for...

    Free Mac Windows

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements icon

    Adobe Photoshop Elements

    Adobe Photoshop Elements combines power and simplicity so you can make ordinary photos extraordinary; tell engaging stories in beautiful, personalized creations for print and the web; and easily find and view all your photos.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    Acorn

    Acorn is a photo editor built for the rest of us. With a simple interface and tools for adding everything from text, shapes, and effects, you can make the perfect picture in seconds and minutes, not hours and days.

    Commercial Mac

  • Fotor icon

    Fotor

    Get ready to take your photos where no photo has gone before with Fotor. Some photos deserve special attention on a full screen. Fotor’s powerful desktop photo editor is the real deal and it has all the tools you need to make...

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

  • Artrage icon

    Artrage

    A simple but lovely natural media painting and sketching program. Art oriented, but capable of loading/saving photoshop files. A very cheap alternative to Painter, with a stripped down, elegant interface.

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    DrawPile

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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • KolourPaint icon

    KolourPaint

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

    Open Source Linux

  • Livebrush icon

    Livebrush

    Livebrush is a drawing application. It employs an easy-to-use brush tool that reacts to your gestures through the use of velocity and other motion controls. By combining simple motion controls with customizable brush styles, Livebrush...

    Free Mac Windows Adobe AIR

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, released in October 2014, can be still downloaded from the Facebook page.
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    Verve Painter

    Verve (Dictionary: Energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas, especially in artistic performance or composition...) is the result of a curious idea I had to try using the graphics hardware to run a fluid dynamics simulation....

    Free Windows

  • PhoXo icon

    PhoXo

    PhoXo is small and free image editing application. It's tiny, fast, easy to use, can be treated as a mini PhotoShop. Its features include layers, undo, over 50 special effects, batch processing, and a wide variety of useful and...

    Open Source Windows

  • Gimp Paint Studio icon

    Gimp Paint Studio

    GPS (aka Gimp Paint Studio) is a collection of brushes, patterns, color gradients, accompanying tool presets and dynamics. Tool presets are a simply saved tool options, highly useful feature of the GIMP. The goal of GPS is to...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux GIMP

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 2.0, released in August 2013, can be still downloaded from GitHub.
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    Photopea

    Photopea is an online photo editor, which can open, edit and save PSD and XCF - Photoshop and Gimp files. You can convert between PSD, XCF, JPG, PNG and many other formats. .

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android Chrome OS

  • Gimp Painter icon

    Gimp Painter

    GIMP with modified and enhanced workspace focused on painting.

    Open Source Mac Windows

    • Discontinued Merge branch 'gimp-2-8' of https://github.com/GNOME/gimp into gimp-2-8. See https://github.com/seagetch/gimp-painter
  • Pixeluvo icon

    Pixeluvo

    Pixeluvo is a beautifully designed photo and image editor for PC. It supports everything from simple color and contrast tweaks, cropping and resizing, to complex photo montage with multiple layers, masks and effects.

    Freemium Windows Linux

  • Tayasui Sketches icon

    Tayasui Sketches

    Sketches is a perfect mix of beauty, simplicity and power, a truly unique combination you won't find anywhere else. Sketches is the ideal canvas, perfect for getting down ideas, illustrations, painting, anything your creative...

    Freemium iPhone iPad

  • JugiPaint icon

    JugiPaint

    JugiPaint is a painting software with diverse sets of tools for various types of illustration work. It provides many standard digital painting features like layers, brushes, selections, transformations, etc., as well as some less...

    Commercial Windows

  • Microsoft Expression Design icon

    Microsoft Expression Design

    Microsofts professional illustration vector and raster graphic design tool for web images. More oriented towards editing web graphics and creating XAML rather than print graphics. Expression Design is not available as an individual...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued No longer developed, but now available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center.
  • Comicado icon

    Comicado

    Comicado is an easy and lightweight graphic application for creating comics and other illustration works. Besides digital art standards , it provides editable brushes and editable panels. Has a free Lite version. Features: ...

    Freemium Windows

    • Discontinued Discontinued, succeeded by JugiPaint: http://alternativeto.net/software/jugipaint/
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    showFoto

    ShowFoto is the standalone image editor of the digiKam project. It runs without digiKam images database support, but provides all Image Editor functions.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux KDE

  • Pixelitor icon

    Pixelitor

    Pixelitor is a cross-platform raster graphics editor written in Java. It supports image filters, drawing, layers, multiple undo, etc. Currently its main strength lies in the more than 70 image filters and color adjustments, some of...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • PixBuilder icon

    PixBuilder

    Free Photo Editing Software for PC PixBuilder Studio is a free image editing software program for digital photo editing, images processing, and resizing. For digital photo editing, you can use its many professional quality...

    Free Windows

  • Adobe Photoshop Sketch icon

    Adobe Photoshop Sketch

    Create expressive drawings on the go with natural drawing tools like pencils and watercolor brushes.

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • PixelStyle icon

    PixelStyle

    PixelStyle Photo Editor for Mac is an all-in-one photo editing and graphic design software, providing professional high-quality photo processing tools to edit the photos, enhance and touch up photos on Mac OS X.

    Freemium Mac

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    openCanvas

    openCanvas, popularly abbreviated as oC, is a popular Japanese image editing program. openCanvas is a paint software package that can be used by experts and novices alike. openCanvas has functions that will enable recordings...

    Commercial Windows

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    SpeedyPainter

    "SpeedyPainter" is a simple and lightweight painting software. It is written in C++ and uses the OpenGL graphics library. Among its features: . reference view that follows canvas movements. Available using the F3 key ....

    Free Windows

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

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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.

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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.

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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]

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

Comment by tabakis
about Krita Mar 2014
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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.

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