Alternatives to Paint.NET for all platforms with any license

  • 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

    • Paint.NET is easy to use. Gimp, however, is not. It has functions that just completely stop working for no fucking reason whatsoever, sometimes it doesn't even let you paint in the color you choose! Guest • Jan 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Whereas Paint.NET is a very simple and user friendly program that's easy to use, GIMP is incredibly unforgiving, difficult to learn/use and lacking the welcoming and uncomplicated interface of Paint.NET. Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP is a superb cross-platform (Win, Mac, Linux) alternative to Paint.NET because it's open source and has a huge range of functionality. It is less suited for those situations where you're seeking a very simple image editor, without fuss. But it's still cross-platform, which Paint.NET isn't. So it depends what "alternative" means to you. JohnFastmanJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP is full of features that aren't needed by 99% of people and very complicated. Guest • 8 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • 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

    • Very pricy advanced application compared to free paint.net Guest • Jan 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Actually, Paint.NET is supposed to be a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. While Paint.NET is very powerful, Adobe Photoshop is the superior when it comes to editing. If you want nice free results, Paint.NET is your best bet. If you want amazing results and the best tools and are not afraid to drop in some money, Adobe Photoshop is a very great choice. Guest • Apr 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Krita

    Krita is a complete creative sketching and painting application with advanced, commercial quality features. It's free, open-source and available across all major desktop platforms. HIGHLIGHTS User Interface - An intuitive...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

    • This is a digital painting app, not a raster painting app Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Krita is also very similar to photoshop, and if you find the features easily enough and do enough research it has ALOT more features than paint.net while having the easy navigation that paint.net has. Also it's free! Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • 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

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    • Discontinued Last release from March 1st, 2015. See https://pinta-project.com/pintaproject/pinta/releases/1-6
    • This functions in almost identical ways to Paint.NET, moreso than any other program listed on here. Guest • Oct 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • It's a simple program with almost identical features of Paint.net, it also does not require much storage space when first started. Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Autodesk Pixlr icon

    Autodesk Pixlr

    Pixlr® makes it easy to transform everyday images into stunning works of art.

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

    • Pixlr is more a fun tool adding overlays and colours and basic fixes. Paint.NET is a full photo manipulation tool Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Pixelmator icon

    Pixelmator

    Beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editor for macOS and iOS.

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

    • Pixelmator has the same capabilities as paintnet. Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It's cheap, and it has all the capabilities of Paint.NET (plus some), and it's even more user-friendly. oddityoverseer13Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Microsoft Paint icon

    Microsoft Paint

    Paint (formerly Paintbrush) is a simple, ultra-basic graphics painting program that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows. It opens and saves files as Windows bitmap (24-bit, 256 color, 16 color, and monochrome...

    Free Windows

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    PhotoFiltre

    PhotoFiltre 7 is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it. It is simple and intuitive to use, and has an easy learning curve.

    Freemium Windows PortableApps.com

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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

  • Adobe Photoshop Express icon

    Adobe Photoshop Express

    Edit, share, and upload photos on-the-go, or access your entire online photo library with a finger-flick using Adobe Photoshop Express for iPhone, iPad and Android. We‘ve got your back(up): Upload photos and videos from...

    Freemium Android iPhone Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad

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    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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    Artweaver

    Artweaver is a simple Freeware program for creative painting, i.e. Artweaver offers you all artistic effects which you need for your work. You can create sketches from photos and experiment with a wide range of brushes. The brush...

    Freemium Windows

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    GIMPshop

    GIMPshop is essentially Gimp with some cosmetic changes. The Gimp’s menu structure and naming conventions are a constant source of frustration for users accustomed to Photoshop. gimpshop.com is owned by a greedy domain squatter...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    • Discontinued "It has been five years, the software has stagnated (due in no small part to my becoming discouraged by this one profiteer who trumped me, stole much of my traffic and bumped my site down to the second result when you search for "Gimpshop"). I assumed the guy would just give it up as I sadly let the project stagnate, but that hasn't happened." | Source: http://ask.metafilter.com/144788/What-are-my-intellectual-property-rights-here
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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 beautiful, personalized creations for print and the web; and easily find and view all your photos.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • Acorn icon

    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

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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

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  • Photoline icon

    Photoline

    Photoline is a professional image editor which offers creatives a mostly non-destructive workflow for 8/16/32bpc image processing and compositing in RGB, CMYK, and Lab modes. Full vector editing, DTP features, and a HSV/HIS...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • 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

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    Sumo Paint

    Sumo Paint is a powerful image editor with a long-standing history as a fully capable Photoshop clone in the browser. Being designed for the browser, it's accessible on practically any system and loads much faster than most...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

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  • DrawPile icon

    DrawPile

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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • LazPaint icon

    LazPaint

    LazPaint is a free and open image editor that features layers and transparency. It supports the format OpenRaster so it can interoperate with MyPaint, Gimp and Krita. LazPaint has been written with Lazarus / Free Pascal and BGRABitmap.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com

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    • It is a raster graphics simple paint program Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Mischief

    Infinite Definition. Mischief uses a revolutionary new stroke representation. Get the richness of pixel-based brushes AND the scalability of vectors. Zoom in to any size and get a PERFECT edge. Export at ANY size and...

    Freemium Mac Windows

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    Hornil StylePix

    Hornil Stylepix, or simply StylePix, is a graphics editing program with a number of advanced features. StylePix is an acronym for Style Pictures. This means your pictures with nice style. If you have no experience, you can easily...

    Freemium Windows

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    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

  • KolourPaint icon

    KolourPaint

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

    Open Source Linux

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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    Fotografix

    In addition to being totally portable, Fotografix has a ridiculously small footprint. Its a 370Kb download and about 700Kb once extracted. Despite its size, most of the features I rely on in Photoshop are available. Fotografix...

    Free Windows PortableApps.com

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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

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    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

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Paint.NET Comments

Not Fair

Comment by kinqdarcy
about Paint.NET Jan 2017

It's Not fair that you need a pc to download this you should make paint.net AVAIBLE for the people who has macbook air and pro.

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Good Alternative

Positive Comment by lancer502
about Paint.NET Oct 2016

Good alternative to Gimp and Adobe Photoshop

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A nice Paint.Net Mac Alternative apps 1 Helpful

Comment by LisaBetty
about Paint.NET and Pixelstyle Photo Editor Oct 2016

Paint.Net Mac Alternative app is available free download at:
Small Pixelstyle Photo Editor iconPixelstyle Photo Editor

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Nice and relatively simple

Positive Comment by mrroboto
about Paint.NET and Adobe Photoshop Nov 2015

free alternative to Photoshop

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My go-to program for quick editing . Many GPU effects and filters.

Positive Comment by girlwiththenerdytattoo
about Paint.NET Oct 2015

acdsee and photoshop obviously better, but costs money. The strong community is always putting out new plugins on their website.

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Good software but a little out of date

Comment by wondercraft
about Paint.NET and MyBrushes Jun 2015

It is a good software but a little out of date. It could not work properly on New Mac. I changed to MyBrushes for Mac now.

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Most handy image editor for me!

Positive Comment by realnabarl
about Paint.NET Nov 2012

I like the "move selected pixels" and "move selection" feature, I find only Paint.Net has them both.

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Not working well?

Comment by Ratryoshka
about Paint.NET Apr 2012

My friend said using Paint.net in Windows 7 Professional isn't that good, since it keeps lagging & her wacom bamboo tablet pen pressure doesn't work properly. But I can't be too sure cuz she's telling me this online.

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SO easy to use!

Positive Comment by Thelle
about Paint.NET Jun 2011

SO easy to use!

Packs all the day-to-day features in a simple to use design - things are where you'd expect them to be!

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unlike GIMP, Paint.NET is actually easy to use

Positive Comment by mikev838
about Paint.NET and GIMP Jun 2011

Unlike GIMP, Paint.NET is actually easy to use because stuff is actually where you expect it to be!

Great program overall. If you want a free image editor, it is this and only this.

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Great and easy to use photo editor

Positive Comment by JonM33
about Paint.NET and Microsoft Paint Jun 2011

Great and easy to use Windows only photo editing application. It gives me all the functions I need that MS Paint does not.

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Not advanced features but it's easy to use

Positive Comment by pcwiz11
about Paint.NET and Adobe Photoshop Jun 2011

Paint.net is great not because of all of it's advanced features but because it is easy to use and produces good results. It reminds me a bit of Photoshop but a much more stripped down version. And it's much cheaper than Photoshop! Takes up less room on the computer as well. I highly recommend it.

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Paint.net doesn't require guides and tutorials

Positive Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Paint.NET and Microsoft Paint, Adobe Photoshop Jun 2011

Paint.net is easy and simple to use, unlike other image editing programs, which require guides and tutorials (coughPhotoshopcough). If you know how to use MS Paint, you will get the hang of Paint.net in less than half an hour. It's way better than bare-bone MS Paint in nearly every single aspect, too.

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If I want to select and to move a text object and change th ...

Comment by em4020
about Paint.NET Jun 2011

If I want to select and to move a text object and change the font size in pictures I have best experience with PhotoScape. Beside many other very useful features you can perfectly select, move and manipulate text objects. The manipulation of text fields including of framing of text fields is a problem for many other free photo-editing software products as Paint.net, Pixlr, Adobe Photoshop Express, GimpShop or IrfanView. My recommendation for this purpose and especially for the professional framing of large series of pictures: http://alternativeto.net/desktop/photoscape/

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