Alternatives to Paint.NET for all platforms with any license

  • GIMP icon


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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD 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
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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

    • 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
    • Very pricy advanced application compared to free
      Guest • Jan 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Krita icon


    Krita is a complete creative sketching and painting application with advanced, commercial quality features. It's free, open-source...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • This is a digital painting app, not a raster painting app
      Guest • 11 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • MyPaint icon


    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

  • Autodesk Pixlr icon

    Autodesk Pixlr

    Pixlr is a fun and free photo editor that lets you quickly crop, re-size, and fix any picture, remove red-eye, and whiten teeth. Then...

    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, the beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editor for Mac OS X has everything you need to create, edit...

    Commercial Mac iPad

  • Pinta icon


    Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET . Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

    • It's a simple program with almost identical features of, it also does not require much storage space when first started.
      Guest • 15 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • This functions in almost identical ways to Paint.NET, moreso than any other program listed on here.
      Guest • Oct 2015 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...

    Free Windows

  • Photoscape icon


    Free, but very high quality photo editing software, that enables you to fix and enhance photos.

    Freemium Mac Windows

  • PhotoFiltre icon


    PhotoFiltre has two series, PhotoFiltre 6 and PhotoFiltre 7 (from version 8, the project was renamed as...

    Free Personal 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...

    Freemium Android iPhone Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad

  • PaintTool SAI icon

    PaintTool SAI

    PaintTool SAI is high quality and lightweight painting software, fully digitizer support, amazing anti-aliased paintings, provide easy...

    Commercial Windows

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    Seashore Discontinued

    Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS Xs Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text...

    Open Source Mac

  • 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...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • GIMPshop icon

    GIMPshop Discontinued

    GIMPshop is essentially Gimp with some cosmetic changes. The Gimp’s menu structure and naming conventions are a constant source of...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Acorn icon


    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

  • FireAlpaca icon


    FireAlpaca is the image editor that can be used readily and easily. We made it possible to provide the completely FREE download, in...

    Free Mac Windows

  • Photoline icon


    Photoline is a professional image editor which offers creatives a mostly non-destructive workflow for 8/16/32bpc image processing and...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • Artweaver icon


    Artweaver is a simple Freeware program for creative painting, i.e. Artweaver offers you all artistic effects which you need for your...

    Freemium Windows

  • Sumo Paint icon

    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...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

  • Fotor icon


    Get ready to take your photos where no photo has gone before with Fotor. Some photos deserve special attention on a full screen. ...

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

  • Corel PaintShop Pro icon

    Corel PaintShop Pro

    PaintShop Pro is a photo editor with additional organizing capabilities, including keyword tags, auto sorting and facial recognition.

    Commercial Windows

  • GimPhoto icon


    GimPhoto is GIMP binary hacked to emulate Adobe Photoshop gui. with new menu layout, great selection of plugins, and many...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • DrawPile icon


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

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • LazPaint icon


    LazPaint is a free and open image editor that features layers and transparency. It supports the format OpenRaster so it can...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • It is a raster graphics simple paint program
      Guest • 11 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • KolourPaint icon


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

    Open Source Linux

  • Pixeluvo icon


    Pixeluvo is a beautifully designed photo and image editor for PC. It supports everything from simple color and contrast tweaks...

    Freemium Windows Linux

  • Photopea icon


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

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android Chrome OS

  • Hornil StylePix icon

    Hornil StylePix

    Hornil Stylepix, or simply StylePix, is a graphics editing program with a number of advanced features. StylePix is an acronym for...

    Freemium Windows

  • Mischief icon


    Infinite Definition. Mischief uses a revolutionary new stroke representation. Get the richness of pixel-based brushes AND the...

    Freemium Mac Windows

  • PixBuilder icon


    Free Photo Editing Software for PC PixBuilder Studio is a free image editing software program for digital photo editing, images...

    Free Windows

  • Fotografix icon


    In addition to being totally portable, Fotografix has a ridiculously small footprint. Its a 370Kb download and about 700Kb once...

    Free Windows

  • RealWorld Paint icon

    RealWorld Paint Discontinued

    RealWorld Paint is an free portable image/photo/animation editor. It supports layers with styles and can import and export Photoshop...

    Free Windows

  • JugiPaint icon


    JugiPaint is a painting software with diverse sets of tools for various types of illustration work. It provides many standard digital...

    Commercial Windows

  • showFoto icon


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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux KDE

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Paint.NET Comments

Good Alternative

Positive Comment by lancer502
about Paint.NET Oct 2016

Good alternative to Gimp and Adobe Photoshop


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:
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Nice and relatively simple

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

free alternative to Photoshop


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.


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.


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.


Not working well?

Comment by Loserificus
about Paint.NET Apr 2012

My friend said using 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.


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!


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.


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.


Not advanced features but it's easy to use

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

Reply doesn't require guides and tutorials

Positive Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Paint.NET and Microsoft Paint, Adobe Photoshop Jun 2011 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 in less than half an hour. It's way better than bare-bone MS Paint in nearly every single aspect, too.


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, Pixlr, Adobe Photoshop Express, GimpShop or IrfanView. My recommendation for this purpose and especially for the professional framing of large series of pictures:


Manipulation of text fields is a big weak point of

Negative Comment by em4020
about Paint.NET Jun 2011

I like, but it bothers me very much, that it is not possible to select and to move a text object and change the font size. You can only select areas with pixels, not text objects. From the moment, when a text has been created, you can edit it only as an area with pixels, not as a text with changeable size, letters and changeable text position. The manipulation of text fields is a big weak point of

If the developers would improve this weak point, or if someone does not use texts in pictures, would be on of the best picture editing applications.