Alternatives to PaintTool SAI for all platforms with any license

  • 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

    • The simplicity is not here. Too many options which I don't use.
      Guest • Aug 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Krita icon

    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

    • It's got almost everything that I wanted in Paint Tool SAI. The only downside... no blur tool. I am really looking for a painting software with a blur tool. So... 4.5/5 stars
      Guest • Jun 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • 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

    • There aren't as many functions as PaintTool SAI
      Guest • Jul 2015 Disagree   Agree
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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

    • It has most of the functions that SAI has.
      Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • you can paint things in, even on different layers
      Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • 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

    • Very similar interface, just needs to improve the vector tool
      Guest • Aug 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • I usually use it and I really like the way the lines look like. But now it's a little bit complicated to cope with all the brushes and drawing in digital programs.
      Guest • 9 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • Clip Studio Paint icon

    Clip Studio Paint

    Clip Studio Paint, previously Manga Studio or ComicStudio in Japan, is a family of software applications for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows used for the digital creation of comics and manga. It delivers powerful cutting edge...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • 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

    • No layers and not nearly as powerful as SAI
      Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Autodesk SketchBook icon

    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

    • There are multiple layers and pretty good pencils.
      sixelapixelspriteDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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

  • GimPhoto icon

    GimPhoto

    GimPhoto is GIMP binary hacked to emulate Adobe Photoshop gui. with new menu layout, great selection of plugins, and many additional resources for more professional look and feel as digital photo retouching and image editing...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Mischief icon

    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

  • Verve Painter icon

    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

  • SketchPort icon

    SketchPort

    SketchPort is an online drawing community with free software for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android. Draw, chat, vote, be inspired, be challenged and earn badges!

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android Android Tablet iPad

  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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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    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

  • Paintstorm icon

    Paintstorm

    Paintstorm Studio is created for professional digital painting. And a major role in this program play the brushes. We did our best so that you can easily and quickly adjust the brushes suitable for your painting style. .

    Commercial Mac Windows 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

  • 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/
  • 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

  • MangaLabo icon

    MangaLabo

    MangaLabo is an easy-convenient comic illustration tool. You can handle the overall steps, Draft -> Panel Layout -> Ink Sketching -> Tone Placing -> Comic Organizing, with MangaLabo. MangaLabo is suitable to all levels...

    Commercial Windows

  • Leonardo icon

    Leonardo

    We believe artists deserve the best possible tools and we are determined to give it to them. The goal with Leonardo is to make the best painting application ever.

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Fresh Paint icon

    Fresh Paint

    Unleash your inner creative with Fresh Paint – the ultimate canvas for your big ideas. Fresh Paint is a fun and easy to use painting app with the right tools for artists of all ages. We believe that brilliant, creative ideas can come...

    Free Windows

  • 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

  • Milton icon

    Milton

    Milton is an open source application that features an infinite canvas. It feels raster-based but internally it works with vectors. It lets you export your work at any resolution.

    Open Source Windows

  • Artecture Draw, Sketch, Paint icon

    Artecture Draw, Sketch, Paint

    Artecture enables you to sketch, draw and paint like never before. If you love to draw, regardless you are an amateur or a pro, this drawing app provides all the tools and brushes that you’d love.

    Free Android

  • Project DogWaffle icon

    Project DogWaffle

    Project Dogwaffle lets you be creative without the fear of mom or wifey yelling at you because you messed up your clothes again. No sudden spills, no funny fumes. You can paint, erase it, and try again, and again, and again...... ...

    Freemium Windows

  • Rebelle icon

    Rebelle

    Rebelle lets you create realistic watercolor, acrylic and dry media artwork, using real-world color blending, wet diffusion and drying!.

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • PictBear icon

    PictBear

    PictBear is an image editor and paint program that is very friendly toward the beginning user, PictBear is very straightforward and easy to use no matter what your skill level is.

    Free Windows

  • 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

  • AzPainter icon

    AzPainter

    AzPainter is a full color painting program for linux. It's a lightweight tool with tablet pressure support, and provides basic functions such as selection, layers, filters. you can use it for painting, image editing, or pixel art...

    Open Source Linux

PaintTool SAI Comments

PLEASE SUPPORT MAC COMPUTERS, PTS!!! TT-TT

Comment by Yami
about PaintTool SAI May 2016

I've been drawing on Paint Tool SAI for a very long time. This program was probably one of my first drawing programs I ever picked. When I got a new computer, Paint Tool SAI doesn't support macs. I'm really disappointed because I adore this program so much!! TT~TT Please make a version that supports macs because I don't want to use any other programs!

This program moves very smoothly. It's perfect for all artists. I definitely recommend this for any beginners who is starting out.

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Offers more (editing options) than basic software such as M ...

Comment by xxavx
about PaintTool SAI Jun 2011

Offers more (editing options) than basic software such as MSPaint or even MyPaint, while leaving out all the complexity of Photoshop's filters and tools. It makes the painting process very smooth and comfortable.

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