AlternativeTo Logo

Charcoal Alternatives

Charcoal is described as '- Charcoal is incredibly easy to use: Just create or open a sketch and start drawing. There are no layers, properties panels or confusing settings. Instead, Charcoal features rich tools and beautiful color palettes' and is a digital painting tool in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Charcoal for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android Tablet and iPad. The best alternative is Krita, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Charcoal are Paint.NET, Procreate, MyPaint and Clip Studio Paint.

Charcoal alternatives are mainly Digital Painting Tools but may also be Image Editors or Photo Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Charcoal.
This page was last updated
  • FreeProprietary
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Charcoal is incredibly easy to use: Just create or open a sketch and start drawing. There are no layers, properties...
Learn more about Charcoal

  1. Krita is a professional Free and open source (FOSS) painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone within concept art, texture and matte painters, illustrations and comics.

    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Krita, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ LightweightKrita consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersKrita supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableKrita is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in Krita.
    ⚫︎ Pressure SensitivityKrita can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    ⚫︎ PortableKrita can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Main Window
  2. Paint.net is a free and very capable image editing software for Windows. Great alternative to Photoshop for people that do not need all the stuff PS offers.

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersPaint.NET supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ LightweightPaint.NET consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsPaint.NET can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModePaint.NET supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ PortablePaint.NET can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Screenshot


  3. Procreate is a multi-award winning, creative illustration app built from the ground up for iPad with a pocket-sized variant for iPhone. The app features a complete, professional toolset that's accessible while still providing the power and flexibility of desktop counterparts.

    ⚫︎ Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in Procreate.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Procreate without registration.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeProcreate supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Onion skinningProcreate allows you to see through several frames simultaneously and make sure the lines of each frame are correctly lined up.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableProcreate is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for 4KProcreate supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersProcreate supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Screenshot
  4. MyPaint is a fast painting program with an emphasis on full-screen use. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it.

    ⚫︎ PortableMyPaint can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersMyPaint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    Suggest and vote on features
    The 0.9.0 interface
  5. 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.

    ⚫︎ Pressure SensitivityClip Studio Paint can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableClip Studio Paint is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersClip Studio Paint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Clip Studio Paint, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Blank Canvas


  6. MediBang Paint is a lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS.

    ⚫︎ Pressure SensitivityMediBang Paint can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in MediBang Paint, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersMediBang Paint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeMediBang Paint supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in MediBang Paint.
    ⚫︎ LightweightMediBang Paint consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Great for anime or comics
  7. 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.

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersPaintTool SAI supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ CustomizablePaintTool SAI is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Pressure SensitivityPaintTool SAI can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Screenshot
  8. 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 both Mac and Windows users!

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersFireAlpaca supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Screenshot
  9. ibis Paint X is a fancy mobile drawing tool that gives you all you need to draw Manga.

    ⚫︎ Pressure Sensitivityibis Paint X can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    ⚫︎ Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in ibis Paint X.
    ⚫︎ Support for Layersibis Paint X supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Screenshot
  10. Corel Painter icon

    Corel Painter

    • Mac
    • Windows

    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.

    Suggest and vote on features
    Painter on Mac OS X
Showing 10 of 67 alternatives