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Free Clip Studio Paint Alternatives

The best free alternative to Clip Studio Paint is Krita, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Clip Studio Paint and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Clip Studio Paint are GIMP, Inkscape, MediBang Paint and Photopea.

Clip Studio Paint alternatives are mainly Digital Painting Tools but may also be Image Editors or Vector Graphic Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Clip Studio Paint.
This page was last updated Apr 29, 2022
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  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 withith concept art, texture and matte painters, illustrations and comics.

    Krita vs Clip Studio Paint opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Krita is a great alternative to Clip Studio Paint.

    a great software for poor artist but very powerfull to drew . i'm like it

    Top positive comment  about 4 years ago
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    It has a full list of features, and it's free!

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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    I have been using Krita for 4 years and just jumped to Photoshop . The features are very similar to Photoshop so It really made me feel right at home after I jumped from it. Best alternative to Photoshop.

    Positive comment over 1 year ago
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    Completely free and very powerful

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    I really like the fact that it includes animation, even though it's so much cheaper than clip studio paint!

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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    Krita's developers are also working on the animation function of Krita. It's good for animating without audio, since the audio function may not always work for your device. Jesse J. Jones made a nice tutorial on Youtube for Krita.

    Positive comment almost 4 years ago
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  2. GIMP

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Android
    • BSD
    • Snapcraft
    • FLATHUB
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • AmigaOS
    • Android Tablet

    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.



  3. Inkscape

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Snapcraft
    • FLATHUB
    • PortableApps.com
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    • XQuartz

    Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

    Inkscape vs Clip Studio Paint opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Inkscape is still a legitimate alternative to Clip Studio Paint, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    inkscape is nothing like manga studio at all

    Top negative comment  almost 5 years ago
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    Inkscape does vector. Clip Studio does bitmap.

    Negative comment over 2 years ago
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    Inkscape is an Open Source Vector Graphics Editor as the description implies. However, Clip Studio Paint main focus is bitmap. Inkscape is similar to Illustrator, Corel Draw and other vector graphics editors and is a good software on it's category, but it doesn't possess the same features for bitmap drawing as Clip Studio Paint, Paint Tool Sai or even Photoshop

    Negative comment almost 3 years ago
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    lauraess1

    Inkscape is primarily a a Vector Graphics Editor, not predominantly bitmap like Clip Studio Paint. While CSP does have "Vector Brushes" and uses a selection of vector objects to create speech and thought balloons, these are really ways of applying brush tips and shapes in a rescaleable way, and a full set of vector manipulation is not available.

    Inkscape is more an Alternative to Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator, NOT Clip Studio Paint.

    Negative comment about 4 years ago
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    it is a good alternative because it possesses almost all the same functions that clip studio paint and for free

    Positive comment almost 5 years ago
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  4. MediBang Paint is a lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS.

    MediBang Paint vs Clip Studio Paint opinions
    Almost everyone thinks MediBang Paint is a great alternative to Clip Studio Paint.

    It has all the things that I needed that Clip Studio Paint also had! LOVE IT!??

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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    zephifox2006

    Except for the apparent lack of blur brushes, this program is perfect. Less bothersome than Keira and Gimp. A definitive must.

    Positive comment almost 2 years ago
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    millaposhpalace

    Not only is it free, they do share a lot of common functionality. Of course, MediBang Paint isn't as feature-rich, but it's still good for anime- and manga-style art.

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  5. Online photo editor, which can work with PSD, XCF and Sketch files (Photoshop, Gimp and Sketch App). Convert between PSD, XCF, JPG, PNG and many other formats.



  6. Draw lets you produce anything from a quick sketch to a complex plan, and gives you the means to communicate with graphics and diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm, Draw is a an excellent package for producing technical drawings, general posters, and much else.

  7. 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.

    MyPaint vs Clip Studio Paint opinions
    Most users think MyPaint is a great alternative to Clip Studio Paint.

    not made for drawing manga

    Negative comment over 4 years ago
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  8. 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, all with the .

    Discontinued

    Microsoft announced that Paint is officially deprecated with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Anyway last version of the program will still be usable in Windows 10.

    Microsoft Paint vs Clip Studio Paint opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Microsoft Paint is still a legitimate alternative to Clip Studio Paint, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Well, it's like comparing a car and pair of Rollerblade. Both can take you where you want to go, but it will be harder to go too far using the latter. It's unfair to the Clip Studio Paint to even compare it to Microsoft Paint

    Negative comment almost 3 years ago
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    It's the best for shitposts excluding photoshopped stuff.

    Positive comment about 3 years ago
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    Microsoft paint is a very basic tool without much functionality

    Negative comment almost 4 years ago
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  9. 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!

  10. Storyboarder

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
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    Storyboarder makes it easy to visualize a story as fast you can draw stick figures. Quickly draw to test if a story idea works. Create and show animatics to others. Express your story idea without making a movie.

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