Clip Studio Paint Alternatives for Linux

    Clip Studio Paint is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is GIMP, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Clip Studio Paint and 12 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Clip Studio Paint are Krita (Free, Open Source), Inkscape (Free, Open Source), LibreOffice - Draw (Free, Open Source) and MyPaint (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Aug 28, 2021

    1. 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.
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    2. 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.
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      Krita vs Clip Studio Paint opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Krita is a great alternative to Clip Studio Paint.
      It has a full list of features, and it's free!
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      a great software for poor artist but very powerfull to drew . i'm like it
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      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 10 months ago

      Completely free and very powerful
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      I really like the fact that it includes animation, even though it's so much cheaper than clip studio paint!
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      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 about 3 years ago


    3. 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.
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      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.
      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.
      Top negative comment  about 3 years ago

      Inkscape does vector. Clip Studio does bitmap.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

      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 about 2 years ago

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

      inkscape is nothing like manga studio at all
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

    4. 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.
    5. 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.
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      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 3 years ago


    6. 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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    7. Bloom is a fast, light-weight, cross-platform procedural graphics editor that lets you tweak any action you have ever performed - organized by layer.
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    8. 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 project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 2.0, released in August 2013, can be still downloaded from GitHub.

      Gimp Paint Studio vs Clip Studio Paint opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Gimp Paint Studio is a great alternative to Clip Studio Paint.
      It's NOT discontinued. They just release 2.10 earlier this year.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      ImEditor is a simple image editor, supporting PNG, JPEG, WEBP, BMP, and ICO file types. It offers several tools to easily modify an image.
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    9. gpaint (aka GNU Paint), a small-scale painting program for GNOME, the GNU Desktop Environment. gpaint does not attempt to compete with GIMP, it is just a simple drawing package based on xpaint, along the lines of Microsoft Paint.
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