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Corel Painter Alternatives

Corel Painter is described as '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' and is a popular digital painting tool in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Corel Painter for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone and Android Tablet. The best alternative is GIMP, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Corel Painter are Krita, Adobe Photoshop, Photopea and Vectornator.

Corel Painter 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 Corel Painter.
This page was last updated May 23, 2022
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Corel Painter is a raster-based digital art application created to simulate as accurately as possible the appearance and...

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    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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    GIMP vs Corel Painter opinions
    Some users think GIMP is a great alternative to Corel Painter, some don't.
    lian00

    Gimp is not a painting program. Poor brushes and terrible interface.

    Positive comment 12 months ago
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    luistp

    Gimp is a photo retouching program, not a drawing or painter one.

    Negative comment 9 months ago
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    Blending capabilities not as good. Also not as much brush selections

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    GIMP is an analog to Photoshop and Corel Photopaint, not to Corel Painter

    Negative comment about 2 years ago
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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 Corel Painter opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Krita is a great alternative to Corel Painter.
    StrothotteMichael

    It is versatile, supports also Linux, has a fantastic developer team which is in close contact to the community and often feature requests are implemented within short time.

    Positive comment 12 months ago
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    lian00

    Free, CYMK management, lighter. The previous comment is very strange as Corel Painter is not a photo editing app (and is very poor for this kind of manipulation).

    Positive comment 12 months ago
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    It's specifically designed for painting and cartoons rather than a general purpose photo editing app.

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  3. Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for Windows and macOS. It was originally created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll.

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    Adobe Photoshop vs Corel Painter opinions
    Some users think Adobe Photoshop is a great alternative to Corel Painter, some don't.

    Painter is for creating images, PhotoShop - for editing.

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    Photoshop has a lot of paint tools, brushes, etc. It's a good option for digital painting.

    Positive comment almost 4 years ago
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  4. 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.

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  5. The vector graphics design software that allows you to create sophisticated graphics, amazing layouts and illustrations - all in just one super powerful tool.

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  6. 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.

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  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.

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    MyPaint vs Corel Painter opinions
    Almost everyone thinks MyPaint is a great alternative to Corel Painter.
    StrothotteMichael

    It's Open Source at first, second it is so easy to get things done, even for beginners, third thing is it is not only for Windows and Mac it is also for Linux.

    Positive comment 12 months ago
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    Diverse paint simulations and brushes.

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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.

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    lian00

    It’s the fastest painting program well conceived for drawing and coloring with very handy interface.

    Positive comment 12 months ago
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  10. Glimpse is an open source image editor based on the GNU Image Manipulation Program. The goal is to experiment with new ideas and expand the use of free software.

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    The Glimpse editor has been discontinuedSource: https://glimpse-editor.org/posts/a-project-on-hiatus/

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