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Free Corel Painter Alternatives

The best free alternative to Corel Painter is GIMP, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Corel Painter and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Corel Painter are Krita, Photopea, Vectornator and MyPaint.

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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  1. GIMP

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • 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.

    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 8 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

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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.

    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).

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    It's specifically designed for painting and cartoons rather than a general purpose photo editing app.

    Positive comment over 2 years ago
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  3. 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.

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

  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.

    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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  6. 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.

    Discontinued

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

  7. Sketches is a perfect mix of beauty, simplicity and power, a truly unique combination you won't find anywhere else.

  8. Artweaver

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    Artweaver is a simple Freeware program for creative painting, i.e. Artweaver offers you all artistic effects which you need for your work.

    Artweaver vs Corel Painter opinions
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    very painterly brushes, very much like Corel Painter

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  9. Adobe Illustrator Draw

    • FreeProprietary
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    Create elaborate, finished illustrations with easy and intuitive touch controls. Send your artwork as layered files to Adobe Illustrator or as flat images to Adobe Photoshop .

  10. Seashore

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS. 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 GIMPs technology and uses the same native file format.

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