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Open Source Corel Painter Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Corel Painter is GIMP. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Corel Painter and 12 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Corel Painter are Krita, MyPaint, Glimpse Image Editor and Seashore.

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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  1. GIMP icon

    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.

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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).

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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. 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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  4. 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/

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    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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    Gimp Paint Studio

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • GIMP

    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.

    Discontinued

    The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 2.0, released in August 2013, can be still downloaded from GitHub.

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  7. Milton is an open source application that features an infinite canvas. It feels raster-based but internally it works with vectors. It lets you export your work at any resolution.

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    Excellent do/undo, easy export, good use of pressure sensitive tablets. Infinite canvas and easy to create a new canvas..

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    QAquarelle

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Qaquarelle is a very young opensource Qt4-based painting application that is supposed to provide a native way of painting with emulated traditional instruments, including watercolor simulation, full support for tablets and OpenGL-based processing in GPU.

    Discontinued

    Latest vsersion: 0.0.4 from 2010-02-09. See https://sourceforge.net/projects/qaquarelle/files/

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    XGimp

    • FreeOpen Source
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    XGimp is an adaptation for iPhone and iPad of the app GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation), which is a freely distributed program for tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring

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    imEditor

    • 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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