Free GIMP Alternatives

    The best free alternative to GIMP is Krita, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to GIMP and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to GIMP are Paint.NET (Free Personal), Pixlr (Freemium), Photopea (Free) and MyPaint (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 12, 2021

    Platforms

    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Online
    • Linux
    • iPhone
    • Android
    • iPad
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows S
    • PortableApps.com
    • BSD
    • Chrome OS
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Wine
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • ReactOS
    • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
    • Spotify
    • Firefox
    • Kindle Fire

    Features

    • Photo editing
    • Image Editing
    • Digital Painting
    • Photo effects
    • Retouch photos
    • Image Processing
    • Support for Layers
    • Portable
    • Photographic filters
    • Raw Photo processing
    • Sketching
    • Batch processing
    • Color correction
    • Lightweight
    • Open PSD files
    • Non destructive editing
    • Tablet support
    • Support for Wacom Tablets
    • Collage
    • Customizable

    License

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    • Free
    • Open Source
    • Paid
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    • 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. View 136 alternatives to Krita
      Some users think Krita is a great alternative to GIMP, some don't.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
      • PortableApps.com
      • Steam
      Krita vs GIMP
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      It is easy to use and has many useful features. It focuses on creating your art and not on making tons of configurations like Gimp or Photoshop.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      3
      Free and open source and with non destructive image manipulation capabilities
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      4
      Mosrod Krita doesn't have photo editing tools and focuses on painting
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      40
      mrdaltro It is really AMAZING how this piece of software has evolved in a short time. Just a year ago, it's true: it was just kinda Illustrator alternative. But nowadays Krita incorporated a lot of features that can for sure make it a good substitute for PS or GIMP as well. A good bunch of filters, layers and styling options for layers, adjustment layers, RAW support, very nice interface (way more producer-friendly than GIMP). I'm really surprised on how this project is evolving.
      Negative comment 7 months ago

      0
      Photo Manipulation and raw Painting/Drawing tools have been part of the program for QUITE a while now (some odd 5 years or so). Ignore anyone who says otherwise.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      -1
      Krita has effect layers like Photoshop and the most powerful brush engine
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      It's like comparing Microsoft Word and Microsoft Powerpoint.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      2
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    • Paint.net is a free and very capable image editing software for Windows. Great alternative to Photoshop for people that do not need all the stuff PS offers. View 161 alternatives to Paint.NET
      Almost everyone thinks Paint.NET is a great alternative to GIMP.
      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
      • Windows S
      • .NET Framework
      Paint.NET vs GIMP
      pros, cons and recent comments
       all • positive • negative      relevance • date
      zippy123 A more user friendly interface, great for simple editing jobs.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

      10
      Much simpler to master for the occasional user
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      15
      It is only for windows users.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

      0
      Excellent Software lightweight, easy to use for fast editing.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      3
      it just has 100 times less features and is kept wayyyy too simplistic
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      -8
      ive been using paint.net for a long time. the interface is very user friendly. someone like me with limited computer knowledge will find it very easy to use. i tried gimp and PS although they are powerful, they are very complicated to use.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      1
      CraftKittyScotland GIMP is so sophisticated and complicated that the average user will find it a challenge to master it. Paint.NET, on the other hand, is much easier and less challenging to learn how to use it. I use it all the time for my video editing, logo making, and music photo making, since I'm an electronic music producer.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      1
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    • Pixlr makes it easy to transform everyday images into stunning works of art. Make every moment beautiful with our family of photo editing apps. View 224 alternatives to Pixlr
      Most users think Pixlr is a great alternative to GIMP.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Pixlr vs GIMP
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Similar interface and similar tools.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

      -2
      Pixlr E has a lot of the same features that GIMP has and Pixlr X allows to make minor edits to photos quickly. Both run in a browser without any need to be installed. And yeah, both are free to use :)
      Top positive comment  11 months ago

      -5
      Hank_Scorpio Missing loads of features gimp has. Can’t make layers. Selection tools are basically nonexistent. Disappointing.
      Top negative comment  6 months ago

      1
      Nothing like Gimp it's a really minimal toned town bad vertion to photoshop and gimp
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      3
      Manipulation tools similar to GIMP
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      -4
      Only for editing single photos
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      0
      no tools selection, only presets filters and effects
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

      0
    • 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. View 93 alternatives to Photopea
      Most users think Photopea is a great alternative to GIMP.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Online
      Photopea vs GIMP
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It opens correctly all my PSD files.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      2
    • MyPaint is a fast, distraction-free, and easy painting tool for digital artists. It supports graphics tablets made by Wacom, and many similar devices. View 121 alternatives to MyPaint
      Some users think MyPaint is a great alternative to GIMP, some don't.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      MyPaint vs GIMP
      pros, cons and recent comments
      MyPaint is for drawing/painting not for any type of photo editing.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

      15


    • darktable is a virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers: it manages your digital negatives in a database and lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable. View 46 alternatives to darktable
    • PhotoScape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos. View 182 alternatives to Photoscape
      Almost everyone thinks Photoscape is a great alternative to GIMP.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Windows S
      Photoscape vs GIMP
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Photoscape is a great program, I use it myself but won't do the more complex editing GIMP can do.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      -1
      VoceClassica GIMP is BIG because it has countless tools that make it a true photoshop rival. Photoescape has a beautiful interface but is focused on implementing effects on ONE single photo at a time. CROP functions and LAYER management very very limited. Unsuitable for complex professional creations. Good instead for amateurs and hobbyists of photography.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      1
    • From advanced image filters to professional local adjustments, Polarr Photo Editor is the most versatile and powerful online photo editor in the web. View 141 alternatives to Polarr
      Most users think Polarr is a great alternative to GIMP.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
    • A lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS. View 70 alternatives to MediBang Paint
      Almost everyone thinks MediBang Paint is a great alternative to GIMP.
    • 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. View 176 alternatives to Glimpse Image Editor
      Almost everyone thinks Glimpse Image Editor is a great alternative to GIMP.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Glimpse Image Editor vs GIMP
      pros, cons and recent comments
      shi_tsu If GIMP was remade in $currentYear
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      1
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