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GIMP Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to GIMP for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative 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 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to GIMP are Paint.NET, Adobe Photoshop, Affinity Photo and MyPaint.

GIMP alternatives are mainly Image Editors but may also be Digital Painting Tools or Photo Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of GIMP.
This page was last updated Jun 7, 2022
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  1. 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 GIMP opinions
    Some users think Krita is a great alternative to GIMP, some don't.
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    Free and open source and with non destructive image manipulation capabilities

    Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago
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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 5 years ago
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    Mosrod

    Krita doesn't have photo editing tools and focuses on painting

    Top negative comment  over 4 years ago
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    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.

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    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 2 years ago
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    Krita has effect layers like Photoshop and the most powerful brush engine

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    It's like comparing Microsoft Word and Microsoft Powerpoint.

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  2. 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.

    Paint.NET vs GIMP opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Paint.NET is a great alternative to GIMP.
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    Much simpler to master for the occasional user

    Top positive comment  over 5 years ago
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    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.

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

    Top negative comment  over 5 years ago
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    Excellent Software lightweight, easy to use for fast editing.

    Positive comment about 2 years ago
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    zippy123

    A more user friendly interface, great for simple editing jobs.

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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    it just has 100 times less features and is kept wayyyy too simplistic

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    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.

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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.

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

    Generally - photoshop is a very good tool, with a lot of staff inside. It's a quite good alternative if a pricing is not a question.

    Top positive comment  4 months ago
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    Its not free, should not be listed on par with GIMP

    Top negative comment  about 2 years ago
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    22Ezra22

    Easiest to use and has the most features. With most Photoshop alternatives you cannot even re-edit text after typing.

    Positive comment about 2 years ago
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    Henry220

    Yes, PH costs a lot. But It's still very effective there are much more features for a professional photographer and to my mind PH has more convenient workflow.

    Positive comment about 2 years ago
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    CraftKittyScotland

    While it is not free to use forever, you can make better images like Adobe Lightroom CC and Paint.NET.

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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    its just wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Positive comment over 5 years ago
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    It's all way better. GIMP constantly mess the workflow and functionality unstable. My mouse sometimes won't click anything in GIMP popup interface.

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  4. Affinity Photo is a professional, full-featured raster graphics editor. Working in Affinity Photo is always live and you can pan and zoom at 60fps, with live previews and non destructive application.

    Affinity Photo vs GIMP opinions
    Most users think Affinity Photo is a great alternative to GIMP.
    Aristomenis

    Low price for many features that are very close, if not better that Photoshop's.

    Top positive comment  about 5 years ago
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    wonderwarthog

    Well it's not free, but for 50 bucks it's still a steal. And no subscription nonsense like "that other photo editing app"…

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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    GIMP is free and Affinity is not, however, Affinity photo isn't expensive and it has non-destructive editing and superb capacity for making selections. GIMP doesn't have these features yet. For me, GIMP is straight forward and a great workhorse, but I find myself using Affinity Photo more and more.

    Positive comment about 3 years ago
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    Mosrod

    Very similar to Photoshop and a great photo editing program for only $50

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    sharevari

    It's a considerably cheaper version of Photoshop.

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  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 GIMP opinions
    Some users think MyPaint is a great alternative to GIMP, some don't.

    MyPaint is for drawing/painting not for any type of photo editing.

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  6. 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. it also enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

  7. PhotoScape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.

    Photoscape vs GIMP opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Photoscape is a great alternative to GIMP.

    Photoscape is a great program, I use it myself but won't do the more complex editing GIMP can do.

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    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.

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  8. MediBang Paint is a lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS.

    Almost everyone thinks MediBang Paint is a great alternative to GIMP.
  9. Polarr

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    From high-precision light and color tools, to advanced clarity and dehaze settings, to the ability to create and save your own filters. Polarr is the ideal photo editor for bloggers, students, and photo professionals alike.

    Most users think Polarr is a great alternative to GIMP.
  10. 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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