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What are the best Krita alternatives?

Krita is described as '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' and is a leading digital painting tool in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Krita for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, iPad, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is GIMP, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Krita are Adobe Photoshop, Paint.NET, Affinity Photo and Procreate.

Krita 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 Krita.
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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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    Both serve different purpose. Krita is for drawing. GIMP is for editing

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    POX

    Lots of people use GIMP for photo editing, and it's not the best alternative to Krita for digital drawing/painting but you can definitely use GIMP for drawing and painting and not only to edit photos.

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    Krita is for digital illustrations. GIMP is for photo editing.

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    Krita is primarily a painting/art software while Gimp is typically for photo editing and retouching.

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    tobin24

    GIMP is a great application, but not comparable to Krita, because it is not centered around drawing.

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    This is NOT a good drawing program. Its more of a Photoshop. I am looking for something closer to Adobe Illustrator, Krita, etc.

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    Alternative_adder

    GNU IMAGE MANIPULATION PROGRAM, simply called as GIMP is for Photo editing while Krita is for illustrating

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  2. 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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    Photoshop has many great drawing tools and a frame-by-frame animation tool like krita

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    Photoshop is more focused on image editing and photo manipulation. Krita is for digital drawing.

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  3. 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.

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    It’s an image editing software. Not a digital painting software as Krita.

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    wajeeh

    The best FREE image editor nowaday.

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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.

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    Almost everyone thinks Affinity Photo is a great alternative to Krita.
    lian00

    Affinity Photo has some tools for digital painting but as it’s not the main goal of the sofware (more photo editing), interface and selection tools are not suited for digital artists.

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  5. 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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    Most users think Procreate is a great alternative to Krita.

    Unlike the most popular choices, Procreate is a drawing program like Krita, not a photo editing program that you can draw with.

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    Easier to use, yet similarly powerful. Not open source though.

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    POX

    Probably the best drawing app if you're using an iPad!

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    I think Procreate is the most popular iPad drawing app and Photoshop is big, complicated and focused more on photo editing than creating art even though that is possible too in Photoshop. Just my 2 cents. Others may disagree.

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    chloekavanaugh

    ONly works on iOS but otherwise a lot easier to use than most competitors.

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  6. 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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    This alternative is disputed. Photopea is still a legitimate alternative to Krita, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
  7. MediBang Paint is a lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS.

    Great for anime or comics
    MediBang Paint vs Krita opinions
    Almost everyone thinks MediBang Paint is a great alternative to Krita.
    lian00

    Default brushes in MediBang cannot be compared to Krita’s engine. MediBang may be a nice tool for manga creation but it cannot compete relative to digital painting with Krita.

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    Everything looks the same.

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  8. Design quickly and confidently with Adobe Illustrator software. Sophisticated tools for drawing and typography, along with advanced color controls and creative effects, provide a comprehensive vector graphics environment.

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    Most users think Adobe Illustrator is a great alternative to Krita.

    Adobe is a vector graphic designer but Krita is a drawing app, just like MS paint but is very powerful

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    Netverse

    Krita is closer to being Adobe Illustrator than the others on this page

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  9. 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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    Most users think MyPaint is a great alternative to Krita.
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    Both programmes aims for simplicity/usability

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  10. 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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    Almost everyone thinks PaintTool SAI is a great alternative to Krita.
    lian00

    Very light software, very well build and quite cool to use. But it’s kinda limited if you need some professional software as it won’t manage color profile and even .tiff format.

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    POX

    One of the best painting tools for Windows!

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