What are the best Krita alternatives in 2021?

    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 one of the leading apps 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 (Paid), Paint.NET (Free Personal), Affinity Photo (Paid) and Autodesk SketchBook (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jun 22, 2021

    1. 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 Krita opinions
      Some users think GIMP is a great alternative to Krita, some don't.
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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.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      Both serve different purpose. Krita is for drawing. GIMP is for editing
      Top positive comment  8 months ago

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      Krita is for digital illustrations. GIMP is for photo editing.
      Top negative comment  about 1 year ago

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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.
      Negative comment 6 months ago

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      Alternative_adder GNU IMAGE MANIPULATION PROGRAM, simply called as GIMP is for Photo editing while Krita is for illustrating
      Negative comment 6 months ago

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      It's a photo editor and not for digital drawing.
      Negative comment 7 months ago

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      Like in the description, it's the closest thing to Photoshop you can get. It's not very good for digital drawing, it's focused more on photo editing.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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    2. Adobe Photoshop is the commercial image editor that set the standard in creative illustration and design work with a sophisticated, layer-based workflow and robust, professional feature set.
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      Some users think Adobe Photoshop is a great alternative to Krita, some don't.
      Photoshop is more focused on image editing and photo manipulation. Krita is for digital drawing.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      MGM33 Photoshop has many great drawing tools and a frame-by-frame animation tool like krita
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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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.
      Paint.NET vs Krita opinions
      Some users think Paint.NET is a great alternative to Krita, some don't.
      wajeeh The best FREE image editor nowaday.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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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.
    5. Autodesk Sketchbook drawing software features an artist-friendly, gesture-based user interface that is so fast and intuitive even new users can be productive within minutes.
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      Most users think Autodesk SketchBook is a great alternative to Krita.
      Plethora of brushes with premium look and feel which makes it intuitive and easy to use.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    6. 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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      Procreate vs Krita opinions
      Most users think Procreate is a great alternative to Krita.
      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.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      Unlike the most popular choices, Procreate is a drawing program like Krita, not a photo editing program that you can draw with.
      Top positive comment  3 months ago

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      Easier to use, yet similarly powerful. Not open source though.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      POX Probably the best drawing app if you're using an iPad!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      chloekavanaugh ONly works on iOS but otherwise a lot easier to use than most competitors.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    7. MediBang Paint is a lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS. Features -You can save multiple pages in one file. -Perspective grids for easily drawing backgrounds or speed lines.
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      MediBang Paint vs Krita opinions
      Almost everyone thinks MediBang Paint is a great alternative to Krita.
      Everything looks the same.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    8. 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.
    9. 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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      Adobe Illustrator vs Krita opinions
      Most users think Adobe Illustrator is a great alternative to Krita.
      Netverse Krita is closer to being Adobe Illustrator than the others on this page
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      Adobe is a vector graphic designer but Krita is a drawing app, just like MS paint but is very powerful
      Negative comment 8 months ago

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    10. 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 Krita opinions
      Most users think MyPaint is a great alternative to Krita.
      Thelle Both programmes aims for simplicity/usability
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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