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Free Krita Alternatives

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

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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  1. GIMP icon

    GIMP

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    199 alternatives to GIMP 

    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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    1.  Support for LayersGIMP supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
    3.  Ad-freeGIMP doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGIMP can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    5.  PortableGIMP can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    6.  Dark ModeGIMP supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    7.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in GIMP.
    8.  Support for scriptingGIMP supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    9.  Works OfflineGIMP can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    Guest

    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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    Guest

    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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    Guest

    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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    Guest

    It's a photo editor and not for digital drawing.

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  2. Inkscape icon

    Inkscape

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    135 alternatives to Inkscape 

    Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

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    1.  Support for LayersInkscape supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  Works OfflineInkscape can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    3.  Ad-freeInkscape doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  Support for scriptingInkscape supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    License is CC-By-SA 3.0, as it's using Rizky Djati Munggaran's image (https://inkscape.org/~ridjam/%E2%98%85freedom-machine)
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    Stable version 1.0 has path effects, interface customization, among other incredible things!
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    Guest

    Vector editors have nothing to do with raster editors.

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    Paint.NET

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    • .NET Framework
    167 alternatives to Paint.NET 

    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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    1.  Support for LayersPaint.NET supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  LightweightPaint.NET consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsPaint.NET can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    4.  Dark ModePaint.NET supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    5.  PortablePaint.NET can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Paint.NET vs Krita opinions
    Some users think Paint.NET is a great alternative to Krita, some don't.
    lian00

    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. Photopea icon

    Photopea

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    102 alternatives to Photopea 

    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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    1.  Support for LayersPhotopea supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    Brush parameters.
    Photopea vs Krita opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Photopea is still a legitimate alternative to Krita, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    MyPaint

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    116 alternatives to MyPaint 

    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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    1.  Support for LayersMyPaint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  Drawing Tablet SupportMyPaint supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
    3.  PortableMyPaint can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Distraction-freeMyPaint has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
    5.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in MyPaint.
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    MyPaint vs Krita opinions
    Most users think MyPaint is a great alternative to Krita.
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    Both programmes aims for simplicity/usability

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    MediBang Paint

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    70 alternatives to MediBang Paint 

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

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    1.  Pressure SensitivityMediBang Paint can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in MediBang Paint, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    3.  Support for LayersMediBang Paint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    4.  Drawing Tablet SupportMediBang Paint supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
    5.  Dark ModeMediBang Paint supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    6.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in MediBang Paint.
    7.  LightweightMediBang Paint consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    Great for anime or comics
    Good simple!!
And like Adobe
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    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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    Guest

    Everything looks the same.

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    FireAlpaca

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    129 alternatives to FireAlpaca 

    FireAlpaca is the image editor that can be used readily and easily. We made it possible to provide the completely free download, in order for our products to be experienced by more users from all over the world. It is available for both Mac and Windows users!

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    1.  Support for LayersFireAlpaca supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    FireAlpaca vs Krita opinions
    Almost everyone thinks FireAlpaca is a great alternative to Krita.
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    Because it's easier to use

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    ibis Paint X

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    40 alternatives to ibis Paint X 

    ibis Paint is an easy yet powerful drawing app made with tools for sketching manga right at your fingertips.

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    1.  Pressure Sensitivityibis Paint X can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    2.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in ibis Paint X.
    3.  Support for Layersibis Paint X supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    ibis Paint X vs Krita opinions
    Almost everyone thinks ibis Paint X is a great alternative to Krita.
    onkoe

    I know it's proprietary, but unlike Krita, it has instant support for pen pressure on Android tablets like the Tab S6 Lite. You can also remove internet permissions on LineageOS, so for me, it checks all the boxes.

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    Guest

    It has many brushes and options. It's good for beginners and pros.

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  9. Glimpse Image Editor icon

    Glimpse Image Editor

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    174 alternatives to Glimpse Image Editor 

    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.

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    1.  Support for LayersGlimpse Image Editor supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    Discontinued

    The Glimpse editor has been discontinuedSource: https://glimpse-editor.org/posts/a-project-on-hiatus/

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    Guest

    It's a GIMP fork by people who thought the name "GIMP" was one of the biggest reasons GIMP is having trouble competing with Photoshop. The same reasons apply. (GIMP is tuned for photo editing, not digital painting.)

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    enve

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    52 alternatives to enve 

    Enve is a free and open-source 2D animation app. It can create both vector and raster animations and even use sound and video files. It has been created with flexibility and expandability in mind.

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    1.  Support for Layersenve supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in enve, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    3.  Works Offlineenve can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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