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 Paint.NET (Free Personal), MediBang Paint (Freemium), Photopea (Free) and MyPaint (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 28, 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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      Both serve different purpose. Krita is for drawing. GIMP is for editing
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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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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      Krita is for digital illustrations. GIMP is for photo editing.
      Top negative comment  over 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 11 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 11 months ago

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      It's a photo editor and not for digital drawing.
      Negative comment 11 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 over 1 year ago

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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 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.
      Positive comment 7 days ago

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      wajeeh The best FREE image editor nowaday.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    3. 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 over 1 year ago

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      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.
      Positive comment 7 days ago

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    4. 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.
    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.
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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 almost 5 years ago

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    6. 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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      FireAlpaca vs Krita opinions
      Almost everyone thinks FireAlpaca is a great alternative to Krita.
      Because it's easier to use
      Positive comment almost 6 years ago

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    7. ibis Paint X is a fancy mobile drawing tool that gives you all you need to draw Manga.
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      ibis Paint X vs Krita opinions
      Almost everyone thinks ibis Paint X is a great alternative to Krita.
      It has many brushes and options. It's good for beginners and pros.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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    8. 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.

      Discontinued

      The Glimpse editor has been discontinued

      Source: https://glimpse-editor.org/posts/a-project-on-hiatus/

      Glimpse Image Editor vs Krita opinions
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      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.)
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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    9. Sketches is a perfect mix of beauty, simplicity and power, a truly unique combination you won't find anywhere else. Sketches is the ideal canvas, perfect for getting down ideas, illustrations, painting, anything your creative mind can imagine.
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      POX One of the best drawing apps with Procreate when drawing/painting on an iPad or Android tablet.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    10. PhotoDemon provides a comprehensive selection of photo editing tools in an 8 MB download. It runs on any Windows machine (XP through Win 10) and does not require installation. It can easily be run from a USB stick or SD card.
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