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    Open Source Krita Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Krita is GIMP. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Krita and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Krita are MyPaint (Free, Open Source), Glimpse Image Editor (Free, Open Source), PhotoDemon (Free, Open Source) and Drawing (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 5, 2022

    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

      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  almost 2 years ago

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

      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 12 months ago

      Alternative_adder GNU IMAGE MANIPULATION PROGRAM, simply called as GIMP is for Photo editing while Krita is for illustrating
      Negative comment 12 months ago

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

      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. 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


    3. 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.


      The Glimpse editor has been discontinued


      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

    4. 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.
    5. A simple drawing application for Linux.
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    6. 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.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Android
      • F-Droid
      Paintroid is a graphical paint editor App, that, among others, allows setting parts of pictures to transparent, insert Text / Images, add Layers, use Color filling and picking tools, rotate, resize and position elements...
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    7. Features: + Support for drawing various shapes - lines, rectangles, rounded rectangles, ovals and polygons. + Curves, lines and text. + Colour picker. + Selections. + Rotation, monochrome and other advanced effects.
    8. Pixelitor is a cross-platform raster graphics editor written in Java. It supports image filters, drawing, layers, multiple undo, etc. Currently its main strength lies in the more than 70 image filters and color adjustments, some of which are unique. Features: - Layers.
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    9. Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It is based around the GIMPs technology and uses the same native file format.
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