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Krita Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Krita for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is GIMP, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Krita and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Krita are Inkscape, Adobe Photoshop, Paint.NET and Affinity Photo.

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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    Adobe Photoshop

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    223 alternatives to Adobe Photoshop 

    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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    1.  Support for LayersAdobe Photoshop supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  Hardware AcceleratedAdobe Photoshop can use the GPU and CPU to speed up rendering, conversion, and overall performance.
    3.  Color PickerAdobe Photoshop allows you to select and copy a color property from an image, object, or shape.
    4.  Non Destructive EditingAdobe Photoshop allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
    5.  Support for CMYK ModeAdobe Photoshop allows you to work using the color scheme for printing, combining the primary pigments (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key).
    6.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in Adobe Photoshop.
    7.  Content-Aware FillAdobe Photoshop can quickly remove objects from your photo and it will fill in the picture based on the rest of the available content.
    8.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAdobe Photoshop can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    9.  Drawing Tablet SupportAdobe Photoshop supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
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    Some users think Adobe Photoshop is a great alternative to Krita, some don't.
    MGM33

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

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    Guest

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

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  4. Paint.NET icon

    Paint.NET

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    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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    Affinity Photo

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    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. It supports unlimited layers and a dedicated RAW editing workspace, as well as...

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    1.  Non Destructive EditingAffinity Photo allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
    2.  Support for LayersAffinity Photo supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    3.  LightweightAffinity Photo consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  No Coding RequiredAffinity Photo can be used without an coding or programming skills.
    5.  WYSIWYG SupportAffinity Photo integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    6.  Privacy focusedAffinity Photo is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    7.  Works OfflineAffinity Photo can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    8.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAffinity Photo can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    9.  Dark ModeAffinity Photo supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Affinity Photo vs Krita opinions
    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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    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.
    Thelle

    Both programmes aims for simplicity/usability

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  7. MediBang Paint icon

    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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  8. Adobe Illustrator icon

    Adobe Illustrator

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    91 alternatives to Adobe Illustrator 

    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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    1.  Automatic AlignmentAdobe Illustrator lets you position and snapping objects in relation to each other magnetically through gridlines and anchor points.
    2.  Works OfflineAdobe Illustrator can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    3.  Support for LayersAdobe Illustrator supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    4.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in Adobe Illustrator.
    5.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    6.  Color PickerAdobe Illustrator allows you to select and copy a color property from an image, object, or shape.
    7.  Support for CMYK ModeAdobe Illustrator allows you to work using the color scheme for printing, combining the primary pigments (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key).
    8.  Drawing Tablet SupportAdobe Illustrator supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
    9.  Pressure SensitivityAdobe Illustrator can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
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    Most users think Adobe Illustrator is a great alternative to Krita.
    Guest

    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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    Clip Studio Paint

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    100 alternatives to Clip Studio Paint 

    Clip Studio Paint, previously Manga Studio or ComicStudio in Japan, is a family of software applications for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows used for the digital creation of comics and manga.

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    1.  Pressure SensitivityClip Studio Paint can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    2.  Support for LayersClip Studio Paint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    3.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Clip Studio Paint, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    4.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    5.  Drawing Tablet SupportClip Studio Paint supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
    Blank Canvas
    Tool editing dialog
    Wide variety of built-in tools, brushes, and effects
    Clip Studio Paint vs Krita opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Clip Studio Paint is a great alternative to Krita.
    Anipe

    Very fluent and good to work with, waaaaayy better than krita!

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    Guest

    They focus on the same basic functionality: digital drawing.

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    PaintTool SAI

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    90 alternatives to PaintTool SAI 

    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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    1.  Support for LayersPaintTool SAI supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  Pressure SensitivityPaintTool SAI can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
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    PaintTool SAI vs Krita opinions
    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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