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Microsoft Paint Alternatives

Being bundled with every version of Windows in recent memory, Paint is a basic option, but its tools are usually enough to get the job done, so long as that job is basic image and graphics editing.

There are plenty of free options available across every major operating system and device form factor that offer more feature-rich experiences, such as layer support and support for extensions and plugins.

Microsoft Paint alternatives are mainly Image Editors but may also be Digital Painting Tools or Photo Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Microsoft Paint.
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  1. Krita is a professional Free and open source (FOSS) painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone within concept art, texture and matte painters, illustrations and comics.

    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Krita, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ LightweightKrita consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersKrita supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableKrita is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in Krita.
    ⚫︎ Pressure SensitivityKrita can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    ⚫︎ PortableKrita can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Krita vs Microsoft Paint opinions
    Most users think Krita is a great alternative to Microsoft Paint.
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    I was looking for a program that could convert a .JPG file into .ico,and Krita did just that.

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    Krita is free. It has a lot of features - somewhat similar to Photoshop. It is better than Paint because it has lots of different brushes and allows some brush customization. You can work with layers, which is a feature that MS Paint lacks. The app is worth a try. There's nothing to lose.

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    krita's too big and feature-rich of a program to be substitute for ms paint

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    No, Paint is far smaller and more limited program than Krita. Krita can do much more than Paint, so using it as an alternative would be absurdly unwieldy.

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    Paint is a far smaller and more limited program than Krita. While Krita can probably do everything Paint can, it can do so much more that to use it as an alternative would be absurdly unwieldy.

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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.

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersPaint.NET supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ LightweightPaint.NET consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsPaint.NET can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModePaint.NET supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ PortablePaint.NET can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Paint.NET vs Microsoft Paint opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Paint.NET is a great alternative to Microsoft Paint.
    ThomasJPitts

    The amount of support, plugins and alternative options make it far better than Paint.

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    Easy to use, basic, photo editing software.

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  3. 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.

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersPhotopea supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    Photopea vs Microsoft Paint opinions
    Some users think Photopea is a great alternative to Microsoft Paint, some don't.

    Its The same but simply it's more advanced

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    Photopea is an outstanding Chrome OS substitute for Photoshop (or GIMP), but it is much more complicated to use than MS Paint.

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  4. 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.

    ⚫︎ Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in Procreate.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Procreate without registration.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeProcreate supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Onion skinningProcreate allows you to see through several frames simultaneously and make sure the lines of each frame are correctly lined up.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableProcreate is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for 4KProcreate supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersProcreate supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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  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.

    ⚫︎ PortableMyPaint can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersMyPaint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    The 0.9.0 interface
    MyPaint vs Microsoft Paint opinions
    Most users think MyPaint is a great alternative to Microsoft Paint.

    There is no selection tool, which is what i need.

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    No pixels and grid lines!

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    Paint 98

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    • iPhone
    • iPad

    Paint 98 is a simple yet powerful drawing tool for iPhone and iPad that lets you to create, edit and share images without all the complications of today's image editors. Paint like it's 1998!.

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    Almost everyone thinks Paint 98 is a great alternative to Microsoft Paint.

    It edits image files exactly like paint does

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    Straightforward for amateurs!

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    it's actually pretty much microsoft paint

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    Pinta

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    • Mono

    Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET . Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

    ⚫︎ LightweightPinta consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersPinta supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    Pinta vs Microsoft Paint opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Pinta is a great alternative to Microsoft Paint.

    This app uses similar features like MS Paint, but there’s one thing that’s missing. The Grid Lines. Needs an Update.

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    Similar options like mspaint. If you come from windows, install and work.

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    Pinta Has all the tool necessary for a quick manipulation, like paste screenshots, cut, paste, resize, etc...

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    Simple interface with powerful tools

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    Is simple and have all the tools of Microsoft Paint

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

    ⚫︎ Pressure SensitivityMediBang Paint can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in MediBang Paint, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersMediBang Paint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeMediBang Paint supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in MediBang Paint.
    ⚫︎ LightweightMediBang Paint consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Great for anime or comics
    MediBang Paint vs Microsoft Paint opinions
    Almost everyone thinks MediBang Paint is a great alternative to Microsoft Paint.

    It is a great program I have been using it for years and it's very easy to use

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    Microsoft Paint is far smaller than MediBang Paint. While MediBang Paint can do anything Microsoft Paint can do, it can do much more than Microsoft paint. So, using it as an alternative is rather unwieldy.

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    While a lot more complicated than Paint, it has everything you need to create a Paint image; line tools, shape tools, airbrush, pixel brush, bucket tool (that can fill without white spaces by expanding!) Not to mention more advanced tools and layer options, for more complicated drawings and even professional artists’ needs.

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  9. PhotoScape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.

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    Viewer: Slideshow, Fullscreen, Wallpaper, Lossless Rotation, Exif
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    you cannot actually create or draw pictures with this app

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  10. 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.

    ⚫︎ Pressure SensitivityClip Studio Paint can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableClip Studio Paint is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersClip Studio Paint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Clip Studio Paint, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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