Microsoft Paint Alternatives and Similar Software

Alternatives to Microsoft Paint for Windows, Mac, Web, Linux, Android and more. Filter by license to discover only free or Open Source alternatives. This list contains a total of 25+ apps similar to Microsoft Paint.

Paint (formerly Paintbrush) is a simple, ultra-basic graphics painting program that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows. If your looking for more info about Microsoft Paint like screenshots, reviews and comments you should visit our info page about it. Below you find the best alternatives.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 8/30/2018 11:54:00 AM

Alternatives to Microsoft Paint for all platforms with any license

  • Sumo Paint

    Sumo Paint is a powerful image editor with a long-standing history as a fully capable Photoshop clone in the browser. Being designed for the browser, it's accessible on practically any system and loads much faster than most comparable desktop tools while still providing core commercial features like layer-based editing with layer effects, multiple built-in filter effects and color adjustment tools.

    Freemium Web

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  • Seashore

    Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS Xs Cocoa framework. 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. However, unlike the GIMP, Seashore only aims to serve the basic image editing needs of most computer users, not to provide a replacement for professional image editing products.

    Free Open Source Mac

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last versions, 0.1.9 and 0.5.1, released in 2007 and 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
    • Although Seashore is now discontinued, it was one of the closest open source equivalents to Microsoft Paint for Mac users. It's a shame it's discontinued. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Artweaver

    Artweaver is a simple Freeware program for creative painting, i.e. Artweaver offers you all artistic effects which you need for your work. You can create sketches from photos and experiment with a wide range of brushes. The brush simulation is thereby so realistic as possible. Portable versions: https://portable-artweaver.en.softonic.com

    Freemium Windows

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    • Yes this is fine ballance between size and functionality, similar to ms paint and lots of features missing in mspaint :) Guest • Dec 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Acorn

    Acorn is a photo editor built for the rest of us. With a simple interface and tools for adding everything from text, shapes, and effects, you can make the perfect picture in seconds and minutes, not hours and days.

    Commercial Mac

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  • Photoline

    Photoline is an image editor which provides a mostly non-destructive professional workflow. Full vector editing is also integrated. Its image editing is on par with Photoshop. Photoline is compatible with most common Photoshop plugins, such as Topaz, NIK, and FilterForge, and loads Photoshop compatible brush and gradient libraries. For a fraction of the cost (€59) of Photoshop, creatives and photographers receive a wide range of professional image editing and design features.

    Commercial Mac Windows Wine

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  • PhotoPad

    PhotoPad photo editor is a free photo editing software for Windows.It allows you to edit and apply effects to photos and other images. When editing photos you can crop, rotate and resize and, if required, add effects like sepia tones, red eye reduction as well as the ability to change the hue, saturation and brightness levels plus more. * Crop, rotate and flip photos and images. * Load gif, jpg, psd, png, bmp picture formats and more. * Edit hue, saturation, brightness and contrast.

    Free Mac Windows Android Kindle Fire

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  • PixBuilder

    Free Photo Editing Software for PC PixBuilder Studio is a free image editing software program for digital photo editing, images processing, and resizing. For digital photo editing, you can use its many professional quality functions. PixBuilder Studio allows you to use the following color management functions: brightness/contrast management, color balance, and levels manipulation. For professional results, you can use the curves function.

    Free Windows

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  • Pixen

    Pixen is a pixel art editor designed for working with low-resolution raster art, such as those 8-bit sprites found in old-school video games. With innovative features like a color palette system, patterns, and high-zoom support, Pixen packs all the tools pixel artists need in an intuitive, Mac-native interface. Pixen also makes creating frame-by-frame animations fun and easy.

    Commercial Mac iPad

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  • Pixelitor

    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. - Unlimited undo. - Image filters. - Color adjustments. - Drawing.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • showFoto

    ShowFoto is the standalone image editor of the digiKam project. It runs without digiKam images database support, but provides all Image Editor functions.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux KDE

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  • JugiPaint

    JugiPaint is a painting software with diverse sets of tools for various types of illustration work. It provides many standard digital painting features like layers, brushes, selections, transformations, etc., as well as some less often like guide layers and panels.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Leonardo

    • Swift workflow Leonardo has a beautiful and easy-to-use interface that will scale to any screen and works great for both left- and right-handed people. • Blazing speed Leonardo starts in less than half a second. It saves your file in a blink and makes it possible to paint with a large brush in really high resolution without any lag. • Handy tools Leonardo makes it really easy to draw various lines and shapes, including circles in perspective.

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • Pho.to

    Improve and play with your digital pictures at Pho.to site with easy yet powerful editing tools and services. Enhance your pictures, have fun with your photos online, retouch portraits and share your photos for free. Free Pho.to services: Photo Enhancement: -------------------------- - Want to enhance a picture really quickly? Enhance.Pho.

    Freemium Web Android iPhone iPad

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  • TwistedBrush Studio

    TwistedBrush is a digital paint software and photo editor that supplies a wide variety of natural art tools. TwistedBrush Pro Studio includes over 5000 brushes and full brush editing all at a great price. Great for original digital painting, photo editing and all forms of digital art.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Tux Paint

    Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6). It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program. Kids are presented with a blank canvas and a variety of drawing tools to help them be creative.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku

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  • Gnome Paint

    gnome-paint is a simple, easy to use paint program for GNOME. It is inspired by MS-Paint.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Fresh Paint

    Unleash your inner creative with Fresh Paint – the ultimate canvas for your big ideas. Fresh Paint is a fun and easy to use painting app with the right tools for artists of all ages. We believe that brilliant, creative ideas can come from anyone, anytime. It’s time to set your creativity free. Create original artwork, turn photos into beautiful paintings, or choose an activity pack to help you get started quickly.

    Free Windows Windows Phone

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  • PhotoDemon

    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. PhotoDemon is completely open-source and available under a permissive BSD license. Outside contributions from coders, designers, translators, and enthusiasts are always welcome.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Fotografix

    In addition to being totally portable, Fotografix has a ridiculously small footprint. Its a 370Kb download and about 700Kb once extracted. Despite its size, most of the features I rely on in Photoshop are available. Fotografix supports layers, masks, and scripting, comes with a few key blur and stylization filters, and type layers are editable (unlike some other editors where text is a one-shot deal).

    Free Windows PortableApps.com

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  • CinePaint

    CinePaint is a deep paint application that edits EXR, DPX, 16-bit TIFF, JPEG, PNG and many other types of image files. CinePaint is available as a native application for Linux, Mac OS X, and BSD.

    Free Open Source Mac Linux

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  • Serif PhotoPlus

    PhotoPlus is the free, feature-restricted image editing software by Serif that enables you to fix and enhance your digital photos; paint and blend with brushes; and export you photos for print, email, and the web. With powerful tools for correcting common problems, including red-eye reduction, blemish removal, and adjusting complexion, PhotoPlus SE is the ideal solution for anyone looking to fix, enhance, organise and share digital images.

    Freemium Windows

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    • Discontinued Serif will not release another major version of any of our ‘Plus’ range applications. They will however continue to be available for the foreseeable future. https://community.serif.com/forum/other%20products/74586/affinity-is-coming-to-windows
  • PaintStar

    PaintStar is a versatile digital image processing software suitable for such tasks as retouching of photographs, composing and authoring images, image morphing, screen capture, and displaying image thumbnail in Windows Explorer context menu. It supports alpha, layer, path ,and the most common editing techniques. PaintStar has many of the tools and filters you would expect to find in commercial offerings, and some interesting extras as well.

    Free Windows

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