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.

    This page was last updated May 12, 2021

    1. 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.
    2. Project Dogwaffle lets you be creative without the fear of mom or wifey yelling at you because you messed up your clothes again. No sudden spills, no funny fumes. You can paint, erase it, and try again, and again, and again......


    3. PictBear is an image editor and paint program that is very friendly toward the beginning user, PictBear is very straightforward and easy to use no matter what your skill level is.
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    4. PaintZ is a simple drawing and image editing app, similar to Microsoft Paint. PaintZ is designed to to be fast and easy to use, with a touch- and mouse-friendly Material Design interface, full offline support, and no Flash Player required.
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      Most users think PaintZ is a great alternative to Microsoft Paint.
    5. Blazing fast Free online image editor tool to adjust brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, gamma etc. Drop your image in tool and start editing using image filter controls. No signup and no restriction to use this tool.


    6. RealWorld Paint is an free portable image/photo/animation editor. It supports layers with styles and can import and export Photoshop, GIMP and Paint.net images with layers.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2013.1, released in June 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      CERTUIKO Is fast and efective..with plugins...etc etc
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      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.
    7. Paintbrush is a simple paint program for Mac OS X, reminiscent of Microsoft Paint and Apple’s own now-defunct MacPaint.
    8. Create Vista icons with Toolset's Icon Editor. Locate and extract hundreds of hi-resolution, 256x256 icons in your Vista installation. Create icons for all Windows platforms. This suite of icon tools includes four integrated components that excel in their specific areas.
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      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.

      Discontinued

      The development is discountinued since 2013-05-06
      https://sourceforge.net/p/cinepaint/activity/?page=0&limit=100#599c65d15fcbc926952bcea9

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