Paint.NET Alternatives and Similar Software

Alternatives to Paint.NET for Windows, Mac, Web, Linux, iPhone and more. Filter by license to discover only free or Open Source alternatives. This list contains a total of 25+ apps similar 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. If you're looking for more info about Paint.NET 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: 8/19/2019 6:53:00 PM

Alternatives to Paint.NET for all platforms with any license

  • GIMP

    GIMP is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, and more. Available also as portable app: http://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pictures/gimp_portable

    • Whereas Paint.NET is a very simple and user friendly program that's easy to use, GIMP is incredibly unforgiving, difficult to learn/use and lacking the welcoming and uncomplicated interface of Paint.NET. Moreover it has functions that just completely stop working for no reason Guest • Dec 2016 • 74 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP is full of features that aren't needed by 99% of people and very complicated. Guest • Jan 2017 • 82 agrees and 17 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Paint.net is a very easy to use program for basic editing of images, while Gimp is a very complicated tool for doing lots of complex stuff with images so kind of very different target groups I would say Guest • May 2017 • 54 agrees and 8 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • More complicated to use than Paint.Net, GIMP is an alternative to Photoshop or other complex photo editing softwares. Guest • Jul 2019 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The purpose of paint.NET is to be simple and easy to use, GIMP is far away from that idea Guest • Apr 2019 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • photoshop is the same but yes use it a lot Guest • May 2019 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Best open-source Paint.NET alternative Guest • Apr 2019 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • free, open-source, cross-platform Guest • May 2019 • 0 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's not exactly Paint.net, but it's the closest to photoshop. I think you should learn gimp if you are going to buy photoshop Guest • Mar 2019 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Paint.net has a more intuitive user interface than GIMP and there are many program that are more similar to it than GIMP. Guest • Jan 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Paint is for simple drawings, Gimp is a complex and featureful artwork and photo editing tool. It’s more like an alternative to Photoshop. Guest • Oct 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it's a Photoshop alternative, not Paint.NET Guest • Aug 2018 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP is much harder to use than paint.NET, and the target demographics a very different. Guest • Oct 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Gimp is something way different than Paint.net. If you want to do something rather quickly, then Gimp isn't for you... at all. Guest • Aug 2018 • 3 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its complicated, unlike Paint.net Guest • Jul 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • GIMPs UX is a disaster of disconnected panels, unexpected behaviour, and weird key combinations. It is not a Paint.NET alternative. Guest • May 2018 • 5 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Hard to use, can't draw a simple square/circle fast ... Guest • Apr 2018 • 6 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP is a great app, but its way too heavy and slow for paint.net tasks. Guest • Dec 2017 • 6 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's open source and cross platform fabthezenNov 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP is really complicated and not a real alternative. It has way more than nedeed for most of the users. Paint.NET is really simple to use and has just enough functionality to be useful for an advanced (but not professional) user. Guest • Jul 2017 • 7 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Horrrible, very dificult to learn. Guest • Jun 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP is a superb cross-platform (Win, Mac, Linux) alternative to Paint.NET because it's open source and has a huge range of functionality. It is less suited for those situations where you're seeking a very simple image editor, without fuss. But it's still cross-platform, which Paint.NET isn't. So it depends what "alternative" means to you. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 15 agrees and 16 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS BSD ... PortableApps.com Haiku AmigaOS

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  • Adobe Photoshop

    Photoshop is a professional image editor and the de-facto industry standard. It supports layers, non-destructive-editing, vector graphics and color management and plugins. If you can think it, you can make it with Photoshop CC, the world’s best imaging and design app. Create and enhance photographs, illustrations, and 3D artwork. Design websites and mobile apps. Edit videos, simulate real-life paintings, and more. It’s everything you need to make any idea real.

    • While Paint.NET is a very easy to use program, Adobe Photoshop is full of features that aren't needed by 95% of people, difficult to learn/use and very complicated. Besides it is very pricy. Guest • May 2018 • 6 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • First, money, second, unlike paint.net, unaccesible for beginners Guest • Aug 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very pricy advanced application compared to free paint.net Guest • Jan 2016 • 29 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The absolute best in photo correction and manipulation. Slick interface. Fast. Loads of tools for mobile and Web design. Content-aware editing. Video editing. 3D design capability. Synced Libraries. Integrated stock library. Complementary mobile apps. HaricharanSrinivasanDec 2017 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its quite famous and many people use it Guest • Mar 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • paint.net is better and its free Guest • Mar 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • It's a totally different software. Guest • May 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Actually, Paint.NET is supposed to be a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. While Paint.NET is very powerful, Adobe Photoshop is the superior when it comes to editing. If you want nice free results, Paint.NET is your best bet. If you want amazing results and the best tools and are not afraid to drop in some money, Adobe Photoshop is a very great choice. Guest • Apr 2016 • 7 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Krita

    Krita is a complete creative sketching and painting application with advanced, commercial quality features. It's free, open-source and available across all major desktop platforms. User Interface - An intuitive user interface that stays out of your way. The dockers and panels can be moved and customized for your specific workflow. Once you have your setup, you can save it as your own workspace. You can also create your own shortcuts for commonly used tools.

    • Painting software, not photo editing Guest • Jun 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is exactly what I was looking for as an alternative to Paint.Net. Very similar. Completly free. Guest • Jul 2019 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's a painting program, not a photo editing program skylingMay 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's not an alternative to Gimp because it has a fewer features but it is a nice tool for painting. trefoil004May 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Krita is a very complete painting tool, it isn't suited for very quickly making basic adjustments. Guest • Apr 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Various tools, everything free. Guest • Feb 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very good, but not focused to photo editing. Guest • Jan 2017 • 15 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's literally a painting tool, not for photo editing. Guest • Nov 2017 • 11 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • This is a digital painting app, not a raster painting app Guest • Nov 2016 • 5 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Krita is also very similar to photoshop, and if you find the features easily enough and do enough research it has ALOT more features than paint.net while having the easy navigation that paint.net has. Also it's free! Guest • Dec 2016 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Near the same interface, less powerfull. Guest • Jun 2016 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

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  • Pixelmator

    Pixelmator is a powerful, beautiful, and easy to use image editor. Featuring an elegant and streamlined single-window interface, it puts all the focus on the images you edit, rather than what's around them. Pixelmator lets you touch up and enhance images, draw or paint, apply dazzling effects, or create advanced compositions with ease.

    • Fast, easy to use, not overloaded with useless features Guest • Aug 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's cheap, and it has all the capabilities of Paint.NET (plus some), and it's even more user-friendly. oddityoverseer13Dec 2016 • 1 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac iPhone iPad

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  • 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. MyPaint supports pressure or tilt sensitive graphic tablets and comes with an easy-to-use brush collection. There is a complex interface for creating own brushes, focusing on brush dynamics (changes with speed, pressure, randomly).

    • MyPaint is a digital painting/drawing program, Paint.NET is a simple image editor. superluminarOct 2017 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • MyPaint looks a lot like Photoshop. Paint.NET is so popular because of the simplicity. Photoshop is a beautiful program with a lot of options. Paint.NET is a simple "paint" program that allows you to go as you like, but keep it simple at the beginning. MyPaint is like a Photoshop lite. Guest • May 2017 • 5 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

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  • Pixlr

    Pixlr® makes it easy to transform everyday images into stunning works of art. Whether you’re applying a quick fix to your photos or adding your personal touch with effects, overlays, or borders, Pixlr has everything you need to make your moments beautiful. Getting started with Pixlr is free and easy - install the app to discover the magic of Pixlr today. Features: • Powerful features in a simple and easy-to-use interface.

    • a good design for me to draw Guest • Jun 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Pixlr is more a fun tool adding overlays and colours and basic fixes. Paint.NET is a full photo manipulation tool Guest • Jul 2016 • 21 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium Web Android iPhone

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  • Photopea

    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. .

    Freemium $ $ $ Web Chrome OS

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  • Adobe Photoshop Express

    Edit, share, and upload photos on-the-go, or access your entire online photo library with a finger-flick using Adobe Photoshop Express for iPhone, iPad and Android. We‘ve got your back(up): Upload photos and videos from virtually any device, store up to 2 GB by free, and know that we‘Il never, ever shrink your files.

    Freemium Windows Android iPhone Windows S Android Tablet ... Windows Phone iPad

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  • Microsoft Paint

    Paint (formerly Paintbrush) is a simple, ultra-basic graphics painting program that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows. It opens and saves files as Windows bitmap (24-bit, 256 color, 16 color, and monochrome, all with the .bmp extension), JPEG, GIF (without animation or transparency), PNG (without alpha channel), and TIFF (without the multiple pages).

    • Discontinued Microsoft announced that Paint is officially deprecated with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Anyway last version of the program will still be usable in Windows 10.
    • Save The Transparency Of The Image. Guest • Aug 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Windows

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  • 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. Details: - Fully digitizer support with pressure. - Amazing anti-aliased drawings. - Highly accurate composition with 16bit ARGB channels. - Simple but powerful user interface, easy to learn. - Fully support Intel MMX Technology.

    • This is mostly for digital painting, not photo editing. Guest • Jan 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • LazPaint

    LazPaint is a free and open image editor that features layers and transparency. It supports the format OpenRaster so it can interoperate with MyPaint, Gimp and Krita. LazPaint has been written with Lazarus / Free Pascal and BGRABitmap.

    • It is a raster graphics simple paint program Guest • May 2018 • 0 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is a raster graphics simple paint program Guest • Nov 2016 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com

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  • Fotor

    Powerful, user-friendly and globally accessible, Fotor is an online photo editing suite, utilizing exclusive technology to bring an unprecedented level of editing control to anyone and everyone. While the ‘collage’ and ‘edit’ features are already enjoyed by millions of users, daily, the new ‘design’ feature gives the common user the ability to design any form of graphics and cover, limited only by imagination.

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Web Android iPhone

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  • 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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  • Mischief

    Infinite Definition. Mischief uses a revolutionary new stroke representation. Get the richness of pixel-based brushes AND the scalability of vectors. Zoom in to any size and get a PERFECT edge. Export at ANY size and resolution.Infinite Canvas Mischief has a truly infinite canvas. Your artwork can grow organically without constraints. There is no need to preset paper sizes or resolutions or to resize the canvas during drawing.

    • Discontinued The company seems to have stopped the development of Mischief. Last Mac version, 2.1.5, was released in September 2016, and latest Windows version, 2.1.6, in October 2018 as a bug fix. They can be still downloaded and bought from the official website

    Freemium Mac Windows Wine

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  • PicMonkey

    PicMonkey is a feature-rich online photo editor that works right in your browser; no downloads necessary. Touch-up tools like Teeth Whiten, Blemish Fix, Weight Loss. Effects like Orton, Cross Process, Color Boost, with drag and drop ease. All the photo editing magic of Picnik, with 78% more monkey. PicMonkey’s photo editor and design app makes images that get results. Ignite your social sphere with stunning social posts and cover images.

    Freemium $ $ $ Web Android iPhone

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Pixeluvo

    Pixeluvo is a beautifully designed photo and image editor for PC. It supports everything from simple color and contrast tweaks, cropping and resizing, to complex photo montage with multiple layers, masks and effects.

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows Linux

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