Paint.NET Alternatives

    Paint.NET is described as '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' and is one of the leading apps in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Paint.NET for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based, Linux and iPhone. The best alternative is Krita, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Paint.NET are GIMP (Free, Open Source), Pinta (Free, Open Source), Adobe Photoshop (Paid) and Pixelmator (Paid).

    This page was last updated Sep 19, 2021

    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 withith concept art, texture and matte painters, illustrations and comics.
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      Krita vs Paint.NET opinions
      Some users think Krita is a great alternative to Paint.NET, some don't.
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      Generic_Sweetener There isn't anything else exactly like paint.net, but Krita comes the closest in terms of features and ease of use. It's relatively intuitive, has various customization options, and is sufficient for basic photo editing and more advanced image manipulation and drawing.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      Various tools, everything free.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      Very good, but not focused to photo editing.
      Top negative comment  almost 5 years ago

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      Krita is aimed at Artistic painting and sketching rather than photo manipulation and editing.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

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      It is exactly what I was looking for as an alternative to Paint.Net. Very similar. Completly free.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      Painting software, not photo editing
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      skyling It's a painting program, not a photo editing program
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    2. 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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      GIMP vs Paint.NET opinions
      This alternative is disputed. GIMP is still a legitimate alternative to Paint.NET, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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      gimp is a good image editor but dosen't have the tools as paint.NET
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      Yeah, it's overloaded, but its main goal is to provide all tools that you ever need.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      GIMP is full of features that aren't needed by 99% of people and very complicated.
      Top negative comment  almost 5 years ago

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      It doesn't share the same feature set. While it can do many things Paint.NET can't, the opposite is also true.
      Negative comment about 1 month ago

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      GIMP is much more "professional". By that I mean that it is way too complex for a casual editor like myself.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      Merritt Paint.NET is simple and fast, GIMP is neither
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Compared to Paint.Net, GIMP is way too complicated
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    3. 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.
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      Pinta vs Paint.NET opinions
      Most users think Pinta is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
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      This functions in almost identical ways to Paint.NET, more so than any other program listed on here.
      Top positive comment  about 6 years ago

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      It is powerfull, open-source and almost the same but cross-platform alternative to paint.net
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

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      It gives you a good taste of Paint.NET, but it's so broken and painful to work with that it just isn't worth using; e.g. the text function doesn't work.
      Top negative comment  over 2 years ago

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      This is an exact paint.NET clone. This is the real alternative.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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      Works well enough. Still rough around the edges, but it received an update one month ago that fixed quite a lot of bugs. Not gonna be a 1to1 replacement, but it's the closest I know of, and it does a pretty good job.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Pinta is modeled after Paint.NET, making it good for basic adjustments, drawing simple shapes, and so-on. Unfortunately, it's buggy and lacks some of the outstanding features that have been added to PDN since 2015. While it's the best replacement for PDN so far, I wouldn't say it's a very good one.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      It's not exactly discontinued, the GitHub project is still very much active as of January 2019. The 2015 stable release is more or less feature-complete compared to Paint.NET.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    4. Adobe Photoshop is the commercial image editor that set the standard in creative illustration and design work with a sophisticated, layer-based workflow and robust, professional feature set.
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      Adobe Photoshop vs Paint.NET opinions
      Some users think Adobe Photoshop is a great alternative to Paint.NET, some don't.
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      HaricharanSrinivasan 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.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

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      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.
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      Very pricy advanced application compared to free paint.net
      Top negative comment  over 5 years ago

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      First, money, second, unlike paint.net, unaccesible for beginners
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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      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.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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      Its quite famous and many people use it
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      paint.net is better and its free
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    5. 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.
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      Pixelmator vs Paint.NET opinions
      Most users think Pixelmator is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
      Fast, easy to use, not overloaded with useless features
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      oddityoverseer13 It's cheap, and it has all the capabilities of Paint.NET (plus some), and it's even more user-friendly.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    6. 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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      MyPaint vs Paint.NET opinions
      Most users think MyPaint is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
      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.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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      superluminar MyPaint is a digital painting/drawing program, Paint.NET is a simple image editor.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

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    7. 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.
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      Pixlr vs Paint.NET opinions
      Some users think Pixlr is a great alternative to Paint.NET, some don't.
      Pixlr is more a fun tool adding overlays and colours and basic fixes. Paint.NET is a full photo manipulation tool
      Top negative comment  over 5 years ago

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      Like the others said, Paint.NET is made for photo manipulation while Pixlr on the other hand, is great for Windows but it''s android version is just for adding filters.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

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      Paint.NET is awesome to edit pictures (cut, copy, resize, write). Pixlr on the other hand is mainly effective in applying effects to pictures (blur, colorize, liquify,heal)
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      Paint.NET is a full picture manipulation tool with things like fuzzy select, lasso, brushes, etc while Pixlr is just for adding filters to a photo
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      a good design for me to draw
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    8. 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.
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      Photopea vs Paint.NET opinions
      Most users think Photopea is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
      It can cover something up and add shapes to block off anything annoying.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    9. 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.
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      Most users think Adobe Photoshop Express is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
    10. PhotoScape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.
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      Some users think Photoscape is a great alternative to Paint.NET, some don't.
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