Paint.NET Alternatives for Mac

    Paint.NET is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is Krita, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Paint.NET and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Paint.NET are GIMP (Free, Open Source), Pinta (Free, Open Source), Adobe Photoshop (Paid) and Pixelmator (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jun 22, 2021

    Platforms

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    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Online
    • Linux
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Android
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • PortableApps.com
    • BSD
    • Windows Phone
    • Wine
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • AmigaOS
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Mono
    • ReactOS
    • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
    • Spotify

    Features

    • Photo editing
    • Image Editing
    • Digital Painting
    • Photo effects
    • Retouch photos
    • Support for Layers
    • Image Processing
    • Sketching
    • Photographic filters
    • Portable
    • Color correction
    • Tablet support
    • Open PSD files
    • Customizable
    • Drawing 2D
    • Color blending
    • Batch processing
    • Non destructive editing
    • Support for Wacom Tablets
    • Sketch

    License

    • Free
    • Open Source
    • Paid
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    • 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. View 137 alternatives to Krita
      Some users think Krita is a great alternative to Paint.NET, some don't.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
      • PortableApps.com
      • Steam
      Krita vs Paint.NET
      pros, cons and recent comments
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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  11 months ago

      3
      Various tools, everything free.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      3
      Very good, but not focused to photo editing.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

      13
      Krita is aimed at Artistic painting and sketching rather than photo manipulation and editing.
      Negative comment 5 months ago

      1
      It is exactly what I was looking for as an alternative to Paint.Net. Very similar. Completly free.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      1
      Painting software, not photo editing
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      8
      skyling It's a painting program, not a photo editing program
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      9
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    • 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. View 195 alternatives to GIMP
      This alternative is disputed. GIMP is still a legitimate alternative to Paint.NET, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Snapcraft
      • FLATHUB
      • PortableApps.com
      • Haiku
      • AmigaOS
      GIMP vs Paint.NET
      pros, cons and recent comments
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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

      -1
      JohnFastman 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.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      -2
      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
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

      89
      GIMP is much more "professional". By that I mean that it is way too complex for a casual editor like myself.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

      0
      Merritt Paint.NET is simple and fast, GIMP is neither
      Negative comment 11 months ago

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

      1
      Gimp is very heavy advanced image editing tool while Paint.NET is fairly light and user-friendly.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      0
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    • Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET . View 109 alternatives to Pinta
      Most users think Pinta is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Mono
      Pinta vs Paint.NET
      pros, cons and recent comments
       all • positive • negative      relevance • date
      This functions in almost identical ways to Paint.NET, more so than any other program listed on here.
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

      8
      It is powerfull, open-source and almost the same but cross-platform alternative to paint.net
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      5
      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

      3
      This is an exact paint.NET clone. This is the real alternative.
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

      0
      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 9 months ago

      -1
      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 about 2 years ago

      2
      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

      1
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      7 of 17 comments
    • The standard in professional image editing and compositing for creative design work. View 222 alternatives to Adobe Photoshop
      Some users think Adobe Photoshop is a great alternative to Paint.NET, some don't.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • iPad
      • Wine
      • ReactOS
      Adobe Photoshop vs Paint.NET
      pros, cons and recent comments
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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  over 3 years ago

      4
      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  about 5 years ago

      1
      Very pricy advanced application compared to free paint.net
      Top negative comment  over 5 years ago

      33
      First, money, second, unlike paint.net, unaccesible for beginners
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

      5
      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 about 3 years ago

      7
      Its quite famous and many people use it
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      0
      paint.net is better and its free
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      0
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      7 of 8 comments
    • Pixelmator is a image editing application for macOS and iOS. View 147 alternatives to Pixelmator
      Most users think Pixelmator is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
      • Mac
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      Pixelmator vs Paint.NET
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Fast, easy to use, not overloaded with useless features
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      2
      oddityoverseer13 It's cheap, and it has all the capabilities of Paint.NET (plus some), and it's even more user-friendly.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      -1


    • MyPaint is a fast, distraction-free, and easy painting tool for digital artists. It supports graphics tablets made by Wacom, and many similar devices. View 121 alternatives to MyPaint
      Most users think MyPaint is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      MyPaint vs Paint.NET
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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 about 4 years ago

      0
      superluminar MyPaint is a digital painting/drawing program, Paint.NET is a simple image editor.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      3
    • PhotoScape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos. View 182 alternatives to Photoscape
      Some users think Photoscape is a great alternative to Paint.NET, some don't.
    • Raster & vector graphic editor with many tools and filters, written in Lazarus (Free Pascal). Portable, 32bit (under 3mb) & 64bit (3.55mb) versions, ORA format & 16384x16384 image support. In app 3D import & rendering. View 38 alternatives to LazPaint
      Most users think LazPaint is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      LazPaint vs Paint.NET
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It has the same clear GUI.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
      It is a raster graphics simple paint program
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      -1
      It is a raster graphics simple paint program
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      -3
    • FireAlpaca is the image editor that can be used readily and easily. View 129 alternatives to FireAlpaca
      Most users think FireAlpaca is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
    • Sketches is a perfect mix of beauty, simplicity and power, a truly unique combination you won't find anywhere else. View 70 alternatives to Tayasui Sketches
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Tayasui Sketches vs Paint.NET
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Doesn't have enough tools and has tools that shouldn't be paid, like layers.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      1
      Most of the tools are adequate for free on iPad. $ for extras (will pay if I need to use them so nice to be available). First one on the list so far that I’ve used regularly and liked.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      0
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