Paint.NET Alternatives for Mac

Popular Alternatives to Paint.NET for Mac. Explore 25+ Mac apps like Paint.NET, all suggested and ranked by the AlternativeTo user community.

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: 10/16/2019 10:01:00 AM

Alternatives to Paint.NET for Mac 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 • 75 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 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • First, money, second, unlike paint.net, unaccesible for beginners Guest • Aug 2018 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very pricy advanced application compared to free paint.net Guest • Jan 2016 • 30 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.

    • It is exactly what I was looking for as an alternative to Paint.Net. Very similar. Completly free. Guest • Jul 2019 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Painting software, not photo editing Guest • Jun 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 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

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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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  • 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. .

    • It can cover something up and add shapes to block off anything annoying. Guest • 5 days ago Disagree   Agree

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Chrome OS iPad

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  • FireAlpaca

    FireAlpaca is the image editor that can be used readily and easily. We made it possible to provide the completely free download, in order for our products to be experienced by more users from all over the world. It is available for both Mac and Windows users! We would like you to experience this great opportunity first.

    Free Mac 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 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is a raster graphics simple paint program Guest • Nov 2016 • 0 agrees and 2 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Seashore

    Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tayasui Sketches

    Sketches is a perfect mix of beauty, simplicity and power, a truly unique combination you won't find anywhere else. Sketches is the ideal canvas, perfect for getting down ideas, illustrations, painting, anything your creative mind can imagine.

    • 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. Guest • May 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Doesn't have enough tools and has tools that shouldn't be paid, like layers. Guest • Feb 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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  • ImagePlay

    ImagePlay is a rapid prototyping tool for building and testing image processing algorithms. It comes with a variety of over 70 individual image processors which can be combined into complex process chains. EDUCATION: Let your students learn about the basics of image processing. Show the effects of various parameters by manipulating them in real time.

    • Different purpose than Paint.net Guest • May 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • This is for Processing images, not for editing them. Guest • Mar 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • showFoto

    You can use it to view your photographs and improve them. Showfoto is the standalone image editor of the digiKam project.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux KDE

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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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  • 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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  • PixelStyle

    PixelStyle Photo Editor 3.5.1 for Mac is an all-in-one Photo Editor for Mac with a huge range of high-end filters: lighting, blurs, distortions, tilt-shift, shadows, glows... Available at http://www.effectmatrix.com/mac-appstore/mac-photo-editor-pixelstyle.htm A full-blown Photo Editor for Mac - Adjust exposure, hue, vibrance and much more. - Delete unwanted objects and retouch photos. - Reduces low light and high ISO noise. - 1 min cut out objects from photos and change photo background.

    Freemium Mac

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  • WidsMob Retoucher

    Widsmob retoucher provides the artistic photo effects, including photo denoise, film pack, fish eye effect, color adjustment and more. Photo De-noise feature, before further editing your photographs, you need to use noise reduction software to fix blurry photos first. WidsMob Retouch eliminates image noise while preserving image detail. It also enables you to minimize image grain, JPEG artifacts and other imperfections. The program deals with Luminance noise and Chrominance noise professionally.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac

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  • Paint +++

    Paint +++aims to fill the need for a basic, streamlined, and Mac-native image editor. Whether you need to quickly crop a photo, add some text to an image, or just have fun doodling, scrawl has you covered. Paint +++ is an inexpensive painting program for OS X that can be used to teach students the basics of painting software. Many sophisticated graphics software applications (such as Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop) use the same basic principles that can be learned using Paint +++.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac

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