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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, Pinta, Adobe Photoshop and Pixelmator.

Paint.NET alternatives are mainly Image Editors but may also be Digital Painting Tools or Photo Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Paint.NET.
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  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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    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.

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    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!

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    Very good, but not focused to photo editing.

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    FiTekno

    I was looking for a quick tool to combine multiple screenshots, for example. This succeeds with that but not as fast as with Paint.net. Good thing this is localized to many languages.

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    zlelmefs

    Krita is built from the ground up for painting and drawing. Paint.net is for rapid image editing like making memes or cropping/adjusting photos. Krita is heavier and less intuitive.

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    Krita is aimed at Artistic painting and sketching rather than photo manipulation and editing.

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    It is exactly what I was looking for as an alternative to Paint.Net. Very similar. Completly free.

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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.

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    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.

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    fabthezen

    It's open source and cross platform

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    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

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    zlelmefs

    The #1 perk of paint.net is how lightweight and fast it is, it's intended as a competitor to Paint. GIMP is the complete opposite- it's a big, slow monster designed to compete with photoshop.

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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.

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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.

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    Merritt

    Paint.NET is simple and fast, GIMP is neither

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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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    This is an exact paint.NET clone. This is the real alternative.

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    This functions in almost identical ways to Paint.NET, more so than any other program listed on here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    lpzantony

    It was created with that very purpose in mind, clone Paint.NET

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  4. Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for Windows and macOS. It was originally created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll.

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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.

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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.

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    Very pricy advanced application compared to free paint.net

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    zlelmefs

    It's slow. It's not free. It's made by one of the worst software companies on the planet.

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    First, money, second, unlike paint.net, unaccesible for beginners

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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.

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    Its quite famous and many people use it

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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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    Most users think Pixelmator is a great alternative to Paint.NET.

    Fast, easy to use, not overloaded with useless features

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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.

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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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    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.

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    superluminar

    MyPaint is a digital painting/drawing program, Paint.NET is a simple image editor.

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  7. Affinity Photo is a professional, full-featured raster graphics editor. Working in Affinity Photo is always live and you can pan and zoom at 60fps, with live previews and non destructive application.

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  8. 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.
  9. 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.

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    The only painting software that allows to do complex operations easily

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    It is a raster graphics simple paint program

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    It has the same clear GUI.

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  10. 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!

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    Most users think FireAlpaca is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
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