Paint.NET Alternatives for Windows

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

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The list of alternatives was last updated: 5/16/2019 7:58:00 AM

Alternatives to Paint.NET for Windows 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

    • GIMP is full of features that aren't needed by 99% of people and very complicated. Guest • Jan 2017 • 71 agrees and 14 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 60 agrees and 8 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 • 47 agrees and 7 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 • 6 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's open source and cross platform fabthezenNov 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP is a great app, but its way too heavy and slow for paint.net tasks. Guest • Dec 2017 • 4 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it's a Photoshop alternative, not Paint.NET Guest • Aug 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its complicated, unlike Paint.net Guest • Jul 2018 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 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 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 Disagree   Agree
    • Best open-source Paint.NET alternative Guest • Apr 2019 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 Disagree   Agree
    • photoshop is the same but yes use it a lot Guest • May 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Hard to use, can't draw a simple square/circle fast ... Guest • Apr 2018 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Horrrible, very dificult to learn. Guest • Jun 2017 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 • 14 agrees and 15 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 • 2 agrees and 3 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 • 1 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 • 0 agrees and 1 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.

    • Very good, but not focused to photo editing. Guest • Jan 2017 • 14 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
    • Various tools, everything free. Guest • Feb 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
    • It's not an alternative to Gimp because it has a fewer features but it is a nice tool for painting. trefoil00413 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • It's a painting program, not a photo editing program skyling4 days ago 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
    • This is a digital painting app, not a raster painting app Guest • Nov 2016 • 5 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

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  • Adobe Photoshop

    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.

    • Very pricy advanced application compared to free paint.net Guest • Jan 2016 • 27 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
    • 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 • 4 agrees and 2 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
    • paint.net is better and its free Guest • Mar 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Its quite famous and many people use it Guest • Mar 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • First, money, second, unlike paint.net, unaccesible for beginners Guest • Aug 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • It's a totally different software. Guest • May 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Pinta

    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. On Windows, Pinta requires the .NET framework, just like Paint.NET.

    • This functions in almost identical ways to Paint.NET, more so than any other program listed on here. Guest • Oct 2015 • 10 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is powerfull, open-source and almost the same but cross-platform alternative to paint.net Guest • Jan 2018 • 6 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • This is the only one in the list that aims to be a paint.net clone. Guest • Jul 2017 • 6 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's as simple as Paint.NET. Works as you would expect. I consider this to be Paint.NET for Mac Guest • Aug 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Is a good alternative, and better Guest • Oct 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It's a simple program with almost identical features of Paint.net, it also does not require much storage space when first started. Guest • Nov 2016 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Even though it's Discontinued, it's very similiar to Paint.NET and It's multi-platform Guest • Apr 2017 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's a much better multi-platform alternative to Paint.NET than GIMP in my opinion. It's a much simpler interface, like Paint.NET Epicpkmn11Apr 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Uses the same layout. Never used Pinta before, but since I have experience with Paint.NET I understood all features. Guest • Jun 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Simple program - very similar to paint.net. It also is lightweight (~60 MB vs ~400 MB for Krita on Lubuntu system) Guest • Jul 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • It was created with that very purpose in mind, clone Paint.NET lpzantonyDec 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Feb 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Feb 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Apr 2019 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Mono

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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 • 3 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 • 4 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

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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 Disagree   Agree

    Free Windows

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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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  • 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 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • Fotor

    Get ready to take your photos where no photo has gone before with Fotor. Some photos deserve special attention on a full screen. Fotor’s powerful desktop photo editor is the real deal and it has all the tools you need to make every moment you capture look truly great. Download Fotor and start leveraging the fun and versatility with your most powerful platform at home. With Fotor’s state-of-the-art photo processing engine, it’s easy to process high quality photos quickly.

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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 • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It is a raster graphics simple paint program Guest • May 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com

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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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  • 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

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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.

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  • PixBuilder

    Free Photo Editing Software for PC PixBuilder Studio is a free image editing software program for digital photo editing, images processing, and resizing. For digital photo editing, you can use its many professional quality functions. PixBuilder Studio allows you to use the following color management functions: brightness/contrast management, color balance, and levels manipulation. For professional results, you can use the curves function.

    Free Windows

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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.

    • This is for Processing images, not for editing them. Guest • Mar 2019 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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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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  • 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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  • PhoXo

    PhoXo is small and free image editing application. It's tiny, fast, easy to use, can be treated as a mini PhotoShop. Its features include layers, undo, over 50 special effects, batch processing, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools for selecting, crop, painting, retouching, measuring and navigation. Especially, you can easily add text effects to image, such as shadow text, ripple text, gradient color text etc.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • showFoto

    ShowFoto is the standalone image editor of the digiKam project. It runs without digiKam images database support, but provides all Image Editor functions.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux KDE

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