Paint.NET Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Paint.NET for Windows if you are looking to replace it. The most popular Windows alternative is Small GIMP iconGIMP, 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 loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Paint.NET are Small Krita iconKrita (Free, Open Source), Small Adobe Photoshop iconAdobe Photoshop (Paid), Small MyPaint iconMyPaint (Free, Open Source) and Small Adobe Photoshop Express iconAdobe Photoshop Express (Freemium).

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: 11/25/2019 10:41:00 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.

    • 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 • 93 agrees and 12 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP is full of features that aren't needed by 99% of people and very complicated. Guest • Jan 2017 • 99 agrees and 22 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 • 69 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Gimp is massively more complex and not great at the core drawing functionality Guest • 7 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP is complicated but worth digging through the shell. Once you get a hang of it, the tool is absolutely amazing. iglinowskijerzyOct 2019 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It can do anything you want drawing-wise. henrykagwysockaOct 2019 • 0 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 • 3 agrees and 1 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 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • photoshop is the same but yes use it a lot Guest • May 2019 • 1 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Best open-source Paint.NET alternative Guest • Apr 2019 • 1 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • free, open-source, cross-platform Guest • May 2019 • 1 agrees and 3 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 • 3 agrees and 0 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 3 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 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it's a Photoshop alternative, not Paint.NET Guest • Aug 2018 • 5 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 • 3 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 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its complicated, unlike Paint.net Guest • Jul 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Hard to use, can't draw a simple square/circle fast ... Guest • Apr 2018 • 7 agrees and 3 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 • 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 • 7 agrees and 3 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 • 8 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's open source and cross platform fabthezenNov 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Horrrible, very dificult to learn. Guest • Jun 2017 • 2 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 17 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Snapcraft ... FLATHUB PortableApps.com Haiku AmigaOS

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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.

    • Painting software, not photo editing Guest • Jun 2019 • 6 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's a painting program, not a photo editing program skylingMay 2019 • 6 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is exactly what I was looking for as an alternative to Paint.Net. Very similar. Completly free. Guest • Jul 2019 • 4 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Various tools, everything free. Guest • Feb 2019 • 3 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
    • 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 • 4 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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  • 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.

    • Very pricy advanced application compared to free paint.net Guest • Jan 2016 • 35 agrees and 4 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 • 8 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • First, money, second, unlike paint.net, unaccesible for beginners Guest • Aug 2018 • 5 agrees and 1 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

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows iPad Wine ReactOS

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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 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 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • MyPaint is a digital painting/drawing program, Paint.NET is a simple image editor. superluminarOct 2017 • 5 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

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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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  • 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 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Windows

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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 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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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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