Alternatives to Paint.NET for Windows with any license

  • GIMP

    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.

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Haiku AmigaOS Xfce

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    • GIMP is full of features that aren't needed by 99% of people and very complicated. Guest • Jan 2017 • 42 agrees and 4 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 • 40 agrees and 5 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 • 23 agrees and 2 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 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • GIMP is a great app, but its way too heavy and slow for paint.net tasks. Guest • Dec 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 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 • 8 agrees and 8 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Adobe Photoshop

    If you can think it, you can make it with Photoshop CC, the world’s best imaging and design app.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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    • Very pricy advanced application compared to free paint.net Guest • Jan 2016 • 18 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 • 5 agrees and 4 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 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is a great image and photo editor and it is probably the best one out there! The only problem is the price! A price of $120 for the photography plan or $240 for the full plan is too expensive in my opinion Guest • Oct 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

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    • It's literally a painting tool, not for photo editing. Guest • Nov 2017 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very good, but not focused to photo editing. Guest • Jan 2017 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • This is a digital painting app, not a raster painting app Guest • Nov 2016 • 4 agrees and 4 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 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD Mono

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    • This functions in almost identical ways to Paint.NET, more so than any other program listed on here. Guest • Oct 2015 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Even though it's Discontinued, it's very similiar to Paint.NET and It's multi-platform Guest • Apr 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees 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 1 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 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is powerfull, open-source and almost the same but cross-platform alternative to paint.net Guest • Jan 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 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 Epicpkmn1113 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • This is the only one in the list that aims to be a paint.net clone. Guest • Jul 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • MyPaint

    MyPaint is a fast, distraction-free, and easy painting tool for digital artists. It supports graphics tablets made by Wacom, and many similar devices.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

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

    Free Windows

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    • 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.
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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...

    Freemium Windows

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