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 Krita iconKrita, 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 GIMP iconGIMP (Free, Open Source), Small Pinta iconPinta (Free, Open Source), Small Adobe Photoshop iconAdobe Photoshop (Paid) and Small MyPaint iconMyPaint (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Jan 12, 2021

    • 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.
      Some users think this is a great alternative to Paint.NET, some doesn't.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
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      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
      • PortableApps.com
      • Steam
      Gu
      Very good, but not focused to photo editing.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 15 users agree and 4 don't

      GS
      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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      Positive comment • 6 months ago • 3 users agree

      Gu
      It's literally a painting tool, not for photo editing.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 11 users agree and 5 don't

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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.
      This alternative is disputed. It's still a legitimate alternative, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Snapcraft
      • FLATHUB
      • PortableApps.com
      • Haiku
      • AmigaOS
      Gu
      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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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 109 users agree and 19 don't

      Gu
      GIMP is full of features that aren't needed by 99% of people and very complicated.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 116 users agree and 28 don't

      Gu
      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
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 82 users agree and 12 don't

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    • Simple cross-platform image editing software.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
      • Free • Open Source
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      • BSD
      • Mono
      Gu
      This functions in almost identical ways to Paint.NET, more so than any other program listed on here.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 10 users agree and 2 don't

      Gu
      It is powerfull, open-source and almost the same but cross-platform alternative to paint.net
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 6 users agree and 1 doesn't

      Gu
      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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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 4 users agree and 1 doesn't

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    • The standard in professional image editing and compositing for creative design work.
      Some users think this is a great alternative to Paint.NET, some doesn't.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • iPad
      • Wine
      • ReactOS
      Gu
      Very pricy advanced application compared to free paint.net
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 37 users agree and 4 don't

      Gu
      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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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 11 users agree and 4 don't

      Ha
      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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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 5 users agree and 1 doesn't

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    • MyPaint is a fast, distraction-free, and easy painting tool for digital artists. It supports graphics tablets made by Wacom, and many similar devices.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      Gu
      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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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 5 users agree and 5 don't

      superluminar533395
      MyPaint is a digital painting/drawing program, Paint.NET is a simple image editor.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 6 users agree and 3 don't

    • 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.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
    • PhotoScape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.Key Features:
      Some users think this is a great alternative to Paint.NET, some doesn't.
    • Paint (formerly Paintbrush) is a simple, ultra-basic graphics painting program that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows.
      Some users think this is a great alternative to Paint.NET, some doesn't.

      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.

      • Free
      • Windows
      Gu
      Save The Transparency Of The Image.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 3 users agree

    • PaintTool SAI is high quality and lightweight painting software, fully digitizer support, amazing anti-aliased paintings, provide easy and stable operation, this software make...
      Some users think this is a great alternative to Paint.NET, some doesn't.
      • Windows
      Gu
      This is mostly for digital painting, not photo editing.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 2 users agree and 1 doesn't

    • 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.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Paint.NET.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      Gu
      It is a raster graphics simple paint program
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 2 users agree and 3 don't

      Gu
      It is a raster graphics simple paint program
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 2 users agree and 5 don't