What are the best PaintTool SAI alternatives in 2021?

    PaintTool SAI is described as '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' and is a well-known app in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 50 alternatives to PaintTool SAI for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone and Android. The best alternative is Krita, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like PaintTool SAI are MediBang Paint (Freemium), FireAlpaca (Free), Adobe Photoshop (Paid) and SketchBook (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Aug 28, 2021

    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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      Krita vs PaintTool SAI opinions
      Most users think Krita is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
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      Very advanced program that is absolutely free, only downside is that it's not as lightweight as SAI
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      It has animation features, fullscreen support, and works well
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

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      Too glitchy and too hard to use. It will zoom in and out randomly making it hard to draw.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

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      It has many capabilities, and I've seen people's work using this. It's amazing to work in and is good in animation features.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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      I realy like krita, it's a good alternative for paint tool sai even on windows, recomended!
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      I have an older version of Krita, and I love it! It offers more brushes and options than most programs but it can be overwhelming at first. I totally recommend it. But I'm so accustomed to it that the newer one is hard to figure out. It's closer to photoshop than paint tool sai.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      lacks a lot of fuctions and runs really bad even on a mid high end pc.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    2. MediBang Paint is a lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS. Features -You can save multiple pages in one file. -Perspective grids for easily drawing backgrounds or speed lines.
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      Almost everyone thinks MediBang Paint is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
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      I love the dark UI and how organized it is
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      Its very convenient and it works on every device
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      the app is filled with a bunch of tools and not enough explaniton
      Top negative comment  over 2 years ago

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      Cause paint tool said is cool and now it's gonna be cooler
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      It is a mix of Photoshop and Paint Tool SAI. I really like that.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      It has many great functions, you can share with others, and, it's just very very convenient and amazing.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      Gets updated regularly. MediBang is free and the full version doesn't cost a fortune. Also has tools like gradients, circles and other forms and a huge variety of brushsets.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    3. 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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      FireAlpaca vs PaintTool SAI opinions
      Almost everyone thinks FireAlpaca is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
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      FireAlpaca is good. Can be easier to draw with pentablet
      Top positive comment  8 months ago

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      Firealpaca is much easier to use! It's simpler to find your way around and it's completely free for mac and windows! It's also great because it has regular updates so you know it's always gonna get better. You can animate on it and use masks, references and palettes.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

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      FireAlpaca is good, but it doesn't seem similar enough. Plus it has a weird Alpaca brush.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

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      The tools are similar and the sensitivity to pressure brushes seems good as well. And it's free!
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      Antialiased lines almost as good as SAI and the best brush engine of all competitors regarding flexibility and edition through easy to learn scripting.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Has just about anything you could want, including pressure sensitivity, layers, and a variety of brushes. There's even an onion skin mode for animation! :D
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      easy to start, and very user friendly. It may not sync very well but very fun to play around with.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    4. Adobe Photoshop is the commercial image editor that set the standard in creative illustration and design work with a sophisticated, layer-based workflow and robust, professional feature set.
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      Most users think Adobe Photoshop is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      Photoshop is good. Because Photoshop can make an animation an we can draw an animate in this App
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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      The simplicity is not here. Too many options which I don't use.
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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      It isn't because it's not free.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Because it's better. Duh.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    5. Sketchbook drawing software features an artist-friendly, gesture-based user interface that is so fast and intuitive even new users can be productive within minutes.
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      SketchBook vs PaintTool SAI opinions
      Most users think SketchBook is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      Sketchbook is absolutely amazing, but the tools are considered limited when compared to PaintTool SAI and Clip Studio Art
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      sixelapixelsprite There are multiple layers and pretty good pencils.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

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      Definitely not in any way similar to Paint Tool Sai, there is a lot less tools to work with.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

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      Autodesk serves better as a Vector style drawing program than a painting program
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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      much less, very few features
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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    6. ibis Paint X is a fancy mobile drawing tool that gives you all you need to draw Manga.
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      Almost everyone thinks ibis Paint X is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
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      It is a good alternative for people who use phones, but it is not for PC users like me.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      The app is very functional :) So many brushes and options. Maybe at the beginning everything's a bit complicated, but if get used to it it's very easy and effective. Also there's a chance of learning so many methods and styles of drawing by the new features and even from other artists. I definitley recommend this aplication :3
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      It's like medibang, but you don't have good stabilization and stuff like that. it's a simular.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      Has a lot of features and the ones that are locked can be all unlocked at once if you watch one add, really good alternative but sadly it's only for phone users
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      It's a little complicated in the beginning, but after a time it's easy to use. It has a lot of tools and things like that, it's incredible
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      it seemed complicated at first, but I learned to use it. I like all the brush choices and filters,
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      Very easy to use once you get the hang of it, and it has many useful tools. Some parts are a little tricky, but it's pretty good for digital art.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    7. 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 PaintTool SAI.
      There aren't as many functions as PaintTool SAI
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

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    8. Clip Studio Paint, previously Manga Studio or ComicStudio in Japan, is a family of software applications for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows used for the digital creation of comics and manga.
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      Almost everyone thinks Clip Studio Paint is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      not only can both do illustration, but CSP can do comics with ease and finesse, seriously if you wanna make comics, get csp.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      It has very smooth drawing
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      files don't seem compatible with posting to deviant art, has a bit of a learning curve
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    9. Procreate is a multi-award winning, creative illustration app built from the ground up for iPad with a pocket-sized variant for iPhone. The app features a complete, professional toolset that's accessible while still providing the power and flexibility of desktop counterparts.
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      Almost everyone thinks Procreate is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
    10. Online photo editor, which can work with PSD, XCF and Sketch files (Photoshop, Gimp and Sketch App). Convert between PSD, XCF, JPG, PNG and many other formats.
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