Alternatives to PaintTool SAI for all platforms with any license

  • 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 got almost everything that I wanted in Paint Tool SAI. The only downside... no blur tool. I am really looking for a painting software with a blur tool. So... 4.5/5 stars Guest • Jun 2015 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very advanced program that is absolutely free, only downside is that it's not as lightweight as SAI Guest • May 2017 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has animation features, fullscreen support, and works well Guest • Oct 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It provides all the tools I want for no cost. Guest • Dec 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Too glitchy and too hard to use. It will zoom in and out randomly making it hard to draw. Guest • Apr 2017 • 7 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's a very good painting program for Windows, especially for freeware! However, the last time I tried it on my Mac, it was pretty glitchy, and the pen pressure didn't work. I don't know if it was fixed, but if the program still glitches on Macs, I'd say look for a different alternative. Guest • Sep 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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    • The simplicity is not here. Too many options which I don't use. Guest • Aug 2016 • 7 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Mac OS X Windows

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    • It has most of the functions that SAI has. Guest • Nov 2016 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • you can paint things in, even on different layers Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • easy to start, and very user friendly. It may not sync very well but very fun to play around with. Guest • Mar 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • 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 Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Its free and is for both Mac and Windows. It has a variety of brush settings and brush smoothers that work for both mouse and tablet. Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Antialiased lines almost as good as SAI and the best brush engine of all competitors regarding flexibility and edition through easy to learn scripting. Guest • May 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Lightweight and Simple, just like SAI but free ivneliasAug 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Dec 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • MediBang Paint

    A lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS.

    Free Mac OS X Windows Android Tablet iPad

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    • I usually use it and I really like the way the lines look like. But now it's a little bit complicated to cope with all the brushes and drawing in digital programs. Guest • Jan 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Been using for years for illustrating, and it doesn't take very long to find where the right brushes are. Some of the few things I wish they'd improve is the magic tool and lasso tool though. xladedaxAug 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has everything I could ever need to draw danny devito in a suggestive red m&m costume! Guest • Apr 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • A lot of features that does not have SAI (also SAI 2). Just awesome. Guest • Feb 2018 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very similar interface, just needs to improve the vector tool Guest • Aug 2016 • 0 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Clip Studio Paint

    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...

    Commercial Mac OS X Windows

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    • files don't seem compatible with posting to deviant art, has a bit of a learning curve Guest • Apr 2018 Disagree   Agree
  • Autodesk SketchBook

    Autodesk Sketchbook drawing software features an artist-friendly, gesture-based user interface that is so fast and intuitive even new users can be productive within...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Android iPhone Windows S ... Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire

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    • Definitely not in any way similar to Paint Tool Sai, there is a lot less tools to work with. Guest • Jun 2017 • 7 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • There are multiple layers and pretty good pencils. sixelapixelspriteDec 2016 • 3 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • ibis Paint X

    Ibis paint is an easy yet powerful drawing app made with tools for sketching manga right at your fingertips.

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    • I've never used PaintTool SAI but i love ibis Paint X because there are multiple layers, many tools, and a custom colour picker. Plus, it records your speedpaint for you. Guest • Jul 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Easy ways to maneuver around and change angles Guest • May 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • 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 Guest • Jun 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Ibis Paint X is amazing! You can get used to it really fast! There so much you can do with it! Guest • Dec 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Apr 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • It's very good, but there is no way to cut out pieces of artwork and edit it. Guest • Sep 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees 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.
    • No layers and not nearly as powerful as SAI Guest • Dec 2016 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • paint offers no layers and not enough tools or functions to even compare to sai. Guest • Mar 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I dont think its the best but you technically can use layers using to color layer trick Guest • Apr 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Vectr

    Vectr is a free graphics editor. Vectr is collaborative like Google Docs, and runs both in your web browser and on your desktop as a native app. With an intuitive...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Chrome OS

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  • Corel Painter

    Corel Painter is a raster-based digital art application created to simulate as accurately as possible the appearance and behavior of traditional media associated with...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android Android Tablet

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  • Seashore

    Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS Xs Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last versions, 0.1.9 and 0.5.1, released in 2007 and 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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PaintTool SAI Comments

Comment by Guest
about PaintTool SAI · Dec 2017 · Report as spam

Thats is cool i can paint

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Comment by douglas5005
about PaintTool SAI · Jul 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Simple, powerful, easy to use, easy to customize. Used to lack one or two features, which will be added in the next version. Really great.

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PLEASE SUPPORT MAC COMPUTERS, PTS!!! TT-TT

Comment by Yami
about PaintTool SAI · May 2016 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I've been drawing on Paint Tool SAI for a very long time. This program was probably one of my first drawing programs I ever picked. When I got a new computer, Paint Tool SAI doesn't support macs. I'm really disappointed because I adore this program so much!! TT~TT Please make a version that supports macs because I don't want to use any other programs!

This program moves very smoothly. It's perfect for all artists. I definitely recommend this for any beginners who is starting out.

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Can we use an IPad for SAI?

Comment by Rasgnarok
about PaintTool SAI · Dec 2012 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I like drawing a lot, so I would like to be able to use SAI and draw digitally. I have an IPad, and I wonder of I can use it as a tablet for the Paint Tool SAI, and how exactly. Can anyone help me? I'm not the smartest in technologies and I would like to learn more about the Paint Tool please.

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Comment by xxavx
about PaintTool SAI · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Offers more (editing options) than basic software such as MSPaint or even MyPaint, while leaving out all the complexity of Photoshop's filters and tools. It makes the painting process very smooth and comfortable.

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