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PaintTool SAI Alternatives for Linux

PaintTool SAI is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Krita, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to PaintTool SAI and 11 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to PaintTool SAI are MyPaint, Vectr, Paintstorm and Pixelitor.

PaintTool SAI alternatives are mainly Digital Painting Tools but may also be Image Editors or Photo Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of PaintTool SAI.
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  1. Krita icon

    Krita

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • PortableApps.com
    • Steam
    • Epic Games Store
    137 alternatives to Krita 

    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 within concept art, texture and matte painters, illustrations and comics.

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    1.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Krita, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    2.  LightweightKrita consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Support for LayersKrita supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    4.  Drawing Tablet SupportKrita supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
    5.  Non Destructive EditingKrita allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
    6.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in Krita.
    7.  Pressure SensitivityKrita can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    8.  PortableKrita can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    9.  Color PickerKrita allows you to select and copy a color property from an image, object, or shape.
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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

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    It has animation features, fullscreen support, and works well

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    Too glitchy and too hard to use. It will zoom in and out randomly making it hard to draw.

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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.

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    I realy like krita, it's a good alternative for paint tool sai even on windows, recomended!

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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.

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    lacks a lot of fuctions and runs really bad even on a mid high end pc.

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  2. MyPaint icon

    MyPaint

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    124 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  Support for LayersMyPaint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  Drawing Tablet SupportMyPaint supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
    3.  PortableMyPaint can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Distraction-freeMyPaint has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
    5.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in MyPaint.
    The 0.9.0 interface
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    MyPaint vs PaintTool SAI opinions
    Most users think MyPaint is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
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    There aren't as many functions as PaintTool SAI

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  3. Vectr icon

    Vectr

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    90 alternatives to 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 interface, Vectr is easy to learn and use.

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    1.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Vectr simultaneously.
    2.  Works OfflineVectr can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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  4. Paintstorm icon

    Paintstorm

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • iPad
    41 alternatives to Paintstorm 

    Paintstorm Studio is created for professional digital painting. And a major role in this program play the brushes. We did our best so that you can easily and quickly adjust the brushes suitable for your painting style.

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    Paintstorm vs PaintTool SAI opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Paintstorm is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
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    Pixelitor

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    122 alternatives to Pixelitor 

    Pixelitor is a cross-platform raster graphics editor written in Java. It supports image filters, drawing, layers, multiple undo, etc. Currently its main strength lies in the more than 70 image filters and color adjustments, some of which are unique.

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    1.  Support for LayersPixelitor supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  Works OfflinePixelitor can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    AzPainter

    • Linux
    27 alternatives to AzPainter 

    AzPainter is a full color painting program for linux. It's a lightweight tool with tablet pressure support, and provides basic functions such as selection, layers, filters. you can use it for painting, image editing, or pixel art making.

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    1.  LightweightAzPainter consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Support for LayersAzPainter supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    3.  Drawing Tablet SupportAzPainter supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
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    AzPainter vs PaintTool SAI opinions
    Almost everyone thinks AzPainter is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
    Guest

    Has almost funtions as Sai does

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    Smooth brushes, almost like PaintTool SAI. Includes "cell animation". ultra light, loads in 1 or 2 seconds in my computer.

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    It is simple, light, and it has almost function that sai has.

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    Lightweight, very simple and powerful.

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  7. QAquarelle icon

    QAquarelle

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    68 alternatives to QAquarelle 

    Qaquarelle is a very young opensource Qt4-based painting application that is supposed to provide a native way of painting with emulated traditional instruments, including watercolor simulation, full support for tablets and OpenGL-based processing in GPU.

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    Discontinued

    Latest vsersion: 0.0.4 from 2010-02-09. See https://sourceforge.net/projects/qaquarelle/files/

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    Gimp Paint Studio

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • GIMP
    78 alternatives to Gimp Paint Studio 

    GPS (aka Gimp Paint Studio) is a collection of brushes, patterns, color gradients, accompanying tool presets and dynamics. Tool presets are a simply saved tool options, highly useful feature of the GIMP.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGimp Paint Studio can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    Discontinued

    The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 2.0, released in August 2013, can be still downloaded from GitHub.

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    Gimp Paint Studio vs PaintTool SAI opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Gimp Paint Studio is still a legitimate alternative to PaintTool SAI, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    Gpaint

    • Linux
    • BSD
    87 alternatives to Gpaint 

    gpaint (aka GNU Paint), a small-scale painting program for GNOME, the GNU Desktop Environment. gpaint does not attempt to compete with GIMP, it is just a simple drawing package based on xpaint, along the lines of Microsoft Paint.

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    HeliosPaint

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    35 alternatives to HeliosPaint 

    HeliosPaint is a freeware paint program for creating and editing images. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Unix and is written in Sun Microsystem's Java programming language.

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