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PaintTool SAI Alternatives for Mac

PaintTool SAI is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac 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 many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to PaintTool SAI are MediBang Paint, FireAlpaca, Adobe Photoshop and MyPaint.

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 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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    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. MediBang Paint is a lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS.

    Great for anime or comics
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    Almost everyone thinks MediBang Paint is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
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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.

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    it has features sai dosent have

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    the app is filled with a bunch of tools and not enough explaniton

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    I love the dark UI and how organized it is

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    Cause paint tool said is cool and now it's gonna be cooler

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    It is a mix of Photoshop and Paint Tool SAI. I really like that.

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    It has many great functions, you can share with others, and, it's just very very convenient and amazing.

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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 is good. Can be easier to draw with pentablet

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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.

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    FireAlpaca is good, but it doesn't seem similar enough. Plus it has a weird Alpaca brush.

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    The tools are similar and the sensitivity to pressure brushes seems good as well. And it's free!

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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.

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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

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    easy to start, and very user friendly. It may not sync very well but very fun to play around with.

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  4. Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for Windows and macOS. It was originally created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll.

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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

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    The simplicity is not here. Too many options which I don't use.

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    It isn't because it's not free.

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    Because it's better. Duh.

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  5. 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

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  6. 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.

    It has very smooth drawing

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    files don't seem compatible with posting to deviant art, has a bit of a learning curve

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    not only can both do illustration, but CSP can do comics with ease and finesse, seriously if you wanna make comics, get csp.

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    MyBrushes

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    MyBrushes Paint for Mac app allows you to paint on infinite canvas and PLAYBACK whole drawing.

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    Most users think MyBrushes is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
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    Paintstorm

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    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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    Almost everyone thinks Paintstorm is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
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    Corel Painter

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    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 drawing, painting, and printmaking.

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    Most users think Corel Painter is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
  10. Sketches is a perfect mix of beauty, simplicity and power, a truly unique combination you won't find anywhere else.

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    Most users think Tayasui Sketches is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.

    Tayasui Sketches is a great app for painting and drawing, but it doesn't have the animation features I was looking for.

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