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 (Freemium), FireAlpaca (Free), Adobe Photoshop (Paid) and Autodesk SketchBook (Freemium).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 12, 2021

    Platforms

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    • Windows
    • Mac
    • iPad
    • iPhone
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Windows S
    • PortableApps.com
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Chrome OS
    • BSD
    • Windows Phone
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • ReactOS
    • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
    • Spotify
    • Adobe AIR
    • GIMP

    Features

    • Digital Painting
    • Sketching
    • Image Editing
    • Support for Layers
    • Photo editing
    • Open PSD files
    • Tablet support
    • Support for Wacom Tablets
    • Texture for brushes
    • Sketch
    • Drawing Tablet Support
    • Color blending
    • Apple Pencil support
    • Image Processing
    • Support for styluses
    • Texture painting
    • Customizable
    • Drawing 2D
    • Create Custom brushes
    • Photographic filters

    License

    • Free
    • Open Source
    • Paid
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    • 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. View 136 alternatives to Krita
      Most users think Krita is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
      • PortableApps.com
      • Steam
      Krita vs PaintTool SAI
      pros, cons and recent comments
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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  about 4 years ago

      5
      It has animation features, fullscreen support, and works well
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      8
      Too glitchy and too hard to use. It will zoom in and out randomly making it hard to draw.
      Top negative comment  about 4 years ago

      -1
      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 5 months ago

      0
      I realy like krita, it's a good alternative for paint tool sai even on windows, recomended!
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      1
      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

      0
      lacks a lot of fuctions and runs really bad even on a mid high end pc.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      -14
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    • A lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS. View 70 alternatives to MediBang Paint
      Almost everyone thinks MediBang Paint is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      MediBang Paint vs PaintTool SAI
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      I love the dark UI and how organized it is
      Top positive comment  12 months ago

      -1
      Its very convenient and it works on every device
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      4
      the app is filled with a bunch of tools and not enough explaniton
      Top negative comment  about 2 years ago

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

      0
      It is a mix of Photoshop and Paint Tool SAI. I really like that.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      0
      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

      0
      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

      0
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    • FireAlpaca is the image editor that can be used readily and easily. View 129 alternatives to FireAlpaca
      Almost everyone thinks FireAlpaca is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      FireAlpaca vs PaintTool SAI
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      FireAlpaca is good. Can be easier to draw with pentablet
      Top positive comment  5 months ago

      0
      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  over 3 years ago

      4
      FireAlpaca is good, but it doesn't seem similar enough. Plus it has a weird Alpaca brush.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      -4
      The tools are similar and the sensitivity to pressure brushes seems good as well. And it's free!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      1
      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 about 4 years ago

      1
      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 about 4 years ago

      1
      easy to start, and very user friendly. It may not sync very well but very fun to play around with.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      0
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    • The standard in professional image editing and compositing for creative design work. View 220 alternatives to Adobe Photoshop
      Most users think Adobe Photoshop is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • iPad
      • Wine
      • ReactOS
      Adobe Photoshop vs PaintTool SAI
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Photoshop is good. Because Photoshop can make an animation an we can draw an animate in this App
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      0
      The simplicity is not here. Too many options which I don't use.
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

      -6
      It isn't because it's not free.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      1
      Because it's better. Duh.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      0
    • Drawing software featuring an unobtrusive user interface and a powerful drawing engine. View 83 alternatives to Autodesk SketchBook
      Most users think Autodesk SketchBook is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Autodesk SketchBook vs PaintTool SAI
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Sketchbook is absolutely amazing, but the tools are considered limited when compared to PaintTool SAI and Clip Studio Art
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

      -1
      sixelapixelsprite There are multiple layers and pretty good pencils.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      -2
      Definitely not in any way similar to Paint Tool Sai, there is a lot less tools to work with.
      Top negative comment  about 4 years ago

      9
      Autodesk serves better as a Vector style drawing program than a painting program
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

      4
      much less, very few features
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

      0


    • MyPaint is a fast, distraction-free, and easy painting tool for digital artists. It supports graphics tablets made by Wacom, and many similar devices. View 121 alternatives to MyPaint
      Most users think MyPaint is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      MyPaint vs PaintTool SAI
      pros, cons and recent comments
      There aren't as many functions as PaintTool SAI
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

      3
    • 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... View 101 alternatives to Clip Studio Paint
      Almost everyone thinks Clip Studio Paint is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Samsung Apps
      Clip Studio Paint vs PaintTool SAI
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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 almost 2 years ago

      0
      It has very smooth drawing
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      0
      files don't seem compatible with posting to deviant art, has a bit of a learning curve
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      -3
    • MyBrushes Paint for Mac app allows you to paint on infinite canvas and PLAYBACK whole drawing. MyBrushes is a good alternative to... View 157 alternatives to MyBrushes
      Most users think MyBrushes is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
    • 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... View 81 alternatives to Corel Painter
      Most users think Corel Painter is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
    • Sketches is a perfect mix of beauty, simplicity and power, a truly unique combination you won't find anywhere else. View 70 alternatives to Tayasui Sketches
      Most users think Tayasui Sketches is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Tayasui Sketches vs PaintTool SAI
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Tayasui Sketches is a great app for painting and drawing, but it doesn't have the animation features I was looking for.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      1
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