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).

    This page was last updated May 12, 2021

    1. 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.
    2. Rebelle is a one-of-a-kind paint program that lets you create realistic watercolor, acrylic and dry media artwork, using real-world color blending, wet diffusion and drying.
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    3. 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. Features: - Layers.
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    4. Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It is based around the GIMPs technology and uses the same native file format.
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      Some users think Seashore is a great alternative to PaintTool SAI, some don't.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Adobe AIR
      Livebrush is a drawing application. It employs an easy-to-use brush tool that reacts to your gestures through the use of velocity and other motion controls.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, released in October 2014, can be still downloaded from the Facebook page.

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    5. Linea is an elegantly simple sketchbook for Apple devices optimized for use with Apple Pencil. It opts for a minimal interface with only the essential options, rather than overkill like many other apps.
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    6. 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.

      Discontinued

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

      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.
    7. DrawPad Graphic Design and Drawing software is an easy-to-use image composition and manipulation program, an essential tool for all types of graphic design projects. Easily draw and create graphic images.
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    8. PixelStyle Photo Editor for Mac is an all-in-one photo editing and graphic design software, providing professional high-quality photo processing tools to edit the photos, enhance and touch up photos on Mac OS X.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      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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