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Open Source Pixelmator Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Pixelmator is GIMP. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Pixelmator and 14 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Pixelmator are MyPaint, Glimpse Image Editor, LazPaint and Graphite.

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

    GIMP

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • AmigaOS
    199 alternatives to GIMP 

    GIMP is a free program for such photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Essentially it's the closest thing to Photoshop you can get for free.

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    1.  Support for LayersGIMP supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
    3.  Ad-freeGIMP doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGIMP can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    5.  PortableGIMP can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    6.  Dark ModeGIMP supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    7.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in GIMP.
    8.  Support for scriptingGIMP supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    9.  Works OfflineGIMP can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    Most users think GIMP is a great alternative to Pixelmator.
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    GIMP is a wildly powerful photo editing tool, but it's nowhere near as intuitive and clean as Pixelmator. If you're willing to learn new ways of doing things, GIMP is great, but it has a far steeper learning curve than Pixelmator Pro

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    i cant do the same things

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    Interface and tools of GIMP do not match the power of those in Pixelmator.

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    MyPaint

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    116 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.
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    MyPaint vs Pixelmator opinions
    Most users think MyPaint is a great alternative to Pixelmator.


  3. Glimpse Image Editor icon

    Glimpse Image Editor

    • Windows
    • Linux
    174 alternatives to Glimpse Image Editor 

    Glimpse is an open source image editor based on the GNU Image Manipulation Program. The goal is to experiment with new ideas and expand the use of free software.

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    1.  Support for LayersGlimpse Image Editor supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    Discontinued

    The Glimpse editor has been discontinuedSource: https://glimpse-editor.org/posts/a-project-on-hiatus/

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    LazPaint

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    41 alternatives to LazPaint 

    Raster & vector graphic editor with many tools and filters, written in Lazarus (Free Pascal). Portable, 32bit (under 3mb) & 64bit (3.55mb) versions, ORA format & 16384x16384 image support. In app 3D import & rendering.

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    1.  LightweightLazPaint consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Support for LayersLazPaint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    3.  PortableLazPaint can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Graphite

    • Online
    50 alternatives to Graphite 

    Graphite is an open source, cross-platform, 2D vector and raster general-purpose graphics editor with AI image generation features and a non-destructive node-based effects compositing engine.

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    1.  Ad-freeGraphite doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  Node BasedGraphite supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    3.  WYSIWYG SupportGraphite integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    4.  Color PickerGraphite allows you to select and copy a color property from an image, object, or shape.
    5.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Graphite without registration.
    6.  Live PreviewInstantly see what your files and documents look like as you create them.
    7.  Support for LayersGraphite supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    8.  Dark ModeGraphite supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    9.  Non Destructive EditingGraphite allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
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    Seashore

    • Mac
    127 alternatives to Seashore 

    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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    1.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Seashore simultaneously.
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    showFoto

    • Mac
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    • KDE
    115 alternatives to showFoto 

    You can use it to view your photographs and improve them. Showfoto is the standalone image editor of the digiKam project.

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    Fotowall

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    47 alternatives to Fotowall 

    Fotowall is an opensource creative tool that lets you play with your pixels as you've ever wanted! Make the perfect arrangement with your photos, add text, live video from your webcam and the best internet pictures.

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    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 0.9, released in 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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  9. Beautify

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • GIMP
    91 alternatives to Beautify 

    GIMP Beautify is a set of GIMP plug-ins for quickly and easily beautify photo.

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    CinePaint

    • Mac
    • Linux
    91 alternatives to CinePaint 

    CinePaint is a deep paint application that edits EXR, DPX, 16-bit TIFF, JPEG, PNG and many other types of image files. CinePaint is available as a native application for Linux, Mac OS X, and BSD.

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    Discontinued

    The development is discountinued since 2013-05-06https://sourceforge.net/p/cinepaint/activity/?page=0&limit=100#599c65d15fcbc926952bcea9

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