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Sketchable is described as 'Seamlessly fusing the freedom and romance of your physical notebook with the power and flexibility of the digital world, Sketchable provides the best creative experience on the market' and is a digital painting tool in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Sketchable for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is GIMP, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Sketchable are Krita, Paint.NET, Procreate and MyPaint.

Sketchable 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 Sketchable.
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  1. GIMP icon

    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.

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersGIMP supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableGIMP is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeGIMP doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGIMP can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ PortableGIMP can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in GIMP, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingGIMP supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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  2. 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.

    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Krita, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ LightweightKrita consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersKrita supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableKrita is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in Krita.
    ⚫︎ Pressure SensitivityKrita can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    ⚫︎ PortableKrita can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  3. Paint.net is a free and very capable image editing software for Windows. Great alternative to Photoshop for people that do not need all the stuff PS offers.

    ⚫︎ Support for LayersPaint.NET supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ LightweightPaint.NET consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsPaint.NET can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModePaint.NET supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ PortablePaint.NET can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    hex111

    'photo editor' more than a 'digital painter', couldn't find plugins that enable easy sketching, ~may exist though.

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  4. Procreate is a multi-award winning, creative illustration app built from the ground up for iPad with a pocket-sized variant for iPhone. The app features a complete, professional toolset that's accessible while still providing the power and flexibility of desktop counterparts.

    ⚫︎ Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in Procreate.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Procreate without registration.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeProcreate supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeProcreate doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Onion skinningProcreate allows you to see through several frames simultaneously and make sure the lines of each frame are correctly lined up.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableProcreate is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for 4KProcreate supports watching, rendering or exporting 4K content (also know as UHD or Ultra HD).
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersProcreate supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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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.

    ⚫︎ PortableMyPaint can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersMyPaint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    The 0.9.0 interface


  6. Pixelmator is a powerful, beautiful, and easy to use image editor. Featuring an elegant and streamlined single-window interface, it puts all the focus on the images you edit, rather than what's around them.

    ⚫︎ CustomizablePixelmator is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Pixelmator Pro
  7. 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.

    ⚫︎ Pressure SensitivityClip Studio Paint can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableClip Studio Paint is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersClip Studio Paint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Clip Studio Paint, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    Blank Canvas
  8. MediBang Paint is a lightweight software for illustration and making comic books on Windows and Mac OS.

    ⚫︎ Pressure SensitivityMediBang Paint can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in MediBang Paint, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersMediBang Paint supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeMediBang Paint supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in MediBang Paint.
    ⚫︎ LightweightMediBang Paint consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Great for anime or comics
  9. Paint (formerly Paintbrush) is a simple, ultra-basic graphics painting program that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows. It opens and saves files as Windows bitmap (24-bit, 256 color, 16 color, and monochrome, all with the .

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    Windows 7 Paint
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    Glimpse Image Editor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableGlimpse Image Editor is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersGlimpse Image Editor supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    Discontinued

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

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