What are the best alternatives to Microsoft Paint?

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    Paint.NET is free and lightweight image and photo editing software that runs on Windows PC. It features an intuitive user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and plugins for extra functionality.




    David Burns
    Written on February 7, 2017
    "I think that Paint.net could be another decent alternative to Microsoft Paint. I think that features it offers it is a great option."
  2. 10


    MyPaint is a free and easy-to-use app that artists can use on their Wacom-style graphic tablets. Users can create sketches very quickly or more complex digital creations from scratch.



    Brittany Sanders
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Would I say this is a good alternative to MS Paint? No, simply because it's use is limited. It doesn't work on all platforms, and it doesn't offer any "out of this world" features. If you need an MS Paint alternative in a pinch, this will probably suit your needs. Otherwise, there are much better alternatives elsewhere."
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    Krita is a free and open source painting software for artists and illustrators. Is a great alternative to Photoshop, built and designed by artists who needed a fast and free tool to create original digital art or enhance print artworks.

    Windows, Mac


    John Santos
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Microsoft Paint provides a simple solution for the average user but the software does not offer the kind of variety other programs can deliver. Krita is a free open source solution that works flawlessly on the Mac, Windows, and Linux - what's not to like. One of the reasons I love this product is it's Open GL support. Truth be told, I just can't stop doing art when I open Krita."
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    Artweaver is a graphics editor illustration program developed by Boris Eyrich for amateur painters and illustrators. This program was developed for Microsoft Windows OS.


    $39.17- Varies by plan

    Teresa Long
    Written on July 7, 2017
    "Artweaver is a fantastic painting tool. I really enjoy drawing with this program. The textures and layers that can be created help to inspire me. I would recommend this program as a great alternative to Microsoft Paint. It's much better in my opinion."
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    #5PaintCAD 4Windows

    PaintCAD 4Windows
    PaintCAD 4Windows is a free program for creating digital pixel art with an unconventional spray method.



    Aaron Woods
    Written on January 8, 2017
    "I think that Microsoft Paint is junk software and just about any paint software can replace it, but I think that PaintCAD might be worse. I would not suggest this software after looking at the website and watching their video."
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    #6Pyxel Edit

    Pyxel Edit
    Pyxel Edit is a Pyxer art drawing program that lets you work with tiles, inspired by the Pixothello and Cosmigo Pro Motion. It also allows you to make animations, and exporting them as sprite sheets or animated GIFs.

    Windows, Mac

    Free- $9

    Ajay Kapur
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Everyone raves about Microsoft Paint, but I'm looking for a good and more importantly cheaper alternative. Pyxel Edit offers an intriguing package: buy the software in beta at a discounted price for 9 bucks...then as the new versions are released the package price will grow. But if you buy now all future versions will be available to you for free! So while Pyxel Edit may not be nearly as sleek as MS Paint right now, it's still a solid investment. "
  4. 4

    #7Cosmigo Pro Motion

    Cosmigo Pro Motion
    Cosmigo Pro Motion is a pixel graphics and animations suite that allows you to create pixel art and animations.


    Free- $59

    Jordan Gonzalez
    Written on March 23, 2017
    "I was tired of using MS Paint because it just is not that good. I just found Cosmigo Pro Motion. Now this program rocks. There are so many features it makes paint look like a program for a child. This was really the best alternative for me."
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    #8Photoscape X

    Photoscape X

    Photoscape X is a free and easy-to-use photo editing software which allows you to enhance and fix your photos with its features from filters, tools, and special effects. This is available in 10 languages. 


    Windows, Mac


    Ann Webb
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "While Microsoft Paint is a great editor I have found another free editor that does much more. Photoscape will even work with photos and it has even more filter and tools to enhance your project than paint. It is an intutive design that I could use quickly and easily and my projects looked better in mere minutes. "
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    GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is an illustrative digital freeware which serves as a photo-retouching program, image compositor, and image authoring. This program was created in 1996.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Olivia Cooper
    Written on August 8, 2017
    "GIMP is a must have program for anybody that is interested in digital art. There are so many features available in this program that the possibilities for your artwork is endless. "
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    CorelDRAW is an illustration tool compatible to both Windows and Mac computers that helps users in designing either for print or web. The software also enables users to edit photos, layout multi-page designs, and more.


    Windows, Mac

    $669- Free trial available

    Alfonso Lugo
    Written on April 7, 2017
    "Nothing is more frustrating than using graphics software designed decades ago and never updated for today - Microsoft Paint is one of the worst offenders. But using Corel Draw lets me draw more naturally and capture my sketches and other artwork then edit it as needed. The only problem I have is the price tag - ouch!"


Best What are the best alternatives to Microsoft Paint
1Paint.NETSoftware 12 Free
2MyPaintSoftware 10 Free
3KritaSoftware 8 Free
4ArtweaverSoftware 7 Paid
5PaintCAD 4WindowsSoftware 7 Free
6Pyxel EditSoftware 4 Free
7Cosmigo Pro MotionSoftware 4 Free
8Photoscape XSoftware 1 Free
9GimpSoftware 0 Free
10CorelDRAWSoftware 0 Paid

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