Download Digital Painting - Best Software & Apps

  • PaintTool SAI

    1.2.5

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    The drawing utility that'll bring out your artistic side

    6
    18063 votes
    • PROS: Lots of paint options, Includes layers and canvases, Easy-to-use interface
    • CONS: Interface is plain and outdated, Takes time to learn advanced features
  • Paintbrush

    2.1.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Basic doodling app for Mac

    5
    1272 votes
    • PROS: Great for kids, Simple to use, Supports a range of graphic formats
    • CONS: Very basic in features and preferences, Hard to draw with a mouse
  • Manga Studio

    EX 4.02

    License
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    Platform
    Windows

    SmithMicro's Manga Studio is an all-in-one comic package

    6
    1501 votes
    • PROS: Professional high quality software., Tons of features designed for artists., Export in various formats and apply various effects.
    • CONS: Takes some learning quite complex.
  • EZ Paint

    3.0.0.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Paint with ease on your desktop computer

    7
    169 votes
    • PROS: MS Paint clone, Free to download
    • CONS: Not for Mac, Not available from Windows app store
  • FireAlpaca

    1.0.17

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    A free image editor with great potential

    7
    492 votes
    • PROS: Support for layers, Easy to navigate, Lots of special effects and filters
    • CONS: Ads that open at program launch are annoying, Still a little buggy
  • MyPaint

    0.9.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Create artistic drawings on your PC

    7
    611 votes
    • PROS: Lots of brushes to choose from, Simple interface, Support for pressure sensitive graphic tablets
    • CONS: Using it with a mouse is not that fun
  • Krita Desktop

    3.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Krita Desktop can free you from paid paint programs

    8
    83 votes
    • PROS: Free, yet as good as the major brands, Always being updated, Customizable and powerful, Get community add-ons and more
    • CONS: There will always be that one feature you miss
  • Sketchable

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Turn your tablet into a sketch pad

    6
    5 votes
    • PROS: Turn your tablet into a digital sketchbook, Organize your entries and pictures into digital folders, Export files to .PSD for additional editing in photoshop
    • CONS: To unlock all features, a premium edition must be purchased
  • Autodesk SketchBook

    8.2.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac
    Windows

    A free program for mac, by Autodesk

    10
    2 votes
    • Fresh Paint

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A beautifully designed paint program for Windows 10

      7
      407 votes
      • PROS: Fun, graphical interface, Easy to use, Lots of options
      • CONS: Missing some key features like color fill, Crashes randomly and frequently upon launch
    • Sumo Paint

      varies-with-device

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Web Apps

      A free graphics and design program for Windows, by Sumopaint

      9
      18 votes
      • Adobe Photoshop Sketch

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Android

        Effective Drawing and Sketching Software Application for Mobile Phones

        7
        9 votes
        • PROS: Users have the ability to create extremely realistic and detailed images., There are a host of additional tools available alongside standard editing options.
        • CONS: Will only work with the underlying software of the same name (Adobe)., This package will not be compatible with older smartphone operating systems.
      • SketchBook Express

        6.2.5

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Mac
        Android

        MS Paint alternative for Macs

        6
        160 votes
        • PROS: Suitable for doodling and professional sketching, Good alternative to MS Paint, Easy to switch main tools
        • CONS: Best to be used with pen and tablet device, May not be fully comptaible with all tablets, Lacks advanced sketching tools
      • MyBrushes for Mac

        2.1.1

        License
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        Platform
        Mac

        MyBrushes for Mac - The best digital Painting and drawing tool for Mac

        7
        48 votes
        • Corel PaintShop Pro (64-Bit)

          x7-64-bit

          License
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          Platform
          Windows

          Complete graphics editor for all levels of ability

          7
          536 votes
          • PROS: Large range of tools and effects, Support for layers, "Express Lab" to quickly fix photos
          • CONS: Lengthy installation process, Requires a Corel account, Overwhelming interface
        • Pixia

          be 4.80

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          English version of the famous Japanese painting and retouch software

          8
          420 votes
          • Pixelmator

            3.3.1

            License
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            Platform
            Mac
            iPhone

            A beautiful and fast image editor

            7
            222 votes
            • PROS: Use of layers, Use of Core Image, Multi-window interface
            • CONS: Limited preferences, Photoshop shortcuts don't work
          • FotoSketcher

            2.30

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows

            Turn your digital photos into pencil sketches in seconds

            8
            274 votes
            • PROS: Extremely easy to use, Results in just a few seconds
            • CONS: No options to tweak light or color
          • ArtRage

            Studio Pro Demo 3.0.8

            License
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            Platform
            Windows
            Mac
            iPhone

            Get your artistic juices flowing on canvas

            7
            617 votes
            • PROS: Authentic canvas look and feel, Lots of effects and touches to choose from, More user friendly and less clinical than Photoshop
            • CONS: Tools, stencils and adding layers limited in demo
          • Manga Studio Debut

            4.2.2

            License
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            Platform
            Mac
            Windows

            Bring your Manga characters to life!

            6
            131 votes
            • PROS: Excellent selection of drawing tools, Can add effects, speech bubbles, color, etc, Can create own graphics, scan or import files
            • CONS: Initmidating for beginners, Limited help and tutorials, Windows style interface
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          31.2.5180636.4Windows
          4EX 4.0215016.1Windows
          52.1.212725.2Mac
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