Download Digital Painting - Best Software & Apps

  • PaintTool SAI

    1.2.5

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    The drawing utility that'll bring out your artistic side

    6
    18563 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    • CONS: Interface is plain and outdated, Takes time to learn advanced features
  • EZ Paint

    3.0.0.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Paint with ease on your desktop computer

    8
    264 votes
    • PROS: MS Paint clone, Free to download
    • CONS: Not for Mac, Not available from Windows app store
  • Paintbrush

    2.2.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Basic doodling app for Mac

    5
    1281 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
  • MyPaint

    0.9.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Create artistic drawings on your PC

    7
    632 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
  • Manga Studio

    EX 4.02

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

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

    6
    1509 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.
  • Krita Desktop

    3.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Krita Desktop can free you from paid paint programs

    8
    89 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
  • FireAlpaca

    1.7.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac
    Windows

    Free Tool for Artists

    9
    16 votes
    • PROS: Free to download and use, Large number of useful tools
    • CONS: Tends to delete unsaved work, Can be rather slow at times
  • Sketchable

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Turn your tablet into a sketch pad

    7
    6 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
    3 votes
    • Adobe Photoshop Sketch

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      Effective Drawing and Sketching Software Application for Mobile Phones

      8
      13 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.
    • Fresh Paint

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A beautifully designed paint program for Windows 10

      7
      411 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

      Draw and Paint Online with Sumo Paint

      9
      19 votes
      • PROS: A convenient online tool, Has a range of tools and filters, Intuitive interface, Anyone familiar with art software will be at home
      • CONS: Many features require a paid account, Fewer features than Photoshop, Exporting images can be fiddly, Lacks support for plugins
    • FotoSketcher

      3.3

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Turn your digital photos into pencil sketches in seconds

      8
      275 votes
      • PROS: Extremely easy to use, Results in just a few seconds
      • CONS: No options to tweak light or color
    • Corel PaintShop Pro (64-Bit)

      x7-64-bit

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Complete graphics editor for all levels of ability

      7
      537 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
      422 votes
      • Pixelmator

        3.3.1

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Mac
        iPhone

        A beautiful and fast image editor

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

        (Mixbrush) 2.6.11

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Edit your photos and drawings for free

        7
        168 votes
        • Manga Studio Debut

          4.2.2

          License
          buy Download
          Platform
          Windows
          Mac

          Bring your manga characters to life!

          6
          392 votes
          • PROS: Excellent selection of drawing tools, Can add effects, speech bubbles, color, etc, Can create own graphics, scan or import files
          • CONS: Hard to know where to start , Using the program is not always intuitive
        • Affinity Photo

          1.0

          License
          buy Download
          Platform
          Windows
          Mac

          A Feature-Packed Photo Editing Software for Professionals

          1
          1 vote
          • PROS: Assistant feature for presetting editing preferences, Mac and Windows support
          • CONS: Not ideal for novice photo editors, No support for animation files
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