Who doesn't know what Paint is? It has been around since you had your first Windows computer and all those years didn't bring that many major changes to this application. Maybe you have some great memories of using it, but we think it's time to try something new and better. In this article we will share 5 free alternatives to Microsoft's Paint. They won't be real competitors to Adobe Photoshop for example, but they sure are more powerful than Paint is and you can do more with them. Let's get started:
The biggest problem graphic programs have is the complicated user interface. You are often tangled in many layers of features and windows and you don't know where to start. My Paint is a great alternative due to its simple and minimalistic interface. It has many features like a large collection of brushes that simulate pencil, charcoal and ink. You can also use it with graphic tablets in order for you to create more professional drawings. The canvas is unlimited so you will never have to resize.
Paint.Net was initially designed as free replacement for Paint, but it has grown into one of the most powerful drawing tools on the market. Its user interface is a little bit complicated, but its features are well organized and relatively easy to find. This program was often compared with Adobe Photoshop or Corel Paint Shop Pro due of the many diverse tools, functions and effects that it has to offer. You can use this program for a lot of tasks like photo editing and image composition. There are some plugins available which will add more effects and give you the ability to work with even more types of files.
GIMP or The Gnu Image Manipulation Program is one of the most appreciated drawing applications. It can be used as simple drawing program, an expert photo retouching program and even as an image converter. It has a large collection of painting tools like brushes, airbrushes, pencils, clones and gradients. The size of the canvas is only limited by the space available on your disk. It supports almost every image format so editing will be easy and fun even for a beginner.
Inkscape is not as well known as the other programs that were shared earlier, but is suitable for everyone whether you are a web designer, an illustrator or if you just need an occasional vector image creator or editor. It provides a user friendly interface with some flexible drawing tools and it is compatible with a lot of image file formats. Unlike other free programs it has a powerful text tool, which includes a large collection of fonts and gives you the possibility to shift letters horizontally and vertically, which can be quite convenient when you create a banner, a logo or a diagram. Inkscape is available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
Artweaver has a free version and a premium version, Artweaver Plus, which costs about $37 USD. As you would expect, not all features are available in the free version, but even so it is a great alternative to Paint. Artweaver provides the standard image editing tools like crop, fill, gradient and the selection tool, plus some special features. For example, Artweaver allows you to work with others on the same image, using the Artweaver Team, where you can create a new team or connect to existing teams. It doesn't matter if you are using Artweaver Free or Artweaver Plus. Also, it allows you to record the whole creation process to demonstrate your painting skills or to view your own progress from the white canvas to the finished artwork.
If Microsoft's Paint does not meet your image editing needs, it is time to find a better alternative. The choices we listed are the most popular and appreciated drawing programs on the Internet. We recommend that you to try them and keep the one you prefer installed on your computer. All of them are free so the only thing that you will "lose" is a bit of time. After you try them out, please share with us your favorite alternative to Paint.