Microsoft Paint is a basic photo editing tool that you will find in all editions of the Windows OS launched to date. The first-ever edition of Paint was introduced in 1985, and since then, the software has been a part of the Windows operating system. Over the years, Microsoft has redesigned Paint and added new functions to it, but still, the photo editor has many drawbacks. For instance, MS Paint can be used for basic tasks such as drawing doodles/shapes over pictures, converting photos from JPG to PNG format, cropping images, etc. To save time and use more sophisticated painting tools, you should use another photo editor software. Here are the top alternatives to Microsoft Paint you can use:
Best MS paint alternatives
GIMP is a powerful cross-platform photo editing software introduced in 1985. It is not only an excellent alternative to Paint but also a great alternative to paid software such as PhotoShop, CorelDraw, etc. GIMP supports 40+ file formats and enables users to work on animations. The software ships with 50+ filters and supports these nine selection modes –
- Rectangle, Elipse, free.
- Foreground, fuzzy, color select, intelligent select.
You can work with layers in GIMP, but you can’t do so in MS Paint. Also, GIMP comes with 100s of customizable brushes. Paint features 10 brushes only. GIMP can convert photos to any image format of your choice and supports the light/dark color theme. It can whiten teeth, remove blemishes, create collages, etc.
Inkspace is a vector drawing tool available for Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems. It is one of the best tools for drawing vector graphics on PC. Inkspace shows a tiny box with options to choose the canvas type, theme, keyboard, etc, each time you run it. You can configure Inkspace to hide this box. This MS Paint alternative features over 100 options. It can merge styles into CSS and has several filters in the following categories:
- Bevels, blurs, bumps, color, distort.
- Fills, morphology, ridges, scatters, protrusion, overlays, shadows.
Inkspace features vector to text converter tool and supports extensions. It comes with the following extensions:
- Color, document, export, Gcodetools.
- Images, raster, render, typography, web, etc
You can deactivate the extensions you won’t use or add new extensions with the extension manager tool of Inkspace. Like GIMP, Inkspace enables users to create and manage layers. With Inkspace, you can design logos, icons, etc for desktop, mobile, or web applications.
Canva is a web-based MS Paint alternative. To use it, all you need is a Canva account. Canva lets users design posters, certificates, letters, Instagram stories, business cards, Facebook covers, YouTube thumbnails, brochures, etc for free. It also enables you to edit photos. This application allows users to insert stylish text, charts, and attractive shapes on pictures. It lets you change images’ brightness, contrast, and saturation and apply over 20 filters to the photos. Canva also includes the following useful tools:
- Auto enhance, auto focus, face retouch, doutone.
- Letter mosaic, blur, liquify, etc.
The application lets you flip and crop pictures. It can also animate images for a duration you specify while editing the photo. It allows users to make photos transparent or opaque. Canva saves your work on its servers. It lets you share your creation with people. You can also download your photos to the PC.
Adobe Express is a part of the Adobe Create Cloud Express suite. It is an excellent alternative to Canva, MS Paint, and other software we’ve shared above. Adobe Express features 1000s of icons, hundreds of pictures, several cool effects, backgrounds, etc. It lets users resize and animate images.
AE allows users to create a library. When you create a library, you can add items you may re-use in the future to the library. Adobe Express features hundreds of stylish logos and lets you use cool Adobe fonts on pictures. It also comes with templates that you can apply to your image. Adobe Express enables you to crop/rotate photos and duplicate/share projects.
The UI of Paint.net is similar to the older version of MS Paint. This software also includes features that you won’t find in Paint. Thus, you can consider Paint.net as an enhanced version of MS Paint. What’s unique about Paint.net? It is easy to work with various tools of PDN as it displays the options on the toolbar when you choose a tool. For example, if you select the tool “brush”, Paint.net will show the option to change the brush’s width and hardness on the toolbar. Similarly, Paint.net displays the gradient-related options on the toolbar if you choose the tool gradient. PDN comes with eight effects and tools to rotate, resize, crop pictures, and adjust colors.
Fotor is the 3rd online Microsoft Paint alternative software on our list. Despite being an online software, Fotor doesn’t require account registration. Fotor ships with the following beauty tools:
- Blemish fixer, wrinkle remover, weight adjustor, teeth whitener.
- Clone, reshape, eye shadow/mascara/tint/pop, etc.
The software provides eight filters and offers five effects. It enables you to build collages and customize the Fotor templates. It also provides an NFT creator tool. How to use this tool? When you choose an effect, Fotor will apply the NFT effect to it. Fotor also comes with ten stylish fonts that you can use while typing on a photo.
So these were the top online or offline Microsoft Paint alternative software you can use on your computer.