7 Best Freeware to Draw Image as Alternate to Microsoft Paint

Microsoft Paint is a basic paint or drawing software that is built in with Windows Operating System. From first time until now (Windows 7), Microsoft Paint only has simple tools to paint or drawing using PC. Although this is simple paint software but some people can create cool picture using Microsoft Paint. Unfortunately many people don’t have good skill like that. They want to use another paint program that has more features then Microsoft Paint.

If you want to use another drawing software that has more complex tool then Microsoft Paint or just want to replace Microsoft Paint then you are on the right page.

Below 7 paint software as alternative to Microsoft Paint that you can use by free



GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is not only to replace Microsoft Paint but also can be used to replace Adobe Photoshop. GIMP has a large collection of painting tools like brushes, airbrushes, pencils, clones and gradients like on Adobe Photoshop. The best thing from GIMP is free and open source paint software. There are tons of plugins, skins, and more to customize GIMP that is created by many users to maximize this software. You can use GIMP to create simple paint, retouch photo with expert quality, render mass production images, or format and convert images.

Key Features

  • Built in with many tools like filters and brushes, as well as transformation, selection, layer and masking tools.
  • Tools can be accessed via the toolbox, through menus and dialogue windows
  • Support layers, layer masks and channels
  • Save to GIMP format file and export to another image formats
  • Automatic GIMP procession using scripting languages
  • A lot of plugins from users to users

2. Krita

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In Swedish, the word “Krita” means crayon, and this is the main function of this software: an open source painting and drawing program. Previously Krita is a part of KOffice but now it’s available as a separate program. Krita works great for basic illustrations and drawing digital paintings. If you want just to retouch your image then you should think to another program but if you want to draw then you should give Krita a try. It built in with rich tools and various filters for drawing. It also support many image format from Photoshop, GIMP, etc.

Key Features

  • Great for basic designing illustrations and the digital paintings.
  • A lot of great tools (artistic text, calligraphy, fill and gradient, etc)
  • Supports various filters (kaleidoscope, stereographic projection, phong bumpmap, sobel, edge detection, etc)
  • Support many image file format
  • Multiple Brush Engines and Blending Modes
  • Built in with raster, vector, filter, programmatic, group, and file-backed layers

3. MyPaint

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MyPaint is free opened-source painting program that has simple and minimalist interface with many features like a large collection of brushes that simulate pencil, charcoal and ink. MyPaint is optimized for Tablet users and the tablet pen’s ability to have pressure sensitivity, which makes using a mouse somewhat difficult but not impossible. But if you are already good with another paint program like PhotoShop then you shouldn’t have too much problem drawing anything, coloring you might have a little irritation but if you don’t give up then you can make nice paint with this freeware.

Key Features

  • Basic layer support
  • Extensive brush creation and configuration options
  • Unlimited Canvas
  • Optimized for tablet with pen

4. Paint.net


Paint.net was designed as paint software to replace Microsoft Paint, but it has grown to become one of the most powerful drawing or photo editing software on the web. Paint.net has simple interface but powerful features. Paint.net 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. This paint freeware supports for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and also plug-ins that to give your Paint.net more effects and give you the ability to work with even more types of files.

Key Features

  • Suport layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience.
  • Include many special effects for enhancing and perfecting your images (blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, embossing, unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect)
  • Unlimited History
  • Support tabs when working with more then one image
  • Support adding plug-ins
  • Automatic update (you can turn off this option)
  • Fast loading regarding to the features as paint image software

5. Pinta

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Pinta is open source drawing or editing program modeled after Paint.NET but focus for Linux user. Pinta comes with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, Mac, and Windows. You can use easy drawing tools to draw freehand, lines, rectangles, ellipses, and more. Like Paint.Net, Pinta also support unlimited layers to help separate and group elements of your image for easy editing. It also built in with over 35 adjustments and effects for tweaking your images. Pinta also support history with unlimited undo.

Key Features

  • Support unlimited layers
  • 35 adjustments and effects for tweaking your images.
  • Convert animations to filmstrips and vice versa.
  • Track your history with unlimited undo

6. RealWorld Paint

RealWorld Paint
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RealWorld Paint has three main focus areas: the image manipulation tools, the painting tools, and the animation tools. It also support files from Photoship and GIMP, which means you can import/export files between these with ease. RealWorld Paint has many useful tools to work with image or drawing. Although this program is old but it is enough to draw image or retouch photo from your PC. It supports shapes with/without effects, brushes with/without effects, crop, magic wand, red eye removal, watermark support and more.

Key Features

  • Support classic layer styles like bevel, shadow, fill, outline, glow, or create your own layer
  • Support GIMP and Photoshop file format
  • Convert animations to filmstrips and vice versa.
  • Also available in portable version

7. Tux Paint

Tux Paint
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Some of you maybe want to teach your children to use computer for drawing using Microsoft Paint. It’s fun for children but there are another good paint program for them that is called Tux Paint. Tux Paint is designed to be drawing application for children who want to create image from PC. The interface is simple, neat, clean and the tools are easy to be use too. Tux Paint is comes with shapes, stamps, advance undo/redo, brushes, magic brush with various magic stroke (special effects), slides, starters options, Text and Label tools and more. This kinds of features make Tux Paint also can be used for anyone, not only for children.

Key Features

  • Designed for Children but can be used by everyone
  • Fun sound effect when tools are selected and used
  • Useful tools for drawing (Paint Brush, Rubber Stamp, Line, Shape, Text and Label, Special Effect)
  • Translation so child understand with this program
  • Also available in portable version

If you have experience with the program above or know any good paint or drawing program that can be used as alternative to Microsoft Paint then please share with us using comment below.

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