Best Free Alternatives to Microsoft Paint and Adobe Photoshop

Recently we shared some free alternatives to Notepad:

The Best FREE Alternatives to Notepad

Today in this topic, we are going to share best FREE alternatives to Windows Paint. Paint is a good tool included in Windows for editing images but it lacks lots of image editing features.

You can also these freeware as alternative to Adobe Photoshop.


Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

Paint.NET also depends on Microsoft's .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, which is automatically installed if it isn't already on the system.

Download Link


GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

Download Link


PhotoFiltre is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it. It is simple and intuitive to use, and has an easy learning curve. The toolbar, giving you access to the standard filters with just a few clicks, gives PhotoFiltre a robust look.

Download Link

Photo Pos Pro

Photo Pos Pro Photo Editor is a free photo editor offers users a wide variety of possibilities in the fields of Image Enhancing and Image Editing and in the field of Computer Graphics Design. Using the editor you can perform various tasks, from simple basic tasks to complex tasks; you can edit existing images, create new works based on existing images, create new works from scratch and more. Thank to our reader "Shahnawaz" for mentioning it.

Download Link


Photoscape is another fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos. Thanks to our readers "Chris" and "Prateek" for mentioning it.

Download Link


Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Thanks to our readers "Christian" for mentioning it.

Download Link

Share this article: Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Reddit | Tell a friend

Posted in: Software, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Other similar articles that may interest you


  • VG what is bootex.log my computer said the file wasn't there so it wont open.

  • Hai Vishal,
    Why don't you create an article for GIMP?

  • These programs are not relatives of MS Paint: Photofiltre, Photo Pos Pro, Photoscape, Inkscape, because these are photo editing softwares not pixelgraphic drawing utilities. But the other ones are also not really relatives compared the sizes. Seem like there is no similar program which is so small and simple.

  • I used GIMP before, but I prefer to use Mybrushes and autodesk sketchbook for Mac now. There are more professional.

  • MyBrushes for Mac is really good. I have used it for a long time.

  • I am trying to find a photo editing software for improving/ removing the blur dots that has come my image when I made those in MS paint. I get image blurred when I take print. Can anyone suggest how to do this.

  • Inkscape really worked for me. GIMP is, in my opinion, the best substitute for Ps. They look very similar so learning it wouldn't be that hard and it's totally free.

Leave a Comment