Monday 8 May 2023

14 Best Free Painting Apps For Windows


Painting and drawing programs are a special category of graphics, among the most popular, and are aimed at people who love painting. 

There are several categories of programs available and many of them are available completely free of charge from their creators. 

Our purpose today is to select the best of them, from the simplest to use to the most specialized ones that provide professional design and editing capabilities. The choice is yours.


SmoothDraw is a simple, functional drawing program that can produce high-quality photos. Support for many types of brushes (en, pencil, dry media, airbrush, bristle brush, image hose, etc.) as well as suitable tools for retouching.



Free Paint tool for Mac and Windows that lets you draw an image easily with its handy tools. So you have pen, pencil, brushes, and watercolor ready to use in the default setting.

It includes a variety of different tools that allow you to view, optimize, edit and print your digital photos.

Medi Bang Paint Pro


Extremely easy to use painting software that includes many brushes, backgrounds, textures, and fonts. Joining the online community allows MediBang users to access cloud storage to share their work, and create groups with other users. 

Lightweight and user-friendly, it comes full of features like managing multiple pages in one file, creating comic panels in a simple way, and over 700 free features. Can run on Windows or Mac!



Paint tool with retouching software exclusively for color graphics. It supports layers, masks and many other graphical editing functions. You can use your own custom settings and even use an image file as a brush tip to create unique effects. 

With a user-friendly interface, Pixia is suitable for beginners, and certainly for professionals as well. The application is intended for computers running only (64 Bit) Windows

free artweaver


Fully equipped painting tool with a huge set of preset realistic brushes to help you paint creatively or just experiment. It has a powerful and highly configurable brushes system to simulate many different brushes. 

And all this through an intuitive and easy-to-use interface that you can even customize according to your needs and save it with different settings to optimize your workflow. 

Finally, you can simply make a demonstration to other users of your painting style or simply show the process and progress that takes place from a blank image to a final work of art suitable for beginners and advanced users.

Speedy Painter


Speedy Painter is an OpenGL painting software for Windows. It supports Wacom digitization where the size and opacity of the stroke is proportional to the pressure of the pen. Based on OpenGL, Speedy Painter is a free painting application with an attractive and intuitive interface.

With basic options for novice users, along with some advanced settings it provides a fun, simple way to make your own drawings. You can either create patterns or multiple layers. 

Although it only provides a brush with the paint method, you can adjust its size, texture, density and color to create the desired effect, as well as set the software to resize the flow according to the pressure. Settings can be restored to default.



Complete image editing tool with which you can resize images, convert them and add filters and corrections to your photos. The app's features include the classic magic wand to help you precisely select where you want to edit and add your effects. 

It may not have the same capabilities as Gimp or Photoshop, but it is still a worthy-reliable alternative that will help you edit your photos simply and quickly.

Little Painter


Little Painter is a great painting software for kids. This program is really very simple, with a clear interface and big buttons, so kids will love it. Little Painter supports the most popular image formats such as BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG and TGA. In addition to the usual functions, such as painting and free drawing using brushes of various shapes, the program allows you to download some ready-made outlines with colors for free.

On the right side, kids can choose the colors they wish to paint with, while on the bottom end, they can adjust the size of the brush to meet their requirements. 

The images provided by Little Painter include ready-made black and white images that children can then color in their favorite colors, plus they can add text to apply words or sentences to their drawing shapes and more.

Krita Desktop


Amazing free program to sketch and paint and really gives you a great solution for creating digital painting files. 

You can save the generated graphics in files of the following types: OpenRaster document, PSD image, PPM, PGM, PBM, PNG, JPEG-2000, JPEG, BMP Windows, XBM, TIFF, EXR, PDF.

You can also import graphics in many different formats such as: EXR, OpenRaster document, PSD image, Gimp image, PPM, PGM, PBM, PNG, JPEG-2000, PDF, ODG draw, BMP Windows, XPM, GIF, XBM, Krita Flipbook , Adobe DNG negative and Camera RAW. It also has dozens of professional filters with the help of which you will create real works of art.

Of course, only one application is not enough to do wonders, it also needs the right person to handle it, so if you are one of those who like sketching and painting, you will find in krita such a variety of tools that will help you sketch and paint . 

If you select the portable version (Portable) does not require installation, just after downloading the file unzip, open the Krita folder then open the Bin folder. From there, run the Krita executable file. 

With over 100 professionally made brushes that come preloaded. These brushes give a good range of effects so you can see the variety of brushes Krita has to offer. Don't have a steady hand? Add a stabilizer to your brush to smooth it out. 

Krita includes 3 different ways to smooth and stabilize your strokes. There is even a special Dynamic Brush tool where you can add transport and mass. Built-in vector tools help you create comic panels. Select a word bubble template from the vector library and drag it onto your canvas.

In conclusion, I think it is BY FAR the best drawing and painting software out there and it's absolutely free



Drawpile is a special drawing program that includes everything such a drawing program should have, allowing many people to collaborate on the same sketch together by sharing your drawing with other users.

Its features include a shared canvas using the built-in server function or a dedicated server, recording, playback and export sessions, drawing, layers and blending functions, text layers and built-in chat.

This is really a very clever idea and turns the whole design process into fun. Make your drawing and invite your friends by choosing from the program menu session-Host, put a name as a title and add a code, tell friends to run the program and from the program menu choose session-join.



Pixopedia is a portable painting and image editing program. In its new version of Pixopedia XE both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are uploaded along with new ImageMagick (32/64) support for various image types. The new ImageMagick plug-in support can be downloaded separately. 

The 32-bit Pixopedia version still has the old (single dll) ImageMagick plug-in. If you want to use the latest version, you need to delete the imagemagick.dll file from the pixopedia folder. Perform any action with brush movement, real-time 3D brushing and instant shading.

It includes, new warping methods and facial distortions, special filters, complex filters, and various color manipulation and adjustment techniques. The program does not require installation, just run the PixopediaXE executable file in the corresponding folder that you will unzip.

EZ paint


MS Paint is the well-known to all of us painting program that has been included in all versions of Microsoft Windows which has now been replaced in Windows 10 with 3D Painting. EZ Paint is, on the other hand, a free stand-alone, freeware alternative that looks like MS Paint and has many of the same shortcuts and features.

For example, the left and right mouse buttons work the same as in MS Paint with each button corresponding to one of the two brushes available.

Additionally, Control and Shift, when used with the mouse, provides the same stamp and trace functionality. The arrow keys are used in a similar way to move the options in precise precise steps.

Developed to help illustrate web pages as well as edit web-based photos, EZ Paint also has many features not available in MS Paint that are critical to web design such as gradation and editing. .png and .gif files containing slides.

EZ Paint has over 50 different textures, which can be combined with different color backdrops.

 Many of these textures are used to simulate real world surfaces and as with gradients they can be used on text in addition to graphic shapes, arcs and lines. It also runs on Windows 10.



If you have a penchant for painting and you like to be painted not only on canvas and you are of course doing well with computers, I believe that this little program is ideal for you. MyPaint is an open source application for "digital" painters. It is structured in such a way that it does not easily distract you from small details about its adjustment.

Tux Paint


Tux Paint is a free, award-winning coloring program for kids ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschoolers and elementary school kids). Tux Paint is used by school students around the world to gain digital design skills. It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot that guides kids as they use the program.

Children are provided with a blank canvas and a variety of drawing tools to aid their creativity. A large number of useful design tools are available. (See Drawing Tools, below.) The drawing canvas is a fixed size so the user doesn't have to worry about pixels or inches when creating a new painting. 

The entire program 'fits' on a very small 640x480 screen and can be displayed in full screen mode to hide the underlying computer 'desktop' interface. 

Loading and saving images is done using thumbnails, so no knowledge of the file system structure of the underlying operating system is required. Even the file names are redundant.
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