Top 5 Best FREE Digital Painting Software 🎨

Top 5 Best FREE Digital Painting Software 🎨


Hello there. I’m digital artist, Aaron
Rutten. In this video, I’m going to show you the top five free digital art
applications So I’ve gone ahead and made a chart comparing five of the most popular
digital art applications The five applications that I chose are MyPaint, Mischief, Sketchbook free version, Medibang/FireAlpaca and Krita I have created some categories which I feel are very important to my personal
digital painting technique Next, I’ve gone through each of these art
applications to evaluate each of these categories and assigned a score.
And that is either “good”, “poor” or “none” Good means that application performs
well for my particular painting technique Poor means that there’s some
things that are missing or it doesn’t work correctly And None means that the
feature doesn’t exist at all And as far as the scoring goes, Good is worth two points, Poor is worth one point and None is worth 0 points So let’s go ahead and
start here at the top Is the full version free? Mypaint, Medibang and
Krita are all free for the full version However, Mischief and
Sketchbook are not So what that means is that you won’t be able to use all of the features in Mischief and Sketchbook unless you buy the paid version Let’s move on down to the Brushes category We’ll start with Variety of Brushes MyPaint and Krita both have a very good selection of a variety of brushes and
what I mean by variety is there’s not just five or ten brushes Mischief,
Sketchbook and Medibang all got a rating of Poor because they don’t have
a whole lot of brushes Especially Mischief, if it really only has a few brushes Next, we’ll
look at whether or not the brushes are customizable Meaning that you can change
different properties to make the brush
perform differently MyPaint and
Krita both get a Good score for that because you can customize each of the
brushes Sketchbook and Medibang got a rating of Poor because you can
customize the brushes a little bit but not as much as I’d like and I rated Mischief as None
because you can’t customize the brushes at all Let’s move on down to
Organic Media Effects And what I mean by organic media is, are there brushes that
look like real watercolor and real oil and real chalk and so on? Without looking
dated or fake The only application that got a rating of Good in this case is Krita and Krita has some pretty decent organic
media brushes my paint and sketchbook are close to having organic effects, but they look really dated like they’re from the nineties or early two thousands And after using something like Corel Painter I’m really spoiled on how organic I want
my brush effects to look Mischief and Medibang both get None because their
brushes are still stuck in that older digital brush era Next, we’ll move on down to
Blenders and blenders is one of the most important options for me because I
really love having blenders It makes digital painting feel a lot more like I’m
painting traditionally And it makes it easier to paint if I can blend color with a brush made for blending And let me quickly clarify that what I mean by blenders are brushes that only blend I’m not counting brushes that can blend
paint while you’re adding paint So the only two applications that scored Good
here were MyPaint and Krita they both have some decent blenders Sketchbook scored Poor because it has a few smudgy brushes, but still not quite
the quality of blenders that I’m looking for And Mischief and Medibang both
are without blenders. Which is a shame Next, let’s take a look at whether or not
the application has Airbrushes MyPaint, Sketchbook, Medibang and Krita all have airbrushes Mischief is the only one that does not Next, we’ll take a
look at Ink brushes These are brushes that make a nice smooth ink lines And fortunately, all five of these applications have ink brushes Next, is Chalk, Sponge and Texture brushes Krita is the only application that has chalk, sponge and/or texture brushes MyPaint has some brushes that come close, but they’re not quite what I’m looking
for And Mischief, Sketchbook and Medibang
are lacking Chalk, Sponge and Texture brushes Next is Particle brushes Those are brushes
that have little particles that can move around and follow the laws
of physics The only application that has particle brushes here is Krita Next, we’ll take a look at Stamp brushes These are brushes where you can paint an
object, let’s say a flower, and then turn it into a brush and paint with that brush Medibang and Krita scored poorer because
they do have stamp brushes, but they’re kind of limited in what you can do with them you can only paint one stamp at a time Whereas, I’m used to Corel Painter where
I can make a stamp brush that has many images within each brush And sadly, MyPaint, Mischief and Sketchbook don’t have any stamp brushes Next, let’s take
a look at Distortion brushes These are brushes that can move your paint around, pinch the paint together, expand the paint like a balloon, twist the paint, and move it
all around Krita was the only application that scored Good Medibang scored Poor
because it only has one distortion brush And MyPaint, Mischief and Sketchbook
don’t have any distortion brushes Let’s move on down to the next category which is
brush performance First of all, we’ll take a look at the
brush cursor Nearly all of these applications have good brush cursor
options meaning that you can show the diameter of the brush or show a crossed
hair, or no cursor at all The only one that I rated as Poor was MyPaint because it didn’t have quite as many options the other applications I also notice that in MyPaint, when I enlarge my brush cursor, it kind of reaches its maximum at a very small size And once you start to create larger brushes, the cursor doesn’t actually keep up with it and it doesn’t show you an accurate representation
of what the size of the brush really is Next, we’ll take a look at large brushes whether or not you can make extra large brushes Medibang and Krita both got a score of
Good because they can make very large brushes up to a thousand pixels in diameter However, MyPaint and Sketchbook had a limit to the size of the brushes that you could create and it wasn’t very big Mischief gets a score of None because the
largest brush you can make is 30 pixels wide Next, we’ll take a look at Brush Lag and brush lag is something that happens in nearly all digital art applications especially if you’re using a really big brush or a really big canvas or
a high-resolution canvas or brush that has a lot going on To be honest, all of these
applications have brush lag As do most paid applications But brush lag is
relative to the size of the canvas that you’re using and the brushes you are using so that’s how I scored this one If there was brush lag on a normal size
canvas with smaller brushes, then it got a bad score. Otherwise, it got a good score so you can see that nearly all these applications
scored good The only one that got a rating of Poor was MyPaint and that’s because
occasionally, while I was working with the program, brush lag would appear and my brushes
would move really slowly and I have to close the application and open it again
to get things working correctly Next, we’ll take a look at brush resizing
shortcuts And those are ways to resize your brush without actually having to go up to the slider or input a size numerically Most applications support
using left and right bracket keys to resize your brush And all five of these
applications do I scored Sketchbook and Krita as Good
because Krita actually has a shortcut where you can hold down SHIFT and drag left or
right to resize your brush Sketchbook has a little heads up display where you
can drag to resize your brush but MyPaint, Mischief and Medibang do not And I feel like a shortcut where you can drag your brush size is really important to sizing your brush It’s much faster and much more intuitive Next, we’ll take a look at Smoothing Smoothing can smooth out jagged or
wobbly brushstrokes This is especially helpful for people who have
really shaky hands Nearly all these applications have smoothing and scored Good, except for sketchbook, which apparently doesn’t have any smoothing settings Maybe some of the
brushes smooth automatically, but I couldn’t find anything that could
control the smoothing manually Next, we’ll look at brush calibration And that’s whether or not you can calibrate the pen pressure of your brush within
the application And whether or not you can calibrate the settings for each individual brush The only two applications that scored Good here were MyPaint and Krita because you can calibrate each brush individually Sketchbook got a rating of Poor because there’s only a global setting
for all brushes And you already have that feature within the Wacom Tablet Properties control panel Mischief and Medibang do not
have a brush calibration option Moving on to the next page, we have
transformation Let’s take a look at transformation
tools and those are tools that you can use to scale, rotate, skew and
perspective distort your artwork or your layers Both Medibang and Krita
have adequate transformation tools Sketchbook is kind of lacking in what
you can do with the transformation tools What I really didn’t like about it is
there was a “heads up display” (HUD) and I found it very difficult to use MyPaint and Mischief are lacking in transformation controls so I gave them a score of None Next, we’ll take a look at transforming groups and multiple layers Sketchbook, Medibang and Krita all scored Good because you’re able to transform groups or multiple layers However, in MyPaint and Mischief, you cannot Transformation is a pretty important
feature because if you work with a lot of layers, chances are you will want to be able to transform more than one layer at a time The next category is
Layers We’ll take a look at whether or not the application has a Layers palette and you can use layers The only one that doesn’t have layers is Mischief I gave MyPaint, Medibang and Krita a score of Good because they had adequate layer options I gave Sketchbook a rating of Poor because it has a weird a lasso-style
selection for the Layers palette which I don’t like Next is Blend Modes. These are also known
as Composite Methods or Blending This is the way that layers blend with
each other Most art applications have this feature.
And I feel like it’s an essential feature for all digital art applications MyPaint, Medibang and Krita all have blend modes, so I gave them a score of
Good However, Mischief and Sketchbook do not so I gave them a score of None Next, we’ll take a look at Alpha Lock which is also known as Preserve
Transparency or Preserve Alpha That’s a way to lock the transparent
pixels on your layer I find it very helpful in my digital painting technique
and I would say that it’s essential MyPaint, Medibang and Krita all have an
alpha lock feature which is great However, Mischief and Sketchbook do not,
so they get a rating of None Let’s move onto masking Masking is a way to conceal
or reveal pixels on your layers using a mask It’s a feature that I expect from
all digital art applications, but unfortunately none of these
applications have a good masking feature I gave MyPaint, Medibang and Krita a score of Poor because they
don’t really have proper masks They use Clipping Layers, which means you have to create a separate layer for the mask It’s a lot harder than it needs to be there just needs to be a simple masking feature
like in Photoshop and Corel Painter So you can
create a masking effect, it’s just a lot harder than it needs to be Mischief and
Sketchbook don’t have masks, so they get a score of None Next, let’s look at Collapse
Layer Options That’s the ability to merge layers with each other
or with the canvas Nearly all these applications got a score of good except for Mischief,
which got a score of None because you cannot merge layers Now let’s move on
down to the Saving category First, we’ll look at whether or not the application
can export to PSD which is a universal format: The Photoshop file format I use this format a lot because it works really well to bounce your artwork between applications while preserving your layers and the
quality of your artwork Nearly all of these applications support exporting to PSD With the exception of MyPaint, which does not Next, we’ll move on down to Export File Formats and that’s whether or not the application can export to common file formats like
JPG, PNG, TIFF and PDF Mischief, Sketchbook and Krita
all got a score of Good because they had a nice variety of file formats that you can save to this includes all the formats
that I consider to be essential MyPaint and Medibang got a score of Poor because they were missing a few options Next, we’ll look at whether or not the application can save your artwork to the cloud The only one that got a score of Good was Medibang because it can save to
the cloud which is helpful because there’s also a
mobile version of Medibang And that way you can transfer your artwork between your desktop and your mobile device to work on it The rest of these got a score of None
because they don’t have a Save To Cloud feature Next, we’ll move on to the Paper and
Canvas Texture category First, we’ll look at whether or not the
application supports paper and canvas textures The only one that got a score
of Poor here was Krita And that’s because it technically has paper and canvas textures you can create textures and you can
apply textures to brushes But it doesn’t actually have a stand-alone paper texture or canvas texture feature And the remaining four applications
don’t have anything that comes near paper and canvas textures Next, we’ll look at whether or not you can
create custom papers and textures The only score of Good here is for Krita And in Krita, you can create custom
papers and textures And the rest of the applications you cannot Moving down to Impasto and Surface Lighting That is the ability to build-up paint so that
it looks three-dimensional and then you can change the lighting None of these applications support Impasto,
so they’ll get a score of None Moving on to the next category which is Guide and Grids, we’ll take a look at whether or not the application supports perspective guides And those are guides that help you draw vanishing points so that you can
draw in realistic perspective The only score of good here is for Krita
because it has a very interesting multi-plane perspective tool which I like a lot The only downside is that I couldn’t find a way to snap my lines to the perspective guides Medibang gets a score of Poor because it does have perspective guides,
but there isn’t a way to move the vanishing point that I could find And you can only draw horizontal lines And you have to switch to an entirely
different guide mode to draw vertical guides MyPaint and Sketchbook
don’t have perspective guides Next, we’ll look at additional guides And this is a variety of different guides MyPaint and Mischief don’t have
any additional guides I gave Sketchbook, Medibang and Krita a score of Good
because they have a variety of different guides Next, we’ll take a look at
Symmetry Painting And that is painting on one side your canvas and having it mirror on
the other side My Paint, Sketchbook and Krita all got a score of Good because
you can paint symmetrically and move the symmetry plane around Medibang gets a score of Poor because you get the mirroring wherever you’re
painting it’s not on a fixed plane that you can move around. The plane actually
moves with your cursor while you paint that’s not helpful at all Mischief doesn’t have any symmetry
paintings a good score of None Next, let’s take a look at Grids. Grids are available in
almost every digital painting application But or some reason, they’re not
available in MyPaint, Mischief or Sketchbook They are available in Krita.
And they’re very good because you can edit the grid settings and make larger
or smaller grids There’s a grid feature in Medibang, but I couldn’t find a way to
change the options for it so I gave it a rating of Poor Moving down to the next
category which is Panels and Palettes We’ll take a look at whether or not the
application has a reference image panel to load a reference image Medibang and Krita get a score of Good because they have good reference image palates with
a lot of features MyPaint gets a score of Poor because it does have a
panel where you can load a reference image, but that reference image comes in
scaled to 100% which is way too big to fit in the panel This requires you to make the panel bigger or you have to scale the image down and save it as a smaller
size Next, we’ll take a look at whether or not the application supports the ability to create custom brush palettes And that means that you can save all of
your favorite brushes to a custom palette The only two applications to get a score of Good
are MyPaint and Krita because they allow you to create custom palettes with
your favorite brushes Michief, Sketchbook and Medibang do not Next, we’ll take a look at whether or not the application has shortcut palettes And that means that you can place shortcuts on the screen in button form For example, zoom to 100%, clear your layer or copy and paste None of these
applications have that feature so they’ll get a score of None Next, we’ll look
at the color picker format And that is the way that the color picker is set up And whether or not it has a lot of options Most of these applications scored Good,
except for Mischief which scored Poor because it has a decent color picker but
it doesn’t give you a whole lot of options and it’s kind of small And there’s no way to really tell exactly what color you’re picking because there’s no numeric values Next, we’ll take a look at HSV color mode A lot of applications
use RGB color mode as their default Personally, I prefer HSV which is Hue, Saturation and Value HSV is a lot more intuitive, so I expect it from any digital our application The only applications that scored Good are Sketchbook and Krita because they have
really good HSV color modes with sliders and they show you the values and
everything you need to see I gave MyPaint a score of Poor because it has an
HSV color mode but it doesn’t show you the sliders Next, we’ll take a look at
whether or not the application has swatches or predefined colors that you
can pick from MyPaint, Sketchbook, Medibang and Krita all have a swatches
option. However, Mischief does not Let’s move on down the color variability and that’s whether or not the color can change within your brush stroke while you’re painting The only application that supports this is Krita so I gave it a score of Good rest get a
score of None The next category is Canvas We’ll take a look at whether or
not there’s a new canvas a dialog The canvas dialogue is a special window that pops
up and lets you change things such as the resolution or the dimensions
of your canvas And you’d think that all art applications would have something like that But surprisingly MyPaint, Mischief and Sketchbook
do not Medibang and Krita do so they get a score of Good Next is Canvas Presets. Those are
predefined canvas sizes that you can pick from the New Canvas screen Krita has some
good canvas presets Medibang has some that are OK, but they could use a few more in my opinion And MyPaint, Mischief and Sketchbook don’t have any Next, we’ll take a look at whether or not you can
resize your image Mischief and Krita get a score of Good because they have adequate resizing options Medibang gets a
score of Poor because it only lets you resize in pixels and doesn’t give you
inches or any other measurement And there’s no option to resize your image
in MyPaint or Sketchbook so they get a score of none I also want to point out
that Mischief is an infinite canvas so it doesn’t really have a limit to its
canvas size The image is without resolution and without size MyPaint considers itself to be an infinite canvas, but I think it’s only technically
an infinite canvas because it doesn’t give you a predefined size But it’s not
an infinite canvas in the same way that Mischief is Now we’ll take a look
at whether or not you can resize your canvas And what that means is not going
to make your image larger, it’s just going to add more canvas to the
top, bottom, left or right to expand the total size of your canvas Mischief, Medibang and Krita get a score of a Good because you can add pixels or inches to your canvas to make it bigger or smaller However, you can’t do that in MyPaint or
Sketchbook Next, we’ll take a look at cropping. And that’s trimming your canvas down The only one that scored Good here was Krita because it has a nice crop
tool with a bounding box and lots of options to crop MyPaint and Medibang get a
score of Poor because you have to crop using a selection which is not very precise Mischief and Sketchbook don’t have a cropping feature, so they get a score of None Next, we’ll take a look at whether or not you can flip your canvas Flipping your canvas is very helpful
and a lot of artists use it All of these applications have that
feature and they all score Good Same goes for rotating the canvas, all these
applications can rotate both the view of the canvas and the orientation of the
canvas itself Now we’ll take a look at whether or not the application supports color profiles Color profiles can control the range of colors available to
you while you’re painting I consider this to be an essential feature
of any digital art application The only one that scored good here is Krita You can choose from a lot of different color profiles which is nice But unfortunately, none of the other applications support color profiles Next, we’ll take a look at multi-monitor support I’m using three monitors right
now. My Cintiq 24HD is one of them My primary screen is not my Cintiq, so my art application needs to have multi-monitor support Meaning that I need to be able to move the application to any of my three windows and have all the features and palettes show up as they’re supposed to And for nearly all of these applications, that’s the case Mischief, Sketchbook, Medibang and
Krita all have good multi-monitor support However, MyPaint gets a score of
Poor because even though I moved MyPaint application to my Cintiq, when I click on
a lot of the palettes, dialogues and options… they show up on a completely
different screen Meaning that I can’t use my tablet to click on those options And in some cases, no option show up at all I feel like that’s a major issue
for MyPaint and for me, that makes it unusable so I gave it a score of poor Let’s take a look at the next category which is the interface First is
Interface Ease of Use How easy is it to use the application? Mischief and Medibang both get a score of Good because they have really
nice, clean, easy to use interfaces MyPaint, Sketchbook and Krita get a score
of Poor for various reasons Mainly because the interface is kind of hard to
use maybe some things are hidden or hard-to-find In the case of Sketchbook, I
don’t like the interface because it’s all lasso navigation based In regards to Krita,
it scores Poor because a lot of things are kind of buried In the case of MyPaint,
as I mentioned just a minute ago, it has poor multi-monitor support which makes
it really hard to navigate Next, we’ll take a look at the number of features
and each application whether it has a lot of features or not enough features The only one that scored a Good here was Krita Krita has a lot of features… maybe
too many in some cases But still a good amount of features in a
very robust program Everything else scored Poor because each of these applications were
missing a lot of the things that I consider to be essential to my
painting technique Next is Visual Appearance and
Organization Nearly all of these applications scored Good which means that they’re organized well
and they look nice With the exception of MyPaint
which gets a score of Poor because I feel like the palettes take up a lot more
space than they need to Next is Minimal UI and that’s a
minimal user interface This is helpful for people who work on tablets like the
Cintiq Companion of the Surface Pro Since those tablets have kind of a small screen, you
don’t want a ton of palettes on your screen So if there’s options to have fewer
palettes or the palettes don’t take up much room, that’s always a plus Mischief, Sketchbook and Medibang all
get a Good score But MyPaint and Krita get a score of Poor And that’s because the palettes
just take up too much room on the screen Especially in the case of
MyPaint, where there’s a lot of wasted negative space above and below the
palette columns Next, we’ll take a look at whether or not you can customize the interface and the palettes MyPaint, Medibang and Krita get a score of Good
because you can dock the palettes… resize them and arrange them in
different ways However you can’t do that in Mischief or Sketchbook, so they get a score of None Next is whether or not you can import or export your brushes and your layout The only score of Good here goes to Krita because you can export your brushes and your layout MyPaint and Medibang get a score of Poor
because it’s kind of a roundabout way to export your brushes in these
applications There isn’t really an internal feature
that makes that easy to do Mischief and Sketchbook
don’t give you any options to export or import brushes,
so they get a score of None Now we’ll take a look at
Preferences Preferences allow you to you customize your application And turn features on and off Most of these applications got a score of Poor
because their preferences were very limited in what they could do and not
very numerous However, Krita a score of a Good because it has an adequate number of preferences And on the final page here we can take a look at tablet
compatibility First, we’ll start with tablet pen pressure Whether or not the application supports pen pressure from a Wacom tablet or similar drawing tablet All of these applications support pen pressure, so they get a score of a Good Next is Pen Tilt. And that’s whether or not the
application can recognize the tilt or the angle of your pen while you’re
drawing Of course, you’ll need a tablet that supports pen tilt There’s only one
application here that supports pen tilt and that is Krita which gets a score of
Good The rest get a score of None Next is Touch Input If you have a tablet that
supports touch input, then you can zoom and pan and rotate using touch gestures Mischief, Sketchbook and Medibang all get a score of Good because their touch
support works well I gave MyPaint and Krita a score of Poor because in Krita,
you can zoom but you can’t rotate using gestures And in MyPaint, the zoom
doesn’t work as it should and there’s no rotate or pan Moving on down to the
tools category, we have Selection Tools these are tools that can make selections Medibang and Krita get a score of Good because they have a wide variety of
selection tools which work well I gave sketchbook a score of poorer
because it only has a free-form lasso And MyPaint and Mischief get None
because they don’t have any selection tools Next is text and whether or not you can
add text to your artwork Krita is the only one that gets a score of good
because it has a really nice text tool with a lot of different options and it’s very easy to edit the text However, in Sketchbook and Medibang, the text
tool is kind of difficult to use So I gave it a score of Poor There’s no text in MyPaint or Mischief, so they get a score of None Next, we’ll take a look at the paint
bucket MyPaint, Medibang and Krita get a score of good because their paint
bucket works well Sketchbook gets a score of Poor
because there weren’t really any options for the paint bucket And when you fill-in line art, it leaves a little white edge between the outline and your paint Mischief doesn’t have a paint bucket, so it gets a score of None Next, we’ll take a look at whether or not the application has a gradient tool Krita is the only application that gets a score of Good because it has a great gradient tool I give Medibang a score of Poor because, while it does have a gradient
tool, it’s a little bit limited in the amount of options And you can’t create
multiple color stops or edit them MyPaint, Mischief and Sketchbook
don’t have a gradient tool so they get a score of None Next are Vector Tools and whether or not
you can draw vector shapes and edit them within the application The only score of good here is Krita because
it has some pretty nice vector tools The rest get a score of None because
they don’t have any vector tools Shape tools are very similar to vector tools,
but I made a distinction here because some applications have shape tools that
are not in vector format so that’s what we’re looking at here Krita gets a score of
Good because the vector tools are also bitmap shape tools Medibang gets a score of Poor because
its shape tools are not vector Most of the time, you want your shape tools
to have an option to be vector The other three applications get a score of None because they don’t have
any shape tools Next is effects and whether or not the
application has a large variety of effects or effects that are useful Both Medibang and Krita and a score of Good becuase they have some essential effects like
levels, blur and adjust color which I feel are essential However, MyPaint, Mischief and Sketchbook don’t have any effects And in the case of Krita, it
has a ton of effects Let’s move down to Comic/Manga panel tools These are tools that can create panels
for your comic books or manga The only two that support comic panels are Medibang and Krita Medibang has a pretty interesting
dynamic panel tool where you can drop panels and then slice them
to split them apart I think that’s really awesome Krita has some templates as well
for creating comics But the other three applications don’t so they get a score of None Last, we’ll look Animation Tools And that’s whether or not the application can create simple animations The only two that got a score of Good here are Medibang and Krita They both have some simple animation tools This version of Krita doesn’t have animation, but there is an animation version I think they will add the animation features
to the next version released And then the other three applications don’t have animation tools, so they get a score of None Now I’ll go ahead and add up all the scores Good is worth 2 points
Poor is worth 1 point and None is worth 0 points And I’ll assign a score to each program There’s 139 points
possible So let’s go ahead and take a look
at how each of these scored MyPaint gets a score of 59, Mischief gets a score of 36, Sketchbook gets a score
of 67, Medibang gets a score of 88, and Krita gets a score of a 127 And in addition to the scores, I just kind of want to list off some pros and cons of each application just to summarize my feelings on each of
them Let’s start with MyPaint The pros for MyPaint are the display filter
option shows your artwork in grayscale and color blindness modes, there’s a
decent selection of brushes and blenders, and you can edit or reshape your brush
strokes The cons are poor multi-monitor support which shows menus on the wrong screen and some menus don’t show the options; Mouse input is ignored, so you can’t click
on anything with the mouse; And it’s lacking basic tools Overall, I feel like
it’s too broken to use For Mischief, the pros are there’s an infinite canvas; there’s resolution independent vector brush strokes; and there’s unlimited undos The cons are the application’s bare-bones features with hardly anything at all to
use Moving onto Sketchbook, the only positive thing I could say about it is that some of the ruler tools are nice and intuitive You kind of line it up and draw with it much like you would with a ruler in real life The cons are that
the lasso-style menu navigation is kind of weird and the UI feels geared
too much towards mobile users For Medibang, the pros are a great
comic book panel maker; comic/manga templates; And simple frame animation tools The cons for Medibang are a lack of brushes and essential tools And then for Krita, the
pros are a robust set of brushes, features and tools; an artistic color picker
shows you complimentary colors; several UI brightness options
are nice; the multiplane perspective guides are interesting; there’s an easy wrap-around mode which makes it simple to create seamless patterns And the cons are the
UI is a bit bulky and kind of ugly; it’s hard to find some tools and features; and it feels kind of bloated with under-powered features Now I’ll go ahead and rank these from worst to best The worst, in my opinion, is MyPaint And you might think that MyPaint should be better
because it got a higher score than Mischief I probably would have ranked MyPaint better than Mischief, but there’s that one problem
of the multi-monitor support which pretty much makes the application
unusable for me So I had to go ahead and move that
to the last slot here as number 5 Number 4 is Mischief It did get a lower score, but
it’s a lot more usable of a program Number 3 is Sketchbook It could have ranked higher, but I don’t like the weird lasso-style navigation Number 2
is Medibang I may have ranked that higher if it had more brushes and more features And the number 1, with an excellent score of 127 out of 139 is Krita Krita is definitely the best of the free applications it has a ton of
options, a ton of brushes, and a ton of ways to customize it It has a nearly everything you need
to create digital art So there you go… Those are the top
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100 thoughts on “Top 5 Best FREE Digital Painting Software 🎨

  1. Want to know what kind of art software the pros use? Check out my list of the best PAID digital art applications: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxNSqxDt4vY

  2. YEEESSSS KRITA FTW~!!!!!! I have krita because I saw a different video comparing free programs and krita was their top pick, so i decided i should look at other reviews to see. A lot of people hated on it but this made my day

  3. I don’t know why but when I saw this it felt like school in a way. What I mean is krita was that A+ student and Mischief was that one student who would goof off all class period and when it came time to present a project they made an excuse of why they were missing almost everything that needed to be there

  4. Krita is so hard for me drawing good lines.. Nope it's terrifying. Making paint in krita is so hard 😢😢😢 sad…

  5. when i used krita it would turn off pressure sencitivty and for my computer it had a horrid user interface i couldn't change my brushes or anything

  6. Very Nice, Iv'e been looking everywhere for a free painting software that was suitable for my needs, and this helped a lot due to the info. you gave us!!

  7. on krita the brushes lag a lot on my computer it is barely imposible to draw anyone knows how to fix this?

  8. This is an amazing channel..and your reviews are incredible as well…thanks for helping beginners like me 🙂

  9. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS. At I was just using FireAlpaca but it was hardly any good. Now I'm using Krita and my artwork has improved drastically.

  10. Definitely appreciate the thought and detail you put into rating these programs! Thanks for the very thorough explanations on the criteria ^^

  11. oh my god. THANK YOU SO MUTCH FOR MAKING THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! I have searched for a good art program FOREVER oml im so happy THANK YOU!!!! :PPPPPPPPP

  12. I tried downloading Krita. I installed it and it came with literally every file except the actual application. Any help please? Thanks.

  13. if you ever feel like doing another video like this, the full version of sketchbook is now free so you might have a better experience with it a second time around.

  14. I found Krita buggy the last time I tried to download it and I had to remove it from my computer. Hopefully, Krita has fixed the problem, then I might try it again. A lot of people have said that it is good.

  15. Thanks for the video! This is exactly the sort of thing I was looking for. I just picked up a cheap starter drawing tablet and was hoping to find something SOMETHING other than GIMP for some test sketches. Trying out Krita and loving it so far.

  16. Can someone please tell me what program i should learn? 🙏🏼 my goal is to design planners and organizers, but with a freehand kind of style, meaning i don’t want the pre made templates like indesign, but i would like to be able to use nice fonts and such, mixed with some digital tablet drawings, and since these are a lot of mixed things the big quetion is, is there a program that can do all of this??

  17. I'm just gonna say something quick here: This video was made 2 years ago, and a lot of things have changed since. I can only speak for medibang and sketchbook (I was actually starting to set up krita when I saw this video), but they seem to have changed somewhat, and don't let this video turn you away from something right off the bat, try it at least. Also, sketchbook is actually pretty nice on mobile. Some artists that use medibang are clockbirds https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmWnvGA_HU2EphLC5YVkRPA Queazy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHS1QDpa9BQ and jyundee https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmupKbMkYkOnN_5ksslzOuQ and an artist that uses sketchbook is Sarcasticbutsincere https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5XoMSmv1hRl7K6E-KZ-Miw But, you make your own choices, I'm not trying to devalue this video or anything. Otherwise, great video!

  18. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I will soon dip my toes into the waters of digital painting without any previous experience in the field. The only mediums I have ever used were physical, pen and paper or paints and different surfaces such as canvas, glass or metal. I come into this journey having one single tool, my hands. Thank you so much for the tutorials, I have a feeling I will be watching a lot of them! Subbed!

  19. Currently using medibang. Coming from gimp it's really awesome. But Krita is starting to look really good right now. Might install it.

  20. whats the worst thing about trying to downloading free versins of painting softwares is what type of computer you have, i have a toshiba and everyone time i go to download a free painting software i have to get it on mac or windows, which i think it sould impovre to download it to every device like mine, toshiba

  21. I just got a xp deco 03 for Christmas, digi art is new to me, but art isn't & im looking forward to trying it out, But was lost after downloading it etc, & no idea to what app to use, thankyou for your videos they are really helpful…..

  22. Holy molly that was comprehensive. Thanks for such a detailed report! but it sure looks like you could've stopped way eariler and just recommanded Krita 😛

  23. Ibis paint x is also an amazing free app for it.. I have it on my laptop and my phone its fun and you cab see other peoples drawings and even watch how they did what they did! So I think ibis paint x is better than krita

  24. Aaannnddd just wasted 30 min to find out I was right! Hoorayy I love Krita and bet it was the best, sooo here u goo!

  25. How bout ibispaint?
    I'm currently choosing between ibis or medibang, and I'm actually drawing on my android phone, and not on tablets lmao `:(

  26. Krita + touchscreen laptop = absolute heaven.

    I'm extremely spoiled and very used to drawing with a paid iPad app called ProCreate, so using a touchscreen is the easiest format for me. However Krita can be tough since I can't rotate the entire canvas like I can on ProCreate.

  27. Umm excuse me, I know that this is from five years ago but with medibang you can blend really well with the right brushes. I mean, I'm serious. I'm using it for more than 5 years and the blending was always the best.

    Tbh, you only have to get the right brush settings.

  28. i tried dowloading krita but i remember that some websies hide vireses so could you send me the download for krita?

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