Art Apps for the PC Krita vs Microsoft Paint 3D vs Microsoft Fresh Paint ... and 7 more

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Are you ready to discover and try 10 of the best art apps for the PC? How about apps that are completely free to download and use? Then you have come to the right place! Whether you are an amateur artist or a professional, these 10 art apps for the PC will provide you with the necessary tools to improve your workflow and creativity - helping you create beautiful digital works of art.

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Method 1: Krita

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If you are looking for a top-quality painting software that is completely free for you to use, then you might want to check out Krita - a program that was created by a team of artists who wanted to provide top-notch creative tools available to everyone. While this program is great for creating comics and manga, you can also use Krita to create any type of digital artwork that suits your preference or style.

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    Professional-Quality Painting Software
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    1. Brush Stabilizers add a stabilizer to your brush to smoothen out your lines (if you have shaky hands).
    2. Pop-up Palette allows you to quickly pick your color and brush by right-clicking on the canvas.
    3. Over 9 unique brush engines to customize your brushes to meet specific needs.
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    Cost/Fees
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    1. App is free to download.
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    1. Krita can be downloaded from their website for PC's by clicking this link HERE.
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Method 2: Microsoft Paint 3D

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Are you ready to unleash your creativity and bring your ideas to life? Well, whether you're an artist or just want to try out some doodles-Paint 3D makes it easy. With an updated looks and feel, and tons of new tools and brushes, Classic Paint has been reimagined. And now, you can create in every dimension you want. Make 2D masterpieces or 3D models that you can play with from all angles.

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    3D Modelling Software
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    1. Doodle in 3D! Sketch a drawing with the 3D doodle tool and watch it instantly turn 3D.
    2. Instantly create cut-outs from your favorite pictures with Magic Select, then use them as stickers to wrap onto your 3D models.
    3. Set the scene by using realistic textures like soft grass and hardwood and choose lighting and filter options that will best show off your creation.
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    Cost/Fees
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    1. App is free to download.
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    1. Microsoft Paint 3D can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store for PCs.
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Method 3: Microsoft Fresh Paint

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Want to unleash your inner creative? Get the ultimate canvas for your big ideas and unleash your inner creative with Microsoft Fresh Paint. With the right tools for artists of all ages, Fresh Paint is easy to use painting app that enables you to create anything from turning photos into beautiful paintings to creating original artwork to even choosing an activity pack to help you get started quickly. Are you ready to set your creativity free?

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    Digital Painting Software
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    1. Draw or paint with watercolor, oil, pencil, pastel, and pen.
    2. Import images, photos and even use your camera to capture an inspirational image to paint with.
    3. Easily correct mistakes with the eraser tool and undo button.
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    1. App is free to download.
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    1. Microsoft Fresh Paint can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store for PCs.
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Method 4: Artweaver Free

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If you are wanting to create beautifully realistic digital paintings with access to a huge selection of brushes and tools, then you might want to try Artweaver Free. You can produce complex images with minimal effort thanks to not only having brushes like calligraphy pens, airbrushes, and Conte brushes but access to a huge range of patterns and pens too.

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    Digital Painting Software
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    1. Powerful and highly configurable brush system to simulate many different brushes.
    2. Allows you to work together on the same document with other artists over LAN or the Internet.
    3. Events feature records the whole painting process as events and allows to save and later to replay them.
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    1. App is free to download.
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    1. Artweaver Free can be downloaded from their website for PC's by clicking this link HERE.
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Method 5: MyPaint

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Create quick sketches or complex artistic drawings right on your PC with MyPaint - the free and open-source raster graphics editor for digital painters. MyPaint features a simple, easy-to-use and minimalistic interface that allows you to cut down distractions, so you can concentrate on your canvas and let your inner artist out. It also includes a wealth of different brushes that are all conveniently organized into different categories.

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    Raster Graphics Editor
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    1. Fast, stable and user-friendly interface make the program easy to use.
    2. Extensive brush creation and configuration options.
    3. Unlimited canvas (you never have to resize).
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    1. App is free to download.
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    1. MyPaint can be downloaded from their website for PC's by clicking this link HERE.
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Method 6: Sketchable

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Seamlessly fusing the freedom and romance of your physical notebook with the power and flexibility of the digital world, Sketchable provides the best creative experience on the market. Sketchable's comprehensive yet clean interface is carefully crafted to harness the full potential of you and your device, making sure nothing comes between you and your imagination.

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    Drawing Software
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    1. Color Picker - make adjustments to hue, value, and saturation while navigating to your ideal color or simply use the dropper to select one.
    2. Customize UI - Settings controls allow the user to manipulate the size and color of the UI.
    3. Journals - Create the highest resolution journals possible on your device with personalized names, covers, and sizes.
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    1. App is free to download.
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    1. Sketchable can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store for PCs.
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Method 7: Autodesk SketchBook

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Autodesk SketchBook is the drawing app made for everyone who makes sketching a part of their daily routine. This includes creative professionals, aspiring artists, and anyone who loves drawing. With SketchBook, drawing and painting aren't about complicated software. It feels like a natural creative experience - as close to pencil, pen, marker, and brush as a digital tool can be.

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    Drawing Software
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    1. Natural drawing experience, easy-to-learn toolset, and clean interface designed to maximize your drawing space.
    2. Unlimited undo stack - undo back to your first brushstroke.
    3. Brush and color controls collapse into convenient pucks for instant access.
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    1. App is free to download.
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    1. Autodesk SketchBook can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store for PCs.
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Method 8: Inkscape

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Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor; it can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings. Inkscape's primary vector graphics format is Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), however many other formats can be imported and exported.

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    Vector Graphics Editor
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    1. Object creation and manipulation with many tools.
    2. Compatible with the SVG format, but can also important EPS, PostScript, JPG, PNG, BMP or TIP images and export PNG or other vector-based formats.
    3. Supports editing multiple paths at the same time.
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    1. App is free to download.
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    1. Inkscape can be downloaded from their website for PC's by clicking this link HERE or from the Microsoft Store.
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Method 9: MediBang Paint

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If you are looking to create and illustrate comic books with ease, then MediBang Paint just might be the right software for you. And, even though it's free, MediBang Paint comes loaded with features and includes everything you need to illustrate or make comics. Some of these include numerous brushes, screen tones and backgrounds, cloud fonts and comic creation tools.

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    Digital Painting and Comic Creation Software
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    1. Over 50 brushes for you to use like the GPen, and Mapping Pen for inking, and the Watercolor brush for coloring.
    2. Comes with 800 free pre-made tones and backgrounds to use.
    3. Group project feature makes it so that you can work with others no matter how far apart you are.
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    1. App is free to download.
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    1. MediBang Paint can be downloaded from their website for PC's by clicking this link HERE.
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Method 10: GIMP

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Looking for a free alternative to using Adobe Photoshop? A program that is loaded with most of the features you would find inside Photoshop? Then GIMP is that program that you will want to start using today. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done.

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    Image Manipulation Software
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    1. Support for a wide range of file formats, including GIF, JPEG, PNG, XPM, TIFF, TGA, MPEG, PS, PDF, PCX, BMP and many others.
    2. Ideal for advanced photo retouching techniques. Get rid of unneeded details using the clone tool, or touch up minor details easily with the new healing tool.
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    1. App is free to download.
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    1. GIMP can be downloaded from their website for PC's by clicking this link HERE.
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