When I used windows, I used paint.net and loved it. I used it all the time. I switched to a Mac and was disappointed when I found out there is no paint.net for Mac. Has anyone found any good alternatives? I've tried Pinta, but it's not quite what I'm looking for. And GIMP looks scary ;).
Also, if you have a way to run paint.net on macOS I would love to hear how.

  • Can you better describe the features you are looking for? If it is digital painting, you might want to look at Keira. krita.org/en
    – Eric S
    Nov 17, 2020 at 14:49
  • I'm looking for something to make graphical design, but not with a Wacom tablet. The tools I need most are Lasso, Magic Select, Shape, Layers, Mirror Image, Rotate Image, etc. Not something too complex, but also not too simple.
    – Salocor
    Nov 17, 2020 at 18:10
  • Krita has those tools. You don’t have to use a pen. However there are pretty cheap pressure sensitive pens available and most should work find with Krita.
    – Eric S
    Nov 17, 2020 at 18:13
  • Great! I'll give it a try and if it's what I'm looking for, I'll mark your answer as the answer.
    – Salocor
    Nov 17, 2020 at 18:16

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It depends on what you are trying to do. If you are a digital artist, I can suggest Krita. It's really nice for painting and supports all sorts of pressure sensitive pens but you can just use a mouse or trackpad. I've had a crash or two so I save frequently, but otherwise very well featured. Krita is open source and multi-platform.

If you are using the program for digital photography, then Apple's Photos program is actually pretty good.

  • This is exactly what I'm looking for!!! Thank you! I can even set up my keyboard shortcuts!
    – Salocor
    Nov 17, 2020 at 18:24
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    @Salocor Thanks. Krita isn't as lightweight as Paint.net, but it is very capable. It even has some vector tools which is great for illustrations.
    – Eric S
    Nov 17, 2020 at 20:53

For me, feature-wise, gimp is the best replacement for paint.net. I have use Pinta by the past but I think it is closer to the base paint than paint.net

  • Yeah I agree. Pinta is just lacking in features.
    – Salocor
    Nov 17, 2020 at 18:06

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