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Microsoft Is Axing Paint From Windows, Here Are 5 Best Alternatives

For all those who grew up in the early days of PC age, Microsoft Paint is not just another application, but a link to their past. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the Autumn (or Fall in the US) Creators Update, which will come with an array of new features. But what got everyone's attention was the Redmond giant's decision to cut Microsoft Paint from Windows. The cyber world then witnessed an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint, forcing Microsoft to reconsider their decision by making the 32- year old program a downloadable app in Windows Store. However, uncertainty still exists around the future of the application and here are the 5 best alternatives for MS Paint.

Paint 3D

Paint 3D
Paint 3D

Paint 3D is Microsoft's official successor for the old MS Paint application. According to Microsoft, Paint 3D makes it easy to unleash your creativity and bring your ideas to life. It is pretty much the classic Paint app reimagined, and comes with an updated look and feel, along with lots of new brushes and tools.

GIMP

GIMP
GIMP

If you are a fan of Open Source application, then GIMP is the way to go. GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems.

Whether you are an illustrator, designer or a photographer, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done and this versatility is its biggest strength. Additionally, users can further enhance productivity with GIMP by using its highly flexible customization tools and 3rd party plugins.

Paint.net

Paint.net
Paint.net

For a long time, Paint.net was considered a superior version of MS Paint, as it provided the simplicity of Paint with superior features. Although Paint.net isn't the latest and greatest of drawing tools, it will help you get the job done with very little hassle. The application supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools along with a massive repository of 3rd party plugins.

Autodesk Sketchbook

Autodesk Sketchbook
Autodesk Sketchbook

When it comes to illustration and graphical manipulation apps, Autodesk is an industry leader. And they have brought their Sketchbook to Windows Store along side iOS and Android. SketchBook is a drawing app made for everyone who makes sketching a part of their daily routine, and the apps make the process feels like a natural creative experience - as close to pencil, pen, marker, and brush as a digital tool can be.

One of the biggest strength of SketchBook is its powerful brush engine, with over 140 preset brushes that perform exactly as you expect. Ink feels fluid and smooth, synthetic brushes blend colors in a natural way, and texture brushes mimic natural media. However, one of the major drawbacks of this app is that it is designed with stylus and touch input in mind. This means for the regular mouse and keyboard user, the experience won't be as natural as one many expect.

Sketchable

Sketchable
Sketchable

Unlike the other applications mentioned above, Sketchable takes a different approach by trying to replicate a physical drawing book. The makers of the app, Silicon Benders, says the app seamlessly fuse the freedom and romance of your physical notebook with the power and flexibility of the digital world.

Similar to many Windows Store app, Sketchable has a very clean interface that is part journal, part canvas, enabling you to scribble a note, snap and edit a pic, import and augment an image, or paint a masterwork.

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