Comparison of raster graphics editors

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Raster graphics editors can be compared by many variables, including availability.

List[edit]

Proprietary software Free and open-source software
Commercial Freeware
Discontinued

General information[edit]

Basic general information about the editors: creator, company, license, etc.

Description Creator First public release date Latest stable version Software license
Ability Photopaint Graphics editor with some advanced features Ability Software March 2001 4 Proprietary
Adobe Fireworks Alternative to Photoshop targeted at web designers, discontinued after CS6 Macromedia 1998 CS6 / 11.0 Proprietary
Adobe Photoshop Professional image editor and graphics creation tool John Knoll, Thomas Knoll February 1990 CC / 14.0 Proprietary
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Photo editor Adobe Systems February 19, 2007 5.5 Proprietary
Autodesk SketchBook Pro Paint and drawing toolset for use with digitized pen tablets & tablet computers Alias 2004 2009 ( 3.1 ) Proprietary
ArtRage Digital paint program for tablet computers Ambient Design 2004 4.5.1 Proprietary
Artweaver Emulates physical painting experience on a computer Boris Eyrich 2002 3.0 Freeware
Bibble Photo editor and organizer with camera raw file support Bibble Labs 2000 5.2 Proprietary
Brush Strokes Image Editor Image editor like Windows Paint Paul Bird 2004 2.0 Freeware
Chasys Draw IES Image Editor with layers, animation, icon edit, super-res, batch and camera raw John Paul Chacha 2001 4.24 Freeware
CinePaint Moving picture, photo and graphics editor Robin Rowe July 4, 2002 2011 (1.0) GPL
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro An bitmap graphics editor and image organizer for Windows pc 1STEIN Corp. 2001 6.2 Proprietary
Corel AfterShot Pro Photo Management Software with support for a complete RAW workflow Bibble Labs, Corel 2000 1.2.0.7 Proprietary
Corel Paint Shop Pro Advanced image editor and graphics creator Jasc Software 1992 X6 SP2 (16.2.0.20) Proprietary
Corel Painter Made to create natural-looking artistic images Mark Zimmer, Tom Hedges, John Derry August, 1991 12 Proprietary
Corel PHOTO-PAINT Professional image editor and graphics creator with advanced features Corel Corporation 1992 X6/16 Proprietary
Cosmigo Pro Motion Pixel and animation editor (8-bit-graphics) made after Deluxe Paint Cosmigo; J.Zimmermann, L.Gischler, N.Mavrikakis 1997 6.5 Proprietary
darktable Photography workflow application and raw developer Johannes Hanika April 2009 1.4.1 GPL 3
Deluxe Paint Discontinued basic editor Dan Silva 1985 5 Proprietary
Deneba Canvas Graphics editor and creator supporting both raster graphics and vector graphics.It also work on GIS data. Jorge Miranda, Joaquin de Soto, Manny Menendez September 1987 14 Proprietary
DigiKam Free photo organizer and image editor Renchi Raju, Gilles Caulier 2002 0.9.5 (KDE3) 3.0.0-RC (KDE4) GPL
DP Animation Maker Image editor and animation software DesktopPaints 2011 2.2.2 Proprietary
Erdas Imagine Advanced remote sensing and GIS ability;
handles multispectral images
ERDAS, Inc. 1980 2013 (11.0) Proprietary
Fatpaint Full featured web-based graphic design and photo editing application Mersica Inc. 2010 1.99.55 Freeware
Fotografix Freeware, portable image editor L. Madhavan April 14, 2009 1.5 Freeware
F-Spot Image viewer and organizer for GNOME Ettore Perazzoli 2005 0.8.2 GPLv2
G'MIC Free command line software for 2D or 3D image processing and visualization David Tschumperlé October 2008 1.5.7 CeCILL
GIMP Free image editor and graphics creator Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis January 1996 2.8.4 GNU (L)GPLv3+ v2.7+[1]
GimPhoto Modification of the free and open source graphics program GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), with the intent to be a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Ek Kian  ? 1.4.3 GPLv2
GIMPshop GIMP with a GUI similar to Adobe Photoshop Scott Moschella ? 2.2.11 GPL
GNOME Paint Simple, easy to use paint program for GNOME. Rogério Ferro 0.4 GPL
GNU Paint Free and open source raster graphics editor Andy Tai 0.3.3 GPL
GrafX2 GrafX2 with a GUI similar to Deluxe Paint Sunset Design (Guillaume Dorme, Karl Maritaud) 1996 2.1 GPL
GraphicConverter Image viewer, converter, organizer and editor capable of importing around 200 and exporting 80 different image file types. Compatible with many Photoshop plug-ins Thorsten Lemke 1992 6.6.1 Proprietary
GraphicsMagick Commandline image converter and editor GraphicsMagick Group 2002 1.3.15 MIT
gThumb Image viewer and organizer for the GNOME desktop environment Paolo Bacchilega  ? 3.0.1 GPL3
HDR PhotoStudio HDR (High Dynamic Range Editor) with human vision imaging model Unified Color Oct 2009 2.15.37 Proprietary
Helicon Filter Advanced image editor with a simplified tabbed interface Helicon Soft Ltd. August 2004 5.0.28 Proprietary
ImageJ Image processing program developed at the National Institutes of Health. Wayne Rasband (NIH) 1997 1.46m Public Domain
ImageMagick Command line software suite for displaying, converting, and editing raster image files ImageMagick Studio LLC  ? 6.7.7-7 Apache 2.0
iPhoto Image organizer and basic editor for OS X Apple Inc. 2002 9.6 Proprietary
IrfanView Image and video viewer with basic editing functions Irfan Skiljan 1996 4.23 Freeware
Kolourpaint KDE 2004 1.2.2 GPL
Konvertor Multimedia converter/editor Logipole, Jean Piquemal 1998 4.08 Proprietary
Krita Digital painting oriented free and open source raster graphic editor with vector support. KDE/Calligra based. KDE 2005 2.7.5 GPL
LazPaint Free multiplatform layered image editor circular 2011 6.2 GPL
LEADTOOLS Image Processor LEADTOOLS Image Processor is a free software graphics application for editing images on Windows 8 devices. LEAD Technologies Inc. 2012 2.0 Proprietary
MacPaint Obsolete basic editor Bill Atkinson 1984 2.0 Proprietary
Microsoft Office Picture Manager Basic image editor Microsoft ? ? Proprietary
Microsoft Paint Basic graphic creator and editor packaged with Microsoft Windows operating systems Microsoft 1985 6.1 Proprietary
Microsoft Photo Editor Obsolete basic image editor for Windows Microsoft ? 3.01 Proprietary
Mootif Online JavaScript image editor with a few functions mootif.com May, 2006 1.0 Proprietary
MyPaint Digital painting Application Martin Renold March 12, 2005 1.1.0 GPL2
OpenCanvas Portalgraphics ? 4 Proprietary
paint.net Freeware image editor and graphics creator based on the .Net framework Rick Brewster, et al. May 6, 2004 3.5.11 (the last version to support Windows XP) / 4.0.3. (for Windows 7 SP1 or newer) Freeware[2][3]
PaintCAD 4Windows Freeware graphics editor for pixel-art Dmitriy Timofeyev aka Blackstrip March 18, 2012 1.2.2 Freeware
PC Paintbrush Obsolete basic editor ZSoft Corporation 1984 5 Proprietary
Pencil (software) 2D graphical animation software. Pascal Naidon  ? 0.4.4 GPL
Phatch Editor for batch processing digital graphics and photographs. Stani Michiels  ? 0.2.7 GPL
Photofinish ZSoft Corporation 1993 2 Proprietary
Photogenics Made to create 32-bit HDRs Idruna Software Inc. 1995 HDR 7.0 Proprietary
PhotoLine Image editor with some advanced features Computerinsel (Germany) 1995 17.10 Proprietary
PhotoPerfect Image editor with some advanced features Arcadia Software AG, Joachim Koopmann Software 2002 2.9 Proprietary
Photo Raster Advanced online photo editor David Levinsky 2012 0.9 Proprietary
Picasa Efficient image organizer with basic editing tools, other image effects Google 2002 3.9.0 Freeware
PicMaster Has 300 filter effects, slide show, poster printing, mosaics, true 3D, more Alexander Sabov December 1999 4.03 Proprietary
Pinta Mid-level Free and Open Source raster graphics editor, based on Paint.Net Jonathan Pobst February 7, 2010 1.5 MIT
PixBuilder Photo Editor WnSoft Graphic Software June 2005 1.31 Proprietary
Pixel image editor Image editor based on Adobe Photoshop Pavel Kanzelsberger 1999 1.0 (beta 7) Proprietary
Pixelmator Image editor and graphics creator for OS X Pixelmator Team ltd. September 25, 2007 3.0 Proprietary
Pixen Pixel art and sprite editor for OS X Open Sword Group  ? 3.1b2 MIT
Pixia Originally designed for Anime/Manga art. Isao Maruoka 1998 4.70d Proprietary
Project Dogwaffle Dan Ritchie retired but others continue active development[4] Dan Ritchie 1997 (?) 2011 (7.0) (1.2 available as freeware) Proprietary
QFX Mature and complete image editing package Ron Scott ~1990 8 Proprietary
Rawstudio Raw image processor. Anders Brander & Anders Kvist  ? 2.0 GPL 2
RawTherapee Powerful free and cross-platform raw image editor, for developing raw photos from digital cameras. Gabor Horvath 2006-09-21 4.0.11 GPL
Seashore Basic counterpart to GIMP, using its XCF format; full support for a few graphics formats Mark Pazolli June 2007 0.1.9 GPLv3
Serif PhotoPlus Complete editor and photo organizer suite; similar features and menus to other software from Serif; available as economy version or in bundle with clipart, effects, public domain image library; made for easy use Serif X5 Proprietary
Shotwell Image organizer for GNOME Yorba Foundation June 26, 2009 0.12.3 LGPL 2.1
SpeedyPainter Lightweight OpenGL painting program for Windows Andrea Buzzelli May 8, 2012 2.7.4 Freeware
Tux Paint Drawing program for young children. Bill Kendrick June 16, 2002 0.9.21 GPL
TVPaint 2D animation software Herve ADAM June 16, 1991 9.5.11 Proprietary
TwistedBrush Pro Studio Advanced digital paint with realistic artist tools and graphics editing Pixarra July 23, 2003 2012 (19.03) (17.24 with fewer brushes available as freeware) Proprietary
UFRaw Raw image format processor Udi Fuchs  ? 0.18 Free
Ulead PhotoImpact Ulead Systems ? 12 Proprietary
Ultimate Paint Basic graphics editor based on Deluxe Paint Joseph Ladanyi, Daniel Szabo 1998 2.88 Proprietary
WinImages Animation-centric Black Belt Systems ? 7.5 Proprietary
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer Graphic design program including photo editing and vector illustration tools Xara 1995 (Windows) 9 Proprietary
XnView Cross-platform image viewer used for converting, organising and editing graphical & video files. Pierre-emmanuel Gougelet 1998 (1.06) 2.20 (Windows)/0.64 (Linux, Mac OS X) Proprietary
XPaint Simple Drawing program for Unix/X11 with Xaw3d widgets David Koblas, Torsten Martinsen, Jean-Pierre Demailly 1993 2.8.8 GPL
Zoner Photo Studio All-in-one editor package Zoner Inc. ? 11.0 build 8 Proprietary
Description Creator First public release date Latest stable version Software license

Operating system support[edit]

The operating systems on which the editors can run natively, that is, without emulation, virtual machines or compatibility layers. In other words, the software must be specifically coded for the operation system; for example, Adobe Photoshop for Windows running on Linux with Wine does not fit.

Windows OS X Linux BSD Unix AmigaOS Other
Ability Photopaint Yes No No No No No No
ACD Canvas Yes Dropped[5] No No No No No
Adobe Photoshop Yes Yes No No No No No
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Yes Yes No No No No No
Aperture No Yes No No No No No
Autodesk SketchBook Pro Yes Yes No No No No No
ArtRage Yes Yes No No No No No
Artweaver Yes No No No No No No
Bibble Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Brush Strokes Image Editor Yes No No No No No No
Chasys Draw IES Yes No No No No No No
CinePaint Version 0.17 only Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro Yes No No No No No No
Corel AfterShot Pro Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Corel Paint Shop Pro Yes No No No No No No
Corel Painter Yes Yes No No No No No
Corel Photo-Paint Yes No No No No No No
Cosmigo Pro Motion Yes No No No No No No
darktable No Yes Yes Yes No No Solaris
Deluxe Paint No No No No No Yes Atari ST, DOS[6]
DigiKam Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Erdas Imagine Yes No No No Yes No No
Fatpaint Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Fotografix Yes No No No No No No
F-Spot No No Yes Yes No No No
G'MIC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
GIMP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Needs X11 Cygnix SkyOS
GimPhoto Yes No Yes No No No No
GIMPshop Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
GNOME Paint No No Yes Yes No No No
GNU Paint No No Yes Yes No No No
GrafX2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
GraphicConverter No Yes No No No No No
GraphicsMagick Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
gThumb No No Yes Yes No No No
HDR PhotoStudio Yes Yes No No No No No
Helicon Filter Yes No No No No No No
ImageJ Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
ImageMagick Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
iPhoto No Yes No No No No No
IrfanView Yes No No No No No No
Kolourpaint Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
Krita Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
LazPaint Yes Partial[7] Yes No No No No
LEADTOOLS Image Processor Yes No No No No No No
MacPaint No No No No No No Mac OS[8]
Adobe Fireworks Yes Yes No No No No No
Microsoft Office Picture Manager Yes Yes No No No No No
Microsoft Paint Yes No No No No No No
Microsoft Photo Editor Yes No No No No No No
Mootif Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
MyPaint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
OpenCanvas Yes No No No No No No
Paint.NET Yes No Partial[9] No No No No
PC Paintbrush No No No No No No DOS[8]
Pencil (software) Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Phatch Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Photofinish Yes No No No No No No
Photogenics Yes No Yes No No Up to version 5 Pocket PC
PhotoLine Yes Yes No No No No No
PhotoPerfect Yes No No No No No No
Photo Raster Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Picasa Yes Yes Up to version 3.0 No No No No
PicMaster Yes No No No No No No
Pinta Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
PixBuilder Photo Editor Yes No No No No No No
Pixel image editor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes MorphOS OS/2, MorphOS, BeOS, SkyOS, QNX, DOS
Pixelmator No Yes No No No No No
Pixen No Yes No No No No No
Pixia Yes No No No No No No
Project Dogwaffle Yes No No No No No No
QFX Yes No No No No No DOS 3.3 and up
Rawstudio No Yes Yes Yes No No No
RawTherapee Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Seashore No Yes No No No No No
Serif PhotoPlus Yes No No No No No No
Shotwell No No Yes Yes No No No
Tux Paint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
TVPaint Yes Yes Yes No No Up to version 3.59[10] No
TwistedBrush Pro Studio Yes No No No No No No
UFRaw Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Ulead PhotoImpact Yes No No No No No No
Ultimate Paint Yes No No No No No No
WinImages Yes No No No No No No
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer Yes No No No No No No
XnView Yes Yes Yes No No No varying[11]
XPaint No Yes Yes Yes Yes No IBM AIX
Zoner Photo Studio Yes No No No No No No
Windows OS X Linux BSD Unix AmigaOS Other

Features[edit]

Selection editing Layers Histogram Scripting HDR Retouching Resizing Noise removal Lens correction Sized Printing Sharpening Color correction Image library Plug-in support[12] Non-destructive editing
Ability Photopaint Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
ACD Canvas Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Adobe Photoshop Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Through Mini Bridge) Yes No
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Aperture Yes Partial Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Autodesk SketchBook Pro Yes Yes No No No ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
ArtRage Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No ? ? ?
Artweaver Yes Yes No Via plug-in[13] No Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes No Yes ?
Bibble Partial Partial Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Brush Strokes Image Editor Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Chasys Draw IES Yes Yes Yes Partial Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes ?
CinePaint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes ?
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro Yes Yes Yes No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Corel Paint Shop Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Corel Painter Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes ?
Corel Photo-Paint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Cosmigo Pro Motion Yes No No No No Partial Yes No No ? ? ? ? ? ?
darktable No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Deluxe Paint No Partial[14] Partial Yes No Yes Yes No No ? No No ? No ?
DigiKam No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Erdas Imagine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes ?
Fatpaint Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No ?
Fotografix Yes Yes No Partial No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No ?
GIMP Yes Yes Yes Yes Via plug-in[15] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
GIMPshop Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes ?
GraphicConverter Yes Partial Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Via plug-in Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
HDR PhotoStudio No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes ?
Helicon Filter Partial No[16] Yes No[17] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes ?
iPhoto No No Yes Partial[18] No Yes Partial Yes Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IrfanView Yes No Yes No No Via plug-in[19] Yes No No ? Yes Yes ? Yes ?
Kolourpaint Yes No No No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Krita Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No
LEADTOOLS Image Processor No No No No ? No No Yes No No Yes Yes ? ? ?
MacPaint Yes No No No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Adobe Fireworks Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Microsoft Office Picture Manager Partial No No No No No Yes No No Yes No ? No No ?
Microsoft Paint No No No No No Partial Yes No No No No No No No No
Microsoft Photo Editor Yes No No No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No ?
Mootif Partial Yes No No No Yes No No Partial No No ? No No ?
OpenCanvas Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ? ?
Paint.NET Yes Yes Yes Partial No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
PC Paintbrush Yes No No No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Photofinish Yes No No No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Photogenics Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
PhotoLine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
PhotoPerfect Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ?
Photo Raster Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No ?
Picasa No No Yes No Partial[20] Partial Partial No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
PicMaster Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes ?
PixBuilder Photo Editor Yes Yes Yes No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Pixel image editor Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? ?
Pixelmator Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Pixia Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes ? ? Yes ?
Project Dogwaffle ? Commercial version Yes Partial No Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes ?
QFX Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ?
RawTherapee No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Serif PhotoPlus Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No ?
Side Effects Houdini Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes Yes No Yes ?
Tux Paint No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No Yes ?
TVPaint Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes ? Yes ?
TwistedBrush Pro Studio Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Ulead PhotoImpact Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Ultimate Paint Yes No Yes No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
WinImages Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
XnView No Partial Partial Yes No No Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
XPaint Yes Partial No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes No
Zoner Photo Studio Yes Partial[21] Yes No[22] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Selection editing Layers Histogram Scripting HDR Retouching Image scaling Noise removal Lens correction Sized Printing Unsharp masking Color correction Image library Plug-in support[12] Non-destructive editing

Color spaces[edit]

sRGB Adobe RGB Indexed Grayscale CMYK LAB HSV
Ability Photopaint Yes ? Yes Yes Import only
ACD Canvas Yes ? Yes Yes Yes
Adobe Photoshop Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[23]
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Yes Yes ? Yes Import only ? ?
Autodesk SketchBook Pro Yes ? Yes No No
ArtRage Yes ? No No No
Artweaver Yes ? ? ? ?
Bibble Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ?
Brush Strokes Image Editor Yes ? ? ? ?
Chasys Draw IES Yes No Yes Yes Partial No Partial
CinePaint Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Corel Paint Shop Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[24] Partial[24]
Corel Painter Yes ? No No Yes
Corel Photo-Paint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cosmigo Pro Motion Yes ? Yes Yes No
darktable Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes ?
Deluxe Paint Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes
Erdas Imagine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Fatpaint Yes No Partial Partial Partial No Partial
Fotografix Yes No Import only Import only Import only No No
GIMP Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[25] Partial[24] Yes
GIMPshop Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[25] No Yes
GrafX2 No No Yes No No No No
GraphicConverter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Helicon Filter Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
iPhoto Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
IrfanView Yes ? Yes Yes No
Kolourpaint Yes ? No Yes No
Krita Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
LEADTOOLS Image Processor Yes ? Yes Yes Yes ? No
MacPaint No No No Yes No
Adobe Fireworks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Microsoft Office Picture Manager Yes ? ? ? No
Microsoft Paint Yes ? Import only No No No No
Microsoft Photo Editor Yes ? Yes Yes No
Mootif Yes ? Yes Yes No
OpenCanvas Yes ? ? Yes No
Paint.NET Yes No Partial Partial Partial No Partial
PC Paintbrush No ? Yes No No
Photofinish Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Photogenics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PhotoLine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PhotoPerfect Yes Import only No Yes Import only Curve editing only No
Photo Raster Yes No No Partial No No No
Picasa Yes ? Partial Partial No
PicMaster Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
PixBuilder Photo Editor Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Pixel image editor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pixelmator Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Pixia Yes ? No No No
Project Dogwaffle Yes ? No No No
QFX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RawTherapee Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Seashore ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Serif PhotoPlus Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ? ?
Tux Paint Yes No No No No No No
TVPaint Yes ? No No No
TwistedBrush Pro Studio Yes No No No No No No
Ulead PhotoImpact Yes Yes Yes Yes Import only No Yes
Ultimate Paint Yes ? Yes Yes No
WinImages Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer Yes Partial Partial Partial Partial No Partial
XnView Yes ? Yes Yes Partial No Partial
XPaint Yes No Partial Yes No No No
Zoner Photo Studio Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Partial No
sRGB Adobe RGB Indexed Grayscale CMYK LAB HSV

File support[edit]

RAW imports BMP GIF JPEG JPEG 2000 HD Photo PNG TIFF PSD PSP XCF PCX OpenEXR
Ability Photopaint ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No ?
ACD Canvas ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No ?
Adobe Photoshop Yes Yes Yes Yes Via plug-in[26] Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Partial 6.1 and plug in ( PSS3)
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Yes No Via plug-in[27] Yes Via plug-in[28] No Via plug-in[27] Yes Partial[29] ? ? ? ?
Adobe Fireworks ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Autodesk SketchBook Pro ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
ArtRage ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No ?
Artweaver No Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes Partial No No Yes
Bibble Yes No No Yes No No No Yes No No No No No
Brush Strokes Image Editor ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No ?
Chasys Draw IES Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial No Yes Yes No
CinePaint Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Partial No Yes ? Yes
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Corel Paint Shop Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[30] Yes No Yes
Corel Painter ? Yes Yes Yes No No Yes[31] Yes Yes No Import
Corel Photo-Paint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Cosmigo Pro Motion ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Yes
darktable Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Deluxe Paint[32] No ? Yes Yes No Yes No No No No ?
DigiKam Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes ? No
Erdas Imagine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No Import
Fatpaint No No No Yes No No Yes No No No No No No
Fotografix Partial Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Import only No Import only Import only No
GIMP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[33] Via plug-in[34] Yes Single page only Yes Yes Yes Yes No
GIMPshop ? Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
GrafX2 No Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No No Yes No
GraphicConverter Partial[35] Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[36] Yes
HDR PhotoStudio Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes No No No No Yes
Helicon Filter Yes Yes Import Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No
iPhoto Yes ? ? Yes ? No Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes
IrfanView Via plug-in Yes Yes Yes Via plug-in Via plug-in Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Kolourpaint ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Import Yes
Krita Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Import Yes
LEADTOOLS Image Processor No ? Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes No No Yes ?
MacPaint No ? No No No No No No No No No No
Microsoft Office Picture Manager ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes First page only[37] No No No Yes
Microsoft Paint No Yes Partial[38] Yes No No Partial[38] Yes No No No No No
Microsoft Photo Editor No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Import
Mootif ? No Import only Yes Import only Yes Import only No No No No
OpenCanvas ? Yes No Yes No No Yes No Yes[39] No No ?
Paint.NET Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[40] Yes Via plug-ins[41] Partial No No Yes No
PC Paintbrush ? No Yes No No No Yes No No No Yes
Photofinish ? Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No Yes
Photogenics ? Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes
PhotoLine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial ? No No Yes
PhotoPerfect Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No layer support Yes No Yes No
Photo Raster No Import Import Yes No No Yes Import No No No Import No
Picasa Yes Import Import Yes No Import No Import No No No
PicMaster No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes No
PixBuilder Photo Editor ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No ?
Pixel image editor ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No ? Yes
Pixelmator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Pixia ? Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No
Project Dogwaffle ? Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No No
QFX ? Yes Yes Yes No No ? Yes Yes No No ?
RawTherapee Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes No No No No No
Seashore ? Partial Partial Yes Partial Yes Yes ? ? Yes ?
Serif PhotoPlus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Tux Paint[42] No Yes Import Import No No Yes No No No No No
TVPaint ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
TwistedBrush Pro Studio Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Partial No No Yes No
Ulead PhotoImpact Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Import No Yes
Ultimate Paint ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Yes
WinImages ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No ?
Xara Photo & Graphic Designer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Import only Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
XnView Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Import Yes Yes
XPaint No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
Zoner Photo Studio Yes Yes Yes Yes Import only Yes Yes Yes Import only Import only No Yes No
RAW imports BMP GIF JPEG JPEG 2000 HD Photo PNG TIFF PSD PSP XCF PCX OpenEXR

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GIMP 2.7 RELEASE NOTES". 2011-04-11. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  2. ^ http://blog.getpaint.net/2009/11/06/a-new-license-for-paintnet-v35/
  3. ^ http://www.getpaint.net/license.html
  4. ^ According to an official message on the developer's home page, the author suspended development of Project Dogwaffle due to religious reasons. Except for the message and a link to the continued development, no download or documentation remain on the website. Third-party shareware developers and vendors online sell licensed actively developed versions of Project Dogwaffle software. Later versions are called PD Pro x (x=version number)
  5. ^ An older product called Canvas X is available for the Mac
  6. ^ Deluxe Paint runs on only AmigaOS, Atari ST, and DOS.
  7. ^ Image browser not available on Mac OS X
  8. ^ a b MacPaint was developed for the classic Mac OS.
  9. ^ Limited support using Mono
  10. ^ Linux version is available as freeware
  11. ^ IRIX, DOS, mobile, iOS in different periods
  12. ^ a b External plug-ins may allow the program to perform some tasks, such as noise reduction or lens distortion, that could not otherwise be done.
  13. ^ Artweaver does not have scripting by default, but with the Lua Scripting Plug-In, one can add scripting to Artweaver using the Lua programming language.
  14. ^ There are two: the main page and the swap page.
  15. ^ Via the GIMP HDR plug-in
  16. ^ Helicon Filter does not implement layers, but it can insert frames and editable text, and objects from one photo can be brushed into the main photo.
  17. ^ Although Helicon Filter does not support actual scripting, it is capable of storing and reusing sequences and settings of edits.
  18. ^ iPhoto can be scripted using Automator and AppleScript.
  19. ^ IrfanView has basic retouching capabilities via the Paint plug-in that is bundled by default with the application.
  20. ^ If images are perfectly aligned, Picasa can create a Multi-Exposure Collage which effectively makes a simple HDR with little customization, though brightness has to be corrected afterwards with no bit depth increase.
  21. ^ Zoner Photo Studio 11 supports one temporary layer.
  22. ^ Zoner Photo Studio does not actually support scripting, but it can store and reuse sequences of filters with preset parameters (Batch Filter).
  23. ^ Photoshop requires an optional plug-in from the installation disc to support the HSV color space.
  24. ^ a b c Split to channels
  25. ^ a b Via the Separate plug-in
  26. ^ Photoshop requires an optional plug-in from the installation disc to support JPEG 2000.
  27. ^ a b Requires the Any File plug-in
  28. ^ http://www.lightroom-plugins.com/JP2index.php
  29. ^ To import and work with a multi-layered PSD file in Lightroom, the file must be saved in Photoshop with the Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility preference turned on.
  30. ^ No layer modes support
  31. ^ Corel Painter does not support TIFF with LZW compression.
  32. ^ Deluxe Paint (and almost every other paint package) for versions 3.0 and later of AmigaOS can load and save any file format for which a datatype is registered on the system.
  33. ^ Native support added in version 2.8
  34. ^ Requires the JPEG XR plug-in
  35. ^ Many RAW images can be imported, but are reduced to 8 bits per color channel.
  36. ^ GraphicConverter requires OS X or later with installed Image Magick application of the Fink package or any other distribution in order to support XCF.
  37. ^ Microsoft Office Picture Manager and Paint.NET only support TIFF for viewing and editing of the first page.
  38. ^ a b MS Paint doesn't support transparency in GIF or PNG
  39. ^ PSD is supported only in openCanvas 4 Plus, not regular openCanvas 4.
  40. ^ Paint.NET 3.08 supports import/export of images in HD Photo lossy & lossless format via a file-type plug-in based on a Microsoft HD Photo specification; it expires on September 1, 2007 or if the Paint.NET version is 3.20 or higher. The developers hope tentatively plan to implement full HD Photo support by version 3.20.
  41. ^ The free plug-ins needed for JPEG 2000, PSD, and XCF support can be found on Paint.NET's website.
  42. ^ For the BMP, JPEG and PNG formats, the user is sandboxed in an interface that does not permit file system interaction, including viewing of filenames and the choice of a file's name, type, or location. Files are selected by thumbnails, and may only be loaded from one predetermined directory.

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