I recently purchased a Wacom to do some basic drawing on the computer (caricatures, etc.). This is primarily to save paper.

But I am overwhelmed with the number of software available. Any kind of professional or non-professional tool would do. The OS is not important as I have both Linux and Windows.

I tried Inkscape and Adobe Photoshop, but both are way too complex. Meanwhile, MS Paint doesn't have enough features. My drawings are extremely simple and I do not need a lot of special effects, such as layers, lightning effects etc.

Can anyone suggest a free software?

  • Even if you do not need them now you will need them. BTW paper is cheap. – joojaa Apr 28 '17 at 11:06
  • It is difficult to answer your question as it stands because you have begun to describe what features you don't need, but you haven't given us any insight into what features are missing from MS Paint. And, as joojaa pointed out, you would really need to purchase quite a bit of paper before it added up to the cost of a Wacom. So, I am guessing there are some other elements that have gone into your choice to create digital drawings. What do you plan to do with them down the line? Knowing what your end goal is might lead to better recommendations. – magerber May 1 '17 at 23:36
  • Doesn't the tablet come with a CD of software? Mine always has. – Scott Dec 13 '17 at 19:35
  • @Scott, I puchased a used one. But can you please tell me your tablet and what softwares come along with the purchase? – infoclogged Dec 14 '17 at 8:15
  • It's been more years than I'd care to admit. I no longer have any of those CDs. I do recall about 5 various entry level painting apps... maybe Procreate? – Scott Dec 14 '17 at 12:33

How about Krita ?

It's a nice free, open source painting program. I don't actually own a tablet, but this software felt like it was designed to be used with a tablet.

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My two options are:

MyPaint http://mypaint.org/

and Krita https://krita.org/en/

MediBang Paint Pro https://medibangpaint.com/en/pc/

Dog Waffle. It has some oldy free versions: The page is ugly as hell. https://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/download/index.html

They do recognize the brush pressure.

I can't make Gimp detect the pressure, but it is still an option.


I use Autodesk Sketchbook which is now free, it has different types of brushes like for coloring skin, rocks, clouds, etc.

But if you draw on the phone/tablet, you could use Ibispaint - there is a free app - which also has different types of brushes that you might have to buy or you could watch an AD to use them for free in 18 hours. (I don't buy them, I always watch an AD.)

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This is from Autodesk Sketchbook. I was practicing how to color eyes.


I use a XP-Pen Artist 16 Pro Digital Tablet with screen and I've had experience with an Ugee HK1560 and both of them are great tablets which give you the "drawing directly on the screen" experience for way less than Wacom. One thing to keep in mind though is that no Wacom alternative offers multi-touch (finger touch input) on their tablets, so if that's something important to you, your only option is Wacom (or 2-in-1 computers).

For softwares I'd go with:

Clip Studio Paint (Manga Studio): If you're into drawing comic/manga style drawings this has many tools tailored for it.

SAI (ITS FREEEEEE): Pretty good standard for a free software.

Sketchbook: Greatly intuitive, has a trial, and is incredibly amazing when you're new to digital art.

Corel Draw: Pretty good and versatile, kinda hard to learn to use in my opinion.

Photoshop: Pretty much what some would call a Industry standard, has a steeper learning curve but is well above most drawing softwares, also there are a lot of tutorials on how to use it.

They got their own pro's and con's, which I'm sure you can google for more details.

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    SAI is not free. Corel Draw is a vector based program. Corel has Corel Painter, PhotoPaint and Paint Shop, but neither is free. – Rafael Nov 1 '18 at 3:29

You can use GIMP, which is a free software you can use

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    Can you please elaborate? – WELZ Jan 31 '19 at 3:07
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    Please add more info on why GIMP is a good option, check How to Answer to know how the site works. – Luciano Jan 31 '19 at 16:51
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