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✽ Drawing FREEWARE spotlight ✽
(Free programs I got to test personally. Updated with new ones appearing.)
FireAlpaca and its fork CloudAlpaca a.k.a. MediBang Paint. Definitely A MUST if you love SAI-like simplicity, custom brushes, screentones (MediBang) and tools needed for creating comics! It's pretty much CLIP Studio and OpenCanvas's kid brother, so freeware lovers are spoiled rotten! See the review about all the yummy features.
Krita. Didn't get to try it out much due to my laptop being old (but sure will once I get to upgrade :]). If yours is newer, you're in luck - it has a ton of tools for digital painting (and just as much scheduled), plus a wrap-around mode for seamless backgrounds and textures.
DrawPile. Free editor that supports collaborative drawing. Resembles the very first, free OpenCanvas (see below).
GIMP. I'd been using it until version 2.7.x and then it got slower on my laptop, as well as more complicated with setting up brushes. Still, the reviews say it has a lot of perks and is good for "advanced" and "super advanced" users.
MyPaint. Krita's kid brother, a lightweight, fast program good for sketching. Has an "endless" canvas.
OpenCanvas 1.1 and Autodesk Sketchbook Copic Edition. Pretty much same as MyPaint - small, lightweight, with a smaller set of tools, plus Sketchbook Copic is what it says on the tin - tools are various Copic markers and liners. Must be interesting to those who'd like to try out these markers.
GraphicsGale. A pixel editor, and a rather cool one at that. The only difference is that the free version doesn't export animated .gifs - but that shouldn't be a problem with a whole lot of online gif makers.
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