Best Drawing Software

Drawing software products enable users to create original artwork with a variety of built-in tools. Users can use their computer’s mouse to draw, or may be able to integrate external devices such as electronic sketchpads that register strokes and translate them onto the screen. Drawing programs typically provide built-in effects options, and may integrate with photo editing programs or other design tools.

To qualify for inclusion in the Drawing category, a product must:

  • Allow users to create artworks from scratch using a variety of realistic drawing tools, such as digital pens, markers, and paintbrushes
  • Provide extensive variants of drawing tools (e.g. stroke size and shape, brightness) and customizable color palettes
  • Allow users to export completed drawings into one or more file types

Drawing Software Grid® Overview

The best Drawing Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Sketchbook
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the Leaders. High Performers include: ArtRage, Clip Studio Paint, Krita, PaintTool SAI, and MyPaint
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: Painter
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: Mischief
G2 Crowd Grid® for Drawing
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Painttool sai
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