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 market presence (based on products’ scale, focus, and influence) 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 Presence 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.
  • 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 and Painter
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    SketchBook drawing app and painting software helps digital artists and illustrators design with professional-grade perspective tools and an intuitive user interface.

    ArtRage is uniquely realistic and intuitive drawing software for real artists. Designed to be easy and fun to use, yet powerful enough for professionals, ArtRage offers a wide range of digital and natural media tools and features. Created by a small company in New Zealand, we pride ourselves on our fantastic user base, the reliability and quality of our program and responsive support. ArtRage is available for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS.

    PaintTool SAI is high quality and lightweight painting software, fully digitizer support, amazing anti-aliased paintings, provide easy and stable operation, this software make digital art more enjoyable and comfortable.

    Fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters.

    Corel Painter is still the best natural media painting software you can get.

    Krita is a FREE sketching and painting program.

    Mischief is a Digital Sketching Tool for Creating Concepts & Ideas.

    Its so easy to get started right away with the helpful start-up assistant, informative tutorials and the ability to import your existing designs.

    Flame Painter is a unique paint software that lets you easily create original artworks, light effects, unconventional design or fantastic backgrounds with fantastic procedural brushes.

    ChemDoodle is a chemical drawing and publishing software for desktop, web and mobile.

    MyBrushes Paint for Mac app is the best Mac paint tool to paint on Mac infinite canvas and PLAYBACK whole drawing.

    Epic Pen helps to draw, write or highlight directly over software, video, webpages or games.

    LogoFox is a logo generator platform.

    Paint it! Show is a photo slideshow app to transform the iPad into a portable art gallery.

    Rebelle is a one-of-a-kind paint program that lets you create realistic watercolor, acrylic and dry media artwork, using real-world color blending, wet diffusion and drying.

    YouiDraw Drawing helps create stunning vector graphic design through html5 canvas with Google Drive without the need to download any software.

    YouiDraw Painter is an online Paint tool that provides dozens of customizable brushes and paper textures.

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