You might think that you must own a modern PC or MAC to become productive? Well! That is the biggest lie since the dawn of the computing age. Ever since 1985, the Amiga computing lineup and its operating system have managed to deliver quality graphical tools that are as awesome or even cooler to use than any Photoshop-compatible computer. It is a Survivor like no other!

Here we look at the Amiga alternatives, that will give your pocket reasons for going out one more time at the cinema or on a concert you didn’t have funds for because of that damn Adobe subscription cost took your last cash! Read On and Save billions!

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Personal Paint 7.3b – (17.24 EURO at for both AmigaOS 3.x and AmigaOS 4.x)

With this paint package from Cloanto, you have all the painting tools needed. The program supports several image formats and is perfect for making web-design graphics. You can make logos, graphics, background images, and much more. Personal Paint 7.3b is both available on a physical DVD from an Amiga retailer like or you can download it from AmiStore. The program is both available for the nextgen AmigaOS 4.x PowerPC operating system, but also for Classic AmigaOS named as AmigaOS 3.x!

Required Hardware

● Amiga 500, 500+, 1500, 2000, 3000, 4000, 4000T
● 1MB Memory
● Kickstart 3 or later
● Hard disk drive with 10MB or more free space

Recommended Hardware

● AGA capable Amiga computer: 1200 or 4000
● Amiga 500 Plus users: 2MB Graphics (Chip) Memory Upgrade
● Amiga 600 users: 2MB Graphics (Chip) Memory Upgrade
● RTG graphics card
● 68020 CPU or better

Some more information from website

Personal Paint is a Next-Generation painting application that is a completely reworked update. This is an app that is used for bitmap graphics painting and image processing. The program was originally developed by Cloanto for the Classic AmigaOS.


The new version has been fully ported to AmigaOS 4.1 with a whole of new features added.

  • Fully AmigaOS 4.1/PPC native
  • Totally integrated with the AmigaOS 4.1 Workbench
  • Supports AmigaOS 4 screen dragging
  • Smoother interaction with the OS4 screen dragging system
  • True color animation frame thumbs in the StoryBoard window
  • High-resolution gadget imagery and thin borders style GUI option for a more modern look
  • 9 new built-in brush shapes
  • 100 new Custom Brushes
  • Pressure-sensitive drawing
  • Dithered transparency
  • New Airbrush Linemode
  • Extended paint functionality with the image processing tool

There are simply no excuses to not get the latest Personal Paint painting application that you can order Here. No need for paying a subscription fee and it is a totally functional paint program that can be used for Web Design.


Tons of Abandonware for AmigaOS that are Photoshop killers

TVPaint, Photogenics, ImageFX, FXPaint and Art Effect

Art Effect with Layers in use on AmigaOS

These are just some of the graphic effect programs that are released exclusively for AmigaOS. They can compete a lot with Photoshop! Especially Art Effect, Photogenics, and ImageFX pull the graphic magic in every Amiga for you. And you don’t need a graphics card.

They support working in HAM8 modes that are almost true to 24bit image quality etc. To get these, you have to dig the net or ask Amiga people around if they have a copy to sell which they do. Most of these products are also abandoned, so you can get it on the second hand. Photogenics, ImageFX, FXPaint, and Art Effect aren’t sold anywhere it seems and thus you can get them. Art Effect is the only one with Layers in this category.

If you rather want to paint like using Personal Paint 7.3b, there are freeware options. TVPaint 3.6 is one of them and it supports several formats except for .PNG. But with Arexx, screen grabbing tools, etc. It’s not a problem to save in .PNG file. Other than that, TVPaint supports .JPG, .GIF, .TIFF+++. TVPaint also supports Layers.

Where To Go?

Amitopia Amiga Magazine or Personal Paint Page?