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Brush Strokes Image Editor

CNET Editors' review

Similar to Windows Paint with fewer tricks, this application is a decent piece of freeware if you're simply looking to dabble. The main program window of Brush Strokes Image Editor is an empty palette, so to speak; it's not crowded with the toolboxes often seen in design programs. Most program functions are found underneath the main menu as one-touch buttons. Though we liked this organization, it requires a bit of research to figure out which button does what (no alt-text appears when you move your cursor over a button, as is the case with other popular applications). Most traditional editing options, such as color and brightness adjustments or image rotation, are offered, yet we couldn't find an option for sharpening or cropping an image. Overall, Brush Strokes Image Editor isn't the most robust image editor out there, but as freeware it's useful if you'd rather use a tool other than a standard Windows Paint editor.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.3 stars

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current version:

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    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 3.0 stars

    "good"

    March 21, 2008  |   By punkiie

    Version: Brush Strokes Image Editor 1

    Pros

    to do my pictures better

    Cons

    i havent try it yet

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  • 1.0 stars

    "crappy, crappy, crappy"

    July 12, 2007  |   By frodoyugi28

    Version: Brush Strokes Image Editor 1

    Cons

    it's just windows paint jazzed up- I was hoping it would freeze frame my .avi files like it claims to be able to, but every time I open one, the program shuts down.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It did what I needed. Lacks tool-tips, help, not very intuitive."

    September 5, 2006  |   By Le Hibou

    Version: Brush Strokes Image Editor 1

    Pros

    It converted an Open Office Draw .odg document into a.jpg file, with some tweaks, like centring the text (not automatically, though, just by shaving pixels off the sides). I could control item positioning and size down to pixel level. Although I didn't use it, I liked it's ability to skew the image to any angle (not just rotation by 90° or 180°) with no apparent loss of quality. In spite of it's faults, it did the job!

    Cons

    No tool-tips on the toolbar, so it was difficult to know what the icons meant. No help included in the download. Very important for modern web-sites: no support for UTF-8 characters, e.g. ?œ. Not at all intuitive to use: it took me an hour to make some simple edits. However, having climbed the learning curve it should be easier next time.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It has many useful features you wouldn't find in other free programs."

    August 22, 2006  |   By Loboe

    Version: Brush Strokes Image Editor 1

    Pros

    Among very useful features, I found it excelent to edit animated gif images.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "MS Paint on Steroids"

    August 10, 2006  |   By tommymc51

    Version: Brush Strokes Image Editor 1

    Pros

    This program has way more features than MSPaint. Tools include all the usual brushes plus: clone brush, blur, shade, liquify, filters, transparency, video frame capture and more. Right-clicking on each tool icon brings up a description, and most are easy to figure out. Another nice feature is that the program has a very small footprint. You just unzip to a folder and run it from there. To uninstall, just delete the folder. While this program can't be compared to Photoshop, as freeware it rocks.

    Cons

    There are no help files with the free version. Sometimes I get into modes I can't back out of. Without help files, I don't know if this is a glitch or just something I'm missing.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Useful and free but don't expect too much"

    July 12, 2006  |   By A-Khoo

    Version: Brush Strokes Image Editor 1

    Pros

    Brush Strokes is useful enough if you're an amateur image editor, but quite frankly, you could do the same things with paint.

    Cons

    Only get it if you're not serious about your image editing.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "This software is mediocre at best..."

    July 11, 2006  |   By DigitalVSJ

    Version: Brush Strokes Image Editor 1

    Pros

    Very similar to Microsoft's free Paint program that is bundled with Windows.

    Cons

    Very similar to Microsoft's free Paint program that is bundled with Windows. This program is not even worth paying for the upgraded version.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Its ok but I think MS Paint is better"

    May 19, 2006  |   By Sme is

    Version: Brush Strokes Image Editor 1

    Pros

    I will have to get back to you on that

    Cons

    It isn't User friendly. It doesn't seem to be any better than paint which should already be on most or all computers. Doesn't come with unistaller

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  • 1.0 stars

    "can't handle large files"

    April 25, 2006  |   By abz2005

    Version: Brush Strokes Image Editor 1

    Pros

    simple to use,good for non complicated tasks

    Cons

    crash when the file is too big,like scanned hiresolution pages...pity

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Just too difficult to use"

    September 12, 2005  |   By OctavioO

    Version: Brush Strokes Image Editor 1

    Pros

    It have almost all the tools you will ver need to edit and create images

    Cons

    This program provides many tools, but those tools are very difficult to use and for each kind of tool it opens a new tool window which leaves you with almost no space to work in the picture

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