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MyPaint

CNET Editors' review

There are numerous digital painting programs on the market these days, and many of the ones we've encountered have either been short on features or confusing to use (or, in the worst cases, both). MyPaint manages to pack a lot of unique and useful features into a clean, intuitive interface, and we think it's among the best digital painting programs we've seen.

MyPaint is easy to get started with. It has a toolbar and menu bar across the top of the interface, and we appreciated the fact that the program's designers managed to arrange its numerous features in an uncluttered, commonsense format. The first thing we noticed when we started playing around with MyPaint was the huge variety of brushes that it comes with, from classic pencils, markers, and paintbrushes to pixels, fur, and leaves. You'll find all the traditional brushes here and quite a few unusual ones, too. We found the program's color sampler tool easier to use than most, making it easy for us to select our desired color quickly. A scratchpad lets you experiment--and save your work--without making changes to your main project, and the program also supports the use of layers.

Beginners will find MyPaint fun and easy to use, but more experienced artists will appreciate its more advanced features, including settings for brush opacity, dabbing, smudging, and tracking. You can select brushes using customizable hot keys, which is especially useful when working in full-screen mode. MyPaint is also compatible with pressure-sensitive graphics tablets.

The program's online documentation provides a comprehensive manual as well as a quick-start tutorial. Overall, we were quite impressed with MyPaint, and we recommend it to anyone looking for a high-quality, free painting program.

MyPaint installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic!!!!"

    February 1, 2014  |   By DriveFast

    Version: MyPaint 1.0

    Pros

    Very easy to use. Works perfect with no bogging down or locking up.
    As a novice, this is the best graphics designer software that I have used.

    Cons

    There aren't any.

    Summary

    Within the first 20 minutes of just playing around with this software I had accidentally designed a logo for my business. The calligraphy brush is great. I've been using the small mouse pad on my laptop to control the brushes and I'm looking forward to connecting a larger external mouse pad for better control. Great software!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love this program"

    January 16, 2014  |   By DileepWarrier

    Version: MyPaint 1.0

    Pros

    Easy to learn
    Simple to use
    Completely customize-able with keyboard shortcuts
    Easy to customize
    Good brushes
    Brush customization
    Infinitely large canvas.. sketch away!
    Rotate-able canvas
    Scratchpad... for thumbnailing, palette mixing

    I don't even use a lot of the features and brushes

    Cons

    No selection
    No transformation
    No export region

    The following are not really cons considering the scope of this software but still..

    No vector/paths
    No layer masks
    No Color correction
    No Measurement tools

    But you can open up MyPaint's native .ora farmat in Krita, do what you want to do then save it back as .ora, but having to open up a more 'advanced' sofware just to select and move something is a disadvantage...

    Summary

    Sure I would like to master the more powerful Krita someday, But I wouldn't even start to learn art if it wasn't for this software..
    Learning art is difficult.. alteast learning MyPaint is easy.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple Interface, Stunning Output"

    October 4, 2012  |   By Slate2k

    Version: MyPaint 1.0

    Pros

    At first glance, the interface looked so devoid of features that I just knew I had wasted my time downloading it. But I was wrong. While it's not as powerful as some of the other freeware out there (Gimp, for example), it's simplicity in place of some of the clutter that a percentage of users may never use is clearly a pro. There are good reasons to use this software (not least of which is, it's free):

    Supports Graphics Tablets
    Simple User Interface
    Impressive Selection of Brushes
    Customizable Brushes
    Supports Layers
    Huge, Unlimited Canvas Size
    Nice Tutorials on Site
    Wiki Support Page
    Free Support Forums
    Impressive Galleries

    Cons

    If you need more than a paint program with, for instance, more sophisticated layer options, then this is not the package for you. Instead it's much more of a supplemental package in an arsenal of desktop publishing/graphics tools.

    Summary

    Simple menus and a lack of sophisticated tools (filters, advanced layering options, automatic correction tools, etc) make this software attractive to both novice users and more experienced graphics professionals looking for a supplemental, customizable paint program.

    Online tutorials, galleries, a wiki support page and free support forums make this free software a real value for newbies and pros alike.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Good Program"

    August 10, 2012  |   By draw2much

    Version: MyPaint 1.0

    Pros

    Infinite Canvas
    Excellent variety of brushes
    Easy to use
    Free
    Cross-platform
    Works with drawing tablets

    Cons

    It's not Photoshop. It doesn't work like Photoshop. That might annoy some people (doesn't bother me). It appears to lack some features found in pay-for programs.

    Summary

    I own Photoshop, Manga Studio, and Paint Tool SAI. As an artist, I mostly use Manga Studio because I can make incredibly smooth lines with minimal effort in that program. I also like Paint Tool SAI for how it blends colors. I like MyPaint for the wide variety of brushes, but specifically for the pencil brushes. At my heart, I'm really just a sketcher. MyPaint is the first program I've come across that--"out of the box"--is EXCELLENT for sketching.

    If you are a "poor starving artist" you should definitely try this program! Heck, even if you're not poor or starving, give it a try! It's just plan fun to use. And I think if you're a good artist to begin with, you could create some really amazing stuff with a program like this. (Remember, pricey programs and expensive tablets won't make you a good artist, only practice and creativity will.)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great! Awsome for sketching"

    January 25, 2012  |   By Skywlkr2112

    Version: MyPaint 1.0

    Pros

    good brush response, not huge file, can import jpeg as canvases, layers.

    Cons

    difficult to blend colors on pallet...2 different colors on brush would be nice

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very fun to use!"

    January 9, 2012  |   By d4rk_l1gh7

    Version: MyPaint 1.0

    Pros

    It has many brushes (and that's good). It has layer support. It looks nice. And I could easily integrate it with my drawing tablet. Make your art as big as you need. Good for sketching too. Stable. Free and Open Source.

    Cons

    Sometime it crashes for some unknown reason, but this is rare.

    Summary

    The program is very good. It's very fun, and i certainly had fun with it. I use it to sketch things, to learn more about art and concepts, and i really do love it. Many brushes to pick from, which allows you to create articulate effects. If you have a drawing tablet of any kind, be it Wacom or not, this program is very fun to play with. If you're talented or good at art, this program will be very useful for you! No Doubts!

    Updated on Jul 22, 2012

    Awesome Painting Application!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "best in class"

    December 4, 2011  |   By asus111

    Version: MyPaint 1.0

    Pros

    very good mimics painting

    Cons

    unattended

    Summary

    nothing more,just fun

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