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.
What's new in version 1
ReleaseNovember 9, 2008
Date AddedJuly 7, 2005
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
This paint program, graphics editor, photo manipulator, and bitmap editor is called Brush Strokes and has been a year in the making. If you've used Windows Paint before, you should be able to use this program with ease--and if not, you should still be able to use it with ease. Brush Strokes has many of the features of a professional product. You can edit images in a variety of formats (GIF, JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, PCX, BMP, TARGA, and AVI); create images for Web sites; create and view GIF animations; adjust colors; apply filters, rotations, and transformations; use magic-wand selections; use any picture as a brush or fill pattern; blur and sharpen images; use frames from videos; and capture frames from video cameras.