Quick look at MyPaint

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Quick look at MyPaint

Published by on October 28th 2011.

Last week, I was browsing various freeware sites and adding RWPaint to them. Some of them mentioned a drawing tool named MyPaint. I downloaded it and gave it a try. It was a pleasant experience.

MyPaint is not your typical image editor. It has just one tool - a brush. You really need a tablet (or possibly a PC with a good touchscreen) to appreciate it. And then you also need artistic talent, something that I lack. Here is what I was able to draw, using just the "Pencil" brush in MyPaint:

rsrc/penguin.jpg image

Yeah, I know, it sucks, but it is pretty good compared to what I usually can draw without having access to precise drawing tools like the ones in RW apps. I am sure, many of you can actually draw much better things.

The brush tool of MyPaint is highly configurable. Let's have a look at the brush configuration window:

rsrc/mypaint-config.png image

Did you notice the scrollbar on the right side of the window? And did you notice the numerous "..." buttons. Clicking these opens another window with more options that apply to just one line. Epic. And totally incomprehensible for mere mortals (something like the Layout configuration of RW apps). Fortunately, MyPaint comes with handy brush presets:

rsrc/mypaint-presets.png image

Choosing a brush here is much easier. Good job.

So, if you are an artistic type, MyPaint is worth looking at. It complements RWPaint quite nicely. With MyPaint, you can unleash your inner artist, while with RWPaint, you can be precise to the pixel. Both ways have their advantages.

To see, what people were able to draw with MyPaint look at http://mypaint.intilinux.com/?page_id=530
To download source code (yes, it is open source) or binaries for Win, Mac or Linux, go to http://mypaint.intilinux.com/?page_id=6

And have fun.

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user icon absterninja registered user on November 13th 2011

I think its a beautiful penguin

user icon Anonymous
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What about ICL files?