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RealWorld Paint is a freeware image/photo/animation editor. It can be used to create or edit computer images or animations, convert images to animations and back. RealWorld Paint can also be used for photo retouching.

Note: other RealWorld applications are capable of editing image just like RW Paint. All information available in this section is directly applicable to RealWorld Icon Editor, RealWorld Cursor Editor and RealWorld Photos.

Getting started

If you have installed RealWorld Paint on your computer, you can start it by double-clicking the RealWorld Paint icon on your desktop or from the Windows start menu. If you are using the portable version, double-click the RWPaint(.exe) file after you have unzipped the archive.

Creating new images and animations

Clicking on the File->New menu command or switching to the Create tab in an empty window displays a list of available wizards:

  • New raster image - activate this icon to create a new empty image. Width, height and background color of the create image can be specified in the right column.
  • Image from clipboard - creates image from content of clipboard. If you find an image on the web, right-click on it in Firefox and select "Copy image", then use the "Image from clipboard" wizard.
  • Capture desktop - the application window hides for a moment and the desktop without the Paint.COM window is captured and opened in the editor.

Opening files

RealWorld Paint is by default able to open (and save) images and animations in the following formats:

  • .bmp - Windows bitmap.
  • .jpg - JPEG photograph.
  • .png - PNG image.
  • .gif - GIF image or animation
  • .webp - WebP photograph.
  • .jp2/.jpc - JPEG2000 image.
  • .psd - Photoshop image with layers are some layer styles.
  • .xcf - GIMP image with layers
  • .pdn - image with layers.
  • .rli - RealWorld image or animation with layers and styles. This is the native format of RealWorld applications. RLI specification.

Additional formats may be available if plug-ins are installed.

To open an image, click on the Open tab in an empty window or click on the Open command in the File menu. Alternatively, drag and drop an image from a file manage on the RealWorld Paint window. If you frequently open image with RealWorld Paint, consider associating selected file types with RealWorld Paint and open image by simply double-clicking them in Windows Explorer.

Using drawing tools

Paint offers several drawing tools and fill styles. Drawing tools may use the active color or fill style to fill interior of shapes.


Core concepts

Reading the following sections will help you understand how things work inside the RealWorld Designer framework. It is recommended for users wanting to customize the look and functionality of the application and for plug-in developers.

  • Window Layout - this corner-stone of the application controls the content of the entire window and the main menu.
  • View State - communication medium between individual parts of the application. A need-to-know topic for people wanting to customize the user interface and functionality.
  • Localized Strings - how use text in multiple languages in items configurable by the end users.
  • Scripting - introduction to creation of scripted filters or other operations.
  • Plug-ins - technical information for plug-in developers.
  • Stateless GUI - RealWorld application use strictly stateless user interface methods. Learn why and what are the consequences.

Getting more help

The crucial pieces of information are available directly in RWPaint's user interface:

  • Read the tooltips and/or descriptions in application status bar (the line at the bottom of each window) to learn about individual menu commands or dialog controls.
  • Click the lightbulb toolbar button or the "What now?" menu command to display list of frequently used actions.
  • Search this web using the search box in the upper right corner.
  • Ask a question on a public discussion board

Recent comments

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user icon Vlasta site administrator on July 23rd

Maybe installing newer drivers for the tablet could help.

user icon Anonymous on July 24th


user icon Anonymous on August 19th

come catturo immagini con webcam?

user icon Anonymous on September 2nd

How do I convert a .png into .ico (icon)?

user icon Anonymous on September 7th

Is there anyway to recover an unsaved file? :-(

user icon Vlasta site administrator on September 7th

not at this time

user icon Anonymous on September 15th

How to make a part of a picture transparent?

How to make a picture transparent?!!! >:-(

user icon Vlasta site administrator on September 16th

^ look at this tutorial; at the end you can choose to invert selection and delete selected area instead of copying the selection

user icon Anonymous on October 18th

how do I move an image/layer?

user icon Vlasta site administrator on October 18th

There is a Move tool in the Transform group.

user icon Anonymous
I wish there were...
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