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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 Anonymous on September 22nd 2016

I've been having a problem with my pictures not being saved correctly. Either it doesn't save my changes or the file gets corrupted so I can't edit it or publish it.

user icon Anonymous on September 28th 2016

how to i remove shadowwhile editing an image?

user icon Anonymous on November 17th 2016

:-o how do I download the real world paint thing? my computer wont allow me.

user icon Anonymous on November 26th 2016

Are you able to export animations onto sites such as youtube somehow? How?

user icon Anonymous on December 23rd 2016

How do you save images to your computer? it wont let me and ive googled it a few times but it still wont let me save them to Gmail or anything

user icon Anonymous on January 23rd

Can I add a layer to all frames on a GIF? When I add a layer it only goes on a single frame

user icon Vlasta site administrator on January 24th

Each frame is a separate image, nothing is shared. While you could create a script to create a layer for every frame, they would still be separate layers and you would have to copy content from one to the others.

user icon Anonymous on February 12th

Wheres the eraser tool qq.

user icon Anonymous about 21 hours ago

Is there a "sizing" or zoom function to help match one layer for an overlay? Wanting to overlay one image on top of another, to be able to zoom one of the layers would be great so that the overlay matches the size of the background image. Thanks!

user icon Vlasta site administrator about 17 hours ago

Not entirely sure what you mean, but I guess the Transform tool may help.

user icon Anonymous
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What about ICL files?