Open Source painting with MyPaint
Apr 02, 2010, 16:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)
[ Thanks to Roland
for this link. ]
"MyPaint is a lightweight, easy-to-use open source
painting application that you might not have heard of before.
Unlike some of the more mature open source raster-graphics
applications (such as Krita or Gimp), MyPaint doesn't try to do
everything: it's not a photo editor, it doesn't bother with paths,
geometric shapes, text manipulation, or fancy masking options.
Instead, it focuses on one and only one use: painting.
"MyPaint is built around use with pressure-sensitive graphics
tablets, and puts natural-media-simulation first. There is only one
"tool" per se, the paintbrush with which you draw directly onto the
image. However, you can choose from dozens of different profiles
with which to use that brush, simulating everything from charcoal
to pencil, to ink to watercolor. Each has a different behavior,
including the way it responds to pressure, speed, changes in
direction, and interacting with pixels already on the canvas.
"Get it and get started
"Windows binaries and source code are provided at the MyPaint
Web site, while a wiki page maintains up-to-date packaging
information for the major Linux distributions and Mac OS X. Several
distros include MyPaint in their package-management systems,
including Debian, Mandriva, Arch Linux, and the development
versions of Ubuntu and Fedora. Unofficial packages are linked to
for the current versions of distros that do not currently provide
MyPaint, so almost everyone should be able to install it without