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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 trouble."

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