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MyPaint is an Open-Source Graphics App for Digital Painters

Are you looking for a terrific graphics app to use for original painting and artwork creation on your computer? Whether it is for you or the kids, MyPaint is an app that you should definitely have on hand for when those artistic moods come along.

For our example we chose to install MyPaint on Ubuntu 10.10…you can easily find it in the Ubuntu Software Center by doing a quick search. Once you have it installed, all that is left to do is decide if you want to add additional brushes (link provided below) and then start having fun creating your next work of art.

Here are some of MyPaint’s wonderful features:

  • Exists for several platforms (Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X)
  • Supports pressure sensitive graphics tablets
  • Extensive brush creation and configuration options
  • Unlimited canvas (you never have to resize)
  • Basic layer support
  • Comes with a large brush collection including charcoal and ink to emulate real media

MyPaint is fun to use and can quickly become very addicting as you experiment during the creation process!


MyPaint Homepage

Download Additional Brushes for MyPaint

Download the GIMP Plugin for the OpenRaster File Format

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 02/15/11

Comments (4)

  1. Nav

    I had tried it. It is so nice for Brush Collections. Good Opensource app.

  2. AsianAngel

    @Nav – Agreed! As you can see in the screenshot above I had ALL of the default brush collections active (I have made certain to already download the extras too). ^_^ I could easily loose myself in being creative and having fun for hours with this! ^_^

  3. james

    been using gimp for a long time and decided to try this one … unfortunately it doesnt work on windows 7 32-bit … (i downloaded the latest version from the website) :-(

  4. AsianAngel

    @james – I tried it on my Windows 7 32 bit install and it worked fine but did not have as many brushes to start out with as in Ubuntu. :( All I know to think at the moment is that it might be due to some small unexpected quirk or something conflicting with a different app installed on your system. :(

    One thing I did find were download pages for alternate versions, so you may be able to get one of the older versions to go nicely and then “upgrade” to the newest version that way. ^_^ Round-about way of doing it but it just may work. ^_^

    I really do hope that you can get this set up on your system…I really think it is that awesome of an app and I hope the alternate versions idea can help out! ^_^

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