MyPaint Reviews

Good little sketcher

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I last used this program 4 years ago and thought I'd try it again under Win7. I tried the stand-alone but it'd crash a lot, however the install exe installed and ran fine. The interface was more "gnomish" than traditional, but now has a proper menu system and dockers which can be turned on an off, including oddly, more than one type of colour selector (try moving the colour on one and see how it moves on the others)! But MyPaint's its own creature with its own shortcuts. You won't find SPACE + Drag cursor to drag the canvas for examplle (ued on a lot of edditors that imitate Photoshop) but the right mouse button + cursor drag will do the same.

This is an editor designed for sketching with natural type brushes and effects. It's like drawing on paper with conte or ink, or whatever brush you want. You wont find rules and guides here, but (like Paint Tool SAI) you might have a lot of fun! Idea for drawing with a tablet and a notebook/laptop.

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hands down surpassed all my expectations.
so many cool features. can pretty much work entirely in full screen thanks to amazing hotkey tools. example I really like the erase with current brush hot key, this gives your eraser a lot of possibilities. I have 10 brushes hotkeyed and can switch brushsets which means the sky is the limit.
brush stroke engine is really nice, might take a little time to learn, but there are many awesome user created brushsets ready-made to choose from download and import.
also the join key plus hold shift to make cool twisty 3D-like lines and the ellipses/circle tool, and easy straight lines on the fly.
This delivers on so many levels and all for free!
and there's even work being done to add perspective: see the forum "Testers wanted: perspective mode (early stages)"

[Edited by snipboyzw, February 02]

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If you uses a Mac getting this app working will be complicated:
You need to install MacPorts, which requires Xcode + Xcode Command Line Tools (which is over 5 GB!)

Wasting 5-6GB of disk space for a simple app? Not worth it.

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you can install Xcode command line tools without installing Xcode.

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Simple, private, clean ... best brush engine/blending, and very nice brushes. Rescued work after a power cut too, which is very impressive.

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MyPaint is an excellent application for uncompromising sketches or drawings. The infinite canvas allows you to make drawings at will, without worrying about the space available in a "virtual paper". You can do a more serious job with this, but your options are limited.

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Great

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Really awesome for sketching/drawing mockups. Lots of brushes and very nice UI.

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Ideal program for artists who are used to traditional media

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If you are an artist who is used to traditional media, but you want to try digital, then MyPaint is for you. The brushes simulate traditional media very well, and the interface is clean and simple. The whole program emphasizes real media so there are no tools such as straight line, box, circle, etc. However, this is not really a drawback because if these were included, the program would become very complicated very fast, and then you could just get Gimp or Photoshop. I would not recommend doing heavy-duty photo editing with this, but for drawing, this program is ideal.

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