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free painting program that is basically designed for drawpads, fucking cool thing since it has unlimited canvas and hell of variety of brushes. finding that its really stable compared of using GIMP with a pad or even artweaver. the link says linux but its also windows program
I sometimes have a problem on XP with MyPaint. It doesn't create smooth circles but weird polygon things.
I do like the brushes it has, the interface is a bit confusing to me but otherwise for free I do recommend it.
I just recently tried a few programs and for the price (which is nil!) MyPaint is really good. If I'm not mistaken, you can download a plug-in for Gimp to convert the .ora format, but I'm not sure about that for Photoshop. That's its big downer, that and the paint brushes didn't really work well with me. For pencils and markers though, it's great!
I tried it a while ago. For some reason the program didn't detect when I made a mark on canvas. Finally started working after changing the compability mode to Windows XP (I got Vista now).
It has some nice collection of brushes and decent performance which is very rare for free digital painting programs. Still basic editing tools such as lasso would be good. I'll keep an eye on developement of this program for sure.
Well, the dev team wants the focus to be on distraction-free creation, not image editing. So they omit things like cropping, selection, and filters. You can use a program like GIMP for those.
But check it out, MyPaint's come a long way in a short amount of time. The unstable development version also has lots of cool things like alpha locking and mouse-based canvas manipulation.
It's a cool program, I love it.
Oh, and hello everyone. My first post here. Nice to meet you all.
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Well. I would never think of cropping and lasso tool as distraction. It's just two more buttons on the menu. I use lasso tool for example when I sketch lots of small designs on one page and I want to move them around to better fill the blank spaces of the canvas. It's digital medium which should have it's own advantages so removing some functionality just beacause you want to emulate drawing on paper doesn't make sense.
I don't see why the lasso and crop tools are just for image editing or distractions. Anyone who has worked traditionally are often known to cut images and paste them on other media for mixed media results.
Lasso tools are also for masking. If you work with traditional airbrush or other mediums, you'll find masking is essential for working on drawings.
No one is asking for a lens flare or difference clouds filter, but cropping, and the lasso tool are needed. It doesn't hurt to have a transform tool either but at least the first two are no more distracting than a stencil or ruler with masking fluid.
You make a good argument for lasso. The question is then, how can it be implemented without 'opening a whole can of worms'?
Consider GIMP's free select tool as a template. How can we implement free-select/lasso without adding cumbersome tool options?
At minimum, a 'antialiasing' toggle seems necessary. If you believe lasso is the way to do airbrushing, then you probably want feathering as well.
Personally I think a temporary layer + 'Lock alpha' brush mode is a more natural way to do airbrush 'stencils', particularly as MyPaint's 'pick brush from canvas' functionality (and MyPaint's very recently added scratchpad functionality, which is EXTREMELY COOL, BTW make it pretty easy to quickly build and work on temp layers.
I love the program...but I just wish they would make it more accessible to Tablet PC users. Mypaint is even more keyboard requiring than Photoshop. Particularly in regards to the infinite canvas.
I don't know if this one has been mentioned, but there is an image browser similar to Adobe Bridge that can create thumbnails for .ORA (within the browser). It's Called XnView, it's free and it's great. It has a lot of plugins to add to the program to make it even better (like slide videos, riot plugin, etc).
Get the program; Here
and get the ORA plugin; Here
i use mypaint for rendering and switch to photoshop for editing and adjusting (i use .png). this is really only a problem if you are a stickler for retaining layers. even in photoshop i flatten every once in a while and dont really go past 2 or 3 layers. after im done adjusting its just flatten, save, tab to mypaint, f5 and keep painting