Create Paint-Like Drawings With MyPaint

As you may know, MyPaint is a free, open-source graphics app, similar to the Paint software available by default on Windows systems. It lets the digital painters focus on art instead of the program, permitting them to work on canvas in a distraction-free way.

Also, it has a big collection of brushes, including charcoal and ink to emulate real media.

The main features of MyPaint:

  • Designed for pressure sensitive graphics tablets
  • Simple and minimalistic user interface
  • Extensive brush creation and configuration options
  • Unlimited canvas (you never have to resize)
  • Basic layer support

For more information, see the MyPaint Wiki.

The latest version available is MyPaint 1.2.0, which brings the below changes:

  • New intuitive Inking tool for smooth strokes.
  • New Flood Fill tool.
  • Automated backups of your working docs, with recovery on startup.
  • Improved symmetry-setting and frame-setting modes.
  • New workspace UI: two sidebars, with dockable tabbed panels.
  • Smoother scrolling and panning.
  • New brush pack.
  • New brush and color history panel.
  • New layer trimming command in frame options.
  • Added layer groups.
  • New layer modes: several masking modes added.
  • Add display filters: greyscale, simulate dichromacy for trichromats.
  • New color wheel options: Red/Yellow/Blue, Red-Green/Blue-Yellow.
  • Uses dark theme variant by default.
  • Clearer icons, prettier freehand cursors.
  • Device prefs allow glitchy devices to be restricted.
  • Eraser mode no longer changes the size of the brush.
  • New vector layers, editable in an external app (Inkscape recommended).
  • New fallback layer types: non-PNG image, data.
  • More kinds of images now work as backgrounds.
  • Improved Windows support
  • Ported to GTK3.
  • Accelerator map editor has moved to preferences.
  • Many other bugfixes, translations, and code quality improvements.

Installation instructions:

MyPaint is available via some third party PPA, so installing the software on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus, Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and derivative systems like Linux Linux Mint 17.x and Elementary OS 0.3 Freya should not cause too many problems.

You just need to add the PPA to your system, update the local repository index and install the mypaint package:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:achadwick/mypaint-testing
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install mypaint

Optional, to remove mypaint, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove mypaint



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