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MyPaint 1.1.0
MyPaint 1.1.0
Original author(s)Martin Renold[1][2][3]
Developer(s)MyPaint Contributors
Initial releaseMarch 12, 2005; 14 years ago (2005-03-12)[4][5]
Stable release
1.2.1 / January 21, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-01-21)[6]
Preview release
2.0.0-alpha / January 26, 2019; 7 months ago (2019-01-26)[7]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inC, C++ and Python (GTK+)
Operating systemWindows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFly BSD
PlatformIA-32 and x64[8]
TypeRaster graphics editor
LicenseGNU GPLv2 or later[9]

MyPaint is a free and open-source raster graphics editor for digital painters with a focus on painting rather than image manipulation or post processing. MyPaint is available for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and unix-like operating systems.[10] It is in some ways similar to Corel Painter.[11][12]


MyPaint versions up to 1.00 and bug/issue tracking were hosted by Gna!.[13]

MyPaint uses graphical control elements from GTK+ and, since 1.2.0, uses GTK+ 3.[14]


Among MyPaint's capabilities are:

  • Pressure-sensitive graphics tablet support
  • Dynamic brush library, standalone for integration into third-party applications
  • Extensible
  • Layer management
  • Simple interface
  • Gamut masking color wheel
  • "Unlimited" canvas not requiring predetermination of image size


Original author(s)Martin Renold[1][2][3]
Developer(s)libmypaint Contributors
Initial releaseNovember 23, 2008; 10 years ago (2008-11-23)[15]
Stable release
1.3.0 / December 2, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-12-02)[16]
Preview release
1.3.0-beta.1 / June 7, 2016; 3 years ago (2016-06-07)[16]
Written inC
Operating systemWindows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFly BSD
TypeBrush library
LicenseISC license[17]

MyPaint has a custom procedural brush engine optimized for use with pressure-sensitive graphics tablets. In later MyPaint versions, the engine was broken out into the separately maintained libmypaint library to make it easier to integrate into other applications.[18]

MyPaint's brush library is available as a Krita plugin, and also GIMP has support for MyPaint brushes by default.[19]

Media attention[edit]

MyPaint was used by David Revoy, the art director of Sintel (the third computer-animated film by the Blender Foundation).[20]

Native file format[edit]

The Adobe PSD file format changed its license in 2006, and it is now only permitted to develop applications using it in order to interact with Adobe software.[21] As a result, a comprehensive graphics design format, OpenRaster, was developed based on the Open Document format. MyPaint uses Open Raster as its default format, but also supports saving images to PNG or JPEG.[22]


  1. ^ a b MyPaint meetup, attending LGM2010, 2010-05-09, Jon Nordby, Grapikslabor, In Zürich I also meet up with Martin Renold, the creator of MyPaint.
  2. ^ a b About >> Martin Renold's Linkpage, MyPaint painting application that I have initially written
  3. ^ a b MyPaint: mixing Python and C, Martin Renold is one of the MyPaint maintainers. He created the program in 2004 while studying, - 13th LSM from 7 to 12 July 2012, Libre Software Meeting
  4. ^ Developer Monologue: Short History of MyPaint, 2009-06-18 - Martin Renold's log2
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 4, 2005. Retrieved 2017-09-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ ""Latest releases"". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  7. ^ ""v2.0.0-alpha.0 release"". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  8. ^ "Download". Retrieved 2015-11-28.
  9. ^ "COPYING". Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  10. ^ "Downloads". MyPaint. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  11. ^ Open Source painting with MyPaint, 2010-04-02, By Nathan Willis, Worldlabel Blog
  12. ^ MyPaint 0.8.0 Review, Alexandre Prokoudine, 2010-01-31, Libre Graphics World
  13. ^ "MyPaint - Summary". Gna!. Retrieved 2014-07-03. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  14. ^ "MyPaint 1.2.0 release note".
  15. ^ brushlib splitoff (moved some code from lib into brushlib), 2008-11-23, First libmypaint commit
  16. ^ a b "Latest libmypaint releases". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  17. ^ "COPYING (from libmypaint)". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  18. ^ "Brushlib/libmypaint is now a separate module". Retrieved 2015-11-28.
  19. ^ Wilber. "GIMP - GIMP 2.10.0 Released". Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  20. ^ Prokoudine, Alexandre (2010-09-30). "Interview with Sintel's art director David Revoy". Libre Graphics World. Retrieved 2013-03-25. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  21. ^ Willis, Nathan (2006-07-07). "Debate arises over an open raster graphics format". Archive. Retrieved 2013-03-25. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  22. ^ "Basic usage Tutorial: Saving and exporting your work". MyPaint (official site). 2010. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2013-03-25. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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