Microsoft Paint


Developed By : Microsoft
Type : Painting/Spriting program, Simple Image Processor
Compatibility : Microsoft Windows
Popularity : Extremely popular for spriting, second behind GIMP for backgrounds

Microsoft Paint, MSPaint, or simply Paint, is an image editing tool included in every Windows package.

It is the most common tool used by comic makers, due to the fact that it is accessible via any Windows operating system. Paint is considered to be the most commonly used and easiest tool for spriting.

Microsoft has generally invested little effort into the application over the years, leaving the program virtually identical from Windows 98 to Vista. Windows 7, however, features a new version of the application designed to fit the now commonplace Ribbon interface first seen in Microsoft Word 2007.


Paint features the following tools:

  • Free-form select
  • Select
  • Eraser
  • Flood-Fill
  • Color Picker
  • Color editing
  • Magnifier (Zoom In/Zoom Out tool)
  • Pencil
  • Brush
  • Airbrush
  • Text tool
  • Line tool
  • Curved line tool
  • The following shape tools: rectangle, polygon, ellipse, rounded rectangle.
  • Flip/rotate
  • Sketch/skew
  • Invert
  • Attributes
  • Clear Image
  • Draw Opaque
  • Recolor (Indirectly)

Paint Vista extra features:


A simple spaceship drawn in Paint.

  • Different toolbar icons
  • New default color palette
  • Crop function
  • Can Undo 10 times
  • Zoom slider

Paint 7 extra features:

  • Ribbon UI
  • Artistic brushes with varying shades of gray and some transparency
  • More shapes (anti-aliased)
  • Default format (BMP) has been replaced with PNG


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