One of the myths that keep dragging Linux is that it doesn’t have quality applications for content creation. Especially in the Multimedia section. But this is not true and is that there are already very competent applications to perform complex tasks and one of them is MyPaint 2.0 and today we present it and tell you the main features.
If you read the name, you will probably associate it with the mythical Microsoft Paint application. But the truth is that this tool is much more than that.
According to the project’s website, MyPaint is an open-source application for the creation of drawings through a digital tablet. It competes very well with other solutions like Krita. It is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS, so we are talking about a cross-platform application.
MyPaint 2.0 comes after years of development
MyPaint 2.0 is the new major version of this application. It comes with many changes and after several years of development.
Some of the new features of this version are the following:
- Linear compositing, spectral blending, compatibility. This brings some advantages like more precision in the drawing.
- View Rotation and View Zoom now factor in to brush strokes. Making the stroke even more stable and accurate.
- The maximum number of points in the input curves is increased to 64.
- A lot of configuration options are added.
- In this new version, several symmetry modes are incorporated.
- Layer views.
- New brush inputs: barrel rotation, base radius, zoom level, gridmap x/y, direction 360, attack angle.
On a more technical level, we can highlight the full support for Python3 and the change to PyGi.
How can I instal it?
So, MyPaint 2.0 can be downloaded from Github with the AppImage format. This makes it possible to install from almost any modern Linux distribution.
Additionally, there are instructions and dependencies for compiling and building the program on your own.
In my case, I downloaded the AppImage file and executed it without any problems on Ubuntu 18.04 / Linux Mint 19.3.
So, enjoy it.
Today, there are many applications on Linux for everyday work. So the belief that Linux is not good for work is becoming more and more obsolete. Today, MyPaint is presented as an alternative to paid tools.
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