PowerPaint

PowerPaint 2.50

A Paint replacement with more tools

PowerPaint is a comprehensive image editor that lets you modify photos and even create your own drawings. View full description

PROS

  • Pre-made clipart available
  • Lots of graph features
  • Ability to add texture brushes
  • Easy to use interface

CONS

  • Lacks ability to add or merge layers
  • Advanced features are limited

Good
7

PowerPaint is a comprehensive image editor that lets you modify photos and even create your own drawings.

There are a lot of desktop painting programs out there available to download. Some even come as standard when you buy a new Windows PC.

PowerPaint's developers post that PowerPaint is "the best tool to replace Windows Paint." By all accounts, it certainly boasts more features than its stripped down counterpart. Even in the "Image" drop-down menu alone, you can turn your drawing or photograph gray, halftone, invert the blacks and whites within the picture, adjust the brightness and contrast and much more. PowerPaint also comes with a bunch of pre-made basic shapes, lines, arrows, stars and banners. These are just simple examples of clipart, but it's certainly convenient to have them already installed.

In addition, PowerPaint has different types of texture brushes to add special effects to your images. You can fill in the background with a specific color and even insert an additional photograph into the image you're already working with.

It's no substitute for the more powerful programs like Paint Shop Pro or Adobe Photoshop, but PowerPaint is a pretty handy and free image editing alternative.

PowerPaint supports the following formats

Opens: JPG, BMP, TIF, GIF, PNG, PCX, TGA, EMF
Saves: JPG, BMP, TIF, GIF, PNG

— User reviews — about PowerPaint

  • Xtremetic

    by Xtremetic

    "Major flaw makes it useless"

    This is simple raster graphics program that expands on the functionality of the Paint Program in Windows XP, but it may ... More.

    reviewed on February 1, 2014

  • Xtremetic

    by Xtremetic

    "Major flaw makes it useless."

    PowerPaint has a shortcoming that makes it useless in my opinion. If you paste in an image that is too big for the work... More.

    reviewed on February 1, 2014