Microsoft Paint is a simple raster graphics creation and editing tool that has been included with Windows since its onset in 1985. It allows users to draw and to edit photographs and other images, and it can save images to various formats, such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF and BMP. It further allows users to import images from either a scanner or a camera, and it comes with a set of basic brushes and shapes. In 2017, Microsoft officially deprecated Paint. This means that it has discontinued development of the program. But it is still available for use in Windows 10. The company has since released Paint 3D as a replacement for Paint.
- Can capture images from both a scanner and a digital camera
- Comes with a set of brushes that can produce good art in the hands of a competent artist
- Supports most major file formats
- Has support for adding text elements
- Completely free of charge
- Has a very simple interface and is easy to both learn and use
- Allows users to perform basic image manipulation
- Has decent drawing tools
- Microsoft has deprecated the program
- Has no support for image layers
- Has no support for image filters
- Has no support for retouching photos
- Only works on Windows
While Microsoft Paint will never be confused with Adobe Photoshop, it is still a functional alternative if you only need to do some simple graphics. It is not only simple but easy to learn, and it supports most major graphic file formats. It also supports scanners and digital cameras, and in a pinch you can use it to capture a photo and perform some basic image manipulation, such as crop, resize and rotate. It can further be useful for capturing and saving screenshots, and you can also use it to add captions and other text to an image. While its brushes are basic and limited, in the hands of competent artist, it can and has created quality of works of art, and it does this free of charge, which is a lot cheaper than Photoshop. It has been included in every installation of Windows, from 1.0 to 10, and though deprecated Microsoft says that it will continue to be available in its store. Still, what Paint cannot do far exceeds what it can. It has no support for either transparency or image layers, making its use very limited for serious creators of graphics. It also has no image filters or any ability to retouch images. It further only works on Windows.