Open Source Digital Painter ‘MyPaint 2.0’ Released With New Layer Mode

MyPaint 2.0 releases
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After a long span of four years, a new stable version of open-source drawing program MyPaint 2.0 with major changes. v1.2 was the last stable version released on Jan 15, 2016.

Being one of the best MS paint alternatives, MyPaint 2.0 comes up with a new layer mode for combining multiple layers of images and brush settings and inputs.

MyPaint 2.0: New Enhancements

Compared to v1.2.1 source package size of around 36MB, v2.0.0 comes up with an optimized bundle size under 7MB.

MyPaint 2.0 adds new linear compositing and spectral blending (pigment mode) for better manipulation with multiple layers of images. However, if you prefer the old method, you can switch and change the default to normal from pigment mode.

Linear compositing and Spectral blending settings
Linear compositing and Spectral blending settings

Improving the behavior of the brush strokes, MyPaint 2.0 refines the zoom level and view of a rotation.

View Rotation And View Zoom
View Rotation And View Zoom

To tweak the artwork with more control options, v2.0 avails new brush settings and symmetry modes such as smudge transparency, offsets multiplier, the angular offset, and GridMap Scale.

Here are some highlighted new features:

  • Floodfill new enhancements: Gap detection, cancellation
  • Progress feedback for loading/saving
  • Vacuum Empty Tiles – New debug command
  • Flatpak support
  • Python3 support
  • libmypaint >=1.5
  • New brush settings and inputs

For more details about all changes, you can check out the release notes.

How To Download MyPaint 2.0?

MyPaint 2.0 is available for Linux, Windows, and macOS. You can download the binaries build from here.

If you use macOS, you can download the stable version using MacPorts from here.

Also, if your Linux distros support Flatpak package manager, you can directly install MyPaint using Flatpak by running a command:

flatpak install --from
flatpak run org.mypaint.MyPaint

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Sarvottam Kumar

Sarvottam Kumar

Sarvottam Kumar is a software engineer by profession with interest and experience in Blockchain, Angular, React and Flutter. He loves to explore the nuts and bolts of Linux and share his experience and insights of Linux and open source on the web/various prestigious portals.
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