Tux Paint app

Tux PaintTux Paint is a very versatile app for creating your own images. There are computer and HD versions too. It has been designed with younger children in mind but if you want to get in touch with your inner child , or you want an easy, straight forward app to able to explore creating your own images , then Tux Paint is worth a look.Tux Paint2 Graphically it is very smooth and slick. It has a clean, well designed interface which gets you going quickly. You feel like exploring and experimenting. It doesn’t have the subtlety in brushes of other paint apps but it’s a good place to start and it produces very clear images which would show well on an IWB. The sounds which come with it make you laugh but you can turn the sound off if you don’t like it. Those who use it , love it. With the new, upsurge in colouring books for adults, Tux Paint is a good electronic version of that because it is very calming to create the images. As you can see , the free version comes with some unobtrusive advertising.

MyPaint Beta on Windows 10

MyPaint WindowsI installed the MyPaint Beta for Windows from the MyPaint site and it went smoothly. It looks clean, it functions well, the brushes installed. You have to remember to download the brushes and then install them from within the programme under the brushes tab at the top. It doesn’t look as flash as the Linux version but it has a very convenient and clear layout. Installing the Wacom tablet was not as straightforward as usual. I had to search for drivers which would work because the first file I found on the Wacom site did nothing. There is a forum where you can download the pen drivers from LucieG45’s post and that version worked for me. I then downloaded the Bamboo Dock which is a very handy utility for the Wacom tablet. Now I am all set and ready to go on Windows 10 as well.

Fotowall for Linux Mint 17.2

I downloaded Fotowall from the packages manager on Linux Mint 17.2. As you can see from the video it runs on Ubuntu as well and it is a great graphics programme which automatically loads Gimp if you wish to customise selected images further. My version of Fotowall is not doing the web searches for images and I shall investigate that. It’s not a problem as such because I would probably use this for my own images. I love the feature of turning text into image and the fact you can write text on the overall image as well. FotowallIt really is a great piece of software for those who like to make impressive images but have limited artistic talent. Technology is really helping lift us up visually. We need artists and graphic designers to point us in the right direction but tools like Fotowall are graphics enablers. You can use it to print posters, design desktop wallpapers, image montages. It’s quite versatile.

Installing Wacom graphics tablet on Linux

Now you can see what someone with some real skill and talent can do with MyPaint. It’s an open source programme available on Windows and Linux. Installing a graphics tablet on Windows is as easy as going to the site and downloading the appropriate software for the tablet. Installing my Wacom tablet on Linux proved to be a case of third time lucky. I always try to see if a device will work on an operating system first or not. Unless you have clear instructions with a device to install particular software , these days the device will often work by itself and then you can install brand specific drivers and improvements as you go along. I tried plugging in my Wacom graphics tablet on Linux 17.2 but the pen and tablet were not going to co ordinate. So I tried the wacom.py Python script I found and it came up with a couple of errors . It might work for you, though. Lastly , I found the Ubuntu Forums site where there were some very specific instructions about half way down the page under section 1. I copied and pasted each line of code into Terminal and pressed enter. What I liked about the Ubuntu Forum site was that it explained what each part of the code was doing. I really enjoyed doing that and the information provided on the site was helpful. I then shut he computer down and rebooted.

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Brushes on MyPaint are fun

Once I got my Wacom graphics tablet the right way round I was in business. I downloaded some more brushes from the MyPaint site and now I just love MyPaint even more and feel as though I can actually grow with this paint programme. The MyPaint site has a gallery of the sorts of things people have done with it and YouTube has some tutorials for it.

MyPaint on Linux Mint

Charlie Henson is like me. He doesn’t really know how to get the best out of paint apps and tools but he can see that MyPaint on Linux is in a league of its own. Like me, he found he could do things easily and could feel a sense of achievement. His video takes you on a good tour of MyPaint so that you can see what it does and find the online support easily. It is a programme which enables you to be artistic because it is intuitive. I downloaded it from the package manager on Linux Mint last night and was able to do things with it even though I was just using my mouse. I love the symmetry function.

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This is my first effort.

I was amazed how much I could actually do. I have since watched people with some real skills using it. It’s a very comprehensive, but easy to use programme. I downloaded the extra data package from the package manager as well.

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On my Wacom tablet

Today I spent time setting up my Wacom tablet on Linux so I could try that. I’ll explain what I did tomorrow. It isn’t as straight forward to set up a tablet on Linux as it is on Windows and Mac. It wasn’t that hard, though. Once I got my tablet round the right way (!) it functions really well and was very responsive. I can write almost normally on it and better than on Windows or my Mac. I could even do a little drawing. More proof that Linux Mint 17.2 is visually stunning.

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