As an art teacher, I am always looking for free art programs that my students can use on the eMacs in my classroom. This week I am going to talk about three of them on the computers right now: â€œPalette 2.0â€ by HaranBanjo, â€œTux Paintâ€ by New Breed Software, and â€œArtRageâ€ by Ambient Design.
Letâ€™s start with â€œPalette 2.0.â€ â€œPaletteâ€ is a very simple paint program, great for the very young computer user. It has your basic tools: drawing, square, circle, fill, erase, and typing. It also has a couple of special effects like mirror and rotate. Like I said, a very basic paint program, with a very small learning curve.
Next up, â€œTux Paint.â€ Will someone please explain to me why applications and games with the Linux Penguin “Tux” keep showing up on the Mac? Anyway, this is a fantastic paint program for the elementary age. It is very similar to the popular â€œKid Pix,â€ by Broderbund software (by the way Kid Pix Deluxe 4 is fantastic!).
In â€œTux Paintâ€ youâ€™ll find the basic tools and more. You can draw with more shapes than just a square and circle. There are numerous brushes to choose from, color tints, rubber stamps (of Tux), and many â€œKid Pixâ€ type of special effects. The interface is more complicated, also.
Finally, for the older students (or even hobbiest and professionals) there is â€œArtRage.â€ This is another fantastic FREE program that mimics â€œCorel Painter.â€ It has many similar features, including natural media emulation and tracing paper. The tools include pencils, markers, crayons, and more. It does not have as many tools and features as â€œPainter,â€ but for free, you canâ€™t beat it. The interface is pretty straight forward, too. This would be a great introduction to drawing on the computer before purchasing a more involved program like â€œPainter.â€
There you have it. Three great paint programs for artists of all ages.
If you have any great freeware programs on your computer that you love, email me. I might mention it in a future article. Until next week, email me comments and questions, or post below.