The digital canvas of the 2000s
If there is a program that evokes nostalgia, that is undoubtedly MS Paint. Also known as Microsoft Paint, it is a graphics creation and editing program that is included by default in all versions of Windows since 1985. Yes, we know it is not the most advanced software in its category, but that does not take away from it being one of the most used, even today. What makes it so popular?
The most popular digital editing program
MS Paint is, by far, one of the most accessible drawing and image editing tools available. Thanks to its default inclusion in Windows, we don't have to rack our brains to find and use it.
The program runs on a fairly simple user interface that allows drawing, coloring, editing, and manipulating images. From pixel art creation to quick editing of screenshots, MS Paint offers a wide range of creative possibilities. Although it may lack the advanced capabilities of other free programs (Canvas, for example), the charm of MS Paint lies in its simplicity.
Simple, but effective
Contrary to popular belief, MS Paint is an excellent tool for those looking for a quick and simple way to perform basic image editing tasks. It is ideal for resizing images, adding text, or simply including basic graphics. Furthermore, its familiarity and ease of use make MS Paint very popular among users with no experience in graphic design or image editing.
MS Paint is compatible with a wide variety of formats, such as Windows Bitmap (BMP), JPEG, PNG, GIF, and single-page TIFF files. We can also use a scanner to digitize our images and edit them in MS Paint, or even external cameras.
Recently, MS Paint received a facelift from Microsoft with the intention of making it more modern. It is now included in Windows 11 and is adapted to work on touch screens. You can even use an external stylus that is compatible.
A classic that never goes out of style
Overall, Microsoft's program continues to withstand the test of time, despite the innovations we see today in the world of photo editing and digital painting. By providing an easy way to create and edit files, MS Paint has been key for numerous users to express their creativity, even with the limitations that the program has.