What's New


  • PaintStar is now distributed as freeware.
  • Gif LZW encoding supported.
  • general fixes .
  • Now you can stroke path curve with text.[See Screenshot]
  • Applying erosion,dilation,open and close filters to alpha channel supported. [See 3D Button Tutorial, 3D Text Tutorial]
  • Feathering,sharpening,shrinking and growing the selection supported.
  • Morph Maker improvements: You can insert,edit,delete the match points, and save all points and images as morph maker project file. [See Morph Maker Tutorial]
  • Text Tool improvements: You can preview the text effect in text enty box.
  • Added texture option to Paintbrush. Yon can use the selected texture in stead of the current foreground color.
  • Brush improvements:
    • Added more than 40 different brushes.
    • Speed sensitivitysupported.
    • Bitmap Brush supported. You can create any shape brushes.
  • Improved fuzzy selection speed.
  • Improved fill speed.
  • Improved antialias speed.
  • Large images(5000x5000 pixels) supported.
  • New html help file.
  • Lots of bug fixes.

PaintStar is a versatile digital image processing software suitable for such tasks as retouching of photographs, composing and authoring images, image morphing, screen capture, and displaying image thumbnail in Windows Explorer context menu. It supports alpha, layer, path ,and the most common editing techniques. PaintStar has many of the tools and filters you would expect to find in commercial offerings, and some interesting extras as well.

A Brief List of Features
  • Full suite of painting tools including paintbrush, pencil, eraser, airbrush, filter brush, color retouching, blur/sharpening,smudge,and cloning. Many customizable brushes, textures, gradients, and 26 methods of combining modes suppported.[See Several Examples]
  • Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear, perspective,flip,and wrap. Auto antialias supported.[See Transformation Examples]
  • Image Morphing supported. With this technique, you can create a sequence of intermediate frames that seamlessly transform one image to another and generate output in a form of gif animation or image file sequence.[See Morph Maker Tutorial]
  • Gradient Fill tools include linear, radial,square,conical(symmetric),conical(asymmetric) and shapeburst. Multiple colors supported.
  • Selection tools including rectangular, elliptical, free, fuzzy and paths. Add, subtract, invert, antialias and feather selections supported.
  • Zoom10% - 2000% display, and show grid supported.
  • More then 30 File formats supported include JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, TGA, PCX, BMP and many others.
  • Color conversion supported include several different dithering methods and palette options.
  • Alpha channel (transparency) supported.
  • DisplaysHistograms (RGB, HSV, HSL, CMYK).
  • DisplaysEXIFinformation. EXIF 2.2 supported.
  • TWAIN supported for scanners and digital cameras.
  • MultipleLayers, 26 methods of combining modes suppported.
  • MultiplePaths supported. You can add,delete,insert point to the curve and adjust point in the curve just like vector drawing programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw.[See Path Examples, Path Templets Effect]
  • Multiple Undo and Redo supported. You can set up the number of Undo's from 3 to 99.
  • More than 100 Filters/Effects.Application of 3x3 filters supported.[See A Few Filters, 3D Button Tutorial, 3D Text Tutorial]
  • Screen capture supported.You can capture selected or fixed regions of the desktop, as well as active windows or individual controls (menus, dialogs etc.), which can be easily selected by an on-screen indicator which outlines the area to be captured.[See Screen Capture Example]
  • Displays thumbnail of selected image in Windows Explorer context menu just like ACD System Picaview.[See Screenshot]

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Minimum System Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, or XP.
  • Memory: 32MB of RAM.
  • 4 MB hard disk space.
  • Video display of at least 256 colours.
  • Mouse or other pointing device


PaintStar is distributed as freeware. That's right. 100% Free! No cost to you ever. No limitations. No Adware. No Spyware. PaintStar 2.70 is incredibly small! File size is just 2.57 MB. Primary Download Download From FreewareFiles
Here are a few hints and tips to help you make morphing,frames,3d text,3d button and carving wood effects. Download PaintStar Tutorials

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