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Ad-supported Freeware
Zhenzhou Wang
Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
Dec 11, 2011
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PaintStar Review

Fernando Ortega
A freeware and portable image editing program
A review of PaintStar by Fernando Ortega

PaintStar is a freeware and portable image editor which is a great free solution if you're interested in touching up your photographs, doing some retouching or wanting to perform some basic image editing functions like applying filters, creating snapshots of your screen, working with layers which even support transparency and many more.

While this program isn't quite on the same level as Adobe Photoshop, it definitely is a viable alternative if you want to perform some basic functions without shelling out big bucks for an image editing suite.

Since the program has been released as freeware, many features have been added and improved. You're able to use a full set of filling tools like gradients (linear, radial, shapeburst and conical), use the long list of different painting tools in all sorts of shapes and sizes like the pencil tool, airbrush tool, filter brush (highly recommended!), smudge and sharpen among many others.

There's more you can do with PaintStar: Create cool image morphing sequences, edit files of many different formats (JPG, PNG, GIF are among the most known), work extremely easy with layer transparencies, grab images from your scanner or TWAIN source quickly and easily blend layers with a total of 26 different blending modes. The image editor also comes with over 100 effects and filters.

Overall, PaintStar has so many great image editing tools that we were surprised to find out that it was freeware. Again, it isn't as advanced as Photoshop, but it definitely deserves a mention -- especially if you'd like a small program which fits on your USB stick.

PaintStar can apply special effects to a picture and view EXIF data.

Installation note: This program is bundled with adware. The installer may attempt to change your homepage, search engine and browser settings or install third party offers. Pay very close attention when installing; the third party offers are not necessary for this software to function.

PaintStar features and highlights:
  • Full suite of painting tools
  • Paintbrush, pencil, eraser, airbrush, filter brush, color retouching
  • Transformation tools
  • Auto anti-alias supported
  • Image morphing supported
  • Gradient Fill tools include linear, radial, square, conical(symmetric), conical(asymmetric) and shapeburst
  • Selection tools including rectangular, elliptical, free, fuzzy and paths
  • 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
  • Displays Histograms (RGB, HSV, HSL, CMYK)
  • Displays EXIF information. EXIF 2.2 supported
  • TWAIN supported for scanners and digital cameras
  • Multiple layers, 26 methods of combining modes suppported
  • Multiple paths supported

PaintStar is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from graphics editors without restrictions. PaintStar 2.70 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

Though this program tested positive for virus tests, some people don't view it as a virus or malware. This could mean toolbars or system modifications.

This image editor software is filed under:
  • PaintStar Download
  • Freeware Graphics Editors
  • Free Software Download

Compatibility with this image editor software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of PaintStar may be available from Zhenzhou Wang.

PaintStar has been picked by our editors as very good.
We have tested PaintStar 2.70 against malware with several different programs. Please review the test results. We have not certified this program as clean. [Read more]

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