EZ Paint

Computer painting program that's a free alternative to MS Paint

  • Category:

    Graphics Editors

  • Version:

  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows XP

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    7.4 (12)

EZ Paint is a robust drawing app that is perfect for those who no longer have access to MS Paint. This program was designed specifically for the Windows operating system, and it boasts a wide range of useful features. Anyone who is familiar with MS Paint will find the EZ Paint’s user interface extremely familiar, and all of the controls can be mastered in a matter of minutes. EZ Paint also allows users to create images and basic animations for their web pages and web-based platforms. Here is a closer look at some of the pros and cons of this comprehensive graphics editor.

In 2017, Microsoft announced that it will no longer be supporting MS Paint, and that left many people wondering how they would make simple animations and GIFs on their Windows devices. EZ Paint is a clone of MS Paint, and transitioning from one program to the other is extremely simple. In addition to having many of the same features, EZ Paint also has an identical layout. Everything from the button designs to the color scheme has been copied over from MS Paint. It even saves files in the same directory as MS Paint.

Inside this program, you can choose from over 50 digital painting tools. With each blank canvas, you can draw simple pictures, add text, or create animations. If you would like to learn more about graphic design but aren’t ready to spend hundreds on professional software, then EZ Paint might be perfect for you. It lets you carry out many of the same functions as more expensive graphics editing programs. That includes shading effects, 3D animations, and the creation of custom colors.

The default file type for EZ Paint is PNG, and that is another reason why many fans of MS Paint have switched over to this program. This format has lossless data compression, and that results in faster load times and easier editing. PNG files are currently open format with no copyright limitations. Webmasters and graphic designers who aren’t interested in patented file types often prefer PNG files over GIF files.

EZ Paint is a great alternative to MS Paint, and it is constantly being updated and improved. This program works on almost all Windows devices including low-end laptops and older desktops. Even when you are editing complex files, EZ Paint doesn’t eat into your system's resources. It is an ideal piece of software for anyone who would like an introductory drawing program.


  • Nearly perfect clone of MS Paint
  • Free to download
  • No paid upgrades


  • Only works on Windows machines
  • Must be downloaded outside of the app store

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