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Tux Paint

screenshot of stamps with tux paint

Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12. It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.

This is a fantastic drawing program for children with a range of interesting and exciting features. Tux Paint works on Windows, Linux and Macs and can also be used on mobile devices. If you download one piece of art software then this has got to be it.


  • Paint brush
  • Rubber stamp
  • Line tool
  • Shape tool
  • Text tool
  • 'Magic' (special effects) tool
    • Blocks - turn parts of the picture 'blocky'
    • Blur - blur parts of the picture using the mouse
    • Bricks - paint realistic large or small brick patterns
    • Calligraphy - a smooth brush that changes thickness depending on how quickly you stroke
    • Cartoon - make parts of the picture look like a cartoon
    • Chalk - make parts of the picture look like a chalk drawing
    • Darken - darken the colours of parts of the picture
    • Distortion - slightly alters the position of the picture under the brush
    • Drip - make parts of the picture look like it's dripping away
    • Emboss - gives the image's edges highlights and shadows
    • Fill - 'flood-fill' an area with a particular colour
    • Flip - flip the image vertically
    • Flower - draws curvy-stalked flowers
    • Foam - paints foamy bubbles that grow as you move the mouse
    • Glass Tile - see your drawing through glass tiles
    • Grass - paint realistic clumps of grass on the screen and into the distance
    • Kaleidoscope - four symmetric brushes
    • Light - draw beams of bright light on your picture
    • Lighten - fade the colours of parts of the picture
    • Metal Paint - paints shiny metallic colours
    • Mirror - flip the image horizontally
    • Negative - invert the colours of parts of the picture
    • Rainbow - draw using a brush that paints in all colours in the rainbow
    • Ripples - rippled waves over your image
    • Shift - move the entire picture around
    • Smudge - push the colours around as though smudging wet paint
    • Tint - change the colour of parts of the picture
    • Waves - wiggle your picture
  • Eraser
  • Undo

Video Tutorials

This tutorial shows users how to load starters into Tux Paint. Using starters turns Tux Paint into a digital colouring book.