Today (24 July 2017) marks the possible beginning of the end for Microsoft Paint. A tool many the budding graphic designer, illustrator or artist had their first digital mark-making steps within, the programme may not be available in the next Windows 10 update.
A fixture programme on Windows since 1985, Paint has been a consistent and reliable design companion to many the designer for doodles, initial experiments or just using the spray can to design type for a birthday card. However, as Microsoft tried to improve Paint, its initial charm and skill was lost, as the simplicity of the tools tried to expand to include 3D image tools and editing in its most recent version.
Regardless, the termination of MS Paint after being a nostalgic and helpful friend, by your side for the past 32 years, is still disappointing news. But like all good things, and with an abundance of possibly more applicable creative programmes to use, it appears its legacy is coming to an end.
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Lucy joined It’s Nice That as an editorial assistant in July 2016 after graduating from Chelsea College of Art. In October 2016 she became a staff writer on the editorial team and in January 2019 was made It’s Nice That’s deputy editor. Feel free to get in contact with Lucy about new and upcoming creative projects or editorial ideas for the site.