For doing without Microsoft Paint
Artweaver is even better than Microsoft Paint—a popular app that soon will be retired from Windows’ standard suite—at letting users create paintings on a computer screen. The touchscreen-friendly program “serves up a wealth of realistic brushes, pens, papers, and more.”
IrfanView will come in handy if you used MS Paint for simple image editing. It’s a compact utility that can rotate, flip, and resize images; apply a variety of effects; and sharpen, fill, or convert backgrounds to gray scale.
Krita is an open-source paint program that offers perks like a pop-up palette for keeping tools close at hand, and a brush stabilizer to help people with shaky hands. Like other advance software, it takes some time to master.
Pixlr Editor is a browser-based image editor with layers, filters, and effects that rival pricey software. “Just one problem: The tools aren’t labeled.”