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Helios 101 Software Solutions
Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
Jul 10, 2014
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HeliosPaint Review

Fernando Ortega
Editors' Pick

Freeware picture editing software

A review of HeliosPaint by Fernando Ortega

Annoyed by the extremely slow development of MS Paint? HeliosPaint is the perfect replacement with several additional features and it's also perfect for touch screen PCs. It comes with several cool features and as a basic image editor/paint program, it's fun for playing around or creating fun images.

We tested this on a touchscreen PC and it worked just perfectly. The program is written in Java, so it's compatible with many different operating systems including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Compare that to some of the other paint programs you have to pay for with the same features!

Apart from being a great touchscreen paint program, it is also customizable with a few nice-looking skins included like Windows, Windows Classic, Nimbus, CDE/Motif and Metal.

The different tools HeliosPaint sports are pencil, paintbrush, spray can, a line drawing tool, an eraser, text with anti-aliasing support and a couple of others. It also has several filters and effects which can be applied to images like Sepia, Blur, Sharpen, Colour inversion and more by clicking the icon with the star in the top left corner.

HeliosPaint can add text to an image, apply special effects to a picture, create PNG graphics and create web graphics.

HeliosPaint features and highlights:
  • Pencil for editing pixels
  • Curved, straight and freehand lines with choice of width, dash pattern, line joint and arrow heads
  • Paint Brush with adjustable size and edge feathering
  • Eraser with adjustable size and edge feathering
  • Spray Can with adjustable size and edge feathering or global spray option
  • Copy Brush for copying one area of an image to another for retouching, healing and blending
  • Paint Can with local and global replace. Colour bleed sensitivity allows nearby similar colours to be painted
  • Shape tool for creating freehand, regular polygon, star, moon and heart shapes
  • Text entry with choice of font, style, underline and rotation
  • Image filters: RGB levels, HSB levels, HSL levels, gamma, transparency, channel mix, temperature and tint, contrast, gain and bias, threshold, black and white, invert, solarize, gray, colour filter, sepia tone, sharpen, unsharp mask, blur, diffuse, edge feathering, edge detection, oil painting effect, posterise, emboss, chrome, noise reduce
  • Image colour and transparency adjustment by flat, round, rectangular and 'fit to shape' gradient patterns
  • Image flip, scale up, scale down, rotate, shear, perspective view
  • Full colour pallet with adjustable transparency and colour grabber
  • Fully opaque, part transparent or fully transparent background colours

HeliosPaint is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from graphics editors without restrictions. HeliosPaint 1.7 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

This image editor software is filed under:

  • HeliOSPaint Download
  • Freeware Graphics Editors

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 may be available from D J Osborne.

HeliosPaint has been picked by our editors as excellent.
HeliosPaint has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested HeliosPaint 1.7 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]

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