As a digital painting program, MyPaint has many features that make it easy to create backgrounds and figures on canvas or paper. This feels similar to users migrating from Windows and using the native paint program but has many more features. The software is updated regularly with new brushes, so you can keep your artwork fresh and unique. MyPaint is also free and open-source, so you can customize it to fit your needs. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned artist, MyPaint is an excellent choice for creating digital art.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install MyPaint on Linux Mint 21 LTS release series using two different methods: APT with the default repository or the Flatpak third-party package manager using the command line terminal.
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Update Linux Mint
Before you begin, run an update on your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid any conflicts.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
Install MyPaint – APT Method
The first option is to install MyPaint with APT from the default APT repository. This may be ideal for users who do not want to manually download the paint program or install a third-party manager since MyPaint does not change that often in terms of updates for new features.
Run the following command to install MyPaint from the standard repository using the following command.
sudo apt install mypaint -y
Install MyPaint – Flatpak Method
The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager, which is installed on Linux Mint, unless it was removed afterward.
First, re-install the Flatpak manager if it was removed previously.
sudo apt install flatpak -y
For users re-installing Flatpak, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues, such as paths not being generated for icons.
SKIP THE REBOOT IF FLATPAK IS INSTALLED.
Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal:
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Now install MyPaint using the following flatpak command.
flatpak install flathub org.mypaint.MyPaint -y
How to Launch MyPaint
Now that you have the paint application installed, launching can be done in a few ways.
The first way to open MyPaint immediately is to use the following terminal command.
Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance.
flatpak run org.mypaint.MyPaint
However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop to open the application.
Taskbar > Graphics > MyPaint
Once open, you will arrive at the default paint screen. From here, you can begin using the paint program.
Depending on the method used, the following commands can be used to update.
sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt upgrade
For users that no longer require the paint application, use one of the following commands to suit the original method of installation.
APT Remove Method
sudo apt autoremove mypaint -y
Flatpak Remove Method
flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.mypaint.MyPaint
Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-up.
flatpak remove --unused
Comments and Conclusion
If you are looking for a digital painting program that is easy to use and has many features, MyPaint is a great option. The software is updated regularly with new brushes, so you can keep your artwork fresh and unique. MyPaint is also free and open-source, so you can customize it to fit your needs.