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I'm looking for simple graphical editor for Debian to make pixel art. It has to have pixel grid, be able to draw simple shapes and right-click ideally should apply secondary color (unlike gimp, which is almost ok, but has context menu on right click and is not quite simple when it comes to drawing a rectangle). MS Paint fit the bill on Win, but there are no exact clones(?) of it for Debian 9.

  • xpaint started in 1992 still works for me. – meuh Oct 25 '17 at 17:11
  • Thanks for answers, gentlemen. Krita looks good, but is a bit overkill. I use Gnome, so KolourPaint isn't a lightweight choice as well. Pinta (requires libmono) and xpaint win this one. – ZuOverture Oct 26 '17 at 4:26
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You can use Pinta:

apt install pinta

Features include:

  • Adjustments (Auto level, Black and White, Sepia, …)

  • Effects (Motion blur, Glow, Warp, …)

  • Multiple layers

  • Unlimited undo/redo

  • Drawing tools (Paintbrush, Pencil, Shapes, …)

Including a pixel grid

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You seem to look for a basic tool and don't need the power of gimp. I'm happ with KolourPaint for this kind of task and it should serve you well, especially if you use kde.

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Krita gets most votes as an alternative on https://alternativeto.net/software/microsoft-paint/?platform=linux

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