Paint is a real image editor

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 9, 2007
Updated • Nov 7, 2017
Music and Video

For the average user, Microsoft Paint is just a basic image editor with limited functionality. It never occurred to me that artists could create great images even with such a basic image editor.

I would not have stumbled over those creations were it not for artists who uploaded their creations to YouTube where I found them listed among many other interesting ones.

Thankfully they do exist and I was able to select some handpicked images that have been created with the Microsoft Paint image editor.

Time Lapse is used which basically speeds up the video by a certain factor of time. This is great as it reduces the overall playing time by a lot. Instead of having to watch an artist work on a painting for hours, you can see the whole process in a couple of minutes.

So, what can you expect to see? Image editing at its finest: Witness how one artists creates the Mona Lisa in Microsoft Paint for instance. Others paint beautiful cars, John Locke from Lost, a simple face and a lowrider. Still think that MS Paint is no real image editor?

Update: Three of the five videos that I have posted here in this article in 2007 have been removed from YouTube in the meantime due to copyright claims. Thankfully though it was not too hard to find new videos that show some impressive MS Paint skills.

First up is Spiderman in Paint which looks just incredible. Watch the 4:38 minutes to see how a great looking Spiderman appears out of thin air. Better than the original? Probably.

The second new video is a rather intriguing Paint creation that took the author four years to complete. It is a large image full of comic characters, buildings and all that good stuff. While it may not be as impressive as the Spiderman above on first glance, it is certainly an impressive work of art.

Last but not least we have an Audi A5 that is been drawn using MS Paint. The video has a playtime of seven minutes and up from the very first seconds of the video you start to realize that this car will look incredible in the end.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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