zzPaint is a portable image editor which offers basic editing options
If you want something that's even simpler, zzPaint is an interesting choice. Sometimes, you may just need a fast simple to use image editor that supports the features that you need. Why start the rather slow loading GIMP or Photoshop if you can do the same in a program like Microsoft Paint or zzPaint?
ZZPaint is a basic image editing application for Windows that is portable. To use it, download its archive from the linked website, extract it after the download completes and run the included executable file afterward. The settings are stored in the same folder in an INI file. What it lacks is a help file, so we'll try to explain the program's features.
The interface is about as simple as it can get. There is a menu bar, toolbar, left side panel, workspace pane and another panel on the right. You can disable the toolbar and the side panels from the view menu for an even more minimal experience.
Images that you edit in zzPaint can be saved as JPG/JPEG, PNG and BMP formats. Open a picture to edit and you get a new sidebar on the left with some useful tools. This includes a color picker (aka eye dropper tool), point, line, rectangle, polygon, ellipse, flood and text tools.
There are 3 tools on the main side panel: Pen, Brush, Font. The Pen tool is used when you draw lines and also for the borders of shapes. You can set a custom color, width, cap style, join style, for it. The brush tool is used for drawing shapes andÂ all three tools let you set AntiAliasing.
Tip: You can use the color palette, or enter the RGB values or the HTML color code to select the shade you want to.
The font tool lets you write text on photos using custom font styles and colors. You may also set the alignment of the text horizontally or vertically. To add text, you need to type something in the text box in the Font panel and then use the text tool from the left sidebar to place the text.
Tip: I found the text tool to be a very quick way to watermark an image.
You can open multiple images in zzPaint without any issues and may display them in various ways including tile and cascade views.
The overlapping windows button on the bottom left corner is the resize tool and supports maintaining the aspect ratio and resizing by percentage or pixels. Clicking on the arrows in the bottom left corner brings up the RGB to BGR, Add Alpha Channel, Invert RGB, Flip Horizontal and Flip Vertical tools; these can also be accessed from the Transform menu.
I like the minimal approach of the program but would have liked a blur or arrow tool (both of which I use frequently for editing screenshots). zzPaint could be a useful tool to carry on a USB Flash Drive, or for basic watermarking, resizing. It reminds me a lot of Microsoft Paint but is more capable than Microsoft's program in some regards.
Interestingly, the program has no official website. It is made by Dr. Javier Lechuga and zzPaint only seems to be available on Major Geeks. The link to the developer's site on the download portal takes you to a page on the Cranfield University website where Dr. Lechuga's thesis can be found. I don't think I have seen something like this before related to a software, have you?Advertisement