Among Amiga paint programs, Deluxe-Paint remains the standard by which the others are judged. It’s the essential tool in the Amiga artist’s palette; indeed, many Amiga owners bought their machines just to run DeluxePaint. With many features, such as the polygon tools, airbrush and text tool are just a few of them. Brush-tool options let you pick up part of your picture and draw or earse with it, warp, resize, rotate, outline or recolor it; or wrap it on any polygon. Pull-down menus control file handling and screen format: custom brush options like flip, rotate, and bend: and effects such as smear, blend, and smooth. Special features include perspective, a complex, keyboard-driven system for tilting any brush or screen to create the illusion of spatial depth, and stenciling, for masking selected colors or areas so they can’t be painted over. Using DeluxePaint ‘s animation tools, you can create moving demonstrations, presentations, and simulations.
Deluxe paint animation uses a process called page flipping. If you’ve ever buzzed through the pages of an animation flip book, you’ll understand the concept. You create a series of pictures using the standard painting tools. When the sequence is finished, the frames are stored in memory. To run the animation, you tell DeluxePaint to flip through all the frames in sequence at a predetermined frame rate up to 30 frames per second. Unlike most animation programs. DeluxePaint’s animation tools are easy to master. From the Anim menu, you choose the number of frames in your animation. Then you paint on each frame in turn. Frames can be cut, copied, and pasted in any sequence. Using the Anipainting feature, frames are stepped as you move the mouse, automating the animation process. You can also use small animations as brushes by creating an animation, selecting Animbrush, and then picking up the whole animated area as a custom brush. Animations are saved in the Aegis-Sparta ANIM file format, which the majority of Amiga animation programs can read. You can load your DeluxePaint animations into other programs or play them with the player utility supplied by Electronic Arts. The impact Deluxe Paint had, not only upon the Amiga, but upon the entire computer industry, cannot be denied.