Create impressive drawings with this free painting tool

We're used to see image editors, but drawing tools are not so thick on the ground. And a drawing apps like the excellent Artweaver are even rarer! View full description


  • Wide selection of brushes
  • Plug-in support
  • Layers and transparency


  • Not so many tools for photo editing

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We're used to see image editors, but drawing tools are not so thick on the ground. And a drawing apps like the excellent Artweaver are even rarer!

Artweaver is the perfect tool to give free rein to your imagination and creativity. It includes more than a dozen different brushes – each of them with their own tweaks and settings - to create all sorts of effects. The brushes try to convey the feeling and result of using actual drawing tools, and I have to say they do a pretty good job!

Some of the brushes included in Artweaver are acrylics, chalk, charcoal, felt pens, pastels, oils and pencils, among others. There are also a few special filters and adjustments you can use when editing images, but the program's main focus is on drawing.

Artweaver stands out for some other interesting features, like support for layers and transparency, a history windows like the one in Photoshop and a comfortable, customizable interface.

Artweaver is a powerful drawing tool with an great selection of brushes to create impressive works of art.


  • Error that no documents can be opened under seldom circumstances fixed
  • Error in preview of remove red eyes filter fixed
  • Displaying of shortcuts in keyboard shortcuts dialog improved
  • Displaying of change log in online update improved

Artweaver is a simple freeware program for creative painting, i.e. Artweaver offers you all artistic effects which you need for your work. You can create sketches from photos and experiment with a wide range of brushes. The brush simulation as realistic as possible, conforming to natural brush strokes.

Artweaver features:

  • Support for many different digital brushes e.g. chalk, charcoal, pencils, etc.
  • Wide variety of adjustment settings, allowing you to customize the default brushes or to create new brushes
  • Standard image editing tools like gradient, crop, fill and selection tools
  • Support for the most common file formats like AWD (Artweaver), BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, TGA, TIFF, PNG, and PSD (no layer support)
  • Transparency and Layers support
  • Effect filters like sharpen, blur, emboss and mosaic
  • Editable text layers
  • Pen Tablet support for a realistic feeling
  • History function to und/redo last editing steps
  • Expandable by plug-in modules (Artweaver Standard)
  • Support for many languages through language files.



Artweaver 3.0.4

— User reviews — about Artweaver

  • lanachesley

    by lanachesley

    "only good for beginners"

    It's good for very beginner artists, but once you've been drawing digitally for a while it becomes very...limiting. Ther... More.

    reviewed on February 2, 2016

  • Thatoneartist

    by Thatoneartist

    "A nice applicant for intermediate artists. "

    Clean, quick, and stable. But not really easy to learn. I'v used many applications like this before and this one is a li... More.

    reviewed on December 3, 2015

  • mikuroxs

    by mikuroxs

    "preety good"

    I enjoy the fact that it is the same compared to photoshop... Extreamly happy that I downloaded it :) everyone that I ha... More.

    reviewed on June 30, 2010

  • jb12

    by jb12

    "artweaver is great"

    well i just installed it yesterday but its awesome kinda of hard to figure out. More.

    reviewed on May 17, 2009

  • iljana

    by iljana

    "Your Freed' Art"

    The layout and functions have a lot of similarities with other paint programs and it is for free - that in itself makes ... More.

    reviewed on September 12, 2008

  • snookypoo

    by snookypoo

    "Almost as good as corel draw 8"

    A good stand in for Corel 8 and Photo Paint 8 not being able to use in the new vista which stinks.If I knew I could no... More.

    reviewed on May 26, 2008