Graphics Magician Picture Painter (Atari 8-Bit, 5 1/4" Disk) Penguin Software - 1984 USA, Canada Release

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Graphics Magician Picture Painter
Packaging cover Graphics Magician Picture Painter.
Product ID PENGU0005
Platform(s) Atari 8-Bit
Packaging Retail Box
Media 5 1/4" Disk
Copyright date 1984
Publisher(s) Penguin Software
Developer(s) Mark Pelczarski
Category(s) Graphics, Painting
Country of Origin United States of America

Description from the packaging.

The Graphics Magician Picture Painter is an easy-to-use tool for creating and saving computer drawings. It lets you create graphics using lines, fills, "brushes", and text as well as offering many color and pattern choices. The fast color-fills let you quickly fill any enclosed area with the color or pattern of your choice, while the brushes give you the ability to add detail and shading to your picture. The brushes range in size and shape from a small, precision brush, to a large "airbrush".

Whereas computer graphics normally take large amounts of space (only 11-15 pictures will usually fit on a 5 1/4" diskette), those created with The Graphics Magician take minimal space, often allowing hundreds on a single disk. This is because pictures are stored by remembering artists' movements, not the pictures themselves. They can then be stored compactly, and reconstructed at computer-fast speed.

Pictures created with The Graphics Magician Picture Painter are ideal for use in adventure games, educational software, or any place where a large amount of graphic information is required. And because of the way in which pictures are stored, they can be easily transferred to any other computer for which The Graphics Magician is available! This unique feature can save you from the many, many hours or artwork usually required for graphics translations from computer to computer. The Graphics Magician Picture Painter is currently available for Apple II, Apple // Double-Res, Atari, Commodore, IBM and Macintosh.

With The Graphics Magician Picture Painter for 128K Double-Res Apples you may use joystick, mouse, paddles, touch tablet, Apple Graphics Tablet, or Houston Instruments Hi-Pad for input. The double-res version takes advantage of the 560 x 192 resolution and 16 colors available. 256 Blended colors are available for your use. Pictures created with the standard hi-res Graphics Magician can easily be read, displayed, and edited using this double-res version.

The Atari and Commodore versions of The Graphics Magician Picture Painter let you use the joystick for input, and allow full use of the 120 colors on each computer. You may choose special zones for each group of four colors, so that you can even use all colors at once. 71 Blended colors are also available from each group of four selected, giving you thousands of actual choices.

The Macintosh version of the Picture Painter uses the mouse for input, and lets you use shadings and patterns for your color selections, giving very fine grey-scale resolution and detail not available anywhere else.

For standard hi-res Apples, and for the IBM personal computers, the Picture Painter is part of the larger Graphics Magician package, which includes the Animator.

The Graphics Magician Picture Painter was designed by Mark Pelczarski. The Apple hi-res version was programmed by Mark Pelczarski, the Apple double-res version was programmed by Steve Meuse, the Atari and Commodore versions were programmed by Jon Niedfeldt, the Macintosh version was programmed by Robert Hardy, and the IBM version was programmed by Michael Shaver, all of whom contributed greatly to the overall design, flexibility, and features taking advantage of each particular computer.

System Requirements

Atari 8-Bit
Required RAM 32K

Box Scans

Retail Box cover Graphics Magician Picture Painter. Retail Box back Graphics Magician Picture Painter.



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