Deluxe Paint

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Deluxe Paint, also known as as DPaint, is a series of computer bitmap art packages released by Electronic Arts between 1985 and 1995. The original Deluxe Paint debuted alongside the November release of the Amiga 1000 computer, and became ubiquitous among graphic designers working with computers during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Most notably, Deluxe Paint was warmly embraced by video game developers, and became a favoured tool for developing games for consoles such as the Sega Mega Drive, alongside 16-bit home computers and other contemporary platforms of the day.

As the 1990s progressed, developers began moving away from the limited capabilities of Deluxe Paint, towards the likes of Adobe Photoshop for Windows. Workstations offered by SGI also provided artists and animators with the tools to produce (relatively affordable) 3D graphics for the first time. Faced with more capable rivals, the low resolution, low colour count worlds of Deluxe Paint became obsolete, and was discontinued when Amiga sales began to rapidly decline[1].

Games developed with Deluxe Paint

Deluxe Paint (1985; Amiga)

Master System

Deluxe Paint II (1986; Amiga)

Mega Drive

Deluxe Paint III (1988; Amiga)


Atari ST

Mega Drive

ZX Spectrum

Deluxe Paint IV (1991; Amiga)

Mega Drive


Deluxe Paint 4.5 AGA (1993; Amiga)

Deluxe Paint V (1995; Amiga)

Deluxe Paint Animation (1990; IBM PC)

Mega Drive