EZ Paint is a free alternative program to MS Paint for your Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8 OS that has many of the same shortcuts and features. For instance, The left and right mouse buttons function the same way as in MS Paint with each button corresponding to one of the two available brushes. In addition, Control and Shift when used with the mouse provide the same stamp and trail functions as well. The arrow keys are used in a similar fashion to move selections in fine precise increments.
Developed as an easy to use aid for creating illustrations for web pages as well as editing web-based pictures, EZ Paint also touts many features not available in MS Paint which are crucial to web page design such as the use of gradients and the editing of .png and .gif files which contain transparencies. In fact, the default file for EZ Paint is Portable Network Graphics (PNG / PING) which is a raster graphics file format that supports lossless data compression. PNG was created as an improved, non-patented replacement for Graphics Interchange Format (GIF), and is the most used lossless image compression format on the World Wide Web.