Step26: Deluxe Paint IV

Pixel Art

Deluxe paint (aka « DPaint ») is a reference on Amiga when we speak about image drawing. This software have been released by the well known editor Electronic Arts.

Deluxe paint 1 have been released in 1985 for Amiga 1000.

Version 2 have been released in 1986 and version 4 in 1991 (surely the most used).

File Format

Electronic Arts introduced the IFF format. « Interchange File Format ». IFF can handle picture and sounds (and surelt other things). The picture format is ILBM (Even if IFF was the global container of media file, pictures were often named .iff files). Today you can view picture with PC viewer (like XnView) but need to use the .ilbm extension.

When saving pictures, a format was « brush ». In famous « Monkey Island » artists worked with DPaint and the main charactere was simply saved as a « Guy » brush. The name stayed and the character was finally named Guybrush Threepwood.


One of the nice feature of Deluxe Paint is the abaility of drawing animation. The software can display previous frames.


DPaint had a lot of features. Like the palette cycling and others. It can run in various resolutions and even have a HAM mode.

Cool graphics animation of that time

Some artists produced animation, mainly using Deluxe paint I guess. Here are some of them

Eric Schwartz – Juggler Demo 2

At the end of that animation you can hear a famous sample « The biggest unanswered question is where is the money? »

This sample is also in the Blood Money game music

The sample can be found in music Earth Wind & Fire – System of Survival




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