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10 album covers which were actually improved by MS Paint

Yesterday we heard the unspeakably sad news that Paint, Microsoft’s 32-year-old image editing baby, was going the way of the dodo.

Hours and hours of our collective childhoods were lost creating fills, oblongs and crudely drawn apple trees on this program… you don’t want to just wave goodbye to a friend that old.

Fortunately it has been revealed that Paint will live on as a free, downloadable program for Windows. Close call.

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Justice – Cross

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened: celebrate 32 years of basic Paint imagery with these 10 album covers.

Amongst the horde of fan art, original art and straight-up whacky art that has been created within Paint’s parameters, a subculture of album art imitation emerged.

Mostly these were torn apart versions which turned the original image into a deformed monster. Luckily though, some LP covers (with credit to a few handy MS Paint artists) actually make a little sense when they’re cut back to bare bones.

Here are 10 covers which actually look good when ported over to our favourite, most nostalgic image editing software.

MF Doom – Madvillainy
James Blake – James Blake
Arctic Monkeys – AM
Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother
Ratatat – Classics
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

And a shoutout to this special little child:

Nirvana – Nevermind