Board Painter for square or rectangular Boards:

We made an online tool to edit Boards for Chess and Chess Variants.

The tool was named Board Painter.

In the following screenshot, you can see how it looks like.

The code of this tool is now open source and you can get it on GitHub. Don’t forget to mention our website and share your improvements of our tool.

Board Painter is easy to use. It’s designed to show piece movements (Circle = can slide to the square, can capture when reaching the on the targeted square. Arrow means, can leap (or jump) to the square)


Board Painter for other Variants with special Boards:

There are other versions of our tool, related to some well known Chess variants :


User Manual:

Many settings are possible to modify the board configuration and items colours :

  • Zoom : display zoom of the board preview
  • Board setup : Files x Rows
  • Save : choose file name to save current settings on your computer
  • Load : load settings from your computer
  • Board image : file name of the board image to be saved (PNG file)
  • Save : save image
  • Clear : you can clear all, or just pieces, moves or arrows
  • Current brush : displays the current brush. Change it by clicking on an item (move/piece/arrow). Brushes can be rotated, use the rotation links to turn to different directions : North (default), South, East and West.
  • Board colour : choose the 2 colours of the board+ border (background and text)
  • Moves : brush patterns for moves layer
  • Arrows : brush pattern for arrows + colour options (fill and borders)
  • Pieces : brush patterns for pieces. Links “all”, “white” and “blacks” are filters.

Tricks :

  • Click on a square to replace pattern, or erase it if same as brush
  • Shift+Click : fills a line with current pattern (horizontal, vertical or diagonal)
  • Ctrl+Click : paints current pattern + same pattern at symetric position (for instance to place 2 knights at their start position with one single click)
  • Use following shortcuts to rotate current brush : n = North, s = South, e = East, w = West

3D Board Painter for square or rectangular Boards:

Board Painter, you can try our second version with 3D diagrams and more icons.

Board Painter version2, with some 3D Diagrams for some pieces