Instant Artist / Print Artist 1.0 (DOS)

Instant Artist, later renamed to Print Artist, is a greeting card and sign creation program that uses vectorized graphics. It was created by The Pixellite Group, the original authors of The Print Shop, and published in 1992 by Autodesk. It was later sold by Sierra On-line. It features a high quality set of generic reusable clip art. The clip art uses vector based technology that was also used in BannerMania.

For more information, see Software Spotlight: Instant Artist.


Release notes

This is the DOS version of the Instant Artist 1.0 product. There as also a version for Windows 3.0.

This version includes built-in support for a wide variety of printers, and includes a large variety of vectorized clipart.

At the time, similar competing programs primarily used bit-mapped graphics. Because vector art scales up to even the highest resolution printers, Instant Artist 1.0 prominently advertises that there will be "No more jaggies!"

Installation instructions

Minimum requirements: IBM PC, XT, AT, PS/1, PS/2 or 100% compatible 512K RAM with DOS 3.0 or higher Hard drive with 5.5MB free High density floppy drive Supports Hercules monographics, MCGA, EGA, VGA, SVGA, and VESA. Microsoft compatible mouse

Printer support includes over 185 printers, including most laser and PostScript printers, and 9-pin and 24-pin dot matrix printers.

Product type
Application Graphics Publishing Novelty
Release date
Minimum CPU
User interface
Download count
56 (2 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Instant Artist 1.0 for DOS (5.25-1.2mb) 1.0 for DOS English 4.41MB 1
Instant Artist 1.0 for DOS Manual 1.0 for DOS English 56.17MB 1


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