Paintbrush 2.1.2

Basic doodling app for Mac

Paintbrush is a basic image editor that even kids will find easy to use. If you love to doodle without the hassle of learning how to use a design app, Paintbrush is ideal. View full description


  • Great for kids
  • Simple to use
  • Supports a range of graphic formats


  • Very basic in features and preferences
  • Hard to draw with a mouse


Paintbrush is a basic image editor that even kids will find easy to use. If you love to doodle without the hassle of learning how to use a design app, Paintbrush is ideal.

Extremely easy to use

Paint follows a simple pick-up-and-paint format that is easy to learn with just a little perseverance. Paintbrush is therefore an extremely simple app – don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s a photo editor or replacement for an image editor like Photoshop. You've got a toolbox which allows you to use a paintbrush, rubber, color palette, area selector and little more than that.

Suitable for simple doodling

In other words, Paintbrush won't appeal to any serious artist but it could be useful to keep your kids happy for a while or simply if you want to doodle a few minutes away. You can save your Paintbrush masterpieces in most major formats, although you can only select one default save format (.PNG). It's not easy to paint on Paintbrush when using a mouse, however; the app should support the addition of a light-pen and pad to make it more usable.

A fun painting app for everyone

Simple to use and easy to get going, Paintbrush is the blank canvas that will take you back to kindergarten.


  • Color accuracy: All-new internal image storage means far better color accuracy
  • Transparent selection: Automatically remove the background color in selections to obtain pixel-perfect positioning
  • Speed: In addition to full 64-bit support, various tools have gotten speed boosts, especially the massively improved Fill tool
  • We’ve also added plenty of little fixes and features, including better printing options, enhanced image resize UI, improved transparency support (featuring a classic checkerboard pattern), and JPEG quality settings.

Happy painting!

Paintbrush is a simple paint program for Mac OS X, reminiscent of Microsoft Paint and Apple’s own now-defunct MacPaint. It provides users with a means to make simple images quickly, something that has been noticeably absent from the Mac for years.

When Apple released the original Macintosh in 1984, they included two applications: MacWrite and MacPaint. Twenty-five years later, every Mac still includes a basic text editor in TextEdit, but a simple paint program is a thing of the past.

Paintbrush can open and save to most major image formats, including BMP, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, and GIF. Full support for transparency is available for image formats that support an alpha channel (currently PNGs and GIFs). You can also paste images copied from many common Mac applications, including Microsoft Office and Apple iWork.

Disclaimer: Paintbrush is not intended to replace Adobe Photoshop or other high-end image editors. Instead, it aims to fill the need for a basic, streamlined, and Mac-native image editor. Whether you need to quickly crop a photo, add some text to an image, or just have fun doodling, Paintbrush has you covered. Sporting a simple and intuitive UI, Paintbrush will have you discovering your inner van Gogh in no time. Just pick a tool, pick a color, and go!

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Paintbrush 2.1.2

User reviews about Paintbrush

  • aligiriunas

    by aligiriunas

    "Keeps closing down"

    I've been using this software and it keeps closing on me! Very frustrating.   More.

  • Albany Buttrey

    by Albany Buttrey

    "Cannot edit selections"

    Very disappointed. I used the Paint on my PC incredibly often to draw house plans and I am unable to select and edit ...   More.

  • harrythunder

    by harrythunder

    "Brings back the atmosphere of kindergarten"

    Paintbrush is the great application for kids and their parents. This handy tool is a good way to amuse your child. It...   More.

  • jazzhands09

    by jazzhands09

    "GREAT "

    I really like the use of the 1 tool you have in the whole program 10/10 would recommend to fellow painters who are ba...   More.

  • Ryan.Rob

    by Ryan.Rob

    "The technical term for this program is "Not Very Good At All"."

    Relatively useless. This is supposed to replace MS Paint but is trying to be photo shop or something. It is as intuit...   More.

  • SBDSH47

    by SBDSH47


    Terrible for inserting text, and it keeps randomly crashing so that I always lose my saved work. When I copy and past...   More.