Paintbrush

Paintbrush for Mac

A simple and basic image editing tool

Paintbrush is probably one of the most basic graphics and design software that people can get their hands on. It is especially great for beginners and other users who are only after simple image editing. Paintbrush contains a set of tools that allow people to create random doodles in different shapes and sizes, as well as insert texts to images.

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PROS

  • Great for kids
  • Simple to use
  • Supports different file formats
  • Do quick and basic edits

CONS

  • Very basic in features and preferences
  • Hard to draw with a mouse
  • Limited selection of colors

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Paintbrush is probably one of the most basic graphics and design software that people can get their hands on. It is especially great for beginners and other users who are only after simple image editing. Paintbrush contains a set of tools that allow people to create random doodles in different shapes and sizes, as well as insert texts to images.

Not to be underestimated

It may not be able to perform complex edits like popular photo editors Photoshop and Lightroom, but Paintbrush is definitely not one to be underestimated. This is the kind of software that you can run to when you need to perform easy and quick edits like resizing, cropping, and doodling over images. Texts can also be inserted for fast captioning with just a click of its Text tool. As for its other doodling tools, Paintbrush offers a wide selection of colors that users can play with using its many different brushes. On the other hand, cropping and resizing is made easy by its intuitive and transparent selection tool, which allows users to select parts of their images as accurate as possible. This feature is useful for removing and replacing backgrounds of images. 

Have fun with doodles

What really makes Paintbrush unforgettable is that it lets its users be creative as much as they like. You’d be surprised with how much a simple brush and paint tool can do on a blank canvass. It also helps that there are no complicated steps and prerequisites needed to complete an artwork, making Paintbrush a carefree software that is appealing both to beginners and pros. 

Move it anywhere

Unlike other programs, Paintbrush’s interface is divided and separated. The toolbox is not connected side-by-side with the blank canvass. Opening other options such as the color palette and general settings will also result in the appearance of new and separate windows. This feature makes Paintbrush less obtrusive as it gives its users the freedom to move the windows anywhere on their screen. 


Back to basics

Paintbrush does not have advanced editing tools, but then again, it is a software that is meant for basic editing and laidback artwork creation. It is very easy to navigate and the controls are all responsive and seamless. Even with its limited capabilities, Paintbrush does deliver and will not disappoint.

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.

Changes

  • 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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User reviews about Paintbrush

  • by daisy rogers

    Far inferior to microsoft paint. Cut and paste functions simply do not work - when I hit paste it either fails to drop the image at allMore

  • Jordan Potoski

    by Jordan Potoski

    It used to be good now it's just awful, keeps crashing, never opens ANY of my files, and doesn't save my progress. In addition it doesnMore

  • Mallory Chaput

    by Mallory Chaput

    Very difficult to use, not even half as good as MS paint, program keeps crashing and freezing up my computer. Even when I try to updateMore

  • by Anonymous

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

  • by Anonymous

    Cannot edit selections. Very disappointed. I used the Paint on my PC incredibly often to draw house plans and I am unable to select andMore

  • by Anonymous

    Brings back the atmosphere of kindergarten. Paintbrush is the great application for kids and their parents. This handy tool is a good wMore

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