Paint for Macintosh?
March 18, 2008 7:04 AM   Subscribe

Is there a program that is free or shareware that works like Paint....except for Macintosh?

I like Paint and I want to use something easy like it on photographs for fun. I tried Paintbrush but it isn't really like Paint enough.
posted by macgenius to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I recommend "gimpshop", the version of gimp that mirrors the photoshop menu structure.

posted by mecran01 at 7:07 AM on March 18, 2008

Seashore is a good point in between Paintbrush and Gimp.
posted by zsazsa at 7:15 AM on March 18, 2008

For your purposes, Skitch would be absolutely perfect. It's designed for marking up photos and screenshots. As zsazsa said, Seashore is also very nice.
posted by AaRdVarK at 7:21 AM on March 18, 2008

Seconding Seashore, it's a GIMP offshoot I think, really pared down and easy to use. In my experience it roughly mirrors the functionality of Paint.NET for windows - i.e. it does everything that Paint does, and some of the lower-level functionality of Photoshop et al such as layers and clone-stamping.
posted by Happy Dave at 7:22 AM on March 18, 2008

Acorn is very good, but it's not cheap.
posted by veedubya at 7:32 AM on March 18, 2008

Artrage is really fun, does all the stuff that Paint does and adds on some extra nifty artsy perks. Caveat, however: I have the really old first Artrage though from when it was just freeware and I see that now you have to pay for the full edition. They still have a free version though; might well be worth a try.
posted by mygothlaundry at 7:33 AM on March 18, 2008

Tuxpaint has a windows and mac version (in addition to the original linux version)
posted by jrishel at 8:12 AM on March 18, 2008

GraphicConverter, not free ($40) but very good.
posted by doctor_negative at 10:19 AM on March 18, 2008 --">Pixen, perhaps?

(quoting that page)

Pixen is an innovative graphics editor for the Mac. It's designed from top to bottom for pixel artists—people who make low-resolution raster art like the sprites you see in old video games. But it's great for artists of all arenas: Pixen is like a very powerful MSPaint or a simpler, more agile Photoshop. And best of all, it's Free!
posted by devbrain at 12:09 PM on March 18, 2008

Ok - I totally gooned that link ..... Pixen.
posted by devbrain at 12:10 PM on March 18, 2008

Response by poster: Thanks everyone! I will try these recommendations out!
posted by macgenius at 4:15 PM on March 18, 2008

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