Is There a Paint App On The Mac?

Remember when Macs came with a basic Paint app? There hasn't been a default app like that for a long while, but you can use Preview and Photos for most things. If you want to be able to draw with pixels, however, you'll need a graphics app. Here are some suggestions, including one that is free and easy to use.

Comments: 9 Responses to “Is There a Paint App On The Mac?”

    Douglas Brace
    3 years ago

    I use Gimp ( for very basic editing.

    3 years ago

    I agree with your suggestions. I also like the Affinity products. I would also suggest Graphic Converter. This has been around since well before OS X. At its core it converts image formats. At this it is superb. It can open practically anything. You can edit pixels one-by-one, fill regions, use a brush, crop, resize and select regions to be made transparent. It has a nice image browser, and a batch processor. Probably I'm missing a lot. $39.99 on the App Store.

    3 years ago

    can't get a black and white print in the Mac photos they have a crimson tint or a blue tint I use a canon ip8750

    3 years ago

    Mel: Check your printer options when printing. It is different for every printer, but I'd be surprised if there wasn't a grayscale option for your printer. Consult your printer documentation if you need to, or call their support.

    Steve Smith
    3 years ago

    What are your thoughts on Luminar by Skylum. I'm an amateur photo editor -- I've tested their sky replacement feature and am intrigued. Is it unique? Worth the incremental cost?

    3 years ago

    Steve: Sorry, I haven't played with it.

    Dean Kutzler
    3 years ago

    Hey Gary! 👋🏻 As always, thank you for putting out these videos. I'm currently using Pixelmator Pro and I'm having trouble finding more brushes free or paid. Any suggestions?

    3 years ago

    Dean: Sorry, I don't know about brushes. Maybe check their site and ask support?

    Graeme Salmond
    2 years ago

    Hi Gary, I use an older version of Corel Painter but haven’t upgraded because of the cost. I’ve since discovered Autodesk Sketchbook which is free and suitable for most things I do in Corel Painter.

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