Computer graphics app

Paintbrush is a barebones computer graphics app for Mac. PC users who switch to Cupertino-designed computers like the app because it brings them Microsoft Paint vibe. Basically, the app is a slim and lean art machine that only has a bare minimum of painting instruments and accessories allowing one to turn their creative ideas into a two-dimensional picture. The scanty capabilities of the Paintbrush are actually its biggest advantage because the lack of versatility makes it easier for a user to concentrate on what is being created instead of choosing between a large number of tools and functions.

Here are the key Paintbrush features: select, eraser, magnifier, pencil, brush, airbrush, line, rectangle, curve, and ellipse. Even though the number of tools is extremely limited, it suffices to produce basic illustrations. The utility can help to quickly crop images. This feature comes in handy when there is a need to cut a screenshot. Additionally, Paintbrush is commonly used to convert photos, highlight image areas, and introduce other simple changes such as resizing. Recently, the developers of the painting and illustrating app have introduced instruments such as rounded rectangle and transparent selection, which further extended its functionality. Paintbrush is not the ultimate choice for making graphical masterpieces but its flat learning curve benefits greatly novice users who might be intimidated by more sophisticated computer graphics apps.

The app supports the following image file types: BMP, PNG, GIF, and JPEG. To use Paintbrush, a user should have OS X 10.11 or later. The app also supports macOS High Sierra, which will be appreciated by those Mac users who have updated their OS.

Version: 2.2.1

Latest updates:

  • The crash-on-launch has been fixed;
  • Airbrush;
  • Rounded rectangle;
  • Transparent selection.

Price: Free

Developer: Soggy Waffles


  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.11 or later