Remember MacPaint? If you do, then you love today’s painting and drawing apps for the Mac. They’re cheap, easy to use, almost a dime a dozen, and make excellent learning tools. If you don’t remember MacPaint then you’re spoiled by the likes of PaintBoard.
A few bucks gets you a simple, elegant Mac paint app with tools highly reminiscent of Apple’s original drawing app.
Here’s what PaintBoard looks like in all its digital glory. Floating palette toolbar. Additional options in the Mac app Menubar.
Unlike the original MacPaint (which, by the way, was a black and white and shades of grey endeavor), PaintBoard also lets you drop in photographs so you can paint over them.
The tools are more advanced, too. Instead of just drawing lines of varying thickness, PaintBoard gives you options to create different strokes and painting and drawing tools.
Kids will love PaintBoard because the tools are simple to use.
Advanced tools include airbrush, eyedropper, zoom, and rounded rectangle. Text and fonts can be dropped into a painting and resized as needed.
PaintBoard also handles most Mac image file formats (PNG, JPG, BMP, TIFF, and GIF), including an alpha channel for PNG files.
Chances are good PaintBoard won’t be competing with Photoshop. But if you have a child that needs to learn digital painting and drawing, this is a good app to start.