Just when I thought the word ‘paint’ would never get used in another Mac app, along comes Paint Brush, an inexpensive yet cleverly done image editor, drawing app, photo color corrector, and heir to MacPaint’s heritage. The name ‘Paint Brush’ doesn’t really do justice to the app’s capabilities.
Most of the tools are familiar to anyone who’s used a drawing or painting app on a Mac or PC. Selection tools are more pro than entry-level, allowing you to grab specific objects from one image and drop them into another. Shapes can easily be added, combined, and edited, although it comes with standard shape tools which also have shadows, fill, and stroke options.
Paint Brush has a number of rather decently appointed color correction tools which are perfect to enhance photos. Included are adjustments for hue, saturation, exposure, highlights, contrast, brightness and others.
Colors in an image can be replaced and remixed. Paint Brush also opens and saves most standard Mac file formats, including JPG, PNG, and TIFF.
Paint Brush might be exactly what you need to put some extra visual juice into a photo or graphic, but it’s totally entry level, despite a few clever tools (gradients, color corrections, et al).
Why do I say that?
At about $5, Paint Brush seems priced right, relative to the feature set and capabilities. This would be a good successor to MacPaint of yesteryear. But add $10 to the price tag and you get Pixelmator, arguably a good Photoshop wannabe app for graphic designers. If you want to step into true graphic design, bypass the inexpensive paint tools which might please children for awhile, and get what amounts to the bargain graphic design app of the year, Pixelmator.