I tried out several image editors mentioned on this site but some of them (like Pixen and Seashore) were very disappointing. These apps were too simple and low level.

What do you suggest for a (preferably free) image editor on OS X?

P.S: I was using GIMP on Linux and also know that it was released for OS X too, but I want to find new good applications.

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    I think this is too subjective as it stands.
    – Chealion
    Aug 18 '10 at 0:50
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    @Chealion I don't think so because I really want some good app, when I was use XP I can do my job only with paint but I can't find such a simple app in os x. it's really strange for me that there is good & free & simple application for editing image in os x!
    – Am1rr3zA
    Aug 18 '10 at 0:58
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    @Am1rr: Ug, can't edit to rephrase the question. Try asking for an alternative to GIMP for OS X or a native port of GIMP.
    – Josh K
    Aug 18 '10 at 1:45
  • @Josh it better change to ALternative to paint. because GIMP was not so simple
    – Am1rr3zA
    Aug 18 '10 at 1:51
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    Lots of alternatives: alternativeto.net/software/microsoft-paint/?platform=mac
    – cregox
    Jan 11 '11 at 1:16

You could try Paintbrush (free). As quoted from its website :

Paintbrush is a simple paint program for Mac OS X, reminiscent of Microsoft Paint and Apple’s own now-defunct MacPaint. It provides users with a means to make simple images quickly, something which has been noticeably absent from the Mac for years.


  • I said in my question I use Seashore but it's was so bad.
    – Am1rr3zA
    Aug 18 '10 at 8:35

Acorn ($49 or free with reduced features)

Acorn is what you want.

  • I like this one, but it's better if it's also free :P
    – Am1rr3zA
    Aug 19 '10 at 23:44
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    Free version info: flyingmeat.com/acorn/acornfree.html "You can use Acorn 2 without paying a single cent. How awesome is that? Here's how it works: when you first download Acorn, it runs in "trial mode" for a couple of weeks. If you decide not to purchase it after 14 days, the trial will end and Acorn will disable some advanced features, but will continue working for your image editing needs. You can still open images and crop, filter, rotate, add layers, add text, touchup and just have fun with your images. All without paying a single cent, and completely guilt free."
    – Drarok
    Aug 24 '10 at 13:00
  • url for free version is dead Jun 27 '15 at 18:49
  • The link for the free/trial version is now the same as in the answer. There you can find "download trial" to donwload a zip file with the app.
    – iled
    Dec 27 '20 at 20:38

Pixelmator is a great alternative to Photoshop and similar to paint.net on windows

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    the Pixelmator problem is that it's not free, it's cost about 50$ i need free one.
    – Am1rr3zA
    Aug 18 '10 at 2:00
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    Perhaps you should clarify the Free part in your question. it’s not mentioned. Aug 18 '10 at 21:23

I think it’s too subjective. Anyway, probably the two candidates are:

1) You don’t have Photoshop experience (or want to get far from it): Acorn is for you.

2) You know Photoshop and have some experience with it: Pixelmator will make you feel more at home.


You said that you already know Gimp. I use that at times on my Ubuntu box and my Macbook. Also, Seashore on the Mac for really simple stuff.

Here are a couple of links to open source options.


I use Pixen for the lightweight jobs.

Update 2018: Since I recommended it 8 years ago, Pixen is now a paid app. Apparently I'm not the only one who thought they were doing something right. I wish them well with it. In the intervening time, I've gravitated to using Preview for basic photo editing and markup.

  • This image appears to have gone dead; would you possibly be able to replace it?
    – Mithical
    Jun 4 '18 at 11:11
  • Sorry, I no longer have the image either.
    – JRobert
    Jun 4 '18 at 17:18

I don't know why nobody talks about Krita. It is free and powerful with a lot of options. I was a real user of Paint.NET and I got sad when I migrated to Mac and didn't get my Paint.NET. Now I am using Krita and this is perfect.


What about the PowerPoint? You can edit images and then take a screenshot.

  • This is a terrible idea. PowerPoint is neither an image editor nor a drawing/painting package, and taking screenshots will only create images at screen resolution.
    – benwiggy
    Feb 25 '19 at 17:34

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