Paint Shop Pro clone for Mac

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Gr8fulTed, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. Gr8fulTed macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2005
    Madras, OR
    I have just recently made the switch to a Mac from a PC and am finding I am really missing my Paint Shop Pro. As I research JASC (or Corel) It appears as though there is no Paint Shop Pro platform for Macs.

    I am wondering if there is some other software around that is very similar to PSP that I can aquire.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Photoshop Elements?

    But to be honest, I've never used Paint Shop Pro. Photoshop (the full version) has always been the tool of choice for me.

    I'm afraid that you may just have to learn to use some new software unless you want to run Paint Shop Pro on Virtual PC.
  3. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    Bring out the GIMP....

    When I first came over the the "Dark Side" with Apple all that time ago, I have to admit I missed my Paint Shop Pro.

    Try it's pretty good software, GIMP is no Adobe PhotoShop killer but it is good for photos and basic web stuff, plus it's free which is always a bonus. (Make sure you install X11, you'll need it for running GIMP)

    And there's always Adobe Elements which is always a good alternative.
  4. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I've found PS Elements version 3.0 quite good as a functional replacement for Photoshop while I'm away from my desktop. I'm sure it would do a great job in place of Paint Shop Pro, which must have changed a lot from the shareware days.
  5. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
  6. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    When I switched, I moved to Elements too. The only thing I missed from PSP to Elements was the Colour Replacer tool which is only in the full version of Photoshop but it wasn't a deal killer.
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Do you mean the channel mixer? PSE3 has a replace colors tool, in the sense that you pick a color in the picture, you pick a replacement color for it, and then you adjust the sensitivity so that nearby-to-target colors are replaced by nearby-to-replacement-colors....

    The channel mixer is probably the key thing I wish I had. Although to be fair, using the color adjustment tool in PSE3 and then mixing down to B&W is usually quite sufficient. And B&W is usually not my thing anyway. :eek:
  8. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Ah... was that in PSE2? I never bothered upgrading to 3 since I got a copy of Photoshop from work.
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Ahhh, oops, sorry, 'Spider. It probably wasn't. :eek: I never used PSE2. But from what I hear, PSE3 was a huge improvement and the feature set became much more usable for the amateur set.... I bought PSE3, and then got PSE2 with my Rebel, but I never bothered with it.
  10. mdavey macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    I'd second that. Gimp is a superb piece of software and there are masses of filters and plugins available for it (it comes with a whole load as standard).
  11. Ga6 macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2006
    adelaide hills australia
    its unfortunate but...there is no solution
    2 things to remember
    photoshop is a graphic artist oriented program
    paint shop pro is photograhy oriented....yes stupidly inverse names

    Photoshop has nicer more comprehensive (for the mostpart) effective tools, but the layout sucks, the menus have become way too nested and the interface looks like it was designed by newspaper men (not that it should matter). photoshop has much more user oriented support with a wide range of tools available...most of dubious quality. Oops did it crash again ?

    Paint shop pro is simpler, much better layed out for intuitive learning (why did you buy a Mac again ?), requires less time to do the same operations. But it also has distortion correction tools for fisheye barrel and pincussion (only as addons for photoshop), You need this for a wide range of lens issues. colour replacement tool to take out those grey skies with a gradient blue and adjustable cloneing make the lawns look green again.

    Nicely laid out features that work together such as saturation/lightness. Add to that the productivity the macro feature provides, giving you the ability to load and process 20 images ata time for operations that are the same. This would include the reliabilty of the One Step fix tool, noise reduction and fill flash. Then theres the ease to which you can correct perspective distortion, a feature that took me fully 2 days to find in Photoshop...and I know what Im looking for.

    If I spend 5 minutes on a photograph I have wasted 3 minutes. I have the need to process the 50 to 90 images from a shoot and burn them to disc for the client to deliver the next working day. Productivity is the key, with ever so slight compromises on quality. If someone could figure out a way to run PSP on my Mac effeciently they would have all my money my undying love and gratitude. Well ok, my gratitude anyways :)

    photoshop elements is nothing but a cut down version of photoshop
    what the hells a gimp....
  12. jive macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2006
  13. Ga6 macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2006
    adelaide hills australia
    In fact i am looking at Aperture, and LightZone
    I am trying to discover the tools they have without the hefty download
    Aperture does look to be a little hardware heavy for my dual proc G4

    Both these aps are more database oriented than what I feel I need, but alas I am willing to try
  14. ninja/pirate macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2007
    mac os psp

    its largely lazyness on my part but i really resent not having paint shop pro for a mac. i cant let one programme define my choice of computer, but my use of psp had become intuitive and having an incredibly short attention span makes learning to use a new programme a mammoth chore.

    heres hoping.
  15. tominated macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2006
    Queensland, Australia
  16. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    If you're leaning towards GIMP but don't want to run it through X11, there's MacGIMP....

    Or if PSP is the one and only for you, get VMWare and chuck Windows on it ;)

    Would make sense, and I can't wait. However, it says it's being released late July and they haven't even emailed out about the private beta yet :confused:
  17. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Has anyone actually used MacGIMP? I'm very curious. Is there even any place to see screenshots? Navigating their site is very confusing to me... I've found it before and I just can never figure out where on the site I'm supposed to find anything. :(
  18. Chrystal Ocean macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    It's been almost two years since the OP of this thread and still no PaintShop Pro for Mac.

    I'm a new Mac user. Just got my Mac Mini a week ago and am having a ball with it. Have happily adapted to the new environment and new applications, with one exception. The graphics application I've had to make do with in lieu of PSP is a poor replacement. It literally is a time waster. So little of it is obvious.

    When I first began checking out a graphics/image applications, back in the old days, I looked at PhotoShop. Seemed far too complicated and more than I could ever need. PSP proved the better choice. I'd never created images before then (not even by hand), but it didn't take long to learn how to use PSP. I cannot say the same with the application I'm having to use now: GIMP (with the required X11 installed).

    No other program comes close to what PSP can do - a sad situation for we PSP fans.

    I'd not heard that MacGIMP was on the horizon. I'll check it out. Not having to use X11 would be great.*

    Will MacGIMP resolve my problems learning how to use this application? I doubt it, since the fundamental problem is with the GUI. It appears to have been designed from a developer's, not a user's, POV.

    As for PSP for Mac, I've signed the petition and will squawk and squawk about the unfairness of it all. ;)

    *Same deal with OpenOffice vs. NeoOffice. It's not all that clear on the website that there's a better choice for Mac users, rather than installing the version of OO that requires X11. NeoOffice is also OO, but it has been designed specifically for Macs - no X11 required.
  19. emotion macrumors 68040


    Mar 29, 2004
    Manchester, UK
    Use VMWare Fusion and run PSP within that perhaps?

    I know not an ideal solution but it will work.
  20. BBC B 32k macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2005
  21. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    You don't say what you use PSP for. If we knew this we could suggest a suitable replacement for PSP. Is cost an issue? Maybe not if you are looking at Corel? Let us know what your needs are. lot of thing might work.
  22. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    It sure looks exciting.

    Here is the link for the original poster.
  23. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I'm one of those that loved PSP on my PC, too. I miss it on the Mac. I've used Photoshop Elements, and it's decent, but somehow just not quite "right" to me. Maybe I just need more time to get used to it (I haven't tried version 3 at all, either, I should give it a whirl.)

    I essentially stopped doing new website development (making all those little graphics) since I switched, almost solely because I was on a roll with PSP and suddenly I faced the prospect of re-learning and recreating everything.
    The site I maintain is long overdue for a design refresh, so perhaps I should get cracking.
  24. feyd_ehway macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2005
    ive been a photoshop user even back in my window days... but for some reason i did enjoy paintbrush *grins* i realize there is a vast difference between the programs but i just got all excited when i thought i had an answer to someone's question. [paintbrush / paintshop pro... similarities are overwhelming - being that they both have the word 'paint' in title *meek attempt at humour* ]
    but, just in case you are wondering...
    i have found a version of paintbrush for mac! *hears the cheers of awe and admiration from fellow members* ;)
    sometimes i just want a basic [and by that i do stress basic] program that i dont have to wait 5 minutes to load [okay, slight exaggeration :D]

    the writing on the tombstone will say:
    hey, but she meant well...

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