MS Paint equivalent program for Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by saintforlife, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. saintforlife macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    I am a new Mac convert and am still trying to figure some things out with the Mac OS X. One of the things I do often on my laptop is take a lot of screen shots and save the images. On my windows computer I use MS Paint for this.

    Is there a Mac equivalent application like MS Paint? Also what is the keyboard shortcut to take a screen shot in OS X?
  2. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    You don't need a separate program, just hit command-shift-3 and a screenshot will be saved as a file on the desktop.
  3. alpha752 macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2011
    I use Paintbrush for simple editing. It works fine for marking up screen shots and such. Not much else.

    iPhoto has some tools for changing brightness/contract and the like.
  4. GekkePrutser macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2005
    You can also use Preview to do simple image manipulations usually done on screenshots, such as cropping, resizing, and creating simple rectangles and ellipses to highlight parts of the screen. It can also convert to several output formats.
  5. aristobrat, Mar 30, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2011

    aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    You can also use Preview to quickly annotate a graphic. I use it all the time at work to take a screenshot and draw an arrow pointing to something, or putting a circle around something.

    I also like how with the OS X screenshot keys, you can press control and it puts the screenshot in the paste buffer. So then I can click on Preview (it's always open in my Dock) and hit command-N, which opens up a new window and automatically pastes the screenshot. I can do my annotations in Preview, hit command-A (to select everything I did in Preview) command-C (to copy it), then paste it in an email.

    Ok, looking at the paragraph, it doesn't sound so cool, but it really annoys my Windows co-workers that I can do all that so quickly with just stuff that comes on OS X. :)
  6. Miss Terri macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2010
    US East Coast
    I use the first part of what you described all the time (in my case, shift-control-command-4, then command-N to open in preview).

    But, I like what you added, with the A + C after! I just tried it, and one note is that on my MBP at least it is "Command-A" and "Command-C" vs. "Ctrl-etc."

    My next move is to explore the possibility of creating a different key command to do "shift-control-command-4" as I use it all the time and it's a tiny bit awkward.

    The more I use Preview, the more I like it (older versions did not annotate nearly as well, which drove me nuts as I like circles, arrows, and descriptions :)).

    Miss Terri
    2010 MBP 13", 10.6.4
  7. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Oye, rookie error on my part -- I meant command instead of CTRL ... thanks for catching that! :eek:

    What a cool idea, I'm going to try that too! :)
  8. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
  9. ecib macrumors regular


    Jan 4, 2011
    I forget the name of it, but there is a free MS Paint equivalent program in the Mac App store. Just go to the 'Top Free' tab on the lower right and it should be among those.
  10. Boston007 macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2010

    I can't believe no one has mention the program GRAB, which comes with all Macs.

    I LOVE this little gem of an app
  11. BENJMNS macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2005
    is there an easy to way edit the images like in ms paint? say i want to fuzz out a license plate or something.
  12. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    You could overlay a white rectangle via the Annotation Tool.
  13. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    If you do that though, make sure you save as a jpg and not a pdf, because with pdfs it's usually completely possible to open any pdf file and simply remove the censoring annotation box.

    No one's mentioned it because (afaik) all those great Grab functions are available system-wide using standard key commands, without having to open up the Grab app at all.
  14. yanksrock100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2010
    San Diego
  15. scott88 macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2014
    looking for paint - I hear you

    I know where you are coming from. I used it all the time when on PC to send quick mark ups to colleagues and web designers etc. Im now having troubles getting it to work on the new mac book pro. Im sticking with Win 7 and using parallels for comunication. It should work, works fine on the Imac, its just playing up on the macbook.

    To your other question
    To grab images without grabing the whole screen

    command + shift + 4 then pull it around the area you want copied, it will then save to the desktop on auto. Set up a file for all your grabs or just delete them once you have done your work.
  16. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Sketchbook Express ( free)

    Sketchbook Copic ( Free)

    And others too numerous to mention are free in the App store...don't be fooled by the fact that they cost nothing, these are full featured applications and if you are used to using Paint then you'll easily take to either.

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