On a request fromÂ davebriggs over on twitter, I decided I’d do a quick list of “paint” replacements for OS X. We’ve talked about a couple on the podcast, but we’ve never really gotten around to posting about them here on the blog.My absolute favourite, non-photoshop, editor isÂ pixelmator. Â It helps that they have a hot chick on their front page, but all of that aside, it’s an excellent application to muck around with photos. Â Now it’s not free, but for an application this close to a photoshop replacement, the 59 dollars is quite a steal. Â Oh, and it’s blazingly fast, something that Photoshop can’t even come close to.
The second one, would beÂ Seashore.Â Â It’s really lightweight, and offers “gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing”. Â It works really well, and it’s free. Â So, this might be something you want to check out if you have a limited budget.
Another application that is getting a ton of attention, and has been featured over at arstechnica isÂ Acorn. If you want a “paint” replacement, this is probably your best bet. Â It has everything Seashore does, and a bit more. Â Perhaps the neatest function of the application is that Acorn has “Easy image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of yourÂ window“. Â You can check out some quicktime videos on their page of this action in progress. Â Pretty nifty.
Finally, no Image editing article can be complete without the mention of plasq’sÂ Skitch. It seems to be the bloggers application of choice. Â It lets you draw, capture, and share your stuff really easily from within the application. Â No wonder bloggers love it. Â It’s in public beta right now, and I have no idea how long that will last, so you might want to run over there and grab a coffee if you think it suits your needs.Hope this helps.