Patina® is the highest rated Microsoft® Paint replacement app in the Mac App Store.

Tools and color management in Patina are simple and intuitive.

You can use Patina to sketch an idea, draw a diagram, illustrate a concept, or paint a picture.

The screen shots here showcase the type of artwork you can do in Patina, but Patina is great for all kinds of other personal and work purposes too.

Patina can even be used as a basic image management tool for cropping, rotating, resizing, and saving photos as a different file type. (If you also have a Windows computer, check out our Sizester image resizing app at

As a Mac user accustomed to attractive, well-designed software, you'll appreciate Patina's elegant interface and user-friendly design.

If you've used Microsoft Paint before, you'll find that Patina is as simple to use as Paint, if not simpler, and has additional really useful features, including rotation of objects at any angle, transparent image saving, opening/importing of PDF, AI, and PSD files, and more.

Unlike most other Paint-like apps that are derivations of an open source program, Patina was designed and built from scratch in the US with great care and attention to detail to be as easy to use as possible.

We're confident that you'll find Patina to be the best simple painting, drawing, and sketching app in the Mac App Store.

Be sure to check out the tutorial screen in the app (go to the Patina menu, then click on "Show Tutorial") and the demo video on (note that the demo video is from an earlier version of the app and doesn't include all current features).

Read the FAQs on our support page if you want to learn about advanced features, such as transparent background, controlling rotation in fixed increments, smooth edges (anti-aliasing), smooth resizing (interpolation), alpha color blending, DPI settings, and more.

Contact us at if you cannot figure out how to do something.

Please note that Patina is not a vector app, does not have layers, and does not allow you to manipulate already drawn objects in the same way that you can in a layout app like Pages or in a presentation app like Keynote or PowerPoint.

If you have a comment or suggestion, please email us at We greatly value and appreciate your input. Some new features are the direct result of feedback from users.

Patina is Retina optimized and works great with all versions of OS X starting with 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and including macOS Sierra.

If you like Patina, we really appreciate you letting other Mac users know about the quality of the app by leaving a rating in the Mac App Store for this current version, and writing a review if you have time. We offer Patina at a low price to make it available to as many people as possible, and in order to support our ongoing efforts to continually improve the app, it's really helpful if our users can rate it. Thank you for taking a moment to do that for us!

Patina is crafted with care in California and Washington.

Quality assurance and testing assistance by CodeFinesse.

Copyright © 2015-2017 Atek, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Atek and Patina are registered trademarks of Atek, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Apple, the Apple logo, and Mac are registered trademarks or trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Microsoft, Windows, and Paint are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Atek, Inc. and the Patina app have no affiliation with Microsoft Corporation or the Microsoft Paint software application.

What's New

Version 1.1.4

We had to do a few quick bug fixes. Here are the new features we added just prior to this current update:

• Freehand select tool
• Drawing with transparent "color" using line, pencil, and brush tools
• Preferences setting "Tool Buttons Expand on Mouseover" (if you prefer not to have to click to show all tool choices)
• Resizing grips on the middle of the bottom side and middle of the right side of the canvas
• Improvements to text rendering
• Performance enhancements

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5

36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Best Windows Paint replacement for the MAC


Was in the “Windows Only” group from the mid 1980’s until buying my 2011 MacBook Pro. Use Windows 10 at work but Mac at home. Love me Apple.
For years I have been using Microsoft Paint to edit images to illustrate teaching the use of a program or new feature. Became very skilled with Paint to “Photoshop” an amge with the high cost of Photoshop. Have been so sold on Apple I also purchased a Mac Mini. Over time Microsoft decided to embrace the Apple hardware and has done a great job bringing the Office suite to the Mac.
The biggest void on my Mac’s have been a Paint replacement. After extensive searching I found Patina. The one tool I always use in Paint was the eye dropper. Problem was I wasn’t finding it.
Tried several higher end products but they were over my head for now and did not want to spend months learning. Then I discovered Patina. Would have preferred a demo version but $2.99 wasn’t going to break me. So far I love Patina. It has all the features that I have been using in Paint.

As bad as MS Paint was


I should have thought this one through better. Their description places this app as a parallel to MS Paint. And that pretty well sums it up. This app is just as bad as MS Paint was the lst time I used it over a decade ago. Yep, it’s that bad. The old adage is true, you get what you pay for (this one's aptly priced at $3). Should I really have expected anything more?

…In response to the developer’s comments below...
First of all, I do appreciate their thoughtful reply to my review. That shows a good eye for business. I agree with their statement that the app is “Basic”. It is BASIC. I was intrigued by its simplicity. But after trying it, I find to too basic to be useful. The app doesn’t have a proper “select” function. Adjusting line thickness, color, etc, after an object has been drawn is awkward. I think this app might be suitable for children to play with. But from what I can see, it wouldn’t serve for anything more than the simplest line doodling.

Developer Response

Rick, could you let us know what specifically you found problematic in Patina? The app is positioned as a basic painting, drawing, and sketching app. If you were expecting it to do more than that, it's a misunderstanding of its purpose. If on the other hand you think it didn't work well as a basic app, please let us know why. Thank you.
EDIT: Response to your additional comment: Patina has filled select, transparent select, and freehand select tools. If you mean that you can't select an already committed object, this limitation is stated in the app description: "Please note that Patina...does not allow you to manipulate already drawn objects in the same way that you can in a layout app like Pages or in a presentation app like Keynote or PowerPoint."

Not for me

Magical Calico

I bought this thinking it would be similar to an older program I used to have on my laptop—until I updated the operating system and it was no longer supported—grrr. Patina does not seem to have a softening and blending tool or many of the features I was used to. I was so disappointed, that I searched elsewhere and found an excellent free program. It will take some learning, but it has so many possibilitiies. Clearly, I will never use Patina. Maybe Patina is good for children, I don’t know. It is not good for me. I don’t like it and will never use it, but someone else might. For me, it was a waste of $$. I think it should be advertised as a children’s program.


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