Patina - Paint, Draw, and Sketch with Ease

Developer: Atek, Inc.

Current Version: 1.1.2

Last Updated: 5 days ago

Download Size: 9.3 MB - Download




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 also 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!)

If you've used Microsoft Paint, 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 and transparent image saving.

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

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 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.

Patina was recently updated with some great enhancements, including two new types of arrow tools and line tools, user-configurable DPI settings, more control over fixed degree increments for rotation of shapes and selections, improved eye dropper color sampling, an optional checkerboard transparent canvas, the capability to open/import PSD (with non-layered view), PDF, AI, and PS files, and full macOS Sierra compatibility.

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 a presentation app like Keynote or PowerPoint.

Be sure to check out the tutorial screen in the app, the demo video on, and the FAQs on If you still can't figure out how to do something in Patina, just send us an email at [email protected] to ask for help.

If you want to report a bug or you have a comment or suggestion, please email us at [email protected] We greatly value and appreciate your input.

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 © 2015-2016 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.


Release Notes:

This big update of Patina includes some really nice enhancements and a few bug fixes:

- Two new types of arrow tools (solid head and linear head).

- Two new types of line tools (dotted line and dashed line).

- You can now open/import PSD, PDF, AI, and PS files (PSD files only open as non-layered, and you cannot directly save in these formats, but you can use the MacOS print dialog to save as PDF or PS format).

- User-configurable DPI setting (in Image menu, Adjust Canvas Size...).

- The eye dropper tool now shows sampled color in real time when you hover over the canvas, and it even distinguishes between the default white color canvas that represents a transparent background (i.e., a neutral background with no color) vs. a true white color that you have added to the canvas.

- Now you can optionally use a checkerboard canvas instead of the default white canvas to represent a transparent background by toggling Transparent Background on in the View menu. (Saving an image with a transparent background is now done by this same method instead of using a check box in the save dialog.)

- The rotation degrees indicator now has a decimal point, and you can control rotation degrees in exact 1, 5, and 45 degree increments by using the Option, Control, and Shift keys respectively while rotating with the mouse pointer.

- Improved automatic resizing of canvas to accommodate bigger image sizes.

- Improved usage of slider to increase and decrease size of selected areas.

- Keyboard shortcuts for ruler and grid.

- Moved Crop from Image menu to Edit menu.

- Full compatibility with Sierra, the newest version of macOS (formerly called OS X).

If you like these enhancements, please support our ongoing efforts to make Patina increasingly excellent by taking a quick moment to rate this new version of Patina in the Mac App Store. Many people have told us that the price for Patina is very low relative to the high quality of the app. We want to keep it that way, and you can help by posting ratings and reviews. Thank you!


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.1.2
Review by veedubyaman

This is a Great App! - I came from the PC world and was very used to MSPaint. That is a simple product that does one job and does it well. Patina is just that, MSPaint for the MAC. I am very pleased with its functionality and usability. You can’t go wrong purchasing this product. Excellent product and does one job and does it well. Many thanks to the developers of this applicaiton.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.1.2
Review by WiredCoach

Great simple bitmap editor - I got this to do one thing: cut and paste from screenshots. With Patina I did this and it worked. With the complicated paint programs, you drag the selection marquee, expecting to select the part of the image you want, then you try to move it to see if you got it, and it moves an empty selection rectangle. Drives me crazy. It probably has something to do with layers, which is why I hate layers. Patina has the basics of paint, and if that’s what you want, this is the right program, and the price is a bargain.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 1.1.2
Review by sfo2nrt

Just what I was looking for! Thank you Atek! - Wow! Finally a bitmap editor and drawing toolbox that does just what I need. I use to quickly mock-up UI designs. All the standard “layer-based” drawing programs (Photoshop, Acorn) are just too labor intensive. I want everyithing in a single layer, and I want to tweak bits, not move around “objects”. It even does “fat pixels” the way MacPaint did. :) Super useful and very well done.

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people
Version 1.1.2
Review by zeldamood

Finally - In education, we really change or have a number of tech platforms going at one time. For something as simple as modifying a graphic, you can download programs, but they constantly bug you to upgrade, spam you to death or will not let you save or export to your document. Patina was not only easy to use, they didn’t hound you to the corners of the mother board!! All I need is to get my work done, have it look pretty…and utilize a really good, cooperative app. Thanks Patina!

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 1.1.2
Review by Su51

good but drains battery in the background - please make it so that it is more energy efficient when running the background. For example, when I have something selected, to copy/paste in another application, I can see it using 30-40% CPU usage in the background. I dont know why it needs to use so much CPU%. It is an unnecessary drain on my battery. Thanks.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 1.1.2
Review by Tomwv_2

Good Code - Like my MAC, it just works. No salesy stuff, no pc-like fluff, does what it is supposed to. Allows me to be productive.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people