It’s called Photoshop Elements. Relative to the big brother of all image apps, it’s dirt cheap, but still complex.
What Adobe doesn’t do is what I wish they would do. There’s no beginner app for Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Fireworks.
If your drawing needs are simple, or you’re a beginner, Adobe is not the place to go. Instead, the Mac offers half a dozen decent drawing and image enhancement apps at a fraction of what Adobe charges.
If you’re really on a budget and don’t have time to traverse a steep learning curve, try Pixen. It’s easy to setup and use. It gives you drawing and painting tools (albeit at a beginner level). And it’s priced right. Pixen is free.
Chances are good you’ll not win many design awards using Pixen, but from little acorns, big trees grow.
Pixen’s complexity matches the price tag. It’s simple. The floating tools are common to most paint, drawing, and image enhancement apps on the Mac, so there’s not much of a learning curve.
Despite the low price and seeming lack of advanced tools, Pixen has a few good things going for it.
First, it does animation. Create image frames in a timeline and export a graphic with sequential animation. The tools are typical. Pencil, erase, zoom, lasso, eyedropper, magic wand, and various shapes.
Pixen also gives you multiple layers, so created images can be placed one on top of another to build a more complex creation.
Tools can be assigned to the right and left buttons of your Mac’s Magic Mouse. The super zoom function is great, and lets you zoom in to modify an image pixel by pixel. One click to view all the pixels in Preview.
Make no mistake. Pixen is not Photoshop Elements. It’s a simple drawing tool, perfect for Mac neophytes, classroom, or anyone who wants to begin a career of drawing, but on a limited budget.