Bristles is a Macintosh graphics application with many of the essential pixel-pushing features of Adobe® Photoshop®, but none of the complicated clutter. Most consumer level graphics software is dumbed-down and childish. But Bristles features a polished interface and uses some of the same keyboard shortcuts as professional-level graphics software, making it an excellent stepping stone towards much more complex and expensive alternatives.
Bristles Screenshot
Bristles image with zoom set to 400%

Color Picker: Access millions of colors, and quickly swap between them.

Color Swatches: Maintain a palette of over a hundred custom-picked colors.
Toolbar: All the essential selection, painting, and navigation tools. Painting Surface: Create images of up to 2047 pixels in width and height.
Tool Options: Easily adjsut tool parameters such as thickness, fill, and antialaising. Navigation: Scroll, resize, and zoom the painting window with precise control.

Bristles Basics
Dig into the menus and you'll see that Bristles covers all the necessities: multiple undos, fading, flipping, and zooming. You can also rotate, crop, and resize images as shown here.

With all the painting and image manipulation features you'd expect in a basic painting program, Bristles makes productivity effortless. And since the program functions like a scaled-back version of Adobe® Photoshop®, you'll have no trouble stepping up to the world of professional image editing when the time is right.

Bristles is available now for just $20. Several payment options are supported. Bristles is delivered via a quick 3.8 MB download.

Try Bristles for as long as you want, free of charge.
Bristles 1.0 Demo
The 3.8 MB demo offers all the same features as the full version, but saving is disabled.

Operating System: Mac OS X 10.4 or above
Processor: G4 or faster
Memory: 256 MB (512 MB recommended)

Rectangular Marquee Tool (M)
Used for selecting rectangular portions of the image.
Move Tool (V)
Used for moving the current selection.
Pencil Tool (B)
Used for drawing on the canvas; the pencil can be set to any color and thicknesses.
Paint Bucket Tool (G)
Used to fill a portion of the image with the selected color.
Line Tool (U)
Used to draw straight lines of any color or thickness.
Rectangle Tool (R)
Used to draw squares and rectangles; the shape may be filled or unfilled; the rectangle tool can be set to any color and thickness.
Oval Tool (O)
Used to draw circles and ovals; the shape may be filled or unfilled; the oval tool can be set to any color and thickness.
Eyedropper Tool (I)
Used to sample colors from the image. The sampled color can be used by the other painting tools.
Hand Tool (H)
Used to scroll through the image.
Zoom Tool (Z)
Used to zoom the image from 25% to 1600%.

If you're having trouble with Bristles, please e-mail Sawblade Software at the address below.