25 Top Free MAC Apps For Graphic Designers

There are also many free applications out there that can do the same kind of job that Photoshop could do for you. This article rounds up the best 25 free Mac Programs for Graphic Designers. Some of these applications can even do stuff that can’t be achieved using Photoshop, or are much more simple to use. Keep your wallet in your pocket, since all these programs will cost you nothing.

App Cleaner

AppCleaner is a small application which allows you to thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps.

App Cleaner MAC


Blender, the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback.

Blender MAC


Colorate is a donationware utility for creation of harmonic color palettes, aimed from hobbyst to professional designers.

Colorate MAC

Comipro Plus

Comipro Plus is a very nice tool designed to help you create cartoons.

Comipro Plus MAC

DAZ Studio

DAZ Studio is a feature rich 3D figure modeling, posing, and animation tool that enables users of any skill level to easily create stunning digital imagery.

DAZ Studio MAC


FotoFlexer is the world’s most advanced online image editor. Completely free access to hundreds of fun and powerful features.

FotoFlexer MAC


One of the most powerful general-purpose image editors around, the upgrades make the GNU Image Manipulation Program eminently comparable to Photoshop.



Gnuplot is a command-driven interactive function plotting program.

Gnuplot MAC


Goldberg is a freeware image and movie viewer with image editing capabilities and support for applying QuickTime and other effects.

Goldberg MAC

Google SketchUp

You can use Google SketchUp to create, modify and share 3D models.

Google SketchUp MAC


HyperEngine-AV is a true multimedia editor that lets you combine seamlessly video, photos, sounds and text to create slide shows, family movies, business presentations, or your own feature films quickly and easily, with full DV quality.

HyperEngine-AV MAC

Image Tricks

Image Tricks – transform your images to unimaginable extent.

Image Tricks MAC


Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable.

Inkscape MAC


Use iPhoto to create custom books, cards, and calendars featuring your photos.

iPhoto MAC

Lego Digital Designer

This is LEGO Digital Designer. The program that lets you build with LEGO bricks on your computer.

Lego Digital Designer MAC


Monolingual is a program for removing unnecessary language resources from Mac OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space.

Monolingual MAC

NIH Image

NIH Image NIH Image is a public domain image processing and analysis program for the Macintosh.



Paparazzi! is a small utility for Mac OS X that makes screenshots of webpages.

Paparazzi MAC


The Persistence of Vision Raytracer is a high-quality, totally free tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics.



Scratch: a programming language for everyone. Create interactive stories, games, music and art – and share them online.

Scratch MAC


Seashore is an open source image editor for Mac OS X’s Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes.

Seashore MAC


Quicksilver is a unified, extensible interface for working with applications, contacts, music, and other data.

Quicksilver MAC


Xee is a lightweight, fast and convenient image viewer and browser.


Sharing is Caring
  • sriganesh

    thanks for the list some of them unknown to me

    • SloDive Admin

      Glad you liked it.

  • yzygy

    gimp sucks it is NOT comparable to Photoshop by any means.

    • SloDive Admin

      This list features only freeware applications.

    • Hermitbiker

      …. but for “free”, Gimp doesn’t suck as bad as the $600+ price tag for Photoshop !! So I guess I can deal with GIMP’S drawbacks because I don’t trust any “torrent” copies of Photoshop !! :)

      • SloDive

        I personally prefer Photoshop over GIMP, but if its about budget, then I would have surely preferred GIMP.

      • zakkkie

        Totally agree :-)

  • Oboel

    shitty post. Many apps not for designers, some fo the apps are really shit.

    • SloDive Admin

      Sorry to hear that. Can you help improve us?

  • Leslie

    Screenshot Plus widget for Mac. I’m not sure how I’d live without it.

    • SloDive Admin

      Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Hans Kuijpers

    Using App Cleaner and Quicksilver and like both of them very much. Don’t make use of the other mentioned

    • SloDive Admin

      Sorry my wrong there. Thanks for the mention though.

  • Phil E. Drifter

    Some of these are great, but not all of them are for graphic designers. Some of them are just good all-around utilities that have nothing to do with graphic design.

    The 3D rendering apps caught my eye but I’m no artist and I have no patience to learn, that comic book sketch-up app caught my eye though.

    • SloDive Admin

      We tried to cover as many good free apps as we could. Glad some of them caught your attention. Appreciate your reply.

  • Aaron Moody

    Some decent apps.
    But, the title “…for graphic designrs” is a bit missleading, not self respecting graphic designer would use programes such as gimp.

    The title should be, “…for new designers”

    • SloDive Admin

      Sure got your point. Thanks for correcting there.

  • Graphic Design Junction

    Thanks Buddy

  • fractalfrog

    Like previous commenters noted, not all of these apps are for designers only and I think it would be helpful to divide the list in two – dektop apps and webbased apps.
    No matter though, I am sure that beginning designers will find some useful stuff in this list.

    A few more suggestions:

    Contrast-A (http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/marketplace/index.cfm?event=marketplace.offering&marketplaceid=1&offeringid=10763)
    An app to check the contrast between different colors. Not the most exciting app maybe but vital for checking that your designs are accesible and usable.

    Lyn (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/33371/lyn)
    A a lightweight and fast image browser and viewer. I have a very extensive library of textures, images, patterns, icons etc. and Lyn allows me to browse through these with lightning speed.

    Kuler desktop (http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/marketplace/index.cfm?event=marketplace.offering&marketplaceid=1&offeringid=10162)
    Adobes excellent color utility

    BrushViewQL (http://brushviewer.sourceforge.net/)
    A QuickLook plugin for Photoshop Brush Files. A must to quickly browse all your Photoshop brushes

    EPSQLPlugIn (http://www.eternalstorms.at/utilities/epsqlplg/index.html)
    Another QuickLook plugin but this one is for EPS and AI files.

    • SloDive Admin

      Thanks much for your suggestions. Really appreciate it.

    • Thanks factalfrog. Some of these are great. I tried Lyn and Kuler desktop.

    • Jai

      You have there a lot of suggestion and they’re kinda good. Thanks for the resource.

  • cna training

    found your site on del.icio.us today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

  • Adam Marshall

    Excellent list! Nice to see things like this to help separate the good from the dodgy! I can trust this site and its network, so i will be sure to download most of these! Thanks :)

    • SloDive Admin

      Thanks for your confidence. Really appreciate it.

  • Jay

    Umm, if NIH Image is a Mac program then why is the screenshot in Windows 95?

    • SloDive Admin

      Oh, sorry for the screenshot, fixed. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • Brett Widmann

    This is a great collection of apps! Thanks for sharing.

  • Hola! I’ve been reading your weblog for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Atascocita Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic work!

  • Nice one…Thanks for share…

  • Great list of mac apps which are really useful for designers. I think I will try some apps and comment in the next weeks a little review.

  • M Lomas

    Thanks, great list for a budget.
    Are these apps usable on an iPad ?

  • Prabha

    I always used windows and using it now also never had a chance to try a mac so i didn’t knew about these graphic designer apps thanks for giving such a great knowledge to me. I loved it and want to have it more.

  • Prabha

    I will surely give a try to google sketchbook it looks awesome software.

  • Tarun Jaitely

    Great collection of free mac apps for graphic designers.