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By Pixelmator Team (UAB Pixelmator Team)

Full-featured and powerful image editing app for the Mac.

Pixelmator takes full advantage of the latest Mac features and technologies, giving you speedy, powerful tools that let you touch up and enhance images, draw or paint, apply dazzling effects, or create advanced compositions with ease. Once your images are ready, save them to popular image formats, share them via email or social networks, print them, or instantly add them to your Photos library. All right from Pixelmator.

The new Pixelmator 3.6 Cordillera is designed to integrate seamlessly with macOS Sierra’s fresh and modern look, macOS Continuity features, like Handoff and iCloud Drive, and it works wonderfully together with Pixelmator for iOS.

A powerful, pixel-accurate collection of selection tools
• Quickly and easily select any part of an image
• Edit and apply special effects to parts of your pictures
• Select and remove unwanted elements of your photos
• Cut out objects from one image to place in another

Top-notch painting tools
• Paint with Pixelmator as you would on canvas
• Use different brush sizes, shapes, hardness, and blending modes
• Adjust brush settings to get just the look you want
• Cover any area with beautiful gradients and color fills

Retouching tools
• Correct wrinkles and repair scratches
• Make flaws vanish from your photos, remove or re-arrange objects in a composition
• Blur, sharpen, lighten, or darken specific areas
• Reshape areas to subtly improve or give images a completely unexpected look
• Combine different tools and effects for an endless number of ways to refine your images

Drawing tools
• Easily add, create, combine, and edit shapes
• Quickly add lines, circles, rectangles, polygons, and many more custom shapes
• Effortlessly apply shadows, fills, and strokes for more advanced shapes
• Create buttons, icons, web page elements, illustrations, and much more

A real effects machine
• Play with over 160 breathtaking effects
• Combine different effects for unique, near-effortless artistic creations
• See stunning results in real-time

An elegant collection of professional-grade color correction tools
• Adjust exposure, hue, saturation, shadows and highlights, brightness, contrast, and much more
• Replace and remix colors
• Dramatically improve less-than-perfect images with one click
• Designed with friendly interface features for intuitive ease of use

Layer Styles
• Easily add non-destructive layer effects like shadows, outlines, color, gradient fills, or reflections
• Combine a set of effects to create and save your own unique layer styles presets
• Or just use any of the Pixelmator Team-designed layer styles presets
• Apply any of the layer styles presets with a drag and drop

• Send your images directly to Photos
• Open and save images using PSD, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, PDF, and many other popular formats
• Open and save Photoshop images with layers
• Open and save 16-bits per channel images

iCloud, sharing, and saving for the web
• Let iCloud automatically store your edited images and seamlessly take your work to all your Macs
• Skip manual saving of your documents thanks to Auto Save
• Email your photos right from Pixelmator
• Publish your images to social applications like Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook
• Optimize and save images for use on your web pages, blogs, photo albums, and more

Editing extensions for the Photos app:
• Retouch photos with powerful Pixelmator Retouch tools right inside the Photos app
• Reshape images with Metal-based Pixelmator Distort tools without leaving Photos

Built exclusively for Mac
Pixelmator uses a number of macOS features and technologies like Cocoa, OpenGL, OpenCL, Core Image, Grand Central Dispatch, 64-bit, FaceTime camera, Automator, Full-Screen, built-in Sharing and much more. And Pixelmator’s beautiful interface and image editing engine are fully optimized for the MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Apple Design Award Winner
Best of Mac App Store 2011: App of the Year 2011

Release Notes

23/11/2016 | Version : 3.6 | Size : 54.9 MB
Pixelmator 3.6 Cordillera brings full support for macOS Sierra and the all-new MacBook Pro Touch Bar, adds Tabs, includes a content-aware Smart Refine feature, Deep Images support, and more.

• Pixelmator is now fully compatible with macOS Sierra.
• The Touch Bar keeps your favorite Pixelmator tools and the most useful options always at hand.
• Use Tabs to easily manage your Pixelmator windows.
• The new Smart Refine feature lets you instantly improve selections with stunning accuracy and speed.
• Support for Deep Images makes colors in 16-bit images more vibrant and true-to-life on Wide Color displays.

Touch Bar:
• Set the most useful tool options for your selected tool right in the Touch Bar.
• The Touch Bar is customizable, so you can choose exactly which tools you’d like to keep in it.
• Use the Touch Bar to change color, alignment, and other text properties.
• When previewing effects or adjustments, a Show Original button lets you take a peek at the original image.
• Use Rotate and Scale sliders to transform layers.
• And do a lot more!

• Quickly drag and drop layers between documents in different tabs.
• Merge all your Pixelmator windows into a single one by choosing Window > Merge All Windows.
• Close all tabs except the current one by Option-clicking the Close button of the tab you’re in.
• New images open in a new tab according to your preferences in System Preferences > Dock – either Always, In Full Screen Only, or Manually.
• If your tab preferences are set to In Full Screen Only or Manually, hold down the Option key when opening or creating new documents to open them in a new tab.

New features and other gems in macOS Sierra:
• With support for the Universal Clipboard, you can now seamlessly copy images and text between Pixelmator on your Mac and iOS devices.
• Precisely align windows and palettes by moving them close to each other.
• Double-click the edge of a window to automatically expand that edge.

Smart Refine and Refine Selection:
• Using an advanced edge-detection algorithm, Smart Refine precisely snaps your existing selection to object edges in your image.
• Customize just how edge-sensitive Smart Refine is using the Edge Detection slider in the Refine Selection dialog.
• You can now edit your selection while the Refine Selection dialog is open – paint to subtract from your selection, hold down the Option key and paint to add to your selection.
• Use the [ and ] keys to change the size of the selection brush.

Deep Images:
• With support for P3 color and Wide Color displays, all 16-bit images on the new MacBook Pro, iMac with Retina 4K display, and iMac with Retina 5K display look more vibrant and true to life.
• 16-bit images also look better on standard displays, as dithering is applied to subtly smooth gradients and remove visible banding.
• Dithering is also applied when reducing the color depth of an image from 16 bits to 8 bits.

Quick Selection improvements:
• The Quick Selection Tool now has a live preview.
• It’s also much faster, thanks to a faster algorithm.
• And it’s more accurate, too – especially with black and white images.

27/09/2016 | Version : 3.5.1 | Size : 52.4 MB
In this update, we’ve added a number of improvements and bug fixes, including fixes for image exports and the Color Selection, Magic Eraser, and Paint Bucket tools. The update also features stability improvements for the Pixelmator Photos extensions.

• When editing larger images using the Pixelmator Photos extensions, the image would sometimes disappear. Fixed.
• An issue with the Stroke effect meant that images which had text layers with Stroke were being exported darker. Fixed.
• The preview of the Pixelate effect would ignore any active selections and show a preview of the effect over the entire image. Now, the preview will show you exactly what you’ll get after applying the effect.
• Gradients weren’t entirely smooth and they were also slightly transparent at 100% Opacity. Fixed.
• When painting over partly transparent areas using certain Retouching tools, the transparency would be removed. Those areas will now keep their transparency.
• Pixelmator would quit unexpectedly when opening PSD files containing the Color Overlay layer style. Fixed.
• Fixed an issue that caused the app to quit unexpectedly when using the Magic Wand, Paint Bucket, or Magic Eraser on a hidden layer.
• With the Magic Wand, Paint Bucket, and Magic Eraser tools, the edge smoothing algorithm that we added in the previous Pixelmator update wasn’t working as well as it should, so we brought back the previous one for now (but we're working on making it even better).
• When using the Clouds effect, unnecessary horizontal and vertical lines would sometimes appear. Fixed.
• Zooming in the Pixelmator Photos extensions is now faster and smoother.
• The radius slider of the Gaussian Blur effect now uses pixels instead of percent.
• When dragging to export layers from the Layers palette, underscores in the name of the layer would be removed. Fixed.
• On OS X 10.9.5, Pixelmator would quit unexpectedly when exporting images that had many shape or text layers with layer styles. Fixed.

19/07/2016 | Version : 3.5 | Size : 51.9 MB
Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon brings an incredibly smart Quick Selection tool, a precise yet easy-to-use Magnetic Selection tool, a full set of powerful Pixelmator retouching tools to your Photos app, and more.

• The smart Quick Selection Tool lets you select even the most challenging areas with a single brushstroke.
• The new Magnetic Selection Tool snaps to the edges you trace, so that you can make detailed selections quickly and precisely.
• The new Pixelmator Retouch Extension for Photos adds a full set of powerful retouching tools to your Photos app.

Other improvements and fixes

• On OS X El Capitan, the totally redesigned Stroke effect is now up to 15 times faster and much smoother.
• Thanks to the redesigned Stroke effect, resizing a selection with the Refine Selection dialog is also up to 15 times faster (on OS X El Capitan).
• The outlines that you get when using the Color Selection Tool, Paint Bucket Tool and the Magic Eraser Tool are much smoother and more precise (on OS X El Capitan).
• In the Pixelmator Distort Extension, the brush size now auto-adjusts as you zoom in and out of your image, so it always stays the right size.
• When using the Repair Tool, double-clicking the canvas would resize the document window. Fixed.
• Choosing the Red Eye Tool when editing tiny images made the app quit unexpectedly. We fixed that, too.
• When using the Glass, Vintage, Noise, Rain, Snow, or Sketch effects on layers smaller than the canvas, some pixels at the edges of the layer would be stretched across the empty areas. We fixed this.
• The preview animation shown in the Bar Swipe effect thumbnail was shown at an angle. Fixed.
• While transforming a layer with a shadow, small, grey squares would sometimes appear on the canvas. Not anymore.
• The Column Marquee Tool would sometimes make selections that were 1 pixel wider than they were supposed to be. Now they are pixel-perfect.
• When refining a selection with the Clone Stamp Tool selected, parts of the red selection overlay that marks the non-selected area would sometimes disappear. We fixed this.
• When a text layer was used as an overlay for a clipping mask, converting it into a pixel layer would cause the text to disappear. Fixed.
• Sometimes, the coordinates of a shape layer could get lost and this would make it impossible to save or open the document. Fixed.
• Improved stability when opening PSD files with specific Photoshop text features.
• On OS X 10.9, the Add to iPhoto option was missing from the Share menu. It's back.
• On OS X 10.10, when applying Blur effects to layers that don't fill the entire canvas, some pixels at the edges of the layer would be stretched across the empty areas. Fixed.
• On Mac computers with a Retina Display, the effect preview, which is shown on your image while a Color Adjustment dialog is open, made the image look slightly blurred. Fixed.
• On iMac computers with 4K Retina Displays, when painting with a brush-based tool, moving the brush outside the document window made the screen flicker. We fixed this.
• In the Pixelmator Distort extension, clicking the image before choosing a tool would automatically select the Warp Tool. It now works as it should.
• Other stability improvements.


Overall :
#33 : Top Grossing Mac Applications
#130 : Top Paid Mac Applications

Categories :
#2 : Top Grossing Mac Applications [Graphics & Design]
#7 : Top Paid Mac Applications [Graphics & Design]

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Photography , Graphics & Design

Supported Devices : Mac OS

Comments and Ratings for Pixelmator

Very good, not perfect (3.6)
14/05/2017 02:56:45 4/5 By gianelo99
This app is quite useful and incredibly easy to use. It’s got many of photoshop’s functions in a more user friendly environment/interface. However, the main disadvantage is that it doesn’t have adjustment layers, so there is no easy way of doing non constructive adjustments. I hope this will be picked up in later versions. Overall, I’m very happy with pixelmator, especially when it comes in such a low, one off, price compared to photoshop.

For many an unreadable, unusable user interface (3.6)
10/05/2017 20:38:04 2/5 By dweeb ameliorate
For over four years users have asked--on Pixelmator’s forum--for a usable interface. No improvements, and the problems today are *exactly* as years ago. Functionally this is a powerful application, but its user interface is problematic and tiring to use: + Palettes get lost in seas of black, can’t tell one from another, can’t dock them. If overlapping one another or the working windown, they are impossible to tell apart. On a large screen they are like small jet-black stickies with microscopic text. + Iconography is small, not adjustable, and often unreadable because of small size. Their bright colours actually work against readability of tool icons. + UI text is far too small and a headache to read with teeny white letters on jet-black background. Everything is jet-black, even text fields. + Overall the UI goes against all usability studies (though some do prefer it). All the above issues are compounded on high-resolution or large screens. Buy +4 reading glasses. You’ll need them. Overall, unless you specifically need one of the unique functionalities, I’d avoid Pixelmator. I’ve gone with Acorn; others have gone with Affinity Photo, which allows customising the UI. Update: Revisiting the app’s support forum, improvement of readability and usability of the UI appears to be the number-one request, going back FIVE YEARS. Other than gratuitous responses, the developers appear to have *no* interest in addressing the user-interface problems. None. For five years.

Must Have (3.6)
09/05/2017 02:05:06 5/5 By Craig M Roberts
I have been using this app for many years now and can easily say its the most app I use on my Mac. It’s well worth the price and is a great replacement for Photoshop. I have no negative comments to say about it. Highly recommend.

good for quick jobs (3.6)
23/02/2017 16:46:57 4/5 By g.marinov
nice professional tools including colour management, 16bit colour support, fast filters. it does, however, fail miserably when files grow beyond a certain size, or become too complex - i tried stitching a couple of 10000x10000 px scans and it just couldn’t do any of it. in the past it has failed to read most recent photoshop files. clearly there’s more work to be done, i’d love if it got big file support, otherwise i can’t see it as a serious professional tool. smooth otherwise.

Photshop what? (3.6)
10/02/2017 03:02:32 5/5 By joehay
Why pay for photoshop when Pixelmator does everything (you need) photoshop for and does it a lot more easily! Having played around with Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro (on the PC) for years I found it difficult to believe that something a tenth of the price could be just as powerful. I have been using pixelmator for well over a year now and I am still amazed each day at how robust it is. It eally is rock solid, never crashes. Don’t think I have ever owned an app that has never crashed once? Not only that but still haven’t reached that stage yet where I found I can't do something with it. If you are thinking about getting Photoshop - don’t bother. Get this instead, you won’t regret it :-)

HORRIBLE to use. (3.6)
24/01/2017 14:01:36 1/5 By Flossie-23
this is SO close to being great, but instead drives you up the wall. because of that, my overall user experience is pretty poor, in fact. simple things are hard, or work poorly, like you will accidently move an image has moved off its background. i bought this for simple editnig; ive actually gone back to using preview for simple tasks, as its easier, and i think preview is pretty dire. pixelmator is weird; they hvae clearly spent a LOT of time making it; as a photoshop copy its fairly decent. but it really is the small, simple tasks which make it SO annoying to use.. and becuase they are the ones you use most often you end up getting infuriated by it. the colour blance is off, too˜ i’ll colour balance it to be white, then open it online; it’s a murky grey.

Literally Superb at first but then... (3.6)
13/12/2016 16:01:00 3/5 By interested individual
This app really sparks creativity in a way which was simply not possible with other products. Because it is so fast at rendering with core image features you can adjust settings in real time to see their result. This allows you to focus on the result rather than the numbers and setting in the dialog boxes. Using this app is a dream come true. [edit] I have found the ui very hard to settle into and ended up going back to my old image editing software.

Most basic functions bugged - image resize w/o resample (3.6)
10/12/2016 11:47:00 1/5 By piemmm
Seriously, you can’t untick resample and resize say a 16 pixel image to 300 pixels. It tries to /force/ you to use inches. Please fix. This app is useless to me without basic image resizing. I can’t resize something from 16x16 pixels to say 512x512 pixels, the UI simply won’t let me do it and tries to force me to use inches (which is useless for what I want. I want pixels, why can’t I select pixels with *any* combination of the boolean checkboxes. I do not want resampling when I resize) Been nearly a year since this mess-up. Not fixed. Lookes like they don’t look at reviews.

Useless (3.6)
25/11/2016 17:55:00 1/5 By Photropik
- Destructive editing, in a world of nodes - Appalling interface - The selection tool is quite good - No adjustment layers - Vector mode is only good for extremely simple shapes, there are no boolean operations - No SVG import to Vector Mode - No integration with Share menu. By this I mean Pixelmator should be TARGET so I can browse images in Photos.app and open them in Pixelmator. It's going to make a copy anyway isn't it. I'm going to have to save a new version anyway arn't I, after every single edit. So you can't just open up a TIFF and crop it, you have to save it as PXM and export. So it's not bad for having some fun painting but as an image editing tool it's really bad and the GIMP eats it alive. 1 star out of 5

Useless at everything Mac (3.5.1)
08/11/2016 18:12:00 3/5 By Photropik
I was after an app for light app graphic work, but this thing a can't even open or edit ICNS. I'll use the GIMP, like always. I tried the painting tools and went back to using Mischief and Krita, and GIMP. The vectors are so painful I'll endure using Inkscape. Hey devs, Inkpad is Open Source, why not use that code. In a world of non-destructive, node based editing with slick UI's, this is like a phone app from 2009 Just awful. All the mac extensions are useless as I'll never open Photos.app again, it's terrible too. Why would you even make those. More useful would be to share an image from an app straight into pixelmator, so I can apply a destructive edit to it before closing pixelmator, and using GIMP. App store apps truly are low quality. Apple is going down the pan.

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