​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 3.8 Phoenix is designed to integrate seamlessly with macOS Mojave's fresh and modern look, macOS Continuity features, like Handoff, iCloud Drive, and Continuity Camera, 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 rearrange 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

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

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 style presets
• Or just use any of the Pixelmator Team-designed layer style presets
• Apply any of the layer style presets using drag and drop

• Launch Pixelmator directly from Photos and save edits back to the original image
• Open and save images using PSD, JPEG, PNG, HEIF, TIFF, 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 sync your work across 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 retouching 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, Metal, 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

What’s New

Version 3.8

Pixelmator 3.8 Phoenix brings full support for macOS Mojave, colorful SVG fonts, Continuity Camera support, and more.

New Features
• Pixelmator is now fully compatible with macOS Mojave.
• With support for SVG fonts, you can now create richer, more vibrant graphics and designs — the Gilbert Color font is included in the app.
• Thanks to support for the Continuity Camera, you can now take pictures using your iPhone and have them instantly appear in the Pixelmator document you’re editing.
• In macOS Mojave, Pixelmator will now use a dark appearance for system windows like the Open dialog and the Colors window.
• HEIF is now available as a format when using the Change Type of Images Automator action.

• Shape layers would occasionally shift when files saved in Pixelmator were opened in Pixelmator for iOS. Fixed.
• Fixed a crashing issue with the Quick Selection tool.
• Previewing the Light Leak effect would occasionally cause Pixelmator to quit unexpectedly. Fixed.
• A variety of other fixes improve the stability of Pixelmator.

Think you've found a bug? Let us know at and we'll fix it ASAP!

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
25 Ratings
25 Ratings
digitalfx_ ,

Great app but revert the dark mode file pickers please!

Absolutely love Pixelmator, but please revert the file pickers to use light mode (when the desktop is in light mode). Dark mode really isn't for me as I struggle to read the text when it's rendered this way. 🥺🙏

asmi8803 ,

Almost the Adobe Replacement


There are some missing features like being able to adjust the gap between lines in text and other adjustments for example.

And one thing that bugs me. When I have a layer selected and then go to move it, but instead it moves another layer above the one I've selected, the only way to move this layer is to bring the layer I want to move to the front, then drag it around, then move it back again. When I select a layer, lock it in so dragging moves that layer.

Unfortunately, since they released Pro this one will probably not be updated and I'm not confident of updating to pro.

mckmcr ,

Really wanted to like it

It has some nice touches different to photoshop but after using it for couple hours Im applying for refund and going to buy competition product.

First and foremost the app is slooooow. Really struggling on MacBook Pro 2017 TouchBar (and it shouldnt)

Also interface a bit annoying and although colorful its lacking (wheres the history window???)


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