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

Pixelmator takes full advantage of the latest Mac technologies, giving you speedy, powerful tools that let you touch up and enhance images, draw or paint, apply dazzling effects, or create advanced compositions amazingly simple. Once your images are ready, access them anywhere with iCloud, send them to iPhoto or Aperture, email, print, share, or save them to popular image formats–all right from Pixelmator.

And, the new Pixelmator 3.2 comes with full OS X Mavericks support, non-destructive Layer Styles, a complete set of Liquify Tools, 16-bits per channel support, and the new state-of-the-art image editing engine.

A powerful, pixel-accurate collection of selection tools
• Quickly and easily select any part of an image
• Edit and apply special effects to portions 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
• Get rid of the red eye effect with just one click
• Distort or transform 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
• Over 160 different breathtaking effects you can play with
• 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
• Applying any of the layer styles presets is as simple as drag and drop

• Send your images directly to iPhoto or Aperture
• 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
• You can completely 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

Built exclusively for Mac
Pixelmator uses a number of OS X 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

What's New in Version 3.2

Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone includes new features, a number of improvements, user interface enhancements, and fixes related to stability and reliability, including the following:

• All-new Repair Tool: Redeveloped from the inside out, the new Repair Tool is built on breakthrough technology that enables removing unwanted objects or image imperfections with an unsurpassed level of quality and precision.
• 16-bits per channel support: 16-bits per channel support offers the flexibility to make color adjustments that go to extreme lengths while keeping the image color rich and vibrant.
• Lock Layers: When creating large and complex compositions, layer locking makes it easy to protect layer content from any further changes so that you can freely edit the rest of your composition.
• Convert Selection into Shape: A handy new feature that lets you quickly and easily create all kinds of shapes from any selection.

If you have any feedback, need help, or just want to say “Hi,” drop us an email at, or give us a shout on Twitter at @pixelmator.


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Customer Reviews

Great and must-have. A few important “cons"

Pixelmator may sport one of the most beautiful interfaces around, but the workflow enabled is what’s really great. Obstacles are removed, all the tools you really need are there, but the interface isn’t intimidating and the User is freed from having to do a lot of "drilling down" to get at functions, as is the sad case in many “legacy” applications. Pixelmator runs with the Big Dogs in features and capability and offers a relaxed, simplified User experience.

The Bad: These should not prevent you from getting this great tool, but do be aware. Pixelmator has some color issues such that the jpg or PNG you get may have some color shifting compared to what you created in Pixelmator, or rgb color you spec’d. Also, with some high-contrast documents, the Levels you adjust using the Levels tool will sometimes “revert” after you hit the “OK” button. Sometimes, the change is so alarming you’ll wonder if you had hit “Undo” by mistake. I am told it’s Pixelmator’s use of OpenCL which is fast but has things like Undoing Levels as a side effect. I am also told that this need not be the case with OpenCL and the Devs are respectfully encouraged to solve these problems.

Color and tonal accuracy matter greatly. Kinda-sort isn’t good enough, even if you get some speed in the bargain. And even if you’re not a “pro” you still need predictable, consistent results.

Part with $30, get Pixelmator and you will be glad you did!

Very good, but needs some more essential things

Pixlemator is a great app, and can edit photos, make graphics,and also other art. It is a very good cheap app for professional looking graphics. However, it could get much better.
The word PIXLE-mator describes what I mean. You can only edit and create in pixel form. There is no way to create vector images, wich is essential for most logos. It has a very limited editing effects, that are very standard. There are a multitude of limits you can do with this app.
As a graphics critict, I judge apps all the time, such as Adobe’s apps like fireworks and photoshop or other apps of the app store, like Sketchbook and iDraw. I give them my recommendation to the apps I judge to make them more professional. For pixlemator, I recommen if you hope to this graphics app professional, which it is achieving at being, I recommend adding vector options, which will attract many designers, and make this app almost perfectly complete and a very essential app.

OK, but The Gimp is still better

I do like the band-aid healing tool, but find the user interface steps odd and difficult to discover by exploring the tool.

For instance, suppose the image with a dark colored background lacks enough of a margin on one edge. You might increase the canvas size, then use the rectangular marquee tool to select a chunk off the opposite edge, paste it and move it into position. Won’t work. Or duplicate it. Nope. Maybe paste is dropping the image data right there in place, but hey that would be a stupid useless behavior. I’ll try pasting it as a new image - it comes out white. Looks like it is copying from a blank layer, but the image should only have one layer.

Ugh. I’m sure the right way to do it is in there somewhere. Maybe. Generally I find it is always necessary to read through several pages of the very lean documentation in order to do things that should be simple to discover. As clumsy as The GIMP is - and I’m not all that familiar with GIMP - it is still a better in this respect.

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  • $29.99
  • Category: Graphics & Design
  • Updated: May 22, 2014
  • Version: 3.2
  • Size: 35.7 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
  • Seller: UAB Pixelmator Team

Compatibility: OS X 10.9.1 or later, 64-bit processor

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