New 'Pixelmator Pro' Photo Editing App for Mac Now Available

The team behind the popular Pixelmator photo editing app for iOS and Mac today launched its latest Mac app, Pixelmator Pro. Pixelmator Pro is a more advanced version of its existing Pixelmator software, built from the ground up for the Mac.

First announced in September, Pixelmator Pro features a reimagined workflow with simplified editing tools, a single-window interface, and intelligent image editing features powered by machine learning.


The software uses the Core ML framework built into macOS High Sierra to power features like automatic horizon detection, smarter quick selections, and better repair tools for removing unwanted objects from photos.

Non-destructive image editing is a key feature, and there are new tools for resizing and rearranging layers. New color adjustment tools and RAW support make it easy to quickly adjust photos, and there's an entirely new painting engine and dynamic paint blending technology powered by Metal 2, along with new brushes.


For those who are used to Pixelmator, the new Pixelmator Pro interface is quite a bit different and may take a bit of time to adjust to, but it is easier to locate tools, especially for new users.

The repair tool for editing objects out of a photo is much improved and eliminates objects much more seamlessly with just a few clicks, and tools for selectively adjusting color, brightness, sharpness, and other image aspects are more easily accessible.

Painting with the new painting tools is an entirely different experience thanks to the blending options, and there are a ton of new brushes and styles to experiment with. For photo editing, a new Recipes feature lets you build and save nondestructive effects.


It's much, much easier to work with multiple layers in the new version of Pixelmator using a new left-handed layer bar that allows layers to be quickly rearranged, resized, grouped, and more. There are also new guidelines for automatic spacing adjustments that are similar to what's available in Photoshop, and quick selection seems to be much improved.

Pixelmator Pro can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or from the Pixelmator website. On the Pixelmator website, users can get a free 30-day trial to test the app, which is priced at $59.



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13 weeks ago

Requires High Sierra. So that's a 'no' from me.


Why? High Sierra is great, you don't even need a password to log in!
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13 weeks ago
Requires High Sierra. So that's a 'no' from me.
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13 weeks ago
Hey everyone, we've just uploaded a new trial version of Pixelmator Pro, which has a fix for the crash on launch issue and it looks to be working for most people — you can grab it here: pixelmator.com/pro/free-trial/
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13 weeks ago

Isn't there a discount for people who has previous version of Pixelmator?

In case of wanting to spend 60$ on a good photo editing software, which one gives you more options, Affinity or Pixelmator Pro? And editing options?

Thank you.

Use the trials and see for yourself... Personally I see Pixelmator more for creating content and Affinity fo edit photos..

Both great softwares, but to me different purpose.
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13 weeks ago
I can't really give a specific timeframe, but one thing I can say is — the iPad version is up next!
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13 weeks ago

Can anyone say if its good alternative to Aperture for photo editing?

It has the usual set of photo editing tools. Performance is very good with a nice clean interface. However it's not really an Aperture or Lightroom replacement since it has no DAM functions and saves it's own (very large) files. I use the old version as a Photoshop replacement.
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13 weeks ago

Best app ever gets even better. Bought and it will serve me for another 8 years as Pixemator did.
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Sure it uses new tech

Yeah but no backwards support at all. It's not their fault, but I'm not upgrading to High Sierra until Apple fixes the mess.
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13 weeks ago

I tried to switch to Pixelmator for a bit on Mac ages ago, but the type tool just wasn't comparable to Photoshop. I need things like leading/line-height, kerning/letter-spacing. Does anyone know if this has been updated?



I haven't tried it out, but this screenshot seems to imply that it does.


More text-related info here:
http://www.pixelmator.com/pro/text/
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13 weeks ago

Does anyone know if there's a student discount?


$59 is dirt cheap already for it's capabilities. But discount iTunes cards are readily available this time of year. Not hard to find them on sale for 15% off which would make it it around $50. Do a search at slickdeals.com or one of the other "bargain" discussion sites.
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13 weeks ago
Does anyone know if there's a student discount?
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