Popular Mac-based photo and image editing software Pixelmator Pro received a significant update today, introducing several new features.

The update includes a wheel-like redesigned Color Balance adjustment option designed to offer a more "fluid and intuitive" way to adjust the color balance of photos. According to the Pixelmator team, the feature was inspired by professional video grading and editing tools.

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With the new color adjustment tool, users can add color tint to shadows, midtones, and highlights while also adjusting the brightness and saturation of the colors. Color Balance can also be improved automatically using a new Core ML-powered algorithm.

Today's update also allows users to resize images using scaling algorithms. The Lanczos algorithm, for example, better preserves small details when cutting down on the size of an image, while Nearest Neighbor allows for the resizing of pixel art while keeping the blocky design.

Two new Pixelmator Pro actions for Automator are included as well, as is a new Grain adjustment tool that adds frame-style grain in a "more natural and realistic way."

Pixelmator Pro recently won Apple's Mac App of the Year award for its range of professional level editing tools available at an affordable price.

Pixelmator Pro can be downloaded from the Mac App Store at a $29.99 price until Friday, at which point the cost of the app will go back up to $39.99. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

GoAndrius Avatar
32 months ago
Kinda annoyed, the darker dark mode with previous versions looked much better. Now the "dark mode" is way to light, also, they added a "separated" titlebar for the app, before it was blended into the rest of the app.

The feature improvements are great though
I do understand the comments re. our dark mode change, but the Mac-native version just seems like the more logical option for an app like ours. In any case, glad you like the new features — if there's anything else you'd like us to add, we're always listening. ;)
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Futurix Avatar
32 months ago
For what it's worth, I like new dark and light modes more :-)
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
opeter Avatar
32 months ago
Is the "standard" Pixelmator soon dead? I mean, how long will they update it?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Amazing Iceman Avatar
32 months ago
Is the "standard" Pixelmator soon dead? I mean, how long will they update it?
Uff, don't give them any ideas... I don't want my $10.00 + $10.00 thrown in the garbage.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Aldaris Avatar
32 months ago
I do understand the comments re. our dark mode change, but the Mac-native version just seems like the more logical option for an app like ours. In any case, glad you like the new features — if there's anything else you'd like us to add, we're always listening. ;)
I heard there was a Pro iOS app in development too, is that still the case?

*(from Pixelmator blog 11/7/17)

“Oh, and Pixelmator Pro 1.0 Whirlwind will launch with a price of $59 as we want as many of you as possible to be able to afford it. However, we don’t think the price will stay that low for too long. It will go up as soon as we ship free updates with major new features (that are not yet announced but are in the works already) as well as Pixelmator Pro for iPad (which is a great friend of Pixelmator Pro for Mac), Vectormator, and more. The intended original price for Pixelmator Pro is $99 and we plan to ship big updates quickly.”

*** it very well could have been a typo that got traction on macrumors and 9to5mac, etc :(
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