Pixelmator Photo for iPad Now Available [Updated]

Update: Pixelmator Photo is now available for iPad. Original story follows.

The team behind Pixelmator, the popular photo editing app designed for Mac and iOS, today announced the upcoming launch of a new app, Pixelmator Photo.

Pixelmator Photo is an app designed to allow photographers to edit images on the iPad with a collection of nondestructive color adjustment tools that match those available through the Pixelmator desktop app. Pixelmator Photo was designed specifically for the ‌iPad‌ and takes advantage of Apple's latest iOS technologies.


It features AI-based auto enhancing tools, RAW support, a repair tool for removing unwanted objects from photos, and preset filters inspired by analog film.


There are tools for adjusting brightness, exposure, hue, saturation, vibrance, shadows, and highlights, and there are standard features you'd expect to find in any photo editing app like levels and curves, plus options for selectively adjusting colors, fixing white balance, cropping, and more.

The ML Enhance tool powered by machine learning automatically enhances and crops photographs using a Core-ML powered algorithm that the Pixelmator team trained with 20 million professional photos. It fixes white balance, exposure, and individual color range in each image, while also cropping photos to the ideal composition.


Pixelmator has always had a powerful repair tool, which has been brought to Pixelmator Photo. It can be used to remove blemishes or cut out whole objects accurately from photos while preserving the background.


The app offers a collection of presets inspired by different photography styles, including black and white, cinematic to emulate the orange and teal film look, classic films based on classic film looks, and modern films for a more modern style. There are also presets for landscape shots, urban shots, and night shots, plus users can save their own custom presets.


Pixelmator Photo can be pre-ordered for $3.99, a $1 discount off of the $4.99 launch price. The deal will end when the app becomes available on April 9. [Direct Link]

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8 months ago
Probably the simplest and most obvious way to put it is: Pixelmator is a layer-based image editor. Kinda like Photoshop. Pixelmator Photo is photo editor with a focus on RAW editing specifically. Kinda like Lightroom. Obviously not the most marketing-y description but probably the kind of description most people will immediately understand. :D

As for the device cut-off — there isn't a way to differentiate between, for example, the iPad Air and the iPad Air 2, so in order to make sure that everybody who gets the app has a great user experience, we've had to set the cut-off point a little later than we maybe would've liked to. Compatible devices are listed on the App Store page ('https://itunes.apple.com/app/pixelmator-photo/id1444636541') and our Pixelmator Photo page ('https://www.pixelmator.com/photo/').
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8 months ago
Is this app really needed if you already have Pixelmator and Affinity Photo?
What are the advantages?
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8 months ago

Just out of interest, what was it you didn't like about the transition from the original Pixelmator to Pixelmator Pro? Bearing in mind the facts that, for App Store apps, there isn't a way of providing upgrade discounts...


I don’t know how you did the transition so I’m taking this comment without any context but there absolutely is a way of providing an upgrade discount for people who own app A1 and want to buy app A2. You put them in a bundle at a reduced price of A1 price + upgrade price. Complete my bundle does the rest by removing the price they paid in the first place from the amount to pay for the bundle.
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8 months ago
This gets very close to providing a successor to Aperture but on iPad. What’s still missing is a photo management system. A professional photographer needs to be able to keep their hundreds, even thousands of photos per shoot, separate from their personal photos. If Apple were to update the Photos app with multiple libraries, along with this app as an external editor, I can confidently say that I’d drop Lightroom.

In the meantime, I’ll buy this app even though I can’t use it professionally because I want to support the developer. I want to invest in the future of this company. I love how the Pixelmator team sticks so closely to Apple UI standards, so much that their apps look like they were designed by Apple themselves, — essentially what a native advanced photo editing app would look like if Apple were to make one.

I would not be at all opposed to Apple acquiring this company if they kept the team intact and let them do their thing.
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8 months ago

What about the new iPad Mini 5? That should have enough horsepower for the app.


iPad mini 5 is supported, strange that it's not appearing on the list... We'll have to double-check this. As far as I know, it's possible to buy the app (or at least test via TestFlight) on the 5th generation mini and 3rd gen Air.
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8 months ago
....$3.99

And photoshop back in the day before creative cloud cost $699.00 retail for the DVD.
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8 months ago

Do you mean creating more than one library for use? Photos does already support that.

[LIST=1]
* Hold down the Option key on your keyboard.
* Double-click on Photos.
* Click the Create New... button in the Choose Library window.
* Name your library.
* Click OK.

https://www.imore.com/how-use-albums-and-libraries-photos-mac


Right. I meant in iOS. The multiple library thing isn’t really meant to be used in that way. For example, it’ll mess up with your iCloud sync which is only built to work with a master library.
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8 months ago

Confused by all these different versions.

I've now got all my photos and videos using iCloud photo library on my 256Gb iPad. I only want very basic editing and organising but want to be fully integrated with iCloud photo library for using on my iMac and iPad.

Which app do I choose?!?
Thanks


It's hard to beat Apple's Photos app for what you describe.
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Is there any chance we get a Lightroom competitor for macOS? I've been making due with Capture One, but it would be great to have a true mac-like Aperture alternative. Also, that app icon is really really nice looking


I agree that a third-party Aperture replacement (and alternative to Lightroom) would be great, especially if it could sync with iCloud across devices the way Photos does.
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8 months ago
That’s hella cheap!

I’ve always enjoyed the look of their app’s UI, it’s so elegant, and very reminiscent of Apple.

The Pixelmator team needs to build Pixelmator Pro for both iPhone and iPad IMO.
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8 months ago


:D We're leaving the photo management side of things to Photos. Panorama and HDR merging also won't be available in 1.0 and it most likely won't be the first things we add after 1.0 as we've got things like Clarity and Denoise adjustments in the works but it's something for us to keep in mind.

Sounds good, denoise was the the only adjustment I was missing in the screenshots that I have seen so far that is really important to me.
I do hope that you will also support presets that can be applied to a batch of photos in one go. As far as I know there isn't an iPad app that supports applying multiple adjustments to a large selection of photos at once.

Edit: Actually I was wrong, the Raw Power app does support batch applying of presets. Interestingly that app is made by the former lead programmer of aperture.
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