Pixelmator for Mac

Pixelmator for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 25 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.3.2
  • Total Downloads:
    84,383
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 29, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $29.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    44.55MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    68
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:
    #12 in Photo Editors

Editors' Review

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A full-featured image editor, Pixelmator for Mac stops short of some of Photoshop's more advanced functionality, but offers quite a lot in a clean, easy-to-use package.

Installation was the standard affair for a Mac app, easy and straightforward. When we first launched the application, we were immediately impressed with its clean interface, which mimics Photoshop in many ways. If you know how to use Photoshop, you'll be right at home with Pixelmator for Mac. We felt at home with its brush and tools pallet to the left, and layers on the right. There's also another pallet containing dozens of effects and filters, which mixed color enhancement tools, blur, and lighting effects, and vintage photo filters all in one well-organized place. We opened up a photo for editing and began to play around with the various features, most of which were easier and more intuitive to apply than in Photoshop. In some cases, such as with complex tools like the Magic Wand, the attempt to keep things easy to use resulted in a poor implementation. However, Pixelmator for Mac offers so many other well-designed features and functions, we were impressed, overall. The only limitation of the trial is a watermark on saved images.

Users who frequently edit, manipulate, or create images will enjoy using this application. If you've been looking for an affordable alternative to Photoshop without sacrificing much in the way of features, Pixelmator for Mac is highly recommended.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Pixelmator for Mac 2.2.

 
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User Reviews
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3 stars

"One serious limitation"

March 18, 2015  |  By Michael Graubart

 |  Version: Pixelmator 3.3.1

Pros

Simple, straightforward.

Cons

Only works in sRGB colour space, not Adobe RGB or other.

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4 stars

"Very impressive program and getting better."

May 23, 2014  |  By OJB

 |  Version: Pixelmator 3.2

Pros

Very capable program - does most of what Photoshop can do. Nice user interface - much better than Photoshop Elements. Fast. Very reliable for me. Designed for Mac. Good price.

Cons

A few features missing (compared with Photoshop). JPEGs created for web sometimes much lower quality than Photoshop (for same file size).

Summary

I have Photoshop installed but hardly use it any more. Considering I am a web developer and photography enthusiast and had used Photoshop since version 1 that must show that Pixelmator is good!

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3 stars

"It's OK... for a cheap product"

September 02, 2012  |  By BettyBlueEyes

 |  Version: Pixelmator 2.1

Pros

Inexpensive, and sort of easy to figure out. It's good for snapshots. Some of the special effects are nice.

Cons

It crashes a lot. I like the apps I used on my PC a lot better, especially ACDSee. Unfortunately, ACDSee doesn't have a good Mac version. So I'm looking for something comparable. The tools are lousy in Pixelmator, especially "heal," "burn," and "dodge," which are essential! The text boxes don't have a professional look.

Summary

I got what I paid for. But I'm still looking. Maybe I'll bite the bullet and go with PhotoShop.

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1 stars

"Thought it was fine until..."

June 18, 2012  |  By Mister-Jeff

 |  Version: Pixelmator 2.0.5

Pros

Cheapish, Simplish.

Cons

I was quite enjoying this little app until it simply disappeared a valuable image.

No warning, no nothing - there one moment, gone the next.

I used Pixelmator for the first time in a couple of months this morning - and the same thing happened, luckily with an easily-replaceable image.

Summary

Random image-loss is unforgivable, particularly with Lion, which purports to autosave as you go along - a trait I loathe btw, along with the incomprehensible decision to ditch 'save as' and pursuit of eye candy in place of functionality.

I cannot tell whether this is a bug or not - neither does Pixelmator, apparently.

All Pixelmator-users beware - use ONLY with dupe images.

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5 stars

"Well, I am impressed"

March 02, 2012  |  By RonRonRich

 |  Version: Pixelmator 2.0.2

Pros

Great functionality for a low price

Cons

Nothing to me said

Summary

I don't like Photoshop as it's rather complicated. Pixelmator gives me everything I need for the photo editing without any unnecessary and complicated features

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4 stars

"User-frindly photo editor"

March 01, 2012  |  By PopinsMary

 |  Version: Pixelmator 2.0.2

Pros

I'm glad that is the price is cheaper

Cons

nothing negative for me

Summary

I'm not a great proffecional in photo design -that's why i have enough benefits of this tool. It is not a Photoshop, really - but it's a good alternative version!

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4 stars

"Good Alternative to Photoshop"

December 19, 2011  |  By straittalker77

 |  Version: Pixelmator 2.0.1

Pros

Much less expensive than photoshop. Sufficient photo-editing software. Has most of the basic features. Fast and clean UI.

Cons

Crashes from time to time. Wish it could do vector art.

Summary

Pixelmator may not have everything that PhotoshopCS5 has, but it's still a great editing application, nonetheless. It has most of the essential features like layers, masks, paths, filter effects, etc. It's fast, simple, and has a clean user interface that is easy to navigate. It works best for small projects, but you may have a tougher time when it comes to large projects. Overall it's a pretty good alternative to Photoshop.

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3 stars

"Too much Lion eye candy"

October 29, 2011  |  By beatrixwillius

 |  Version: Pixelmator 2.0

Pros

Trial-Version

Cons

Am I the only one who can't read the grey on black text? Tiny, tiny icons. The animations are annoying. At first glance I wasn't able to edit png files with a mask.

Summary

Could be a good app, but there is too much eye candy. But it's good that they kept their trial version. Otherwise I would have asked for a refund.

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2 stars

"Rubbish without a bin."

October 23, 2011  |  By Tbanger9

 |  Version: Pixelmator 1.6.7

Pros

Does photo editing

Cons

Hard to navigate, badly laid out, tricky, have to watch videos and tutorials to figure out how to do basic things.

Summary

I have a Windows product that is 10 times easier to use and has more flexibility like photo stitching which I would consider a basic editing function. I haven't even found it on Pixelmator because I couldn't be bothered trying to find out what they call it or how they achieve it, if in fact it can be done with this software. For a Mac product it is a total let down. Imagine a Windows product out gunning a Mac one?..... If I could get a refund I would, and look for something else. But typically of these software companies making millions, it's just all too hard. I'd say this is total crap but you can do most things on it. It's just hard to use.... I use ArcSoft Photo 2000 which does everything easier. Adding txt, stamps, cropping, stitching.... is all so much easier. Pixelmator is rubbish.

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3 stars

"Photoshop Elements still THE VERY BEST!"

February 08, 2011  |  By zee10

 |  Version: Pixelmator 1.6.5

Pros

I tried it, and all others, and to tell the truth, nothing comes close to the power and ease of use of PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS. Period.

Cons

Photoshop Elements 9 costing only 20 dollars more, is much better option and a much better tool, easy, powerful and user-friendly

Summary

I don't understand WHY on the list of "popular editing software", there is no Photoshop Elements...???!!!

It seems to me, the list is not accurate at all.

And another thing: Pixelmator price of $60 is not much less than of a more superior Photoshop Elements, which is $80.
Why would anybody go for Pixelmator, if for $20 more you can get a much better PSE9 ????

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.3.2
This update includes support for the new Photos app and the new Force Touch trackpad. It redefines the performance of Pixelmator's awesome Repair tool, and contains other improvements and bug fixes.
  • Now you can quickly access your Photos library right from the Photo Browser in Pixelmator.?
  • Paint with pressure sensitivity using the Force Touch trackpad on the new MacBook and MacBook Pro.?
  • Wipe away unwanted elements from your photos up to five times faster with the enhanced Repair tool.
Other improvements and bug fixes:
  • You can now repair images non-destructively on a transparent layer placed in front with the "Sample All Layers" option selected.?
  • The app would previously stop responding on certain Macs when using the Repair tool with the document name popover visible. We fixed this.?
  • Performance used to get a little slow when working extensively with colors and styles of text and shape layers. Not anymore.?
  • The "New Layer from FaceTime" feature now works perfectly on all Macs.?
  • The Layers palette no longer dims after changing the image size.?
  • After using crop and undo actions one after the other, the thumbnails of grouped layers used to show inaccurate previews of the enclosed images. Now they're displayed beautifully.?
  • Sometimes, after dragging an image from a Web browser when the app was hidden or closed, the palettes failed to open. No more surprises.?
  • Now you can open 16-bit Photoshop images exported from Aperture.?
  • Previously, opening Photoshop images containing outer glow adjustments could cause the app to stop responding. That won't happen again.?
  • Small images used to jump to full zoom when zooming out with the pinch gesture. We fixed that, too.?
  • The scroll bar of the Gradients, Styles and Shapes palettes used to hide part of their thumbnails when the "Show Scroll Bars" feature was set to "Always" in System Preferences. Fixed.?
  • The app used to stop responding when grouping shape layers into many subgroups. Fixed.?
  • Sometimes, when connecting a MacBook Pro with discrete graphics and OS X Yosemite to an external display, weird graphical glitches would occur. We fixed that, too.?
  • Once in a while, the alert "The file doesn't exist" would pop up when trying to export a file in a different file format. It won't happen again (fingers crossed).?
  • Now you can Send Backward as many layers as you wish.?
  • The thumbnails of newly created gradients wouldn't show up properly in some localizations. Now, they are displayed just as they should be.
General
Publisher Pixelmator Team
Publisher web site http://www.pixelmator.com
Release Date April 29, 2015
Date Added April 29, 2015
Version 3.3.2
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 44.55MB
File Name Pixelmator.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 84,383
Downloads Last Week 68
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $29.99

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