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Pixelmator for Mac

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    Jun. 08, 2016
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Editors' Review


Pixelmator provides most of the photo-editing tools you would need for personal use. Unless you require industrial-strength capabilities, Pixelmator should meet your requirements.


Wide range of effects: Pixelmator offers a broad collection of selection and effects tools, from blur and distortion to sharpening and retouching.

Painting and drawing: You have lots of control over brushes and can set size, opacity, and angle, for example. The tool also supports Adobe Photoshop brushes.

Layers: Pixelmator handles layers and lets you duplicate, delete, rename, and hide layers.

Color correction: You can choose to auto-enhance an image or fine-tune it with a collection of color-correction tools.

Companion iPad and iPhone apps: Pixelmator is available on OS X and also iOS. Through iCloud, you can edit and sync images with the OS X and iOS Pixelmator apps.


Gloomy interface: The tool's interface is dark, and while some might say it looks striking, with a similar feel to Apple's Photos app for OS X, the look can also start to feel dreary.

Bottom Line

While Pixelmator lacks Adobe Photoshop's breadth of professional-level tools, it is still a solid choice for your day-to-day image-editing tasks on the Mac.

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3 stars

"One serious limitation"

March 18, 2015  |  By Michael Graubart

2015-03-18 12:37:14  |  By Michael Graubart

 |  Version: Pixelmator 3.3.1


Simple, straightforward.


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

2014-05-23 02:29:55  |  By OJB

 |  Version: Pixelmator 3.2


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.


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


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

2012-09-02 20:56:28  |  By BettyBlueEyes

 |  Version: Pixelmator 2.1


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


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.


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

2012-06-18 06:46:23  |  By Mister-Jeff

 |  Version: Pixelmator 2.0.5


Cheapish, Simplish.


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.


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

2012-03-02 01:01:48  |  By RonRonRich

 |  Version: Pixelmator 2.0.2


Great functionality for a low price


Nothing to me said


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

2012-03-01 04:53:59  |  By PopinsMary

 |  Version: Pixelmator 2.0.2


I'm glad that is the price is cheaper


nothing negative for me


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

2011-12-19 15:42:09  |  By straittalker77

 |  Version: Pixelmator 2.0.1


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


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


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

2011-10-29 23:27:40  |  By beatrixwillius

 |  Version: Pixelmator 2.0




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.


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

2011-10-23 00:19:46  |  By Tbanger9

 |  Version: Pixelmator 1.6.7


Does photo editing


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


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

2011-02-08 11:48:26  |  By zee10

 |  Version: Pixelmator 1.6.5


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.


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


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

What's new in version 3.5
  • The smart Quick Selection Tool lets you select even the most challenging areas with a single brushstroke.
  • The new Magnetic Selection Tool snaps to the edges you trace, so that you can make detailed selections quickly and precisely.
  • The new Pixelmator Retouch Extension for Photos adds a full set of powerful retouching tools to your Photos app.
Publisher Pixelmator Team
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Release Date June 08, 2016
Date Added June 08, 2016
Version 3.5
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
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Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.9
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 45MB
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Total Downloads 92,661
Downloads Last Week 89
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $29.99

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