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    Oct. 25, 2017
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Editors' Review

Pixelmator for Mac offers easy-to-use image-editing tools for enhancing and touching up photos; creating sketches, drawings, and paintings; and adding text and shapes. It's powerful and affordable, and unless you require an industrial-strength image editor -- with an equally stout price -- Pixelmator may suffice.


Wide range of effects: Pixelmator offers a broad collection of effects tools, from blur and distortion to sharpening and retouching. With liquefy tools, you can twist an image or bulge it out, for example. Or warp, twirl, or pinch it.

Make your selection: With Pixelmator's selection tools, make rectangular or round selections with marquee tools or manually select objects with lasso tools. You can also make selections based on color, snap your selection to edges as you trace, or use a quick selection tool to select difficult areas.

Painting and drawing: Pick from pencil, brush, and pixel-level tools to create paintings and drawings. You have control over size, opacity, and angle. You can share custom brushes you've created with other users and can even import Adobe Photoshop brushes.

Layers: Build up your images a layer at a time, using 27 blend modes to create the look you want. With Pixelmator you can duplicate, delete, rename, reorder, and hide layers and use layer and clipping masks.

Color correction: The tool comes with a broad range of color-correction and-management settings, letting you do everything from quickly auto-enhancing an image to making fine adjustments to color correction.

Works with Pixelmator for iPad and iPhone: Through iCloud, you can share and edit files on Pixelmator for Mac and iOS. An Apple Photos extension lets you retouch Pixelmator images in Apple's photo-editing tool.


Dark interface: The tool's interface is dark and the icons are compact. Those who prefer a brighter, larger look for their apps may be put off by Pixelmator's approach.

Bottom Line

With Adobe Photoshop occupying the high end of the image-editing market, there's lots of space for a powerful but easy-to-use image editor like the $29.99 Pixelmator, which -- unless you're a professional editor -- should give you all you need to work on photos without breaking your budget.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.7
Pixelmator is now fully compatible with macOS High Sierra.
Launch Pixelmator directly from Photos and save your edits back to the original image in your library.
Support for importing HEIF images.
Improvements to the Repair Tool algorithm make the Repair Tool faster and more accurate.
The Pixelmator extensions for the Photos app would quit unexpectedly on certain newer Mac computers. Fixed.
The Quick Selection Tool's live preview would appear in the lower left corner of the image. It's back to where it should be.
The Pixelmator Change Type of Images Automator action would not convert files to PSD. Fixed.
Improved support for Photoshop images.
Rulers would sometimes disappear when editing text. Fixed.
It was not possible to drag and drop images from Safari and Photos directly into Pixelmator documents. Drag and drop is back.
Publisher Pixelmator Team
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Release Date October 25, 2017
Date Added October 25, 2017
Version 3.7
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 80.1MB
File Name
Total Downloads 103,227
Downloads Last Week 139
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $29.99
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