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Pixelmator for Mac

CNET Editors' review

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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  • 3.0 stars

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

    September 2, 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Well, I am impressed"

    March 2, 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "User-frindly photo editor"

    March 1, 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 3.0 stars

    "Photoshop Elements still THE VERY BEST!"

    February 8, 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's not Photoshop but a great alternative"

    January 30, 2011  |   By mrmagenta

    Version: Pixelmator 1.6.4

    Pros

    Fast, great price

    Cons

    Only for Snow Leopard

    Summary

    A great alternative for Photoshop but for new users. If you are an experienced Photoshop user this is not for you. You must keep paying the sky limit price of the Adobe products. But for a new user who wants to experiment with layers and photo retouching is Top product.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great product"

    January 21, 2011  |   By jschmigel

    Version: Pixelmator 1.6.4

    Pros

    Pixelmator has always been a fun app, but now it is even more intuitive and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Haven't found any negatives yet.

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