Pixelmator for Mac

Pixelmator for Mac

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  • Date Added:
    February 08, 2011
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  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6/10.6 Intel

Editors' Review


If you're looking for a full-featured image editor at a relatively low price, Pixelmator fills the bill nicely. Sporting a smooth Mac-friendly interface, Pixelmator offers a layout much like Adobe Photoshop with separate toolbars offering standard selector and paint brush type tools, a color-picker, a layer manager, and a brush picker with large array of options, from "follow direction" to multiple jitter settings. Pixelmator also has support for Adobe Photoshop brushes.

Also like Photoshop, Pixelmator comes with all the image manipulation tools you might need for adjusting color, saturation, brightness and contrast, and many more. If you want to add effects to your images, you can pick from several different common filters like distortion, blur, sharpen, halftone, and stylize, along with more esoteric filters like clouds and noise. Essentially, Pixelmator gives you a lot of the same tools, effects, filters, and capabilities (like save for Web and trim) that you would find in Photoshop, though you won't find many of Photoshop's more advanced tools.

Perhaps the biggest difference most users with above average image editing needs will notice is Pixelmator's price ($59). It's important to note the demo version watermarks all your images, but once you see the amount of features this app has, you probably won't mind paying for all that functionality.

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  • 4 stars

    "Very impressive program and getting better."

    May 23, 2014   |   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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    Full Specifications

    What's new in version 1.6.5

    New Features

    • Faster and smoother Gradient Tool
    • Gradient sharing
    • Faster and more precise Selection Tools
    • Faster JPEG compression and decompression (libjpeg-turbo support in other words)


    • Ability to use the space shortcut when using Lasso Tool
    • Ability to use the keyboard shortcuts (Command + Option + Arrow keys) to copy layers or selections
    • Double-click in the gradients editor to add a new gradient color stop
    • Intersect selection mode added
    • Transparent gradient icons are correctly shown in the Gradients palette
    • Ability to use the Option key to draw selections from the center now added
    • Snapping enabled for all Selection Tools
    • Option-click on a gradient thumbnail in the Gradients palette now does not remove the gradient; instead, it is used to duplicate the gradient
    • Option-click-and-drag a brush in the Brushes palette now will duplicate the brush
    • Minor Save for Web improvements
    • Minor memory management improvements added
    • Minor user interface improvements have been added

    Bug Fixes

    • A memory leak in the Magic Wand tool
    • A bug that caused the eyedropper in the Apple Colors palette to pick an incorrect color outside the application
    • A bug that sometimes caused XCF files not to open
    • A bug that caused the Undo function not to work properly when using the Brush or Pencil tools
    • A bug that caused the Last Filter command not to work properly after using the Fill command
    • A bug that sometimes caused layer opacity changes after the Deselect command
    • A bug that sometimes caused the type layer icon to appear cropped
    • A bug that caused the inability to use some character symbols to name a layer
    • A bug that caused the inability to change the color of a gradient color stop when double-clicking on it
    • A bug that sometimes caused the gradient angle label to stay on-screen after using a gradient
    • A bug that caused the JPEG-2000 quality slider not to work properly
    • A bug that caused the transparent color wheel to appear in the gradient color stop contextual menu when picking a dark color
    • A bug that sometimes caused layer thumbnails not to update after hiding and showing the Layers palette
    • A bug that caused the inability to choose precise colors for gradient stops
    • A bug that messed up Transform in the Move Tool after choosing the Layer via Copy command
    • A few bugs that caused the inability to precisely move the contents of a selection
    • A crash that occurred when using some blending modes on a new layer
    • A crash that sometimes occurred when closing some PSD files
    • A crash that occurred when exporting images with background layer opacity set to 0%
    Publisher Pixelmator Team
    Publisher web site http://www.pixelmator.com
    Release Date February 08, 2011
    Date Added February 08, 2011
    Version 1.6.5
    Category Digital Photo Software
    Subcategory Photo Editors
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 37.84MB
    File Name Pixelmator.zip
    Total Downloads 78,728
    Downloads Last Week 154
    License Model Update
    Limitations 30-day trial
    Price $59

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