Pixelmator for Mac

Pixelmator for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 24 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.3
  • Total Downloads:
    78,728
  • Date Added:
    November 08, 2012
  • File Size:
    37.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    154
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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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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4 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1.3
  • Soft Proofing
  • Full sRGB support
  • Full ColorSync support
  • New Color Management dialog look
  • Italian and Spanish languages added
  • Improved color profile conversion
  • Improved color management for document window by a specific display color profile
  • Improved color management for text and shape layers
  • Improved color management for tool icons, layer and effect thumbnails
  • Improved gradient preset color handling when changing color profiles
  • Improved color profile handling for color well
  • Improved color profile handling for sliced image preview
  • Improved color conversion when using the undo action
  • Enhanced PSD file format support
  • Improved and updated Automator actions
  • The selection is restored when the document is closed and re-opened
  • Rulers and Grid settings are saved for each document individually
  • All of the tool settings are restored when closing and re-opening the application
  • Gamma, Swipe, Box Blur, and Vibrance effects added
  • Improved Hue and Saturation performance
  • Added the ability to quickly reset default colors with the D keyboard shortcut when any of the tools is active
  • Added the ability to change quickly between the primary and secondary colors with the X keyboard shortcut when any of the tools is active
  • Added the ability to reset brush collections by pressing the Option key while in the brush preset Action pop-up menu
  • Added the ability to reset gradient presets by pressing the Option key while in the gradient Action pop-up menu
  • Color well displays colors consistently throughout all tools
  • Updated document window checkerboard for Retina display
  • Localization improvements
  • Addresses a situation where the file name was displayed incorrectly when exporting files
  • Addresses an issue where load selection did not work with shape layers
  • Addresses a situation that prevented selection from loading on more than one layer
  • Resolves an issue that caused layer to be deselected when loading a selection onto a layer
  • Addresses a situation where Auto Select did not select layers
  • Addresses the inability to enter values in the Layers palette
  • Addresses an issue where the Preserve Transparency menu was selectable for the text and shape layers
  • Resolves an issue that prevented the Tools palette from keeping the active tool intact
  • Addresses an issue where was an ability to select healing areas with the Healing Tool when shape, text, layer group, or no layers were selected
  • Addresses a situation where the Clone Stamp Tool performed incorrectly
  • Resolves an issue that caused flickering when resizing image layers
  • Resolves an issue that caused the Transform Tool to flip shapes and images when not intended
  • Resolves an issue that caused the relative spacing guides to display information incorrectly while the text layer is being transformed
  • Resolves an issue that caused the guide pointer to appear incorrectly when the Place a Guide dialog is visible
  • Addresses an issue where Constrain Proportions worked with the slice's middle control points incorrectly
  • Addresses an issue where Constrain Proportions worked when the text layer's middle control points incorrectly
  • Resolves an issue that caused Move Tool handles to appear incorrectly when dragging files on the document window
  • Resolves an issue that caused Move Tool handles to appear incorrectly when all layers are selected in the Layers palette
  • Resolves an issue where click on canvas with the Move Tool was treated as a move action
  • Addresses an issue that prevented the Crop Tool selection rectangle from being rotated when the application is inactive
  • Resolves an issue that caused the Crop button for the Crop Tool to be inactive in some cases in the Tool Options bar
  • Resolves an issue that caused the Tool Options bar to be visible when switching to other document windows
  • Resolves a problem that caused the Tool Options bar for the Type Tool to display information incorrectly
  • Addresses an issue that caused the inactive Clear Slices menu when the Slice Tool is active
  • Resolves an issue that caused action tooltips to appear incorrectly
  • Addresses a situation that prevented deleting document presets from the New Document dialog
  • Addresses a situation where the image size from Clipboard was used incorrectly in the New Document dialog
  • Addresses a situation where presets were saved incorrectly after importing
  • Resolves an issue that caused PXM files to open incorrectly from the New Layer dialog
  • Resolves an issue that caused the Welcome Screen to appear when image size presets are imported
  • Resolves an issue that caused the application to quit unexpectedly when JPEG files are dragged to the document window from the Finder
  • Resolves an issue that caused the application to quit unexpectedly when closing two untitled documents
  • General
    Publisher Pixelmator Team
    Publisher web site http://www.pixelmator.com
    Release Date November 08, 2012
    Date Added November 08, 2012
    Version 2.1.3
    Category
    Category Digital Photo Software
    Subcategory Photo Editors
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.6, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 37.84MB
    File Name Pixelmator.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 78,728
    Downloads Last Week 154
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 30-day trial
    Price $59

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