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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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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
Publisher web site
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 106,258
Downloads Last Week 133
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $29.99
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