Pixelmator Pro
Pixelmator Pro
1.4

4.0

Pixelmator Pro free download for Mac

Pixelmator Pro

1.4
24 July 2019

Beautiful and powerful image editor.

Overview

Pixelmator Pro is an incredibly powerful, beautiful, and easy to use image editor designed exclusively for Mac.

With a wide range of professional-grade, nondestructive image editing tools, Pixelmator Pro lets you bring out the best in your photos, create gorgeous compositions and designs, draw, paint, apply stunning effects, design beautiful text, and edit images in just about any way you can imagine. And thanks to its intuitive and accessible design, Pixelmator Pro is delightfully easy to use - whether you’re just starting out with image editing or you’re a seasoned pro.

The modern, single-window interface is designed exclusively for working with images on a Mac. An intuitive and accessible design makes it easy for anyone to edit images - from complete beginners to design professionals.

What's new in Pixelmator Pro

Version 1.4:
  • The incredibly powerful new Photos extension lets you edit images using Pixelmator Pro without ever leaving the Photos app.
  • Every Pixelmator Pro tool and feature is available in Photos.
  • Save layers and other nondestructive changes directly to your Photos library and sync between computers via iCloud.
  • Enjoy support for all Pixelmator Pro keyboard shortcuts in Photos. New Zoom Tool and Improved Crop Tool
  • Effortlessly zoom and scroll images with the brand new Zoom tool.
  • Use the Navigator to move around large images with ease.
  • Check out the updated Crop tool - it now has a Delete mode, redesigned presets, and the ability to crop to custom pixel sizes.
  • Use the new Delete mode to permanently delete unwanted image areas after cropping.
  • Crop presets have been moved to the Tool Options pane, freeing up more editing space for your image.
  • Constrain crops to exact pixel sizes.
  • Flip Vertically and Flip Horizontally commands are now available in the Crop tool. Improvements
  • You can now insert layered images - in PXD, PXM, SVG, or PSD format - right into existing Pixelmator Pro documents using drag and drop.
  • Copying and pasting layered files from Finder or your desktop works, too.
  • The Paint and Erase tools have been redesigned, moving presets into the Tool Options pane, highlighting individual brushes, and freeing up more editing space for your images.
  • The Slice tool has also got itself a makeover, incorporating its presets into the Tool Options pane.
  • The template chooser now includes a Devices category with iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, and other screen sizes.
  • Significantly improved performance when editing images with a large number of layers.
  • The Pixelmator Pro file format has been optimized to reduce file sizes.
  • Gradients and layer styles from the original Pixelmator can now be imported into Pixelmator Pro.
  • Items in the Info bar are now double-clickable, so you can quickly change the size, color profile, color depth of your image or choose the Arrange tool.
  • The Option-Command-F keyboard shortcut will now apply the Color Fill effect.
  • The Control-H keyboard shortcut now toggles layer visibility.
  • The Option-L keyboard shortcut now shows or hides the Layers sidebar.
  • ML Fix has been renamed to ML and its appearance has been updated (to match Pixelmator Photo).
  • A new Image menu is now available in the menu bar, containing commands like Image Size, Canvas Size, Color Depth, and more.
  • When using the Repair or Clone tools, the Sample All Layers setting will now be disabled when a layer has effects, adjustments, or styles as this produces unexpected results.
  • Pixelmator Pro presets in Automator will now update as soon as they are changed in Pixelmator Pro without having to quit the app.
  • When exporting to PDF, you can change the color profile of the exported image in the Export dialog. Fixes
  • PNG, TIFF, and JPEG images over 16000x16000 pixels in size were being opened empty. Fixed.
  • Pressing and holding the Shift and Command keys while using the Free Transform tool would not highlight the Skew button. Fixed.
  • Pressing and holding the Option, Command, and Shift keys while using the Free Transform tool would not highlight the Perspective button. Fixed.
  • The Cancel button was not working in the progress dialog that appears when opening images. Fixed.
  • Colors in the Touch Bar were not being matched to the document color space. Fixed.
  • Improved compatibility with future versions of macOS.

Note: Pixelmator Pro documents saved in version 1.4 are not compatible with previous versions of Pixelmator Pro.

14 Pixelmator Pro Reviews

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OsloX
01 December 2017

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After playing with Pixelmator Pro for two days, I can honestly say it is not a big improvement compared to Pixelmator. Don't get me wrong Pixelmator Pro is good. Still, it's not necessarily better than Pixelmator and worth “upgrading”. Hear me out: For example the new UI works against the user all the time. To keep the UI simple, many things are kept well hidden. For example sharing a saved an user preset needs the knowledge to drag it out of Pixcelmator Pro window. Struggling with the UI is also to be blamed on the icons. Icons are too small and sadly colored greyish and thin lined. I have good eyes, still I have to watch very closely what the icons represents. Yes, if you wait 2 seconds the names are shown. This feels funky and not very nice imo. It is very counterproductive for sure. I urge the coders to make this again colorful icons like Pixelmator or at least more bright/outstanding from the black background. That would be a big improvement. Some icons have a small triangle in the bottom right corner. Clicking on that tiny triangle is troublesome at times. The mouse pointer needs to be firmly onto the small pixel sized triangle to see the menu with additional tools. It is really frustrating to handle. Maybe a right click on the whole icon would work much better. And that is the main problem with Pixelmator Pro, everything needs to be explorer with trial and error to find out if it works (or not). Another thing I don't like is the Original button. Good idea but it doesn't work nicely when you are using a trackpad. You need to click and hold the button which is more difficult to do with a trackpad. This is purely useful when you are using a (magic)mouse. Of course, ones you get customized with all features and the new UI, things will smooth out a bit. Still, a good UI should be easy and intuitive to use not by exploration. Certainly not the strongest part of Pixelmator Pro. The big deal with this new version is having everything packed into one window. This may seem clean to work with but again it can be counterproductive too. For example you cannot compare and work two or more images on one screen. With Pixelmator you can open several images and display them at the same time. I really miss this in Pixelmator Pro! Maybe a feature like Affinity Photo to put them side-by-side could help. Sizable left and right panes cover the image at times and can be distracting to say the least, even if they are semitransparent. Yes, floating windows can also clutter up screen estate, but at least you can move them around. But I do understand some users may dislike this way of working and prefer one window. As I already pointed out, Pixelmator Pro isn't better than Pixelmator. This also applies to all available tools. There aren't much new tool s to be found. it is mostly the same stuff. My conclusion: Pixelmator Pro isn't .. well .. Pro. If I think 'Pro' regarding image editing, I think PhotoShop-a-like apps like Affinity Photo. The latter supports way more professional tools, extended layering possibilities, scalable history overview and PS plugins. For sure Pixelmator Pro is a good buy when you do not own Pixelmator yet. It does fit the bill for simple image editing, that’s it. If you already own Pixelmator, I am not sure $59,99 is worth it.
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Version 1.0.2
gorya
19 June 2019

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Version 1.3.4
Applotse
22 January 2019
Best selection tool ever! Fantastic photo editing capabilities.
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Version 1.2.4
Stephen-Fry
09 December 2018
Very good Photoshop alternative. The GUI needs some time to get used to though.
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Version 1.2.4
Shooters
31 December 2017
Super image editor. Easy to use.
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Version 1.0.5
VanRijn63
27 December 2017
I'm very impressed with this software. I've paid thousands of dollars to Adobe over the years and can't stomach their monthly subscription. The last version of Creative Suite I bought won't run on my new MacBook , so I'll be using Pixelmator Pro from now on. Sure, there are some niggles, but this is a very promising 1.0 release. It already does pretty much everything I need it to do and at 60 dollars it's great value for money.
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Version 1.0.5
DonkeyKong
16 December 2017
The big question : What image editor to buy/use. IMO there are only two outstanding image editors: Affinity Photo and Pixelmator Pro. I tried about any other image editor and those are out of bounds for me for several reasons. So, which to choose. It is pretty simple. If you need a PhotoShop alternative, then by all means go for Affinity Photo. It is on par on features and plugin support. But keep in mind you are facing a steep learning curve. Ones mastered, it is the uber image app ! If you need a very good and fast image editor doing the basics, you can choose Pixelmator Pro. You learn to use it in minutes and you never get lost.
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Version 1.0.5
Tim27
16 December 2017
If you are a user of Affinity Photo there is no reason to buy Pixelmator Pro. AP is $10 cheaper and does a lot more for the money. If you are a user of Pixelmator, Pro is only a little better. But, as others have said, it has its issues right now. I appreciate what the Pixelmator team is trying to do with this app, but it's just not there yet.
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Version 1.0.5
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Castle-Rose
Castle-Rose
06 January 2018
If you combine Affinity Photo with Affinity Designer, Affinity is hands down the winner.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
02 June 2018
That was then. This is now. With the latest versionPixelmator Pro has expanded beyond a RAW image editor to include editing features for the web. Which means it's more like Photoshop than ever. This is certainly a niche use and if you don't adapt images for the web. Affinity Photo may still be the best choice. Be that as it may, it is still far cheaper than Photoshop or Lightroom, unless you get the Photo package from Adobe, which is only $10 a month for both Photoshop and Lightroom. Affinity Photo may still the best choice if you don't, as I do, have a lot of images already adapted in Lightroom. For technical reasons Affinity Photo cannot read Lightroom metadata and thus preserve edits you've made in Lightroom.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
12 December 2017
In my opinion it's a bit early to release a High Sierra only app. It would be nice to know what features require the new OS. Just my 2 cents.
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Version 1.0.4
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Molamola
Molamola
16 December 2017
Well, they probably used the new Metal2 Api - which gives them better access to the GPU. In this case - it's all features/the whole app... but sure, it's little bit early to only support High Sierra.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
17 December 2017
@ Molamola: That's a good explanation. Perhaps it's not possible to support Metal2 and any earlier graphics engine simultaneously.. It's just like Apple to shut out earlier technologies, forcing an either/or choice on users. There's a lot os that in High Sierra. In this case they forced the developers of Pixelmator to choose as well. The question remains, what does Pixelmator gain in using Metal2—if it does.
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Castle-Rose
Castle-Rose
06 January 2018
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc — It's simply not true that using Metal2 eliminated the simultaneous use of earlier graphics engines. Only supporting the buggy MacOS HighSierra is inexcuasible.
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Melis
03 December 2017
Pixelmator Pro uses the GPU and GPU memory to speed up things which is great and delivers fast responding editing. And thats where it goes wrong if you run out of GPU memory, it is prone for crashing the system completely. It works fine for small files but ones you are going to edit larger files (RAW or any other format) the problems rises. Lock ups, crashes, sometime the complete OS becomes unresponsive, automatically login out of your account without any notice, loss of work, … Is this a bug or feature in Pixelmator Pro? FYI: Affinity Photo also uses the GPU but for some reason it never crashes on my system.
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Version 1.0.3
Frankeed
02 December 2017
Note that you must be running High Sierra and have a computer with a Metal compatible graphics card.
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Version 1.0.2
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Zx81
Zx81
02 February 2018
I'd love to try the app, but no luck, my old iMac is not supported. A pity, jumping ship from LR, I was expecting another alternative.
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  • macOS 10.13.0 or later
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