Pixelmator Adds New Color Profile Management and CMYK Support

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Pixelmator, which was recently name-checked by Phil Schiller during the iPad mini media event, has updated its image editing software to include CMYK support, as well as a new feature called "Soft Proofing" that allows users to apply different color profiles to images in order to get a better idea of what the image will look like in the real world.
    Pixelmator is available on the Mac App Store for $29.99. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Pixelmator Adds New Color Profile Management and CMYK Support
  2. Sean4000, Nov 8, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2012

    macrumors member


    Aug 11, 2010
    My dream has come true. CMYK support at long last!!!!

    The last reason for me to use photoshop has been nullified. We can finally leave PS behind at long last.

    My Company, Visual Electric Co., will save thousands of dollars on licenses Adobe will now lose out on. We're tired of paying out the nose for Photoshop. Amen for competition.

    This will be a day long remembered.
  3. macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2009
    This application is just fantastic, and a shining example of how successful an app can be when it's priced properly. This, for a lot of users, has replaced Photoshop, for God's sake - and it's just $30!

    Now, if only they were to release an iOS version... :eek:
  4. macrumors 601


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    CMYK support. I don't know what that means but I like it.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2010
    Recently started using pixelmator to replace photoshop CS4. Haven't looked back. brilliant app. brilliant price.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2011
    I've wondered about picking it up. CMYK support is great to hear.
    Does anyone else out there think it's a viable alternative to Photoshop?
  7. macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2011
    Web and video use RGB (Red, Green, Blue) color standards while print uses CYMK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and blacK). Not a big deal if your editing for digital uses, but this was one of the last pieces needed for me to cut my Photoshop ties. At least for home use.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2010
    They've been great with updates lately, I love the retina support, and CMYK is just icing on the cake :cool:
  9. macrumors member


    Apr 25, 2011
    It's at least an alternative to the Lite edition. I'm no artist, but I have some print material that could benefit now. Pixelmator will continue to get my attention if it keeps improving like this :)
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2010
    New Jersey
    I love Pixelmator it's the best app I use it suites my needs from a web design standpoint wonderfully. A great Photoshop replacement. Wonder if they'll ever consider an Illustrator type of app?
  11. macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010
    Great news! I recently went to Pixelmator because PS is getting way to expensive to maintain every time Adobe decides to update... er upgrade.. it. I've done most of my recent designs with Pixelmator and CMYK support is just what I wanted.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2011
    It's a BIG time viable alternative, but it depends on your needs. I'd say it rests comfortably between PS Elements and PS. If all you need is the core PS features (masking, brushes, color replace etc.) then you'll love this app. If you need Layer Styles, Actions, or want to rotoscope a video clip then you'll need to buck up the big bucks for the full version of PS. For under $50 it's worth it just to check it out. Chances are you'll still use it for simpler tasks, because once you get used to the UI (it takes a little bit) you'll be blown away by how fast it is.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2007
    Ulladulla, NSW Australia
    Give us non destructive layer styles, adjustment styles, and I'll switch tomorrow.
  14. macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2008
    Now if only Pages would finally support CMYK...
  15. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  16. macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2004
    Hmm...Might give it a try. I use Photoshop for just about everything related to Photos and creative changes.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2012
    B'more or Less
    I totally, absolutely LOVE this app! Going to download the update now, yay! I prefer it to PhotoShop now, ---just doodling or quickly laying out an idea even, just more fluid than PS. Every update is icing on the cake.
  18. macrumors regular

    Exotic-Car Man

    Oct 29, 2010
    Now if only my color printer printed that quickly...:rolleyes:
  19. CrickettGrrrl, Nov 8, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2012

    macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2012
    B'more or Less
    Try iDraw, it's in the Mac App Store, and looks a lot like Pixelmator. I've been using it to do vector tutorials from Vector tuts+. Doesn't have all the bells and whistles but is still viable, and wonderfully fluid.


    Go to PXM-Tuts.com and check out the lessons there. I use both Photoshop and Pixelmator, and Pixelmator has become my first choice for doodling ideas & beyond, it's just great. The developers have been issuing a lot of updates with added features. Show some love and maybe we'll get some layer styles, & other goodies too. Pixelmator does a lot stuff that Photoshop does, but somewhat differently. Do some of the tuts online and it's easy to get the hang of it, so fluid to Mac. Feel like I'm just scratching the surface.
  20. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2012
    Denver, Colorado, USA
    Considering at one point the developers said they weren't ever going to deliver CMYK (at least in my memory reading their forums), my guess is that 16-bit will happen at least reasonably soon. :)
  22. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Sure has :) It was a good alternative to Photoshop for me, as it has everything I need (and a lot more) and it's at a reasonable price. No wonder everyone pirates Photoshop when it costs over $500...
  23. macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2012
    Well, actually the other Photoshop alternative - Photoline, had been CMYK-compatible for many years. Not such a eye candy but I think it is still closer to Photoshop in terms of features, than Pixelmator. You can download trial at http://pl32.com/
  24. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004
    I'd love to see 15-bit, 16-bit and 18-bit color reduction (with dithering options), because not all LCDs are 24-bit.

    I'm also wondering if their Web slicing tools have improved since the last time I tried the demo version.
  25. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2009
    It's great to have a well-priced, modern and minimalistic application like this in a world where Photoshop is pretty much the only pixel editor out there. Adobe has a lot to learn from them!

    On the other hand, Photoshop has so many features that it's nearly impossible to replace it for someone who needs things like Scripting, Smart Objects, Adjustment Layers, etc. Photoshop is fantastic, but it's important to have a solid alternative and know that you don't need Photoshop unless you need some quite specific things.

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