New 'Pixelmator Pro' Photo Editing App for Mac Now Available

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The team behind the popular Pixelmator photo editing app for iOS and Mac today launched its latest Mac app, Pixelmator Pro. Pixelmator Pro is a more advanced version of its existing Pixelmator software, built from the ground up for the Mac.

    First announced in September, Pixelmator Pro features a reimagined workflow with simplified editing tools, a single-window interface, and intelligent image editing features powered by machine learning.


    The software uses the Core ML framework built into macOS High Sierra to power features like automatic horizon detection, smarter quick selections, and better repair tools for removing unwanted objects from photos.

    Non-destructive image editing is a key feature, and there are new tools for resizing and rearranging layers. New color adjustment tools and RAW support make it easy to quickly adjust photos, and there's an entirely new painting engine and dynamic paint blending technology powered by Metal 2, along with new brushes.

    For those who are used to Pixelmator, the new Pixelmator Pro interface is quite a bit different and may take a bit of time to adjust to, but it is easier to locate tools, especially for new users.

    The repair tool for editing objects out of a photo is much improved and eliminates objects much more seamlessly with just a few clicks, and tools for selectively adjusting color, brightness, sharpness, and other image aspects are more easily accessible.

    Painting with the new painting tools is an entirely different experience thanks to the blending options, and there are a ton of new brushes and styles to experiment with. For photo editing, a new Recipes feature lets you build and save nondestructive effects.

    It's much, much easier to work with multiple layers in the new version of Pixelmator using a new left-handed layer bar that allows layers to be quickly rearranged, resized, grouped, and more. There are also new guidelines for automatic spacing adjustments that are similar to what's available in Photoshop, and quick selection seems to be much improved.

    Pixelmator Pro can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or from the Pixelmator website. On the Pixelmator website, users can get a free 30-day trial to test the app, which is priced at $59.

    Article Link: New 'Pixelmator Pro' Photo Editing App for Mac Now Available
  2. blaichch macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2014
    Augsburg, Germany
    Does anyone know if there's a student discount?
  3. Gorms macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2012
    I tried to switch to Pixelmator for a bit on Mac ages ago, but the type tool just wasn't comparable to Photoshop. I need things like leading/line-height, kerning/letter-spacing. Does anyone know if this has been updated?
  4. Sheza macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2010
    Cambridge, UK
    Requires High Sierra. So that's a 'no' from me.
  5. ikir macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    Best app ever gets even better. Bought and it will serve me for another 8 years as Pixemator did.
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    Sure it uses new tech
  6. BrettArchibald macrumors member


    Jul 31, 2007

    I haven't tried it out, but this screenshot seems to imply that it does.

    More text-related info here:
  7. Sheza macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2010
    Cambridge, UK
    Yeah but no backwards support at all. It's not their fault, but I'm not upgrading to High Sierra until Apple fixes the mess.
  8. Janichsan macrumors 65832


    Oct 23, 2006
    Take a look at Affinity Photo. There's also a free trial available (at the bottom of the webpage).
  9. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    I see they also have an iOS app but no mention of Pixelmator Pro compatibility. So does your work sync with iCloud and then you can continue working on your iPad Pro or iPhone for example?
  10. Freida macrumors 65816

    Oct 22, 2010
    Can anyone say if its good alternative to Aperture for photo editing?
  11. YaBe macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2017
    Try Affinity Photo.
  12. Populus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2012
    Valencia, Spain.
    Isn't there a discount for people who has previous version of Pixelmator?

    In case of wanting to spend 60$ on a good photo editing software, which one gives you more options, Affinity or Pixelmator Pro? And editing options?

    Thank you.
  13. YaBe macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2017
    Use the trials and see for yourself... Personally I see Pixelmator more for creating content and Affinity fo edit photos..

    Both great softwares, but to me different purpose.
  14. Sheza macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2010
    Cambridge, UK
    There is no discount as it’s a separate product, not an upgrade.
  15. Edelheid macrumors member


    Oct 9, 2013
    Most probably not since purchase is exclusive to the Mac App Store.
  16. Superhai, Nov 29, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2017

    Superhai macrumors 6502


    Apr 21, 2010
    The normal Pixelmator also have basic leading and kerning support, in Pixelmator Pro the support is via the MacOS native "Character Spacing", and "Baseline" is also available. Line height can be chosen from 0,01 and upwards to 10,00. Letter spacing will take into account ligatures and other features from the font, it uses the Apple APIs for this.
  17. Aetles macrumors regular


    Nov 13, 2002
    Why? High Sierra is great, you don't even need a password to log in!
  18. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    $59 is dirt cheap already for it's capabilities. But discount iTunes cards are readily available this time of year. Not hard to find them on sale for 15% off which would make it it around $50. Do a search at or one of the other "bargain" discussion sites.
  19. brilliantthings macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
  20. r.harris1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 20, 2012
    Denver, Colorado, USA
    For you. Working great so far for me on a 2017 MBP / High Sierra 10.13.1, but there's likely to be a mixed bag for people as it gets out into the wild and bugs get exposed.
  21. brilliantthings macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
    Mine crashes after second splash screen in trial version.

    Trial version MBA 2013 10.13
  22. rmbpuser macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2012
    What trial version? Where did you get that?
  23. KENPHOTO macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2012
    well, not working for me either on a late 2016 MacBook Pro Retina with High Sierra.
  24. kissmo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2011
    Budapest, Hungary

    Good one.
    High Sierra for me is the most lame release of OS from Apple in the past 10 years.

    To me Pixelmator Pro seems to have some approach on this as FCPX, Aperture/Apple Style all together.
    I just wish it would be able do to Photo Management as Lightroom.
    I am sick an tired of Lightroom's slowness and very unintuitive / lack of taste in design interface.
    I miss Aperture's approach and I wish someone would have a similar view on this.

    Pixelmator Pro may be something I am interested in = though I downloaded the trial and it crashes on Start-up so... yeah... not very promising... :)
  25. KENPHOTO macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2012
    Trial is available on the Pixelmator Pro Website, click on "Explore" and on the bottom right, it has option for trial, although the trial does not appear to be working for most people.
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    I also wish that someone would make a decent Lightroom replacement (Digital Asset Management) at least.

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