pixelmator or photoshop?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Trance, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Trance macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011
    pixelmator is cheap and gets the job done for small things, which do you prefer?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It depends on what you need to do. For many basic things, Preview works just fine.
  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Orbiting a G-type Main Sequence Star
    I second the motion by GGJstudios about using Preview for small and simple tasks.
  4. MonkeyBrainz macrumors regular


    Feb 18, 2012
    Just by asking this question would imply all you need is Pixelmator. Pixelmator is a great app for many basic things. No need to spend 800 dollars to edit photos when you aren't going to use 99% of the features. Kind of overkill.

    I prefer Photoshop because my workflow is a little more complex than anything Pixelmator is capable of.
  5. rocknblogger macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    Same here. I use Photoshop a lot because I'm very comfortable with it and my needs. I bought Pixelmator because I read some great things about and they all happen to be true.

    It's a fantastic app and if your using it for hobby purposes it's perfect and does about 70% of what PS does but that other 30% is huge if you're a professional. I do like using it though and it's a lot lighter on resources too.
  6. comictimes macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2004
    Berkeley, California
    I agree with the two posters above me. If I had to do actual professional-level image editing or creation I would use photoshop, no question. However, for any normal person at home (such as myself) pixelmator is plenty. The most heavy duty thing I ever have to do is get rid of some unwanted stuff in a picture or mildly adjust some of the colors, and it works great for that.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I use photoshop, because it has the plugins I use, but I like pixelmator's clean interface. The one knock I have is the new version dropped the "save as"

    Yeah there's work around but at this point its easier to do my work in PS and save it as a name I prefer instead of the work arounds in pixelmator
  8. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    I still have somewhere a Photoshop license for CS2 (I guess) but I never really used it plus the upgrades are far too expensive.

    On the Mac I'm very well served with Pixelmator; just updated for version 2.0 via AppStore.
    It has more function then I have skills ...

    And for raw files I use BibblePro. So no real need to PS.
  9. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    I vastly prefer Pixelmator over Photoshop CS5 due to price and ease of use.

    Photoshop CS5 for Mac is originally $199 USD. Not trying to advertise or anyting, but I was reading my RSS Feed and according to lifehacker, Photoshop is having a huge sale right now.


    It's only $39.80 USD now, instead of $199 USD. That's 80% off!

    I still prefer Pixelmator, however.
  10. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    That deal is also only for .edu email address holders, which means it's an educational copy.

  11. Mac In School macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    If Pixelmator worked with the Nik Software plugins, I'd switch in a heartbeat and never look back.

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