pixelmator or photoshop?

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  1. Trance macrumors 6502

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

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    It depends on what you need to do. For many basic things, Preview works just fine.
     
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    I second the motion by GGJstudios about using Preview for small and simple tasks.
     
  4. MonkeyBrainz macrumors regular

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    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

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    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.

    http://lifehacker.com/5887401/daily-app-deals-get-adobe-photoshop-cs5-extended-student-and-teacher-edition-for-windows-and-mac-for-only-3980-in-todays-app-deals

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

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

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

    jW
     
  11. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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

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