Pixelmator Pro Introduces Support for Portrait Mode Depth Masks for Easy Background Swapping

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Pixelmator Pro for Mac, Pixelmator's higher-end editing software, was today updated with support for masks from Portrait Mode photos.

    When you open up a photo taken with an iPhone that offers Portrait Mode, Pixelmator Pro will open the photo itself along with a useful layer mask for doing things like swapping out the background in just a few minutes.


    The portrait mask uses the depth information from the iPhone to isolate the subject of a photo, making it easy to remove background elements with little effort.

    The Portrait mask feature is limited to the Pixelmator Pro software, and it is not available on the standard version of Pixelmator or the Pixelmator app for iOS devices.

    Pixelmator Pro has been around since late 2017 and it has seen several major updates since then with the Pixelmator team introducing useful new functionality on a regular basis. Pixelmator Pro can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $39.99, and there is a free trial available on the Pixelmator website. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Pixelmator Pro Introduces Support for Portrait Mode Depth Masks for Easy Background Swapping
  2. Freida macrumors 65816

    Oct 22, 2010
    great tool although yet again "PRO" software focusing on iToys and still missing things like colour overlay.

    Don't get me wrong, this feature is cool but I would like to see other things first
  3. ike1707 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2009
  4. Dave245 macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2013
    Brilliant feature to software I use daily on my iMac :) (only as a hobby at this point).
  5. GubbyMan macrumors 6502


    Apr 3, 2011
    I use Focos on my iPhone to mask out the background and then transfer the photo to mobile Pixelmator so I can add another photo as a background.
  6. eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

    Feb 4, 2011
    What is an “itoys”?
  7. gigapocket1 macrumors 65816

    Mar 15, 2009
    Wow? I was thinking about buying this software. Just to try.. I’ve heard great things about it. But it has to support raw? It just has too lol
  8. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
  9. sidewinder3000 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Genius feature. Hope they find a way to bring it to iOS.
  10. Kabeyun macrumors 68000


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    This is huge. Masking, at least for me, is a real pain. Many pro masking apps require lots of training and experience for any kind of decent result, and I have yet to find a single consumer solution that’s reliable. Price is right, too.
  11. alpi123 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2014
    For the folks out there, there's also an alternative - well not exactly. There's a web-based AI app that removes backgrounds from people and works extremely well. Only downside is - to download higher resolution photos you need to pay, but it's not much.


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