The very first step to creating little digital wonders, or making simple-yet-exciting color adjustments, is to open an image. In Pixelmator, you can open all popular file formats, including PSD, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and PDF.
To begin work in Pixelmator, you need to open or create a digital image. You can open images stored in your computer, create an empty image, or import images from all kinds of devices: digital cameras, scanners, your iPhone, and even other applications such as iPhoto.
The Pixelmator work area is designed to make image editing fun, creative, and enjoyable. When you first open Pixelmator, this is what it looks like:
When you open Pixelmator, you'll see the entire interface elements arranged on your computer screen. We call them floating palettes. They allow you to choose what you want to do next, such as retouch image areas, edit them, apply color corrections, effects, create entirely new compositions, and much more.
The most important palette in Pixelmator is the Tools palette. To use a tool, you click it and the beautiful icon becomes bigger to inform you that the tool is currently active. The Tools palette comes with 40 different tools and it can be customized to display exactly the tools you need.
Image enhancement refers to both broader stages of your workflow, such as color correction for an entire image, and to a very specific task that you do with parts or objects of the image. The most popular image enhancement tools and techniques, described below, will get you started.
Pixelmator's simple and elegant collection of handcrafted and intuitive color-correction tools let you quickly apply any desired mood to your images. Easily enhance colors for an entire image, or select and replace colors for only a part of it.
Pixelmator has more than 160 effects. But it's not the number that's impressive. It's the kinds of effects you can find. And all these effects are packed in one placeâ€”the Effects Browserâ€”so that you can easily find, instantly preview, and apply.
Retouching helps you quickly improve less-then-perfect photos into outstanding pictures. Count on Pixelmator for all the tools you need to quickly and expertly improve, correct, repair, and get rid of any flaws in your photos.
Pixelmator includes quick and intuitive tools that help you straighten slightly crooked images, rotate them if the image isn't oriented the way you want it, cut an image to fit into a particular spot, or simply resize an entire image for quicker upload to the Web.
Creating image composition can be as simple as combining two images into one, or a more complex workflow that includes a variety of actions, such as painting, moving objects around, adjusting colors, and more. The guides below will get you started with the most simple compositions.
The fundamental tools to create image compositions, and overall image editing, are the selection tools, layers, the Move Tool and the Alignment Guides. They help you quickly select, copy, edit, move, and position objects with a pinpoint accuracy.
Explore the host of creative ways to edit and enhance your images. For starters, learn how to combine several images into one, copy objects from one photo to another, add text to personalize your images, or simply remove the image background.
Use the full-featured painting tools to paint as you would on a traditional canvas. Select from realistic or stylized, and preset or custom brushes of all sizes and shapes. Painting tools can be used for both image editing and creating beautiful artwork from scratch.
A collection of more than 40 custom shapes and drawing tools helps you easily create gorgeous image elements, logos, posters, web layouts, and much more. All Pixelmator shapes have smart controls that let you quickly adjust the shapeâ€™s outline, fill with a solid or gradient color, and add shadows or reflections to get
just the look youâ€™re after.