Selecting

Effortlessly make accurate selections.

With a collection of pixel-accurate selection tools powered by state-of-the-art technology, Pixelmator Pro lets you pick out and edit precise parts of your images with ease. So you can apply color adjustments and effects to specific areas. Select and copy objects from one image to another. Or focus all edits on a precise area without affecting the rest of the image.

  • Rectangular Selection

    Select rectangular or perfectly square areas.

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  • Elliptical Selection

    Make elliptical or perfectly circular selections.

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  • Free Selection

    Draw freehand selections of any shape and size.

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  • Polygonal Selection

    Make straight-edged, polygonal selections.

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  • Select Row

    Instantly select a single row in your image.

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  • Select Column

    Instantly select a single column in your image.

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  • Marching Ants

    A beautiful and fast selection outline. Because every detail matters.

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  • Quick Selection

    Quickly and intuitively make accurate selections.

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  • Magnetic Selection

    Trace the edges of any object to snap a selection around it.

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  • Select Color

    Easily select objects and areas according to their color.

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  • Quick Mask Mode

    Create precise selections by editing a mask over your image.

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  • Refine Selection

    Enhance your selections manually or automatically.

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Rectangular Selection

Select rectangular or perfectly square areas.

Use the Rectangular Selection Tool to quickly make rectangular or perfectly square selections in your images.

Elliptical Selection

Make elliptical or perfectly circular selections.

The Elliptical Selection Tool lets you easily make elliptical or perfectly circular selections.

Free Selection

Draw freehand selections of any shape and size.

With the Free Selection Tool, you can manually select areas of any shape and size by drawing a freehand selection.

Polygonal Selection

Make straight-edged, polygonal selections.

The Polygonal Selection Tool gives you a simple way to make straight-edged, polygonal selections in your images.

Select Row

Instantly select a single row in your image.

Use the Select Row Tool to instantly select a single row in your image. The row can be as narrow as just one pixel, but you can also enter a precise amount of pixels to select.

Select Column

Instantly select a single column in your image.

Use the Select Column Tool to instantly select a single column in your image. The column can be as narrow as just one pixel, but you can also enter a precise amount of pixels to select.

Marching Ants

A beautiful and fast selection outline. Because every detail matters.

Even the selection outline has been meticulously refined to work fast and look great. The marching ants are smooth, accurate, and improve the performance of every selection tool thanks to their optimized design.

Quick Selection

Quickly and intuitively make accurate selections.

Featuring an incredibly advanced selection algorithm, the Quick Selection Tool analyzes both colors and textures in your image to accurately detect the object you’re selecting. So to select any object, you simply have to paint over it. This makes the Quick Selection Tool one of the quickest and most intuitive ways to make pixel-perfect selections in any image.

  • Advanced Edge Detection

    The Quick Selection Tool analyzes both colors and textures for advanced edge detection. So even if two objects next to each other are exactly the same color, you can select each one separately with ease.

  • Direction Awareness

    The Quick Selection Tool is direction aware. As soon as you start a selection, it finds the outline of the object you’re selecting. As you select more, the selection moves in the direction that you paint, snapping to the object’s edges.

  • Smart Borders

    Thanks to Smart Borders, your selection lines up perfectly with the nearest edge of the object you’re selecting — even if you move the selection brush slightly outside it.

  • Smooth Outline

    A specially designed algorithm smooths the outline of your selection. With naturally smooth edges, your selection will blend in perfectly with the rest of the image if you apply any effects, or copy it to another background.

  • Live Tracking

    A handy live preview of your selection is shown when you hover over an area in your image — even before you start selecting.

Magnetic Selection

Trace the edges of any object to snap a selection around it.

The Magnetic Selection Tool makes complex selections effortless. Simply trace the edges of any object and watch an accurate selection snap around it automatically.

  • Smart Anchors

    As you place selection anchors to guide your selection, the Magnetic Selection Tool snaps them perfectly to the object’s edges.

  • A* Outline

    The Magnetic Selection Tool uses A* pathfinding to find the most accurate outline for almost any object — the same algorithm is often used to create optimal navigation algorithms in video games.

  • Polygonal and Free Selection

    Start a selection using the Magnetic Selection Tool and finish it off using the Free or Polygonal Selection tools. Just hold down the Option key and click to select a straight edge, or draw to make a freehand selection. Once you let go of the Option key, you’ll switch back to the Magnetic Selection tool.

Select Color

Easily select objects and areas according to their color.

Using the Select Color tool, you can select objects and areas in your images according to their color. Thanks to a clever algorithm that gently smooths the selection outline, selections made with Select Color blend in naturally whenever you apply effects or copy them to other images.

  • Edge Smoothing

    The Select Color tool includes a clever algorithm that gently smooths the selection outline. So your selection blends in much more naturally whenever you apply any effects or copy it to another image.

Quick Mask Mode

Create precise selections by editing a mask over your image.

With Quick Mask Mode, you can use any of the painting tools, effects, or color adjustments to make selections in any way you want. Paint selections using any of your brushes, create smooth transitions using gradients, or add just the right blur to a selection you’ve already made.

Refine Selection

Enhance your selections manually or automatically.

Manually enhance your selections to make them larger, smaller, softer, or rounder. Or use Smart Refine to automatically improve selections with stunning accuracy and speed.

  • Quick Edits to Selections

    Make quick edits to your selection while using Refine Selection. Simply paint over an area to select or deselect it.

  • Content Aware

    As soon as you turn on Smart Refine, a sophisticated edge-detection algorithm instantly detects object edges in your image and automatically refines the selection outline for you.

  • Smart Sliders

    Content-aware edge detection is always active as long as Smart Refine is on. So when you change the size, softness, or roundness of your selection, it will carry on snapping to the object’s edges.