12 days ago

The most epic tutorial we’ve ever made – an all-new guide to Pixelmator Pro

Hello everyone! We’ve just released an over 20-minute long tutorial about getting started with Pixelmator Pro – the longest and absolutely the most epic tutorial we’ve ever made. You can check it out below or you can also find it on our YouTube channel.

We wanted to condense all the basics of layer-based editing into a relatively short video to help those new to apps like Pixelmator Pro get a good idea of what layer-based editing is all about. And the long-form video format seems to be totally perfect for this! We hope you’ll enjoy it and learn something new, even if you’re a more experienced Pixelmator Pro user.

We’re also thinking of creating more in-depth tutorials on more advanced topics in the future – let us know if that’s something you’d be interested in. And if you have any suggestions about what you’d like to see, we’re all ears!

P.S. If you have a keen eye, you might be able to spot a very cool unreleased feature in the video.

January 29, 2021

Pixelmator Pro 2.0.4 brings new version of ML Super Resolution

Pixelmator Pro 2.0.4 has just been released, bringing a new and improved version of the ML Super Resolution algorithm, support for portrait masks in ProRAW photos, Quick Look improvements, and a few other improvements and fixes.

ML Super Resolution improvements and WebP artifact removal

This is now the fourth major version of ML Super Resolution and it brings one very interesting and notable improvement – WebP compression artifact removal. Pixelmator Pro already supports the WebP file format and, as it gains more users around the web, it’s becoming clear that the WebP compression algorithm produces unique compression artifacts. ML Super Resolution has already been trained to remove JPEG artifacts when resampling images but, with today’s update, it can now remove WebP artifacts too. You can see an example of how ML Super Resolution now deals with these artifacts below.

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ML Super Resolution


Other changes and improvements

Pixelmator Pro 2.0.4 also brings a very nice improvement to our Quick Look plug-in – two plug-ins, in fact. A preview plug-in will now produce full-size file previews when previewing files in the Finder and a thumbnail plug-in creates thumbnails that can be synced across iCloud-enabled devices, including those that don’t have Pixelmator Pro installed.

You’ll find the full release notes on our Updates page and you can check you’re all up to date by visiting the Mac App Store – hope you like the update and stay tuned for some really great new features coming this year!

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January 14, 2021

Free photographer-designed presets for Pixelmator Pro and Pixelmator Photo

Over the last 8 months or so, we’ve been showcasing the great work of users of our apps on our Instagram profile. If you haven’t yet had a chance to check it out, you definitely should! In that time, we’ve been able to share the work of some really great photographers and we thought – why don’t we ask them to create some presets for everyone in the community? So that’s exactly what we did. And today, we’ve got three collections of color adjustment presets for Pixelmator Pro and Pixelmator Photo designed by three great photographers. We also asked them to answer a few questions so we can all get to know them better.

Paolo Baretta

Paolo Baretta is a photographer and director based in Italy. Check him out on Instagram at @iamwinter.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into photography?

My name is Paolo Barretta and I am a cinematic photographer and director based in Italy. I got into photography when I was really young, approaching the very first time with analog cameras and film photography. Film style and color corrections really trained me and made me want to develop my entire vision on them.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography is the very real part of me and my art. I think I always knew I was born to find my direction, my way, my own path to discover day after day. Photography is definitely what I have always been looking for in order to express myself.

How would you describe your style?

My style is characterized by cold delicate colors and a nostalgic, intimate mood, uniting my empathy with the loneliness of the human being.

Can you tell us more about the presets you’ve created?

My presets are perfectly coherent with my style, presenting cold and warm vintage colors and a moody scenario. I created them for nostalgic portraits, vintage films, a kind of situation where you want the picture to be more dramatic or cinematic. They are perfect for indoor and outdoor shots. I would be quite careful to use them with artificial sources like studio photography.

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Oladimeji Odunsi

Oladimeji Odunsi is an artist and photographer based in Ottawa, Canada. You can find him on Instagram at @oladimeg.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into photography?

My name is Oladimeji Odunsi, also known as Oladimeg. I’m a visual artist and photographer based in Canada and I love to create work that resonates with my audiences through my portraits. I have always been someone who appreciates images, graphics and visuals in general, so growing up to see images and photos online or in publications piqued my interests about photography. I taught myself how to take photos, use a camera, edit, develop my style and went from there.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography means creating images and stories that can stand the test of time. To me, it is all about creating works that are relatable to my audiences and highlighting the beauty of my subjects, thereby creating a relationship between the viewers and my subjects.

How would you describe your style?

My style is more of people and portraits because I get to represent the part of the community I’m from and my style tries to include more vibrant colours/tones, contrasts and shadows.

Can you tell us more about the presets you’ve created?

The presets I’ve created are the edits of a series of mine titled ‘Alone’. Through its faded look, the presets produce images that would evoke emotions and highlight vibrant colours in your photos. They can also be used for all types of images.

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Lan Nguyen

Lan Nguyen is a photographer based in the Netherlands – check out his shots on Instagram at @19.xcv.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into photography?

During my freshman year at university, I found out that I had some time left so I was searching for something to fill it with. I was always fascinated by taking photos of the sky since it’s something that changes so fast and if you don’t look for 10 seconds, it can be gone forever. That’s why I want to capture those moments and share them with the world. After a while, I started to see that people like my sunset photos more and more, so I put more effort into it. After a while I found it repetitive so I wanted to be more creative and make my photos unique and creative. That’s when I tried to play with the moon and silhouettes, after a while I got my first viral hit where I used the moon as the rose. After that I continued to exploit my creativity and try to capture unique sunsets or play with silhouettes.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography is my creative outlet and something that trains my creativity to keep finding new ways to see things. It’s also great to photograph portraits because I would like to show people how gorgeous they really are, since a lot of people don’t know that about themselves. I love to find the beauty in everything.

How would you describe your style?

I don’t have a particular style since I’m very versatile, but the photos that I post on social media can fit in categories like: magical / dreamy / fantasy. This is due to my pastel pink/orange/reddish sunsets that I try to photograph and use in my silhouette photos.

Can you tell us more about the presets you’ve created?

The presets that I’ve created mirror my style and they are mostly intended to be used on sunset photos. When you have a photo of a colored sunset, just use one of my presets to get a dreamy photo! To get my signature dreamy vibes you’ll need photos with clouds which have an orange/yellow tint and a blueish background. But don’t forget to tweak the settings of the color adjustments because not every photo/sunset is the same!

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We hope you’ll love these presets and enjoy using them on your photos. A big thank you also goes out to all three photographers for working with us! And if you’d like to download all three preset collections, you can grab them here.

December 21, 2020

Pixelmator Pro 2.0.2 adds powerful new effects, ProRAW support, and more

There’s nothing we love more than regular, high-quality updates, so we’re excited to be bringing you one more great update this year. Pixelmator Pro 2.0.2 adds 3 powerful new effects, full support for Apple ProRAW photos, improved shadow and highlight recovery, and the ability to use the WebP format in the Export for Web tool! We’ve also got some great new keyboard shortcuts, which you can find in the full release notes on our What’s New page.

The 3 new effects are Displacement Map, Gradient Map, and High Pass. And to show off the power of the Displacement Map and High Pass effects, we have a great new tutorial about how easy it is to create a T-shirt mockup using Pixelmator Pro. In fact, this technique works really well with putting any kind of image or design on a textured, uneven object. The update is out now and ready to download from the Mac App Store!

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December 10, 2020

Pixelmator Photo 1.5 major update adds ProRAW support

The Pixelmator Photo 1.5 major update has just been released, adding full support for the new Apple ProRAW format, on-image Curves editing, significantly improved shadow and highlight recovery, the ability to customize the visibility of adjustments, and more.

Apple ProRAW

First and foremost, ProRAW support! Unlike regular photos, ProRAW photos have additional dynamic range data and higher color depth, providing photographers with more creative control to make more drastic edits to photos without sacrificing quality. The all-new ProRAW format is now fully supported in Pixelmator Photo, so you can edit your ProRAW photos while taking advantage of their additional Apple image pipeline data.

On-Image Curves

The second new feature is the ability to edit the tonal curve of a photo by simply dragging areas on your image. This is an incredibly natural and intuitive way to edit your photos. Usually, when you’re adjusting photos using the Curves adjustment, you try to eyeball the tonal range you’ll be editing on the curve – and that works pretty well when you know what you’re doing. But now, you can tap the On-Image Curves button and drag an area of your image to darken or brighten that specific area. Want to darken the sky? No problem, just drag down the exact area you want to darken. To get a better idea of how it works, check out the video below.

Shadows and Highlights

Next, the shadow and highlight improvements. This has been a popular request and was high on our list of priorities. To tell you the truth, we’ve been laying the foundations for these improvements for a very very long time. And the reason for that is this seemingly simple improvement (can’t you just like… bump up shadow and highlight recovery to 11?) is very technically complex due to the subtleties of human color perception. But thanks to a new and improved color model, Pixelmator Photo can now recover shadows and highlights in photos much more than before and in a much more natural way!

Customize Adjustments

Finally, you can also customize which adjustments you’d like to see in the color adjustments pane. This is very handy for the adjustments you use less often and only need in a few images.

Along with all of this, there are other improvements that you’ll find in Pixelmator Photo 1.5 (like Scribble support) and you can get the full lowdown on our Updates page. Head on down to the App Store to make sure you’re all up to date and we’ll see you next time!

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November 23, 2020

A more in-depth look at Pixelmator Pro 2.0

We’ve got a quick piece of news today – we’ve just posted a video overview of the Pixelmator Pro 2.0 update with a more in-depth look at the biggest new features and improvements. Check it out below!

And just in case you haven’t yet updated (automatically or otherwise), you can grab Pixelmator Pro 2.0 from the Mac App Store by clicking the button below.

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November 18, 2020

Pixelmator Pro 2.0 now available

Good things come to those who wait. And sometimes, those good things come a little early. That’s right, Pixelmator Pro 2.0 is now available — one day earlier than we had originally planned.

The 2.0 upgrade includes full support for the incredible new M1-powered Macs, an all-new, more refined design, support for macOS Big Sur, and a whole range of other great new features. You can find out all about the update in our previous blog post, check out the full release notes on our Updates page, and browse our gorgeouse new Pixelmator Pro page.

We genuinely cannot wait for you to try it out and we hope you’ll enjoy all the changes and improvements we’ve worked on. Pixelmator Pro 2.0 is a free upgrade to all existing Pixelmator Pro users, so head on down to the Mac App Store to make sure you’re all up to date.

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November 13, 2020

Pixelmator Team unveils Pixelmator Pro 2.0 with support for M1-powered Macs

This is Pixelmator Pro 2.0. Redesigned from the ground up, it’s more powerful than ever, more beautiful than ever, and it will be available in just six days, on Thursday, November 19th.

Support for M1-powered Macs

The Pixelmator Pro editing engine is powered by high-performance Metal code, so we can take advantage of the unified memory architecture of the M1 chip to bring you much speedier and much more responsive image editing. Machine learning tasks like ML Super Resolution are now up to a staggering 15 times faster on the new Macs. And, as a Universal app, Pixelmator Pro 2.0 runs natively on both M1 and Intel-based devices, so we’re completely ready for the new era of Mac.

Up to 15x faster ML Super Resolution

macOS Big Sur

Pixelmator Pro 2.0 is also fully compatible with macOS Big Sur with a new unified toolbar and a gorgeous new app icon.

All-New Design

Oh, and there’s one more thing – one more pretty huge new feature. That’s the all-new, more refined, and more modern design. Almost every tool, every menu, and every button has been updated to make the app more intuitive and more fun to use, making it easier for you to be creative. You can now customize the Pixelmator Pro interface, the list of tools, and the toolbar. We’ve also added a new Effects Browser, a new Presets Browser, over 200 beautiful new presets for the Color Adjustment, Effect, Style, Shape, and Gradient tools, and more.

In fact, this update is so big our full release notes didn’t even fit under the App Store’s 4,000 character limit. But you can read them in full on our Updates page!

You can get all the details about what’s coming on November 19th on our all-new Pixelmator Pro page. And make sure to sign up for our newsletter to be notified as soon as the update goes live.

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October 21, 2020

Pixelmator Pro 2.0

For the past 12 months, we’ve been working on a very special update to Pixelmator Pro. We’ll be able to tell you all about it very soon.

If you’d like to get any news about Pixelmator Pro 2.0 as soon as they’re available, sign up below.

September 29, 2020

Pixelmator 2.6 for iOS out now

Pixelmator for iOS just got a major update! Version 2.6 brings full compatibility with iOS and iPadOS 14, adds support for using Pixelmator with a Magic Keyboard, trackpad, or mouse, and includes over 70 keyboard shortcuts.

The update is now available and is free to all existing Pixelmator for iOS users — visit the App Store to make sure you’re all up to date!

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