6 days ago

Photomator is the Mac App of the Year

Wow, we’re still pinching ourselves because we can’t believe it — Photomator has won the title of the Mac App of the Year 2023! And what a truly incredible year it has been. Our team has worked hard to ship many updates, big and small, making Photomator better with each one. We launched Photomator for Mac, making Photomator our first fully cross-platform app, added full support for HDR content that takes photo editing to the next level, and a whole lot more. We’re sincerely thankful to the amazing App Store team for recognizing our work and to every one of you who supports and uses Photomator.

The Mac App of the Year title is a major milestone for us and it’s got us more pumped than ever to keep innovating and making Photomator the best photo editor it can be. In fact, our team is already busy working on exciting new features and updates, including the full file browser support planned to be released later this year. And, we have even more amazing features lined up for 2024.

Also, just a heads-up in case you missed it – as a Black Friday sale offer, Photomator is currently available in the App Store for 70% off the first year of an annual subscription. This is a fantastic opportunity to get Photomator and discover what really makes it an award-winning app. The sale ends in just under 48 hours, so grab it fast!

This machine-learning-powered photo app wowed us with artful edits we thought only experienced pros could pull off.

– App Store editors

Your Mac is the best place to edit photos, so it takes a lot for an app to stand out. The most powerful apps can be complex and difficult to master; those that are easy to use tend to limit what you can do. Photomator hits the sweet spot. It made us feel like professional photo editors – without the learning curve.

The app’s machine learning (ML) tools make difficult or tedious tasks enjoyable. When a photo we snapped of a gorgeous sunset turned out too dim and with muted colours, the Auto Enhance feature brought it vividly – and realistically – back to life. We easily removed the strangers who wandered into an otherwise perfect family portrait by painting over them using the Repair tool.

Auto Enhance instantly corrects common colour and lighting issues – such as this evening photo that turned out much bluer than reality.

And when when we weren’t sure how best to crop a shot of Yosemite Valley we took from Glacier Point, ML Crop suggested the most artistic framing – based on millions of professional photos – for the aspect ratio of our choice.

Removing colour banding, upscaling resolution, reducing noise – in Photomator they all happen like magic with just a click or two, while advanced users can fine-tune each tool’s effect. And the app’s ML features aren’t limited to fixing photos. Using Match Colors, we were able to take a wedding photo that had that perfect golden-hour lighting – and apply the same colour balance, contrast and exposure to other shots we took that day.

It’s easy (and fun!) to see how an adjustment you made improves your image: drag the slider or press “\” to toggle between before and after.

We also love the app’s many pro-level tools, such texture-aware colour adjustments and support for LUTs – shareable profiles of colour, shadow and contrast adjustments that you can use to, say, apply a favourite look to video in Final Cut Pro. All of the app’s tools also work with HDR images, and in another practical use of ML, Photomator can even convert non-HDR photos to HDR.

Knowing you can undo any change or revert to the original image, even after saving your changes, gives you freedom to experiment and learn. And because Photomator integrates with your Photos library and albums, your edits are synced to the Photos app and all your devices using iCloud Photos.

Photomator truly offers the best of all possible worlds – one where there’s no boundary between what you imagine and what you create.

Quick tip

With the app’s selective-adjustments feature you can apply colour tweaks to part of an image without affecting the rest. For example, use Select Sky, Select Background and Select Subject to make accurate, automatic masks – no manual painting required – then adjust just those elements.

Fun fact

Photomator’s ML-powered Auto Enhance feature was trained on 20 million professional photos… twice. After the initial training, the team tweaked the images in the set to be “slightly incorrect in a realistic way”, says Photomator software engineer Andrius Gailiunas. The feature was then retrained to even improve photos that are already great.

Meet the creator

Brothers Saulius and Aidas Dailide founded Pixelmator Team in 2007 to create a Mac-native professional photo editor. The company was among Lithuania’s first bootstrapped tech businesses. Pixelmator Team has since won App of the Year awards on Mac and iPad, as well as two Apple Design Awards.

14 days ago

Photomator introduces full HDR support with advanced features for editing HDR photos captured with iPhone

Photomator 3.2 is now available, bringing all-around HDR support for importing, editing and exporting HDR photos, including those captured with your iPhone. It also introduces a cutting-edge Smart HDR feature, letting you convert SDR photos to HDR and take advantage of the advanced HDR photo editing capabilities with any photo. We’re thrilled to introduce HDR photo editing support on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and bring you some amazing creative possibilities!

Full HDR Support

Photomator offers a comprehensive HDR photo editing workflow, allowing you to seamlessly import, edit, and export HDR photos, all while preserving their HDR data. From now on, you can choose to always work with HDR photos in Photomator or continue working with SDR photos without changing your workflow. All the editing tools in Photomator, including Super Resolution, Denoise, and the Repair tool, are fully compatible with HDR photos and we’ve revamped our color adjustments, so they work exceptionally well when you fine-tune the colors of HDR photos. And, when you finish editing your photos, the HDR edits are automatically saved back to the Photos app, ensuring that they seamlessly sync across all your devices.


To work with HDR, you’ll need to update to iOS 17 and macOS 14 Sonoma. Also, you’ll need a compatible display. Find the requirements and more information about working with HDR in this article.



iPhone’s HDR Photos

Starting from 2020, all photos taken with iPhones are automatically captured in HDR mode. However, when you edit these photos in photo editing apps, they’re usually converted and saved as SDR. From now on, Photomator lets you edit iPhone HDR photos just like any other HDR photos and automatically save them back to the Photos library with all the HDR edits intact. And, when editing, you can use all the editing tools, including the Repair tool. It’s particularly noteworthy as the Photos app doesn’t support the Repair function for HDR images – Photomator addresses this by letting you effortlessly remove any unwanted objects or flaws from HDR photos captured with your iPhone.

Smart HDR

In addition to full HDR support, Photomator introduces the Smart HDR feature, which allows you to convert SDR photos to HDR. Often, images that feature clouds, sun reflections, or those captured in intense light conditions may look washed out in SDR. With a single click of a button, you can instantly convert an SDR photo to HDR and bring these photos back to life by unveiling richer colors, deeper contrast, and more detail in the brightest areas. Later, you can edit and share them with all the HDR data preserved – just like any other HDR photo.



Import and Export HDR Photos

When it comes to importing HDR photos, Photomator lets you open HDR photos captured with iPhone, edit RAW and ProRAW files in HDR, and open other ISO HDR formats. For the update, Photomator also adds new HDR export formats to let you share HDR images without compromising their quality. Below, you’ll find a list of supported import and export formats with our suggestions on which export format to choose based on your specific use case.

HDR Import Formats

  • HDR photos captured with iPhone
  • RAW and ProRAW
  • HEIC (10-bit)
  • AVIF (10-bit)
  • JPEG XL (10-bit)
  • PNG (16-bit)
  • TIFF (32-bit from Photoshop)
  • OpenEXR
  • Radiance HDR

HDR Export Formats

  • HDR HEIC (for sharing HDR photos to Apple apps, such as Motion and Final Cut Pro)
  • HDR JPEG (for photos viewed in both SDR and HDR)
  • HDR Still Image Video (for uploading HDR photos on the web)
  • HDR PNG (for archiving HDR photos)
  • OpenEXR (for exporting HDR photos to other video and image editing apps)
  • Photomator

We can’t wait to see the amazing results you’ll achieve with the powerful HDR editing capabilities in Photomator. This update is accessible to all existing Photomator users. If you haven’t downloaded Photomator yet, now is the ideal moment to do so, as it’s currently on Black Friday sale, with the first year of its subscription costing just $9.99.

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September 25, 2023

Photomator update coming with full support for HDR content on new iPhone 15

The just-released iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models feature highly advanced displays, fully optimized for viewing HDR content. The latest iPhone 15 stands out as the first non-pro device offering a professional-grade display with 1600 nits of peak brightness, perfect for viewing and capturing HDR photos. To make the most of this powerful display technology, Photomator will soon offer full HDR support – from import to editing and export. We’re already in the final stages of HDR development, and we’re excited to share a sneak peek at HDR support with you.

The showcased result will vary among devices, with the most striking effect visible on the newest iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro, Macs with XDR displays, and Pro Display XDR. If the effect is not visible, open the video in the YouTube app or open it in another browser.

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Compared to Standard Dynamic Range (SDR), High Dynamic Range (HDR) takes the viewing experience to an entirely new level. HDR allows you to bring back more detail in bright and dark areas of photos and to see a broader range of colors. This translates into outstanding contrast, brighter whites, and richer colors, letting your photos mirror real life more closely. When compared side by side, SDR photos appear flatter and less vivid, whereas HDR photos are notably more vibrant.



Why Edit Photos in HDR?

As display technology evolves, editing and exporting photos in HDR effectively future-proofs them. HDR is already more or less a standard in video post-production and video games, and HDR is breaking into photography as a new norm, too. When HDR editing comes to Photomator, you’ll be able to preview your photos in HDR with a single tap of a button and all your edits will stay in place when changing between SDR and HDR modes. So, when exporting photos in HDR, simply check how the photo will look to someone viewing it in SDR or on a display with limited HDR capabilities. You might need to tweak the colors to ensure your photo looks great in both SDR and HDR but, when viewed in HDR, the colors in the photo will be on an entirely different level.

Current Limitations

  • Hardware. In order to work with HDR, first and foremost, you’ll need a compatible display. The latest iPhone 15 stands out as the first non-pro device offering up to 1600 nits of peak brightness for HDR content, matching the abilities of professional-grade displays. iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro, Macs and iPads with XDR displays, and Pro Display XDR are also equipped with powerful displays suitable for viewing HDR content. MacBook Air, iMac, iMac Pro, Studio Display, and MacBook Pro models not equipped with XDR displays provide limited HDR support with peak brightness ranging between 300 and 600 nits. Check out this article on recommended HDR monitors for photography to get a more in-depth overview of HDR displays.
  • Operating System. To work with HDR photos in Photomator, you’ll need to update to iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS 14. On older macOS versions, HDR support may be limited or unavailable, and for those using older iOS and iPadOS versions, HDR editing is entirely unavailable.
  • Software. Full HDR support with import, editing, and export will be available in Photomator and Pixelmator Pro. Currently, HDR is fully supported in Apple Photos, Final Cut Pro, and Motion. Given the pace at which Apple is promoting HDR content, we’d expect HDR to be supported on all system apps, including Preview, Finder, and Safari, in the near future.

We’re launching full HDR support soon, along with updates to support iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS 14, and the latest Apple devices. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know when we launch these exciting new features!

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September 11, 2023

Pixelmator Pro 3.4 brings advanced support for PDF files

Pixelmator Pro 3.4, codenamed Camelot, introduces a completely revamped PDF engine that takes PDF support to a whole new level. With this update, you can now open individual pages from multi-page PDF documents, work with vector PDFs, edit individual image, shape, and other elements in Apple PDFs, and more. If you often work with PDF files — we’re really excited for you to try out this update.

A (Very) Short History of PDF

PDF, or Portable Document Format, is a file format created by John Warnock, the co-founder of Adobe, back in 1990 as part of the “Camelot Project.” The project aimed to establish a reliable way to create and exchange documents, ensuring that they always look the same across multiple platforms and devices. Over the years, PDF not only achieved its initial goal but also became one of the most popular file formats for sharing and printing documents.

Import Selected PDF Pages

From now on, you can easily import and edit specific pages from multi-page PDF documents right in Pixelmator Pro. In a simple new import dialog, scroll through the list of pages in your PDF, choose the one you wish to edit and import it. You can also set the page resolution, and adjust its width and height to the size you need. And that’s not all. Thanks to the major PDF engine redesign, Pixelmator Pro now lets you import PDF files with layers. This means that if a PDF you’re opening includes images or shapes, you can now import these elements as separate layers and edit them individually. Or, if you prefer editing PDFs as flat images, you can import them with all layers merged.

Once you’ve edited and exported a PDF page, you can easily put it back into a multi-page document using the Preview app on your Mac. Simply open the original document in Preview, then drag and drop the page onto the list of PDF pages on the left. To create multi-page PDFs from scratch, you can take advantage of the automations available in the Shortcuts app on your Mac.

Edit PDF Layers

With support for vector PDFs, you can now edit shape and image elements in PDFs as separate layers and scale documents to any size without losing quality. This makes it simple to edit, rearrange, and delete elements in existing PDF documents, or create new vector PDFs you can then share and edit in other apps. More complex layer properties like blend modes, opacity, and masks are also supported and will be preserved when exporting.

Up until now, Pixelmator Pro supported bitmap PDFs — an image-based type of PDF. Unlike vector PDFs that support layers, bitmap PDFs open with all their contents merged into a single page which also has a fixed resolution. Because of this, bitmap PDFs have more limited options for editing and may lose quality when upscaling. That said, both PDF types have their own uses, so we’ve put together a quick comparison to help you figure out which PDF format is the best fit for your needs.

Vector PDFs

  • Editable page layout
  • Resolution-independent scaling
  • Editable vector elements
  • Best for sharing and printing vector-based documents, logos, text, and more

Bitmap PDFs

  • Embedded page content
  • Fixed resolution
  • No content discrepancies when sharing
  • Best for sharing and printing high-quality images and photographs

While bitmap PDFs are always image-based, vector PDFs can have both vector and bitmap elements (photos or illustrations) in the same document. When upscaling such documents, bitmap elements may lose quality and turn out blurry in the final design. To achieve the best possible quality when upscaling, you can use the AI-powered Super Resolution algorithm which increases the size of images while preserving sharpness and details with the help of machine learning.

Work with Apple PDFs

As part of the PDF engine improvements, we also wanted to extend the existing PDF support on macOS and make it easy for users to edit the PDF documents they create using everyday Mac apps. Pixelmator Pro now fully supports vector PDFs created using Safari, Keynote, Pages, and other iWork apps, and opens them with incredible precision. For instance, you can now export entire web pages to PDF from Safari and they will open in Pixelmator Pro exactly how you see them in your browser. And, best of all, you can edit all image, shape, and other elements as regular layers, using all your favorite tools in Pixelmator Pro.

Full Apple PDF file support unlocks many new workflows and possibilities. As a quick demo of other cool things you can do with this, we’ve exported shapes from the Geometry collection in Keynote to PDF, and then converted them into a new Pixelmator Pro shape collection. And just like that, Keynote shapes are ready to use in your Pixelmator Pro designs!

Convert Files to PDF with Shortcuts

The updated “Convert Image/Video” action in the Shortcuts app makes it easy to convert multiple Pixelmator Pro documents, Adobe Photoshop files, and other files to PDF. With added controls, you can also choose whether you want to convert documents to bitmap PDF or preserve all layers. By combining this feature with existing macOS actions, it’s possible to create workflows that will help quickly create multi-page PDF documents or prepare individual pages for editing in Pixelmator Pro. We’ve created shortcuts for these two specific workflows that you can download below:

These are all the amazing new features in the Pixelmator Pro 3.4 Camelot. We hope you like the update! The update is free to all existing users and is available from the Mac App Store starting today. And, if you don’t have a copy of Pixelmator Pro just yet, now is the best time to get it as it’s currently on sale for 30% off.

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August 21, 2023

Pixelmator Team announces Back to School sale and brings one-click Smart Deband feature to Photomator 

Photomator 3.1 introduces the advanced Smart Deband feature, which enhances photo quality by removing color banding and increasing color depth with just a click. This incredible new feature lets you seamlessly enhance your JPEGs or other photos shot in lossy formats to near-RAW quality. And, to celebrate the back to school season, for a limited time, you can get Photomator and Pixelmator Pro for more than 30% off.

AI-Powered Smart Deband

Color banding appears as distinct bands of color, transitioning abruptly from one shade to another instead of colors blending smoothly. This is commonly seen in low-quality photos with gradients, such as landscapes where the sky dominates the photo or portraits with vibrant gradient backgrounds. The new Smart Deband feature effortlessly transforms these color bands into smooth gradients, keeping the rest of the photo detailed and sharp. While gradients in areas such as the sky are more evident, many subtler gradients in your photos might go unnoticed at first. By using Smart Deband, you’ll also enhance these smaller gradient areas, boosting the overall quality of your photos.



Editing photos in compressed formats like JPEG can also be tricky as even minor color adjustments can lead to unexpected color artifacts. For example, enhancing the blue in the sky might end up in patchy blue areas rather than a smooth gradient, even if the JPEG seemed perfectly fine before making the adjustments. Since formats like JPEG compress images to retain perceived quality while keeping file sizes small, color artifacts are likely to pop up only during the editing process.

To address this issue, Smart Deband intelligently removes color artifacts and increases the color depth of your photos to 16 bits per channel – this is equivalent to the color depth of a RAW image. While merely increasing color depth doesn’t have a significant impact on its own, it makes a difference when paired with color banding removal. The enhanced color depth means there’s more color information available in the image, allowing the transformation of color bands into smoother gradients. It also ensures that you can edit each shade within those gradients without experiencing further posterization, offering a level of flexibility similar to editing a RAW image.



Back to School Sale

Pixelmator Pro and Photomator are currently on sale for more than 30% off. You can get a 30% discount on Pixelmator Pro exclusively in the Mac App Store. Also, for a limited time, you can download Photomator on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad and get over 30% off the first year of its annual subscription – you can redeem this special offer directly within Photomator.

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July 28, 2023

AI-powered Denoise gets a major update

We’ve been extra busy here at the Pixelmator Team this summer, and we’re excited to bring you another update, this time introducing some major improvements to the Denoise tool in Photomator and Pixelmator Pro. With a handy new intensity slider and significantly improved noise analysis and removal algorithms, Denoise is now smarter and more capable than ever and we’re here to tell you all about it.

Denoise Algorithm Improvements

The Denoise tool in Photomator and Pixelmator Pro has been redesigned from the ground up with smart under-the-hood enhancements that significantly improve how it recognizes and removes noise from images. In particular, Denoise can now tackle noise of any scale. This means that you’re no longer limited to removing fine digital noise, but can just as easily get rid of analog film grain and even synthetic noise added using image editing apps.


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What’s more, by leveraging a UNet-like architecture — a specialized type of neural network — we’ve doubled the size of the AI model which, in turn, makes Denoise twice as smart at filtering out noise compared to the previous version. This helped us fix issues from previous versions where noise would be removed unevenly, or image areas would become too blurry, so you can now enjoy much cleaner images, without unwanted artifacts.

Denoise algorithm improvements

2xbigger AI model
4xsmarter noise analysis
2xbetter noise reduction

Color and Contrast Recovery

From now on, Denoise doesn’t just simply remove noise — it can help recover image colors and contrast, too! Images heavily affected by noise, especially those shot in low light with high ISO settings, can often look faded and flat, or have undesirable color tints. Using Denoise, you can revert some of the noise damage by bringing back the contrast and original colors to photos, giving them more vibrancy and depth.



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Improved Artifact Removal

Denoise can now remove a new type of image artifact known as RAW decoder artifacts. From unwanted color shifts to color banding, these artifacts are not present in the original RAW images but can get introduced in the process of converting the read-only sensor data of a RAW file into a viewable image. By removing RAW decoder artifacts, Denoise offers a great way to ensure your RAW images always maintain the highest possible quality.


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New Denoise Intensity Slider

With the new Denoise Intensity slider, you can now have more control over just how much noise you want to remove from your images. Lowering the Denoise intensity will preserve more of the original image details but also keep a bit of noise while increasing intensity will make the image smoother overall. If you’re looking to remove noise from multiple images at a time, we’ve also updated Pixelmator Pro’s Denoise action in AppleScript and the Shortcuts app to offer the option for adjusting noise intensity.

We’re incredibly happy with how much Denoise has improved with this update and we can’t wait for you to try it out with your own images! If you’ve already got Pixelmator Pro or Photomator on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad, all you need to do is download the latest update from the App Store — it’s free to all existing users.

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July 21, 2023

Photomator and Pixelmator Pro add compressed Fujifilm RAW support

Updates to both Pixelmator Pro and Photomator have just dropped, bringing support for compressed RAWs from more than 20 Fujifilm cameras, including the highly-requested X-T5 and X-H2 models. The updates also include the ability to open and edit compressed and uncompressed RAWs from the brand-new Fujifilm X-S20 model. This is an incredibly exciting milestone for us – for the very first time, we’re bringing support for RAW formats that aren’t natively supported by Apple!

While Apple devices offer support for many popular RAW formats, the increasingly popular compressed Fujifilm RAWs are currently not supported on macOS and iOS. As a result, you cannot preview or edit these photos on Mac, iPhone, or iPad. To address this, we’ve developed a brand new RAW pipeline, letting you open and edit compressed Fujifilm RAWs in Pixelmator Pro and Photomator. By using Apple’s RAW engine as a foundation, we ensure that this implementation remains entirely native, meaning that working with compressed Fujifilm RAWs will be just as smooth as working with any other image format. You can nondestructively adjust colors, crop photos, remove objects, and even use Shortcuts and AppleScript to batch edit them or batch convert them into Apple-supported image formats. The compressed Fujifilm RAW support is also not limited to Mac – you can open and edit these RAWs on your iPhone and iPad.

List of compressed Fujifilm RAWs supported by Photomator and Pixelmator Pro:

X-T2, X-T3, X-T4, X-T5, X-T20, X-T30, X-T30 II, X100V, X100F, X-E3, X-E4, X-H1, X-H2, X-H2S, X-S10, X-S20, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, GFX 50R, GFX 50S, GFX 100S.

To make sure your specific camera model is supported on your device, check this article.

We hope this makes some folks who shoot on Fujifilm happy! If your camera model is not supported yet by Photomator or Pixelmator Pro, you can share your suggestions for formats you’d like to see us support by filling out this form. As always, this update is free for all existing Pixelmator Pro and Photomator users, so make sure to download it from the App Store.

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May 16, 2023

Photomator for Mac is out now

Today’s a big day! Our team has just released Photomator for Mac. From state-of-the-art color adjustments to intelligent AI tools, powerful Repair and Clone tools, and batch editing, Photomator for Mac is a photo editing powerhouse. Built from the ground up for macOS, it runs incredibly smoothly and fast, redefining the photo editing experience on Mac.

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If you’re curious about what makes Photomator for Mac so special, we’re here to share some great reasons that showcase its awesomeness.

It’s packed with powerful photo editing tools

In Photomator for Mac, you’ll find everything you need to edit and manage your photos. It includes next-generation color adjustments powered by an incredibly advanced texture-aware algorithm, powerful retouching tools, batch editing, and much more. Photomator for Mac also brings your favorite AI features, such as automatic photo enhancement, denoising, image upscaling, and automatic subject, sky, and background selections. To make professional photo editing a breeze, Photomator for Mac brings a powerful photo browser powered by Photos and a filmstrip that let you easily browse images and quickly jump into editing them. And, full file browser support is coming later this year.

It’s incredibly fast

Photomator for Mac is built from the ground up for Mac and it makes the most of native macOS technologies, such as Apple Silicon, Swift UI, Core ML, Core Image, and Metal. These advanced technologies make your photo editing experience ultra smooth and fast, even when editing, zooming, or scrolling large images.

It’s available on Mac, iPhone, and iPad

With its full cross-platform compatibility, Photomator offers a familiar experience on all devices – Mac, iPhone, and iPad. All your edits are seamlessly syncing with the Photos library and, with support for iCloud, across all your devices, so you can start editing on one device and pick up on another. And what’s best, if you buy Photomator for Mac, you’ll also get unlimited access to the iPhone and iPad version with the same license.

This only scratches the surface of what Photomator can actually do. Make sure to try it out yourself – it’s free to download from the Mac App Store. If you already use Photomator on iPhone and iPad, you can check the FAQs to find out if you’re eligible for a free version of Photomator for Mac.

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What about Pixelmator Pro?

Together with the launch of Photomator for Mac, we’ve also released an update to Pixelmator Pro with major improvements to Photomator document support. Using the Edit with Pixelmator Pro feature, you can quickly open an edited photo in Pixelmator Pro with all the nondestructive changes fully preserved and visible. This makes it super easy to round-trip between the apps – for example, you can edit a photo, then send it to Pixelmator Pro to add some text, shapes, paint on it, and more.

If you’d like to check out the differences between Photomator and Pixelmator Pro, you can head over to our Compare page to see a side-by-side comparison and find out whether you need one or the other (or both!) for your specific workflow.

April 12, 2023

Pixelmator Photo gets AI-powered selective adjustments and a new name — Photomator

A new update for Photomator is now available, bringing a ton of fantastic new features, changes, and improvements. But hold on, did we say Photomator? That’s right — the app now has a snappier and catchier new name! To complete the makeover, version 2.3 also features a beautiful, refreshed design, but the biggest highlight of this update lies beyond the looks.

We’re excited to introduce an all-new and incredibly powerful selective adjustments feature that will completely change the way you edit photos in Photomator. From now on, you can easily select and edit specific areas of a photo using a variety of selections and masks, and even make selections automatically, using AI. There are just so many great new features in this update, so read along if you’d like to learn all about them, and stick around till the end for one more, very exciting announcement.

AI-Powered Selective Adjustments

The new selective adjustments feature in Photomator makes it easier than ever to create stunning edits, with a whole new level of creative control and precision. You can now select specific areas of a photo you’d like to edit and only make changes to those selected areas. And, thanks to an AI-powered selection algorithm, you can select common elements in photos — people, backgrounds, and skies — automatically.

With a simple tap, the AI algorithm intelligently scans the photo, finds where the subject, background, or sky is, and make a precise selection of that area for you, so you can jump into making edits right away. For example, in landscape photos where the sky is too bright, you can select just the sky and reduce its brightness without making the entire photo darker.

Gradient, Color, and Brush Selections

In addition to making automatic selections, you can also work with customizable gradient masks, select areas based on their color, or simply paint over the areas you want to edit with a brush. You can create as many selections as you like in different parts of the photo and even combine multiple selections.

Linear and radial gradients

Create straight-line or elliptical transitions between edited and unedited areas of a photo. You can easily reposition or adjust the softness of the gradients using handy, on-image controls.

Color range selections

Adjust specific colors or entire color ranges in photos by selecting them using the eyedropper tool. Even in low-resolution or heavily compressed photos, you can enjoy especially smooth transitions between colors thanks to advanced image processing technologies (the same ones we used to create the Remove Color adjustment in Pixelmator Pro!).

Brush selections

Make especially precise selections in photos by painting over them with a brush. Easily customize the brush by adjusting its size, softness, and opacity. Also, if you accidentally paint over something you didn’t mean to select, you can always erase the selection by switching to the Erase mode.

Effortless Selection Editing

When you add selections to a photo, they will appear as individual layers in the Layers browser. This makes it really easy to keep track of your edits. You can turn these selection layers on and off, and find additional options for renaming, deleting, or rearranging them. In the Layers browser, you can also use blending modes to refine the selections, combine them, or create striking artistic effects. For example, you can automatically select the subject, sky, or background in a photo and then use a brush to paint over some extra details you want to include in the selection.

This wraps up the biggest new features in Photomator 2.3. Check out our What’s New page for the full scoop on all the smaller changes included in this update. To try out the new features, head over to the App Store and make sure you’re all up to date with the latest and greatest version of Photomator.

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Photomator for Mac TestFlight Beta is Now Available

For those of you who have been eagerly waiting — Photomator for Mac is almost, almost here. For the final stretch of the journey, we’d love to invite you to become a beta tester for Photomator and help us ensure its official launch goes as smoothly as possible. Keep in mind that we have limited testing spots available, so if you’re interested in participating, fill out a quick form below for a chance to be the first to explore Photomator on Mac.

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