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Pixelmator Team unveils Pixelmator Pro 3.0 with more than 200 stunning design templates and mockups

Hey everyone! We’re incredibly happy to announce that today, we’re releasing Pixelmator Pro 3.0, codenamed Muse. It introduces an all-new way to create designs with over 200 easy-to-use templates, 16 fully customizable mockups, AI-powered template editing, document color palettes, and more.

This update is packed full of awesome new features and we cannot wait to tell you more about them, so let’s dive right in.

200+ Design Templates

With more than 200 stunning new templates, you can quickly create high-quality designs in a wide range of different formats, including social media posts, resumes, posters, cards, and others. It takes just a few clicks to personalize a template and turn it into something that’s uniquely yours.

But that’s not all. If you’ve got a small business or you’re creating a personal brand, you’re going to love the new brand templates. You can choose from 12 different brand collections with templates for web, print, and more. In each collection, you’ll find templates created using the same design language which makes it very easy to build a consistent and eye-catching visual identity.

Ready to try out the new templates? We’ve prepared an in-depth video tutorial about working with templates to help you get started.

Fully-Customizable Mockups

Mockups let you easily bring your designs to life by displaying them in beautifully-designed compositions. Find mockups for devices such as Mac, iPad, and iPhone, and printed media, including posters, book covers, and more. Freely customize mockups with a number of alternative lighting effects, or recolor different elements in compositions to find just the right look for your design.

A graph illustrating the relationship between app releases, sales income, and development costs.

The ultra high-quality mockups are perfect for both personal or professional use. In fact, the Pixelmator marketing team has already given the new mockups its seal of approval and we are now using them to showcase Pixelmator Pro on the App Store! If you’d like to learn more about how you can make your own designs pop using mockups, check out our latest Youtube tutorial.

Smart Replace

To make template editing quick and intuitive, we’ve introduced Smart Replace, an incredibly intelligent feature supercharged with the power of three machine learning features: Remove Background, Auto Fill, and ML Super Resolution. Now, when replacing placeholder content, Pixelmator Pro can automatically remove backgrounds, find the most optimal composition and placement, and upscale images if their quality is too low.

Element Alternatives

Easily customize templates and mockups with a number of built-in alternative elements — lighting, shapes, effects, and illustrations — created exclusively for each design. For example, when working with mockups, you can completely change their look and feel with lighting effects such as Direct Light, Diffused Light, Plant Shadows, and others. If you’d like to try out a few different looks, you can quickly switch between the alternative elements with easy-to-use on-canvas controls.

Document Colors

Templates and mockups come with a set of built-in color presets available from the new Document Colors menu. Using the presets, you can completely change the entire color scheme of an image with just a few clicks. The feature works by changing all nondestructively applied colors in a composition — whether it’s a gradient stop in gradient map effect, a color fill, or even a shadow. You can also customize individual colors in templates or your own designs to create new document color presets.

We had an absolute blast working on this update and hope you’re going to enjoy using the templates as much as we enjoyed creating them. And we’re not stopping there — we plan to continue adding new template and mockup designs to Pixelmator Pro in the future, so keep an eye out for those!

Pixelmator Pro 3.0 Muse is a free update to all existing users and is available on the Mac App Store now. New users can get a copy of Pixelmator Pro for $39.99 at the link below.

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August 18, 2022

Why Pixelmator Photo is switching to subscription pricing (and a sneak peek at Pixelmator Photo for Mac)

Hi everyone – we’ve got a pretty big announcement to make: Pixelmator Photo is moving to subscription pricing. In this blog post, we’ll explain why this is the best way forward for Pixelmator Photo and will make it into the best photo editor it can be. Also, Pixelmator Photo for Mac is coming and we’ve got an early sneak peek at what it’s going to look like!

TL;DR: Pixelmator Photo will now cost $4.99 per month, $23.99 per year, or $54.99 for a lifetime license but existing paid users get unlimited access for free. Also, Pixelmator Photo for Mac is coming! What’s more early subscribers will get access to it for the same monthly price, which will go up when the Mac version is out.

Pixelmator Photo 2.0.13

The big question – why?

So why are we switching to subscription pricing? Well, this is a decision we’ve been considering (and, to some extent, avoiding) for a good while now and there are a few main reasons why we’re making the move.

First of all, a bit of background about how a software company like ours works. We’re completely independent developers with no outside funding and it’s no surprise that we make money and pay ourselves salaries by selling copies of our apps. With a one-time purchase model, we rely on releasing major updates that create buzz in the media and with regular folks online to sell more copies of our apps than we usually do – i.e. we do our best to attract as many new users as possible. The rest of the time, the money we make isn’t actually enough to support development costs. The graphic below (shamelessly stolen from this blog post by Max Seelemann of Ulysses) illustrates this.

A graph illustrating the relationship between app releases, sales income, and development costs.

Issues with the paid upfront model

So what’s the problem – just keep releasing major updates, right? Well, you can certainly try but if an update doesn’t do as well as expected or is delayed, you’re in trouble. And eventually, your potential pool of users shrinks to make it necessary to release a paid upgrade that existing users need to pay for, too.

That’s what we’ve been doing until now and it hasn’t served us badly, but the landscape is changing and, when updates become more regular, there are some pretty big problems with the paid upfront model. Below, are some of the most significant issues.

1. Slower development

You need to purposely withhold the biggest new features from existing users and save them for major updates or new paid versions. This slows down development because large updates are harder to develop, test, and ship – releasing one major update with three big new features takes longer than releasing three updates with one major new feature each. It’s not too bad when everyone’s in the same boat, but as more apps move to subscription pricing, you find yourself at a disadvantage.

2. Paid upgrades can be too drastic

Paid upgrades need to be different enough to be super exciting and cool but not so different that they’re a whole new app that you need to learn to use (ugh, why is everything in all different places). However, if a paid upgrade isn’t flashy enough, there’s less of an incentive to upgrade, which kind of defeats the point. So it’s quite a fine balance.

3. No upgrade discounts on the App Store

If you create a major paid upgrade, people expect an upgrade discount – which is totally fair, by the way. However, we sell our apps exclusively through the App Store and offering upgrade discounts isn’t possible.

4. Users who buy early get more value than those who buy later

Let’s say somebody buys your app just after a major paid upgrade is released and gets a full cycle of updates on top of that. Great. What if they buy the app right at the end of the cycle? Not so great. So users who buy early get more value than those who buy later. We’ve seen questions about this quite frequently in the past – should I buy now or is a paid upgrade coming?

5. New users become more important than existing ones

With a paid upfront model, you’re chasing new users with major updates over making things better for existing ones until, eventually, you need to release a paid upgrade, then the cycle restarts. This means new users are more important than existing ones and flashy new features become more important than improvements to existing features.

6. No free trials on iOS and iPadOS

There’s no way to provide free trials on iOS. Occasionally, we get reviews and other feedback saying that Pixelmator Photo isn’t quite the kind of app that a person expected – maybe they thought it would be a layer-based editor, or a more basic photo editor, or the app is missing a certain feature, or is another kind of app entirely. For now, a free app with locked features is the only way to provide a free trial on iOS and iPadOS.

7. Lower prices of mobile apps

It takes a significant amount of development hours to create an app like Pixelmator Photo. It’s got some incredibly advanced editing features but, on iOS, the prices of other, less powerful apps are so low that pricing the app at, say, $29.99 puts people off, especially with no free trial. However, the current low price ($7.99) isn’t sustainable in the long run.

8. No unified purchases across macOS and iOS/iPadOS

This point is especially relevant with the sneak peek about Pixelmator Photo for Mac below. We’d love to charge one price for the app across all platforms – Mac, iOS, and iPadOS – and this is only possible with a subscription. Also a related issue is that if we charged an upfront fee and released updates and (eventually) major upgrades for each app, it’s much more difficult to sync everything across platforms, again slowing down development significantly. Side note – this is one of the reasons why development of Pixelmator for iOS slowed before and after the release of Pixelmator Pro.

As we’ve been around since 2007 now – that’s 15 years, for anyone counting (what, the 90s weren’t 10 years ago?!) – we’ve had first-hand experience with each of the above and it looks like the change to subscriptions is just the way to go at this point in time.

The big downside to subscriptions

Of course, there are downsides to subscriptions too – one big one, really. It’s more expensive. And the reason for that is one-time payment apps have a significant number of people who are occasional users – once a month or maybe even a few times a year. These people basically make an app cheaper for those who use it regularly. But with fewer paid users in a subscription model, the price becomes higher and you lose the users that use your app occasionally, instead focusing on the people who use your app the most.

It’s a little sad because there are certainly apps that we personally would use only occasionally which went down the subscription route that we don’t subscribe to. So we know the feeling well. But the hope is that there are enough users who use the app regularly and feel that the annual or monthly fee is worth it. It looks like this is the best way to ensure Pixelmator Photo can continue to be developed long into the future, keep growing, and become the best app it can be.

Sneak peek at Pixelmator Photo for Mac

Now, for some super exciting news – work on Pixelmator Photo for Mac is going well and we’d love to share an early look at it. It’s going to be incredibly cool and we can’t wait to ship it!

Pixelmator Photo for Mac

It’s going to be a completely native app – designed from the ground up just for Mac. The plan is to ship it late this year or early next year. And those who subscribe to Pixelmator Photo now will get Pixelmator Photo for Mac for free, which is a pretty sweet deal.

FAQs

Do existing users need to subscribe to get unlimited access?

If you’ve already bought Pixelmator Photo, you get unlimited access without having to subscribe.

Will subscribers get access to Pixelmator Photo for Mac for the same price?

Yes, those who subscribe will get access to Pixelmator Photo for Mac for the same price when the app becomes available. The price of the subscription for new users will go up when the app is released.

Will existing paid users get a discount for Pixelmator Photo for Mac?

Yes, unlike with paid upfront apps, it looks like it’s possible to provide discounts on subscriptions, so we’ll do our best to give existing paid Pixelmator Photo users a discount on Pixelmator Photo for Mac.

So that’s it for our news today – we’ve got some incredibly exciting updates lined up for the next few months and into next year, so we’re looking forward to sharing news about that too. And as always, if you have any feedback or comments for us, feel free to leave them below or get in touch with us at support@pixelmator.com.

July 14, 2022

Pixelmator 2.7 for iOS brings refreshed design and initial support for Pixelmator Pro documents

Pixelmator 2.7 for iOS has just been released, bringing a refreshed, more modern design, initial support for Pixelmator Pro documents, and improved performance thanks to a new Metal-powered graphics pipeline.

Refreshed Design

A refreshed design matches the fresh and modern look of iOS 15 and makes Pixelmator for iOS easier to use than ever before. These changes touch pretty much every part of the app in some way. We’ve added handy new features, usability improvements, and updated the design of menus and buttons to feel right at home on the latest versions of iOS.

Initial Support for Pixelmator Pro Documents

Pixelmator for iOS can now open and export Pixelmator Pro documents! We’re calling this initial support because a number of different things aren’t fully supported, but it’s now much easier to use Pixelmator for iOS in workflows with Pixelmator Pro.

Performance Improvements

Thanks to now using the powerful Metal graphics technology for its graphics pipeline, Pixelmator for iOS is now even faster than before. You should notice performance improvements across the board, although they’re most significant in the painting engine.

What’s next for Pixelmator for iOS?

So what’s next for Pixelmator for iOS? More great updates is what! We plan to add big new features, continue working on improved support for Pixelmator Pro documents, and generally make it an even more amazing layer-based image editor on iPhone and iPad alike. Stay tuned for news.

To buy the app or make sure you’ve received the latest update, you can visit the App Store by tapping the button below.

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April 12, 2022

Pixelmator Pro 2.4 introduces color adjustments and effects layers

Pixelmator Pro 2.4 is now available, bringing color adjustments and effects layers, a completely redesigned Layers sidebar, over 200 beautiful new vector shapes, support for M1 Ultra, and more.

Color Adjustments and Effects Layers

Color adjustments and effects layers let you nondestructively change the look of entire layered compositions more quickly and easily than ever before. These new layer types also make it possible to more easily make selective edits to photos, designs, and illustrations, completely transforming many common workflows.

If you’d like to learn more about these layer types, we’ve got you covered – check out our video on this topic below.

We’ve also got a new tutorial that takes full advantage of color adjustments layers to create a beautiful color splash effect.

Redesigned Layers Sidebar

The Layers sidebar has been redesigned with a fresh new look and a range of usability improvements – different layer types are now much more easily recognizable, layers feature informative subtitles, it’s now possible to customize layer thumbnail sizes, and more.

Over 200 New Vector Shapes

Pixelmator Pro 2.4 adds over 200 new artist-designed vector shapes in categories like science, activities, and symbols. Vector shapes are resolution-independent so can be used freely in any design or illustration. And they’ve been meticulously crafted to be pixel-perfect in pixel designs, so you won’t see any unwanted blurring at their edges when using them as icons or other elements in your designs.

M1 Ultra Support

Pixelmator Pro is a Universal app that runs natively on M1-powered Mac devices, taking full advantage of all the power of the new M1 Ultra chip and its unified memory architecture. Thanks to machine learning model optimizations, ML-powered tasks, like automatic background removal, super resolution, and photo enhancement are up to 1.7 times faster on M1 Ultra compared to M1 Max.

Other Improvements

Pixelmator Pro 2.4 also adds a new Scrubby Zoom mode, adding an all-new way to zoom images, brings the ability to unlink layer masks, includes new keyboard shortcuts for adding layers, and more.

The update is totally free for all existing Pixelmator Pro users and $39.99 for those of you who don’t yet have a copy. Head on down to the Mac App Store to make sure you’re all up to date and enjoy all the shiny new features!

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December 22, 2021

Pixelmator Pro gets Motion file format support

We’ve been spoiling you with updates recently – and we love doing it – so we’re very excited to say that, today, we’ve got a cherry on top of the 2021 cake for Pixelmator Pro. Today’s update brings the ability to export files to Apple’s motion graphics tool, the aptly-named Motion. Now, if you don’t use Motion, that might not sound like such a big deal to you, but hiding behind the headline is another equally big improvement for all Pixelmator Pro users: completely reengineered support for SVG files. Intrigued? Read on for all the details.

Motion file format support

First of all, Motion. This year, we’ve made a point of improving support for Apple pro apps, starting with Final Cut Pro and support for LUTs as well as the ability to export PSDs specifically optimized for FCP. We’re good, nay, great Apple citizens so this seemed like a pretty natural step as we keep building Pixelmator Pro to be the best app it can be.

So, starting today, you can now export Motion files from Pixelmator Pro, making it easier than ever to create motion graphics. Not just that, because Pixelmator Pro has support for SVGs, you can even open SVGs and export those in Motion format. This is great if you, for example, want to create some animations or Final Cut Pro templates but don’t feel like creating all the illustrations yourself. If you’d like to learn more about using Pixelmator Pro and Motion, check out this in-depth video guide from Ripple Training.

All-new SVG engine

Another big project this year has been improvements to the file reading and writing foundations of Pixelmator Pro, starting with massively improved support for PSD files. Now, it’s time for SVGs. And the improvements here are maybe even bigger.

The SVG format is pretty fascinatingly huge and isn’t limited to just simple vector layers. It can contain images, text, path text, layers with different blending modes, letter spacing, filters and effects, masks, clipping paths, opacity. And how much of this is supported can be measured in numeric terms because there are certain compliance tests you can run and we have created our own test suite.

The file format specification really is huge and most raster and vector apps would pass a small number of these tests. The latest version of Pixelmator Pro now passes four times more of our test suite the the previous version did. We’ve also added support for some features that are only available in SVG 2, the newest specification of this format.

4ximproved support for SVGs

Below, you can see a visual example of how some SVG files used to be opened in Pixelmator Pro and what the situation’s like in today’s version. Big improvements!

Previous Version

Latest Version

We also don’t plan to stop there and will continue improving support for PSDs, SVGs, and will probably add some more useful formats next year and in the future. Pixelmator Pro itself will need more features to be able to keep up, so that’s also in the works.

The update is free for all existing users and available now. Also, Pixelmator Pro is still on sale for another week or so, so you have time to grab a copy at the current ridiculously low price. To do that, you can open up the App Store using the link below.

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Phew. It’s been a busy and very fun 2021 here at the Pixelmator Team. Thank you to all of you who use our apps to create cool stuff, give us compliments, feedback, and the occasional bits of criticism. We really do appreciate you all. And we’ve got even bigger plans for next year – stay tuned!

December 16, 2021

Pixelmator Photo for iPhone is here

Pixelmator Photo, the most powerful photo editor ever designed for a mobile device, is now available on iPhone. From the very first day we released Pixelmator Photo on iPad, we’ve dreamed about having this editor on our iPhones and we’re beyond excited to announce that it’s finally here.

What makes Pixelmator Photo so incredibly cool? A few exceptional features.

Over 30 desktop-class color adjustments

The color adjustments in Pixelmator Photo were first developed for Pixelmator Pro, our layer-based image editor for Mac. They were designed to let you edit the color of images in just about any way you could imagine while preserving the highest possible color quality and detail. And all those incredible tools are now available on iPhone.

Full support for over 600 RAW formats, including Apple ProRAW

Pixelmator Photo includes full, native support for RAW photos from over 600 cameras as well as the Apple ProRAW format. Editing RAW gives you much more flexibility and makes it possible to recover seemingly lost detail. And in Pixelmator Photo, that flexibility is unlimited because every editing tool works nondestructively. This includes our Repair tool, which is possibly the only fully-fledged object removal tool that works nondestructively with RAW shots.

Tools powered by machine learning

Machine learning is the most magical technology in image and photo editing today. And Pixelmator Photo is packed full of super-intelligent tools powered by machine learning. Like automatic photo enhancement that, with just a tap, lets you improve a photo like a pro photographer. You can also increase the resolution of photos (think “Zoom… Enhance!”) using AI, remove camera noise, automatically crop photos, and more. Even if you’re a complete beginner to photo editing, you can jump in and start making your photos look amazing.

Effortless library management, powered by the Photos app

Pixelmator Photo is designed from the ground up to build upon your Photos library. When you edit photos, changes sync with the Photos app automatically, your edits are nondestructively preserved by Pixelmator Photo, and everything just works. And specially for iPhone, we’ve added a new, filmstrip-style editor that makes opening photos for editing simpler and easier than ever.

Available on iPhone and iPad

Pixelmator Photo is a Universal app, so once you buy it for iPhone, it’s yours to keep on iPad too. And if you’ve already bought it on iPad, congratulations – you now have the most most powerful photo editor for iPhone in your pocket, too.

That’s it. That’s the blog post. If you want to take your iPhone photography to the next level, Pixelmator Photo is for you. If you want to edit RAW photos you’ve taken with your digital camera right on your phone, Pixelmator Photo is for you. If you want touch up and improve photos using the most advanced tools out there, Pixelmator Photo is for you. And you can get it on the App Store today with a special 50% launch discount.

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November 23, 2021

Major update adds AI-powered background removal to Pixelmator Pro

Not even a full month since our last major update, we’re bringing you another huge update with some truly amazing new features. Pixelmator Pro 2.3 – codenamed Abracadabra (because it’s totally magical) – brings a new automatic background removal feature, automatic subject selection, a new Select and Mask tool, and more. Not just that, starting today, Pixelmator Pro is also going on sale for 50% off!

Magic Background Eraser

With today’s update, you can now magically remove the background from any image with just a click. We’ve trained a convolutional neural network to find the subject in pretty much any image and automatically remove its background. In fact – we’ve created three separate machine learning models to each do its little bit of magic. If you’d like to learn more about where to find this feature, we’ve got a super quick tutorial on it that you might enjoy.

Built-In Quick Action

In addition to being available in Pixelmator Pro itself, the Remove Background feature is also available in the Finder app as a Quick Action!

Decontaminate Colors

When you remove the background from an image, the object left behind can often have traces of the previous background around its edges. The (AI-powered) Decontaminate Colors feature automatically removes these traces so objects blend seamlessly with any new background. Although this is usually done automatically when it makes sense, you can also apply it yourself to any layer – even ones that have been cut out in other apps.

Select Subject

Another totally magical new feature is automatic subject selection – with just a click, you can make a selection of the subject of any image. And if you’d like to refine that selection down to the tiniest detail, we’ve also got a…

Select and Mask Tool

To make it possible to make incredibly accurate selections of any object, we’ve created a new Select and Mask tool. This is designed to make it easy to select the most difficult areas of all – hair, fur, and similar objects with very complex edges. Here, you’ll find a completely redesigned Smart Refine feature and other tools that make it a breeze to select even the most challenging areas of an image. To help you get the most out of this tool, we’ve got a great tutorial on it – check it out on our YouTube channel.

Smart Refine

If you have a rough – or even quite accurate selection – you can refine it automatically using the totally redesigned Smart Refine feature. Again, with just a single click, you can go from a rough outline to a perfect selection.

Refine Edge Brush

For anyone who wants absolutely pixel-perfect selections of every single area in an image, we’ve added a Refine Edge Brush. This brush is designed to be used specifically on tricky edge areas – create accurate selections of those areas by simply brushing over them.

How the magic happens

All this is powered by a set of machine learning algorithms that we’ve spent the last 12 months developing. Because Pixelmator Pro does much more than just simple background removal, we decided to create three algorithms – one for detecting the subjects of images, one for refining selection edges, and one for decontaminating the colors at the edges of objects. If you’d like a closer look at how this all works – read on!

Step 1: Find the subject of the image

First, we need to find the subject of the image. In the comparison below, the image on the left is the original and the one on the right shows the mask created by the subject detection feature. In this case, the mask is already pretty accurate but the edges aren’t fully refined.

Original image

Mask created by subject selection algorithm

Step 2: Refine the edges of the selection

The next step involves refining the edges of the selection. The image on the left shows what the mask looks like after the subject selection algorithm has done its magic and the one on the right shows what the selection looks like after it’s been processed by the edge refinement algorithm. Much better!

Selection after subject selection

Selection after subject selection and selection refinement

Step 3: Decontaminate the colors at the object’s edges

The last thing we need to do is decontaminate the colors at the edges of the object. This is actually a massively important step – without it, the object wouldn’t blend naturally with backgrounds of different colors. In this comparison, we’ve changed the background so you can see what the image would look like both with and without color decontamination.

Without color decontamination

With color decontamination

These new features are going to completely transform pretty much every image editing and photography workflow in Pixelmator Pro, so we’re incredibly excited to be able to share them with you. The update is totally free for existing Pixelmator Pro users and on sale for 50% off for anyone who doesn’t yet have a copy. Visit the Mac App Store to make sure you’re all up to date and enjoy all the additions!

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The update includes some other little things, like the ability to specify custom export sizes and scales in the Export dialog. For all the details, check out our Updates page. And lastly, although 2021 is drawing to a close and we’ve shipped some really fantastic updates this year, we’ve got a few more surprises under our belt. Stay tuned for more news in the coming weeks!

October 26, 2021

Pixelmator Pro 2.2 adds full support for macOS Monterey and Shortcuts

Hey everyone, Pixelmator Pro has just received an awesome major update and we’d love to tell you all about it! Pixelmator Pro 2.2 brings support for macOS Monterey and the new M1 Pro and M1 Max-powered MacBook Pro devices, adds 28 actions to the new Shortcuts app, includes a Split Comparison view for easily comparing edits, and a whole lot more.

macOS Monterey

Thanks to full compatibility support for macOS Monterey, Pixelmator Pro works perfectly with the latest and greatest version of macOS. Go for it – get the upgrade!

M1 Pro and M1 Max

As a Universal app, Pixelmator Pro is fully equipped to harness all the power of the latest MacBook Pro devices featuring the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. This means that you can expect features like ML Super Resolution to be up to 15 times faster compared to the most recent Intel-powered Mac devices!

Shortcuts

Shortcuts makes its grand entrance to the Mac and boy do we love it! So much so that we’ve added 28 dedicated Pixelmator Pro actions, including all our ML-based tools (Super Resolution, Enhance, Denoise, Match Colors, and Crop). We’ve also got some new, Shortcuts-exclusive features, like automatic background removal for photos of people! And to learn more about using our actions, make sure to watch our tutorial on Shortcuts and Pixelmator Pro.

Split Comparison

Pixelmator Pro now includes a split-screen comparison view, so you can see all your edits more closely than ever. You can turn on the split comparison view by Option-clicking the Show Original button or force clicking the canvas when using the Color Adjustments and Effects tools. You can also press the Control + C keyboard shortcut or add the new compare button to the Pixelmator Pro toolbar by clicking View > Customize Toolbar.

Other Additions

As for additional new features, there’s also an all-new Bokeh blur effect, you can now open Pixelmator Photo files in Pixelmator Pro, maximum brush spacing has been increased from 100% to 1000%, and there’s a few other things you can find in the full release notes.

The update is totally free for all existing Pixelmator Pro users and $39.99 for those of you who don’t yet have a copy. Head on down to the Mac App Store to make sure you’re all up to date and enjoy all the great new features!

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September 29, 2021

ML Super Resolution gets an update

Our machine learning models practically live a life of their own. For most of our apps, features and improvements have to be worked on for each app separately. But when it comes to ML models, we can include improvements everywhere at once. And that’s what has just happened with ML Super Resolution – the algorithm has been refined to work much better with illustrations and graphics, especially those that include semitransparent areas – and those changes are available in both Pixelmator Pro and Pixelmator Photo as of their most recent updates.

Our ML Super Resolution algorithm is pretty unique because it supports transparent images and this adds an extra level of complexity to the algorithm. In images with transparency, upscaled edges weren’t quite as sharp as we’d like. So we made a few tweaks and have some pretty big improvements that we’re very proud of! Check them out below.

Old ML Super Resolution version

New ML Super Resolution version

And in other ML news, the sixth-generation iPad mini is now available. It sports the new A15 Bionic chip with a 16-core neural processor, which is around 40% faster than the previous generation. We ran a quick test that we’ve done previously and the iPad mini came in at 0.41s to upscale a 0.3 megapixel image. That’s faster than the 2017 iMac Pro!

Mac
Compute time*

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
61.6s

MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018)
13.7s

iMac Pro (2017)
0.56s

M1 MacBook Air (2020)
0.51s

iPad mini (Sixth generation)
0.41s

* For this test, a 300,000 pixel image was upscaled to three times its original size. The iPad mini was tested on iOS 15, the M1 Mac on macOS 11, and other devices on macOS 10.15.

September 2, 2021

Pixelmator Pro beta with Shortcuts support now available on TestFlight

Pixelmator Pro 2.2 Carmel will be released not too long from now, when the wonderful new macOS Monterey becomes available. We’ll be adding full compatibility support for macOS Monterey and really extensive support for the all-new Shortcuts for macOS with over 24 new shortcuts! And today, we’re making it available for beta testing through TestFlight.

We’ve really been looking forward to TestFlight for macOS for a while now so we wanted to be one of the first apps available on it, even if TestFlight itself is still in beta. If you’d like to join our team of TestFlight beta testers, you can do so at the link below. Please bear in mind that you need to be running the macOS Monterey beta and download the beta version of TestFlight from the Apple Developer downloads page. We’ve opened up 500 beta testing spots for now, so grab yours fast!

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Note

macOS Monterey is in beta, TestFlight is in beta, and Pixelmator Pro 2.2 is also in beta. That’s a lot of potential for things to go wrong and beta testing software means you will see bugs. So, please, only join the beta if you know and accept the potential risks.