March 12, 2013

Sneak Peek at Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry

This is something we are extremely excited to show off. It’s a nifty new feature called Convert Text into Shape. Once the text becomes a shape, you can then do all kinds of cool stuff that is simply beyond text formatting. You can easily apply gradients, shadows, strokes, or even, if you want to, reshape individual letters.

And this is just one of many delicious goodies we have lined up for the major update. Stay tuned for more!

P.S. Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry will be a free update via the Mac App Store.


  • Josh Gorman

    Oh, I am excited. Thanks for all the hard work you put into this app! I tell everybody about the wonders of using Pixelmator.

  • Diego

    Does 2.2 update will be free? I’m thinking on buy it at Mac App Store.

  • Pixelmator Team

    Yup, it will be free! All of the Pixelmator major 2.X and minor 2.X.X updates are free.

  • borutt

    This is indeed really nice feature. I can’t wait…

  • Tom

    Looks great!
    I can’t wait to try this one (:

  • D

    Layer styles, layer styles, layer styles, layer styles, layer styles, layer styles, layer styles, layer styles, please!

  • Per

    I can’t view the movie on iOS πŸ™ Only me?

  • Per

    Aaaaaand now it works πŸ™‚ Looks awesome!

  • WebTread

    “Sweeeet Caroline… bump bump bahhh… Good times never seemed so good πŸ˜€
    This is going to make using Pixelmator much more enjoyable.

    Few things of note. You guys are doing a much better job keeping us informed. Good idea.
    On a slightly less good note. Your video service doesn’t work on iPad. Not such a good idea ;(

  • Pixelmator Team

    @WebTread, try now viewing the video on an iPad πŸ™‚

  • Dr

    Whennnnnnn ????

  • Clembazard

    Gradient on shapes! Oh yeah!!!!

  • David Mercer

    I personally can’t wait for 2.2 Blueberry now!! I have got a client in mind that when using this feature is going to blow his mind! His company logo just lends itself to this kind of feature! I just hope it is here in time for when i have to submit my drafts!

    Keep up the great work Pixelmator!!!

  • Mesnil Jean-Yves Roger

    I want this πŸ™‚ I use Pixelmator but this new function is very great πŸ™‚

  • Jonathan

    You guys make a fantastic product, and I’m really glad about the continued support. I’ve told just about everyone I know with a Mac, and some people who don’t have one!

  • Fede M.

    This is just wow! πŸ˜€ I can only hardly wait for this apparently great update! Please keep us up to date or better release it soon!

  • Lucas

    I can’t wait to try! When???

  • Joshua Ochs

    Meanwhile, all I want is the ability to have fixed and aspect-ratio-based selection sizes (i.e. 640×1136, 16×10, etc). Still worthless to me without this basic feature.

  • Doug S.

    What I’m hoping is this means added support for SVG. Because with these features I can start using Pixelmator as part of my normal workflow, not just for my own personal stuff but as part of my actual job. I can’t justify $600 on Illustator just so I can make an SVG every so often, but I can justify Pixelmator pretty easily.

    Honestly, you guys could double the current asking price and still be a deal.

  • James

    Hmm, still annoyed that the simplest text wrapping (like around a circle for instance) remains unavailable… simply annoying and keeps Pixelmator from really joining the big-boy table…

  • just me

    so cool !!! =D
    But you’re a bit cruel πŸ˜‰ because now I want this feature so badly. WHEN are you planning to release Blueberry, please?
    Thank you in advance !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Meow

    Will we have 2.x Blackberry?

  • Gustavo Baldez

    Pixelmator team, you really rocks. I can’t wait for 2.2, but have to ask: you put the option to choose more than pentagon in create polΓ­gono shapes? Because its anoying just have one option.

    Contrats and keep the good work!

  • Coen

    Check out the 5th icon in the tools palette, isn’t that a quick selection tool? Neat!

  • Coen

    And I see stroke styles…

  • Julie Maxwell

    I am soo psyched for this!

    but here is another question.. when will an app for the ipad be developed ? I love that about idraw ..

  • Albert Kinng

    Wow…. I’ve been a Graphic Artist since 1992. My first Pro Apps were Photoshop 5.5 and Aldus Freehand 8.0 since then I was up to date paying large amounts of money to have the “best tools” for my work. When Pixelmator arrive I was using Adobe CS2, When I learned enough about Pixelmator I realized I can do almost everything without Photoshop (surely I was more fast and productive with Photoshop because it was my most used tool but it was when Adobe launch CS3 that I was sure enough to quit Adobe for real and start working with my new tools. Pixelmator has been easier, efficient and none of my clients can’t tell the difference. The Pixelmator community remember me the first steps of Photoshop days when People were amazed with it. This means Pixelmator will become the tool of choice for Mac users in the Graphic arts eco-system.

    My Web and Design tools now are: Pixelmator, iDraw, Swift Publisher and Flux 4

    My System apps for Design are: Fontcase, xScope and Transmit

    My Coding apps are: Espresso (was a Coda user but I liked better Espresso now just a personal desiccation), Hype and Code Collector Pro.

    Cheats apps are: Art Text 2, Picturesque, Focus, Little Snapper and Rapidweaver

    WYSIWYG apps for mockups and pre-designs: Sketchbook Express and Freeway Pro (these are barely used to be honest I think I got them from a bundle)

    As you can see the new Graphic Office can be made from the Mac App Store and from pure Mac apps alone.

    With Pixelmator you let us do wonders and also let us save money too! Thanx

  • slvrstn

    Can this be used to have the text follow a path?

  • Pixelmator Team

    @Gustavo Baldez: Yup, you will be able to change a pentagon into polygon quickly πŸ™‚

  • Ivan

    I have hope that the Pixelmator Team read my comment:
    Vectors and forms: new function to convert the text is great, and the inclusion of more advanced forms, too.

    My opinion is that, as someone said before, it will add greater compatibility and support for SVG files, Inkscape is a vector editor excellent, probably many users are using. Direct import would be great!

    Fill patterns:
    This feature is essential and urgent, please we need it. I installed the GIMP just to make my patterns.

    Layer Styles:
    Is this all you have?:
    It seems very meager πŸ™ We do not want a clone of PS, but we do want great tools with good options.


    For now is what, in my opinion is a priority, I leave time to continue working.

    Best Regards

    PS: Sorry for my bad English (Google Translate)

  • Nick

    Pliiiiiissssssss release asap!!!!

  • Carl

    New options for color swatch and color palette management, please πŸ™‚

  • Rob

    Liking the drop shadow.

  • Klaus Major

    As far as we can see from the palette in the movie, these option (layer styles) are ONLY for SHAPES.
    Lets hope they will also be available for all other (pixel) layers!

  • hamsta

    To all you people whining about features that Pixelmator needs to have to “make it usable” or “join the big boys”. Guess what? If you need those features then stop being cheapskates and go buy those expensive apps. Pixelmator is a low cost app that is adding great features over time. Oh, and just so you know, you sound like asshats. πŸ˜€

  • AwesomeMe

    i can’t wait to try this update! If this works fine i’ll be the first to dump my Adobes…

  • Richey

    Nice work Pixelmator!
    Can’t wait to update πŸ™‚

  • Steph

    I’m very excited for this update! One thing I so badly wish for is the ability to do seamless patterns! I keep waiting to see if you guys do an update and add that feature; I really don’t want to spend the money on Adobe just for that! I would even be willing to pay extra on Pixelmator for it. Other than that, Pixelmator has been able to fulfill all of my designing/editing needs!

  • Charilaos

    I really can’t think of a better Mac app, regardless of the genre or developer. That said, I can’t think of editing images without Pixelmator anymore. And it’s really easy to put a smile on peoples faces when suggesting them to try Pixelmator instead of PS. A big thank you for all the great work you’ve put into Pixelmator. Using it is a joy.

  • hamsta

    Is it Blueberry yet? ^_^

  • Klaus Major


    Sorry, I think the version for WIndows Phone has a higher priority and will be published first! πŸ™‚

  • Anon Cowherd


    >> To all you people whining about features that Pixelmator needs to have to β€œmake it usable” or β€œjoin the big boys”. Guess what? If you need those features then stop being cheapskates and go buy those expensive apps. Pixelmator is a low cost app that is adding great features over time. Oh, and just so you know, you sound like asshats. πŸ˜€

    I guess you’re just a troll, then? People here seem to be awfully happy about _finally_ getting (some kind of) Layer Styles, but far be it from you to accept that it’s a necessary feature and that it makes sense for people to be excited about it.

  • hamsta

    Anon Cowhead calling someone a troll for speaking the truth? What a moron.

  • WebTread

    Mom… The kids are at it again lol

    From the way I see it, Pixelmator is created by a small team and they are providing one of the most useful Mac apps on the market today at a price that pretty much everyone can afford to pay for instead of steal. It appears they carefully choose what features they can successfully integrate into their workflow a few at a time. I imagine that a lot of it comes down to the fact that you can’t put the cart before horse.

    On the other side of the coin it is their current and potential customer base asking for new features they feel are most useful or needed by them that gives them an idea of what they will try to work in next. I’m certain they have their own roadmap but comments often do have a positive affect regardless of their tone. Although I do tend to agree with hamsta’s argument that people making statements that Pixelmator is some how not able to sit at the big boy’s table because a feature they need for their workflow is childish. We can all ask for the features we want without resorting to putting down the small team of developers working on a product that most of us find amazingly easy to use and powerful. They will most likely get to all the most important features as quickly as they possibly can.


  • Maicolnait

    So, dear developers, any news about 2.2??

  • Leo Walsh

    I am happy to wait for whatever improvements are made to Pixelmator in 2.2. It should be worth waiting for and i really look forward to its release. I have tried many windows and Mac based image editors from the biggest to the smallest. Pixelmator is the easiest I have used being a mid-level user. it has what I want/need and is easy to use. i keep this in mind as I patiently await 2.2. This is my editor of choice for a reason and i have stopped looking for alternatives.

  • MDW

    I am glad that you added shape layer effects like: stroke, glow, inner/outer shadow. Are you going to add the layer effects to pixel layers and text layers? It would be very useful.

  • Ashley

    This feature looks awesome! In fact, it’s one of the reasons I just purchased the app. I’ve watched this tutorial at least 5 times, and for whatever reason when I go to change the color of a letter after I’ve converted it to a shape, it still applies the color to the whole word even though a single letter is selected. Help! πŸ™‚

  • Nathan

    Hi, this feature is great and I’m having a play with it now. The video doesn’t how how to separate each character into a different layer to allow for the individual gradients to be applied. How do I do that? Thanks.

  • Ben

    I try to use a copy shape style but when paste a nothing happened i cant see a new shape. πŸ™ …. Any ideas!

  • Justin H

    Please let us know if there is a shortcut or easy way to separate each letter to a different layer. The video is a little deceptive as it shows text in one layer at the start then switches to many separate layers without showing how it’s done.