April 17, 2014

Sneak Peek at Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone

Good news! A major Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone update is on its way. Some awesomely delicious goodies are coming with this update, but the sweetest of them all is the all-new Repair Tool. 

In developing an entirely new Repair Tool, we’ve used the latest breakthrough technologies that enable you to remove dust, blemishes and entire objects from your images with an unsurpassed level of precision and quality. 

The new Repair Tool and more are coming in a soon-to-be-released and free Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone major update. 

Even more, we want as many of you as possible to have fun while editing pictures. So, starting today we cut the price in half for entire week until Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone release. If you don’t have Pixelmator yet, it’s a good time to download it for just $14.99 and get Pixelmator 3.2 for free.


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  • Clément

    what’s about a no-destructive effect layer, in Pixelmator (like acorn or Photoshop). it’s will be perfect.

    9 years ago
  • Rob

    Any hints at other new features or enhancements… and a release date?

    9 years ago
  • Andrew

    Wow the new orphan maker tech is very impressive.

    Seriously good stuff guys keep it up!

    9 years ago
  • vhalik

    It is not showing 14.99

    9 years ago
  • joe

    Yes, I can confirm that it has not been fixed and today the price being shown is stil $29.99 and not the claimed $14.99!

    9 years ago
  • Daniel

    Wow – this honestly looks too good to be true. I hope the tool works even 70% as well in real life as it does in the demo video!

    9 years ago
  • Christiaankz

    When is SVG support coming. That would-be awesome.

    9 years ago
  • Ausra

    Hey! The price should be $14.99 anytime now.

    9 years ago
  • Martin

    What about Layer-Lock? Or scroll past Edges? Or non-destructive Layereffects? Come-on guys, can’t be to hard… I know this is nothing to brag about, but these are essentials.

    9 years ago
  • vhalik

    It is now 14.99

    9 years ago
  • Austin

    Awesome job guys!

    9 years ago
  • Cornelis van der Bent

    Wow, that’s friggin amazing. Proud to be a Pixelmator mate.

    9 years ago
  • Miikka

    Darn it… I just bought it for full price a week ago! It’s worth twice the price and then some so I’d urge everyone to get the app like right now! Fantastic!

    Any chance the update to 3.2 is free? 🙂

    9 years ago
  • Ausra

    @Mikka: Yes, Pixelmator 3.2 update will be free.

    9 years ago
  • Griffin

    HHAHA At first I thought they were just taking out the husband from the family picture.

    9 years ago
  • Jan Macon

    Looks good. Can’t wait to see it! Then again, I’m still waiting to see ANYTHING in Pixelmator. Stupid black-on-black interface.

    9 years ago
  • Montychristo86

    Kudos to you guys for creating an image editor that rivals Photoshop in functionality but yet is easy and fun to use. Adobe apparently forgot out the easy and fun part a while back. I am very excited with each and every release, and I cannot wait to see what you guys come up with next. m/ ROCK ON! m/

    9 years ago
  • Greg

    This looks awesome! Of course, I’m still holding out hope for vector PDF export in Vectormator mode, instead of just rasterized images saved in a PDF container, but this is still some impressive work nonetheless!

    9 years ago
  • Dorako

    Pixelmator is great, I just wish it had better integration with touch gestures (rotation, translation, zoom) and pen tablets.

    9 years ago
  • Ted Wood

    Pixelmator – how can you price yourself so low? $15???? $30???? Does this just go to show the world that companies like Adobe and Microsoft have been overcharging for software for years? I’m extremely impressed with the quality of Pixelmator. True Mac standard.

    9 years ago
  • Mark D

    Did anybody else notice that it put a new rock behind the guy that was removed? WHAT BLACK MAGIC IS THIS???

    9 years ago
  • Nacho

    @Mark D, yes I realized too. That makes me doubt that the example in the video is a true real-life one, it looks more like a mock-up to me, where they added the 2 parents in an additional layer and then removed then. Maybe I’m wrong, but that new rock is VERY strange…

    9 years ago
  • Dan Turner

    If the repair tool is THAT good, it will be truly revolutionary. It almost feels like an April Fool’s joke. I will be surprised if it actually works that well. I’m sure it is very good, but probably not that good lol.

    9 years ago
  • JM

    Looks good. I just might have to buy this version. Pixelmator desperately needs the option to have an application frame. Application frames make it much easier to focus on the task at hand.

    Pixelmator also needs the ability to adjust the clone tool – brush size, shape and angle. (Similar to Paint Shop Pro).

    9 years ago
  • Alan Aurmont

    Please give us the true lens blur option.

    9 years ago
  • Mike

    Application Frame / SVG Export / Layer Locking… and you have yourself a winner!

    9 years ago
  • Happy costumer

    Application frame with grey interface, please! i beg you, listen to your costumers.
    your app can look even better if it won’t look like a collection of widgets.
    Those updates are non-relevant until we’ll have an interface we can actually work with.
    And in the end it will be annoying to hear about those updates as it’s annoying right now to hear about the new option to add trees in Photoshop CC.


    9 years ago
  • Jan

    I would wonder if you can add something like actions in Photoshop. This is very important for the workflow and it will inspirit me to buy your application.

    9 years ago
  • Andy

    Happy costumer

    I think the UI is fine…at least for me… I understand you might like it lighter (as some other)..but to say that the update are non relevant till they change a color….well is a bit too much….

    May be an option …light / dark ui will please all….but:

    “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

    ? Henry Ford

    9 years ago
  • Kyle

    Thanks for providing a great product that’s a low cost alternative to those of us who cannot afford cumbersome Adobe products.

    9 years ago
  • Zaphodz

    Good to hear the momentum is still going. An improved repair tool is nice as the current one is a bit quirky, but, non-destructive adjustment layers for curves etc. are the biggest want for Pixelmator now, and an option for a lighter mid-grey UI. Features that make frequency separation easier with Pixelmator would be nice too 🙂

    9 years ago
  • Wheybarr

    Yeah, a lighter interface with a unified window would be my favorite feature right now.

    Pixelmator is of great quality but I always end up going back to Photoshop. Can’t do anything with this app, the interface is dramatically problematic.

    9 years ago
  • Wheybarr

    Found this discussion very interesting regarding the dark interface :

    It’s sad that you have to subscribe to post in this forum, because a lot of people like me are lazy and would gladly add their voices to that topic.

    We’ll see what the Px Team is up to……

    9 years ago
  • Happy costumer

    Me again.
    i still think that anything else is irrelevant right now, the UI is everything around your image, as long as it’s hard
    to look at or even to work in such non-neutral environment, i can’t see any value in adding those new features, i just
    have to stick with photoshop for now.

    your costumers are your costumers, not apple marketing team.
    seeing an update (the last one) only for the mac pro, which i’m not sure how many users of
    pixelmator even have a mac pro machine, feels like the company is doing things just for the sake of being featured by apple.
    i’m sure that a lot of professionals will consider pixelmator because it’s actually a good product that gives a proper response to photoshop. not because it works good with computers that most of us don’t have.

    the only explaination that sounds reasonable to me – is that pixelmator is not meant for professional use,
    and in this case i still feel weird about investing in the mac pro, i hope this is planned and delayed because of design problem.

    Thank you.

    9 years ago
  • Evan

    While it’s true that Pixelmator does not have all of the functions that Photoshop offers I say this is not a problem. As a photographer, web and graphic designer I find that Pixelmator is more then suitable for just about any task I can throw at it and for those tasks I cannot preform in Pixelmator well then I rethink what it is that I am trying to achieve and develop an appropriate work around.

    Non destructive layers would be fantastic but not having them is not going to stop me form using this amazing software. Look forward to Sandstone, keep up the good work!

    9 years ago
  • Paul

    Pixelmator is turning into a nice editor. Now we just need 48 bit file support (16 bit per pixel).

    Best money spent on software in years. Can’t wait for 16 bit support for other than 2014 Mac Pro.
    Then Pixelmator will meet the needs of SLR RAW shooters developing images. SLR RAW images are 42 bit.

    Great progress on Pixelmator.

    9 years ago
  • Rob

    This is an exciting update. I look forward to it. I hope that we won’t have to wait too much longer though for non-destructive editing.

    9 years ago
  • Gordon

    You guys do an amazing job, keep up the good work and don’t let whiney people get in your way.

    9 years ago
  • Julie Maxwell

    This looks Great! can’t wait for it!!

    another suggestion I have – iPad app please 😀

    9 years ago
  • Tamlyn

    Guys! If you want Application Frame – just use fullscreen mode 🙂

    9 years ago
  • Rob

    @Tamlyn It’s not the same thing. Not even close.

    9 years ago
  • And

    Just found out about the disappeared bump layer blending mode thing. As cool as this repair tool is, I’m looking forward to when I can make a decent relief map in Pixelmator.

    9 years ago
  • Justin

    Oh my gosh this looks AMAZING! I’ve been a PixelMator user for years and am continually impressed with the application. In fact at my boutique digital agency, PixelHouse, we exclusively use Pixelmator for our layer-based image editing. Keep up the good work!

    9 years ago
  • loren

    Wow! Can’t wait to try it!

    9 years ago
  • Chris

    When will this update be pushed out? I’m having the image orientation/rotation issue when exporting and no matter what I do, the orientation is exported incorrectly.

    9 years ago
  • Gabriel

    First thing first, awesome new feature!

    I guess there is a split target audience for Pixelmator: Ameuter/Beginner who want more one click feature/filter, and semi pro/current photoshop user who want more precise and custom control in existing tool (e.g separate RGB control in level, non-destructive layer, layer lock…)

    I guess your target is the first one, but that doesn’t hurt adding support for second group of TA. 🙂 There is definitely A LOT more you can do with Pixelmator with current tool, but adding more custom control.

    9 years ago
  • Gabriel

    Hi again.

    I just checked Photoshop CS6 on my office computer and see exactly what function do i use for practically everything from making in house poster, banner, web pages, powerpoint template, fixing photos… etc

    Marquee Tool
    Lasso/Magic Wand tool for quick select
    Eyedrop for select color
    Spot Healing/Patch – clean up photo
    Cropping – photo
    Clone – clean up photo
    Dodge and burn
    Pen tool for detail selection
    Text tool
    Different shapes drawing tool
    Different text options from size, leading, Faux bold and align tools
    Quick mask mode
    Non-destrucive layer
    Layer Styles! – Stroke, Drop Shadow, Bevel, Inner Shadow, Inner Glow, Color Overlay, Gradient Overlay, Outer Grow
    Also with smart layer to do a combo with different styles
    Mask by channels
    Level with RGB control
    Color Balance
    (Advanced) Black and White
    Shadow and highlights
    Lens correction (to keep it horizontal and vertical balance)
    Vanishing Point (to key something in perspective)
    Unsharp mask
    High pass filter with layer mask for custom sharpen
    Gaussian Blur
    Photo merge
    Batch process photos for resize

    Like I said in my previous post, Pixelmator pretty much got all the tools for modern day office use ( i don’t claim myself as “Designer”, but hey pretty much my daily work related to visual, and I know I am not alone in this era), all it needs is precise and repeatable control in these tools. I am sure lots of people could build amazing things just with these tools.

    9 years ago
  • The Questioner

    Hi guys!

    Do you guys know around when this update will be released? Also, would it be possible to allow beta testers in on the betas to test and provide feedback before the official release?


    9 years ago
  • Ausra

    @Gabriel, thanks for the feedback and suggestions!
    @The Questioner, email us at support@pixelmator.com.

    9 years ago
  • von bravo

    Where’s layer locking? It’s absolutely necessary as a feature, and yet, you guys just wont add it. I’m confused by that.

    9 years ago
  • Charles Bush

    No word on 16 bit support for the new release, which is disappointing. Yesterday Creative Cloud was down for 24 plus hours. If you had 16 bit support I’d bet you would have had a lot of buyers. You have a very small window to eat into Adobe’s sales of photoshop, it really should be a top priority. If you had 16 bit support you’d be a viable alternative, I’d love to drop my Adobe subscription.

    9 years ago
  • Air

    First of it’s great to see improvements.
    I would really love a more simple way of making “Rainbow Coloured Text” without going into
    gradients etc to do this.

    What I’m looking for is (add text, transform to pixel or shape? Then add fill “Rainbow”).
    We would be able to control the varying colours, transparence & gradient.

    I was using my Wacom Pro switching between Sketchbook Pro & Pixelmator, this also caused
    some confusion on my part since they work very differently.
    Needlessly to say trying to do this in ether programme was not even simple or quick?

    9 years ago
  • Jake Jones

    Pixelmator needs Layer-Locking. Pixelmator is a nightmare without it. How can something so essential be left out? Also, 16 bit support only for 2014 Mac Pro is a complete and utter dick move on the developers part. Offer such a feature for everyone who bought the application or don’t offer it at all.

    Hopefully this updated will sort all the above out, but we’ll see….

    9 years ago
  • Marcus

    Exciting new option, however with regards to the foto that is used in the video. One would still need to open PSE12 using Content Aware, select the little boy and move him closer to his sibling. This would center and complete the image. I hope the Pixelmator Team will include Content Aware soon in Pixelmator.

    9 years ago
  • Rogerio

    What did happen to the price?
    The post says it will be 14.99 until 3.2 is released, right?
    As far as I know, it is not released, and the price now is 29.99…
    I was about to buy it today…

    9 years ago
  • Matt

    Is it not released yet, really? 🙂

    9 years ago
  • Jon

    Guys I think you are a little optimistic with that repair tool. I tried it on several photos including taking a screenshot of the photo you used in the demo and looks horrible every time.

    9 years ago
  • Steven

    I came by to say how great I think the new healing tool is – and then read the comment above. Honestly, I’ve just done some corrections with it that have saved me a lot of time where the old (3.1) healing tool failed miserably. I’m sure the results depend a lot on the original material but for me it is a huge improvement – one of many 3.2.

    Thanks 🙂

    9 years ago
  • Nora

    I am a big fan of Pixelmator and have been using it for years now! But after this last update I experience a lot of lag on my computer. I use a late 2013 iMac i7. Even when I use the relatively simple Clobe Stamp, my compyter cannot keep up and I need to wait till it has processed all the actions. I have not had this experience before. There are no other programs running, but when I use the Clone Stamp system CPU usage goes up to 45%, and user CPU goes up to 10%. It really makes it impossible to get some work done with this lag.

    Does anybody have a similar experience? Does anybody know what I might do about it.

    9 years ago
  • Ausra

    @Nora, could you email us the details at bugs@pixelmator.com? We’d like to find what causes the problem and see how we can help you.

    9 years ago
  • Marcus

    So I’ve tried the new Repair Tool hundreds of times. Unfortunately, it does work as well as in the video. Anytime I do a repair near hair (like in the video) or near someone’s skin (like in the video) I get smudging and distortion . Not a complete loss, the repair tool has improved but not even close to what the video shows. I tend to agree with the comments above, Nacho & Mark D. “where they added the 2 parents in an additional layer and then removed them.” Overall, I still love this app and use it daily.

    9 years ago
  • Carmen tojo

    poner totoriales en Español, por favor en Español

    8 years ago
  • Carmen tojo

    por favor, tutoriales en español, gracias

    8 years ago
  • Manuel

    Le falta tutoriales en Español . Gracias ¿donde puedo encontrarla?

    8 years ago