March 19, 2015

Pixelmator for iPad 1.1 Is Now Available

We’re super excited to finally let you know that the new and awesome Pixelmator for iPad update is out now.

Just to remind you — Pixelmator for iPad is the best image editor on the iPad and it is one of the most innovative and technologically advanced iOS apps ever built. And oh, if you are a Mac user and not that interested in iOS, just listen for a sec: All the cool things we now make for the iPad are coming to the Mac. But more on that later.

In the meantime, read on to find out what we’ve packed for you in Pixelmator for iPad 1.1 Aquarelle.

Watercolor painting technology
This thing is unique for the iPad, extremely innovative and super advanced. The secret behind it is that while you paint with the new watercolor brushes, the Pixelmator painting engine simulates applying wet paint onto paper. And just like in real life, when strokes overlap, their colors blend with each other and create an entirely new color with a soft gradient in-between.

Watercolor is great for painting, experimenting or for adding an artistic touch to your photos, since hey, even not-so-great paintings look awesome when painted in watercolor.

The new Color Picker
It’s not just simply a Color Picker. It is the most beautiful Color Picker ever. In addition to all the standard color choosing options and elegance, it also features an ability to quickly access your recently used colors and the new Color Grid. Color Grid lets you pinch into a chosen color to get a grid of its shades, so you can choose colors with much greater precision, and most importantly, have fun while doing it. You’ve just got to watch this Color Picker video.

2x Faster Painting Performance
Since its very first day, Pixelmator for iPad Paint Engine has had the best-in-class performance. With the new watercolor technology and major performance improvements, it just got even better. Yup — up to two times faster! We did that not because we needed to, but because we could.

Best-in-class Photoshop support
16-bit, CMYK, Grayscale Photoshop images as well as Photoshop images with masks are now also supported. In other words, you won’t find a better app for working with the Adobe Photoshop file format on iPad or any other tablet. Even Adobe Photoshop Touch is eating our dust.

And many more amazing details
We have also added many other smaller but very handy features, such as an ability to insert a photo as a new layer from iCloud Drive, lock image transparency with Lock Alpha, open RAW image preview, use a refreshed Eyedropper tool, see a live brush preview, enjoy much better overall stylus support, and have full support for Adonit styluses.

If that weren’t enough, we also added many other subtle tweaks that you can read about in our Pixelmator for iPad 1.1 release notes.

Pixelmator for iPad is awesome. We hope you’ll love the new updates as much as we enjoyed creating them. Please check it out ASAP and let us know what you think.

Learn more about the new Pixelmator for iPad or view in the App Store.


  • Optional Delusion

    Looks like an awesome update. I hear Pencil by 53 support is on the way. What about the JaJa pressure sensitive styli from Hex3? Is that planned? Please??

  • Gerry Button

    Still no word on the Newsletter then?

  • Mckouil

    Should be nice to port the new colorpicker and color grid onto OSX Pixelmator! I just can’t stand the way the default one is poorly integrated to the interface… Because it looks like a tierce app, I often can’t guess which tool it is connected with. Visually it’s a mess to the nice Pixelmator look and feel. Thank you for all the great work you provide, your apps rocks!

  • David

    Would love to see a version for iPhone even if not optimized. Really need heal/clone/content aware fill. Willing to put up with UI quirks or other issues even a shrunk iPad UI to make this happen. Any plans / timing?

  • Pal

    This. Please consider Pixelmator for iPhone in the future! 🙂

  • Handrik

    please update the buggy Mac Version!

  • ahmad kareem

    hello guys this app is incredibly amazing i love it so much i purchased the mac version and i am waiting the ipad version to drop price down to purchase it

  • Lisa

    Oh no, I missed the sale 🙁

  • toondrome

    Colour picker and palettes are great. Drawing engeen too (no other apps offer near-real feeling of drawing and painting, even Procreate which is good app for painting, but far away from „fantastic”).

  • Anup Kayastha

    Pixelmator is an incredible app! My sisters loves it! Personally, I’m not into digital art, but this app made me go dip into it. Fantastic job, Pixelmator team!

  • Ignas

    I bought Pixelmator for iPad and I have to say it’s beyond great. However, I couldn’t find how to erase background by target area (not using an eraser, but tapping on the area that you want to remove). Is there such a feature?

  • David

    I love pixelmator and use it on moth my mac and iPad. Can you please provide support for the Paper by 53 pencil? It’s a great pen and would be awesome to be able to use it in combination with Pixelmator ..

  • BrianVelazquez

    This is going to be an awesome update. Hope this app won’t lag the functioning of the iPad and give us good results. When using some software or games, the iPad gets hot, hope this software does not have any of these problems.

  • Angie Adams

    I purchased the computer version for my Mac. Do I have to pay for the app for my iPad?