February 28, 2023

Pixelmator Pro 3.3 brings a powerful new Remove Color adjustment

Pixelmator Pro 3.3, codenamed Mosaic, has just been released, bringing an all-new Remove Color adjustment for quickly removing color from images and even videos, powerful Clarity, Selective Clarity, and Texture adjustments for intelligently enhancing fine details in images, new stroke styles and more options for customizing strokes, new ways to save edits using sidecar files, and a whole lot more.

Remove Color

Today, we’re super excited to introduce Remove Color — one of the newest and most powerful additions to the color adjustments tools in Pixelmator Pro. With Remove Color, you can get rid of solid colors or entire color ranges in images and videos with remarkable quality and ease. Simply pick the color you want to remove using the eyedropper and watch it instantly — and seamlessly — disappear. Remove Color intelligently works around any compression artifacts in images, so you can enjoy exceptionally smooth and super high-quality transitions between transparent and opaque areas.

Remove Color is not just powerful, it’s incredibly smart and flexible, too. Featuring a state-of-the-art texture-aware algorithm under its hood, Remove Color lets you quickly refine selections with easy-to-use controls. With just three simple controls — Color Range, Luminance Range, and Intensity sliders — you can adjust exactly how much of the selected color will be removed from an image and achieve professional results in seconds. Check out our latest YouTube tutorial to learn how you can use Remove Color to remove a green screen from a video in a few simple steps.

Texture-Aware Color Adjustments

After their debut in Pixelmator Photo, the Clarity, Selective Clarity, and Texture adjustments are coming to Pixelmator Pro, together with improved Shadows, Highlights, Exposure, and Brightness adjustments. Just like Remove Color, these adjustments are texture-aware and have been designed to understand how humans perceive light, shadows, and colors. Thanks to this perception-based approach, the edited photos look especially natural and true to life.

Clarity & Texture

The new Clarity and Texture adjustments let you enhance the fine details in images in subtle, yet powerful ways. By increasing texture, you can make fine details in images look sharper and more focused. And increasing clarity will make images clearer and more defined.

Selective Clarity

The Selective Clarity adjustment lets you adjust clarity and texture selectively, in the shadows, midtones, or highlights of an image. While clarity and texture are typically used to make details in images stand out more, you can also use these adjustments to create the opposite effect. Check out our tutorial on this neat little technique for smoothing out skin using Selective Clarity.

Shadow and Highlight Recovery

Thanks to the improvements to Shadows and Highlights, you can now recover much more detail from images that are too dark or too bright. The adjustments are now more precise, too. When adjusting shadows or highlights, only the darkest and brightest areas of the image will be affected, leaving the midtones untouched. You’ll find Shadows and Highlights in the new Basic adjustments group (previously called Lightness), along with the updated Exposure and Brightness adjustments, and the all-new Clarity and Texture.

Stroke Styles

Pixelmator Pro 3.3 adds a variety of new stroke styles and even more options for customizing strokes, letting you easily create beautiful outlines around videos, images, paths, and shapes. When adjusting strokes, you can now change stroke cap and corner styles, choose from a range of new endpoints, change stroke position, create dashed lines with custom spacing, and more. Also, you can get extra creative with your designs by filling strokes with your own patterns thanks to the new Pattern fill type, which is also available when using the Fill style. Once you’ve created a stroke design you like, you can save it as a preset to easily reuse it.

Sidecar Files

From now on, you can directly open and edit images — such as JPEG or PNG — in their original format and then save them back to the same file format while preserving all nondestructive edits and layers. This seamless workflow is made possible thanks to the new sidecar file feature. A sidecar file is a special kind of Pixelmator Pro document that is attached to the original image and stores all its edits elsewhere on your Mac or in iCloud.

Unlike regular Pixelmator Pro documents which can only be opened using Pixelmator Pro, images with sidecar edits look and behave just like regular images. For example, you can easily share such images online or open them in other apps without having to export them first. You can customize the document opening and saving options in the new Editing tab in Pixelmator Pro Settings.

That wraps up the biggest new features in Pixelmator Pro 3.3 but there are lots of smaller changes and improvements that are also included in this update. Be sure to check out our What’s New page for a complete list of features. The update is free to all existing users and is available from the Mac App Store starting today.

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