The crew behind Pixelmator, a powerful and well-integrated Mac OS X photo editor, gave us a chance to play with what they consider the largest update since they tore off 1.0’s beta badge. It features a solid batch of new tools and major updates to old ones, so we’re inclined to agree that this is a major update.
Following our series of Pixelmator tutorials, this week we will show you how to create an abstract wallpaper using the Quartz Composer filters. Even though the effect seems a bit complex, you will be surprise how easy is to create it in Pixelmator. It won’t take you more than 10 minutes to reproduce this tutorial.
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I know it’s been quite awhile since the last time I published a Pixelmator tutorial, but the wait is over. This weekend I took some time to play around with Pixelmator and I also had the opportunity to test out the new beta version called Tempo. I must say, the new features are really neat.
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Here is some good news for all Pixelmator users: version 1.2.3 is out and features a bunch of bug fixes, minor improvements, and new keyboard shortcuts. Not a lot of changes, but still a must-have release since the app is getting better and better with every update.
In addition, we have created a Pixelmator Keyboard Shortcuts document. Many of you have been asking for a list of Pixelmator keyboard shortcuts, and here it is! We will be updating the document with almost every release now, so be sure to download it again after any Pixelmator updates.
Now, the interesting stuff. We are putting the final touches on Pixelmator 1.3 Tempo! Of course it looks great and works great, but since there are major foundation changes we will have to do in-depth beta testing.
Would you like to play with Pixelmator 1.3 Tempo before it is released? Of course you do, and so do I! Anyway, if so, simply drop us an e-mail at email@example.com, and make sure you mention your Mac’s technical specifications (Mac model, GPU, CPU, RAM) and a little bit about what you do for a living or in your spare time.
Please note that I can’t promise beta testing for everyone – it’s secret and we don’t want anything to go public before we announce it, but still there is always a chance you will be in.
Also, while the beta is going on and the guys are working on the latest Tempo improvements, I promise to describe some of the features of Pixelmator 1.3 Tempo soon in this blog. Stay tuned!
We have some great news for anyone willing to learn Pixelmator. Though Pixelmator comes with great Help documentation that covers nearly everything available in the app, and, as you may have already noticed, our forum community is always available to help with problems, we all know that this is not enough for someone who is very new to Pixelmator and to image editing concepts.
That’s where our long-time forum buddy Sebastiaan van der Velden enters, with his collection of video tutorials for Pixelmator! The new Pixelmator podcast offers exciting tutorials that cover basic as well as advanced features of our favorite image editor.
What’s more, Sebastiaan has made it available on iTunes (click here) and on his website. The podcast available through iTunes is in medium resolution while those on the website are exclusively optimized for your iPhone, iPod, or AppleTV.
Enjoy the show! And I am sure Sebastiaan is looking forward to your feedback.
At last, I am happy to announce that we just shipped the latest update of Pixelmator, version 1.2.2. This version is not a huge update, but we are working on two versions of Pixelmator these days, so shipping the application was a bit harder than usual.
The two versions I mentioned above include (1) the currently released 1.2.2 update and (2) the soon to be released 1.3 Tempo, which, by the way, will be the best major (and free) update we have ever done. But let us not talk about the Tempo yet.
For the most part, the changes in Pixelmator 1.2.2 involve the Gradient tool and bug fixes. The Gradient tool now works live, which means you see the result while dragging the mouse. Expanding the Gradient tool’s function in this way might appear to have been an easy task, but it was not – we had to convert all the gradient types from simple Cocoa to Core Image kernels for performance. Fortunately, the conversion was successful, and I believe Pixelmator now has the most fun Gradient tool to work with. Try it and let us know what you think.
Of course, Pixelmator 1.2.2 includes many more enhancements and bug fixes that you may check by clicking here or by simply downloading it and putting it through its paces.
That’s it for now. Going back to work on 1.3 Tempo, which is what I believe we are all waiting for…
I really like to use Pixelmator and these new features, especially the Polygonal Lasso Tool, it makes the process much easier. As I’ve been writing here, every time I use Pixelmator I get really impressed with how fast is it, using filters like Gaussian Blur and other blurs is much faster and pleasant than Photoshop.
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Version 1.2 Draftsman Delivers Rulers, Guides, Grid, Snap, Curves, Color Balance, Auto Enhance, and Polygonal Lasso Tools and Much More.
The Pixelmator Team today released Pixelmator 1.2 Draftsman, a second significant update to the revolutionary GPU-powered image editing tool, furnishing users with everything they need to create, edit, and enhance still images. Available today as a free software update, Pixelmator 1.2 Draftsman features rulers, guides, grid, snap, color balance, auto enhance, curves, and polygonal lasso tools and much more.
“Pixelmator opened the door for all users to explore their imaginative side through image creation, editing, and enhancement,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. “Now with powerful, but easy-to-use rulers, guides, curves, auto enhance, color balance, and polygonal lasso tools, Pixelmator provides users with an even wider range of creative opportunities.”
Pixelmator 1.2 introduces a powerful rulers tool, which is helpful for the exact positioning of images or elements. Additionally, users can adjust the rulers origin to measure from a specific point on an image and change the units of measurement to pixels, inches, centimeters, millimeters, points, picas, or percent. Guides appear as nonprinting lines that float over the image, which users can add, move, remove, and lock. They can also utilize the grid to lay out elements symmetrically and the snap feature to position selection edges precisely.
Powerful, yet user-friendly new adjustment options in Pixelmator 1.2 include a sophisticated curves tool for adjusting the entire tonal range or making precise adjustments to individual color channels in an image and a new color balance tool essential for controlling the overall color mixture in an image for color correction work. Pixelmator 1.2 also furnishes users with a new auto enhance tool, which can dramatically improve less-than-perfect images with one click, and a new polygonal lasso tool, useful for drawing straight-edged segments of a selection border.
In addition to a free transform tool, Pixelmator 1.2 Draftsman features new and updated help documentation, enhanced Automator actions and transform tools, minor user interface and compatibility improvements, as well as bug fixes.
Pixelmator 1.2 is a free update to current Pixelmator customers.
Pixelmator is probably the most feature-packed image editor for Mac OS X this side of Adobe’s campus. Just in time for Apple’s design award deadline on Monday, a significant new Pixelmator release will continue the app’s march onto Photoshop’s turf with the addition of powerful new tools for controlling color, aligning objects, making selections, and manipulating layers.
Pixelmator 1.2 Draftsman coming soon…