June 4, 2019

Pixelmator Photo wins Apple Design Award

Wow! Pixelmator Photo is an Apple Design Award winner. It’s been an incredible first day for us here at WWDC and we can’t believe our week in California has started out with such an amazing honor.

It’s no secret that, when it comes to fans of Apple, we’re about as big as they come. We take great pride in designing apps to be as native, powerful, intuitive, and beautiful as possible. And we take a lot of inspiration from all the amazing things Apple does. So to be recognized by the same people is the most special, amazing feeling possible. It’s almost impossible to put everything into words. Just… wow!

And our week at WWDC is only beginning — we’ve got a long day ahead today with all kinds of awesome sessions to attend and we’ve already started working on adding support for the fantastic new features announced yesterday morning. We hope you’ll love what we have in store for you over the coming months. And make sure to check out the story about us and other Apple Design Award Winners on the App Store!

May 30, 2019

Sneak peek at Pixelmator Pro 1.4

Today, we want to share an early look at the next major Pixelmator Pro update. We’ve been working on it over the past 6 months and it’s one of the craziest, most awesome things we’ve ever done. Here goes.

So, what is it? It’s a Pixelmator Pro editing extension for the Photos app. But this extension is unlike any other. We’ve put all of Pixelmator Pro — everything — inside Photos. Do you want to nondestructively edit your photos using our incredible photo editing tools? You can do that. Would you like to combine several different images and save your changes, layers and all, to your Photos library? Go for it. If you use iCloud, your changes will sync across your Mac devices. Heck, you can even create designs and slice them up using the Slice tool, exporting optimized images directly from Photos.

Crazy. Powerful. And just plain cool. That’s not the only thing we’ll be adding in Pixelmator Pro 1.4 but this was simply too awesome not to share. The release date is penciled in for the end of next month. We hope you’re as excited as we are!

In other news, we’ve also just launched a Pixelmator Pro upgrade bundle on the Mac App Store. Bundles are a relatively new addition to the App Store on macOS and we’re taking advantage of them to give a discount to existing Pixelmator users wishing to upgrade to Pixelmator Pro. Visit the Mac App Store to check out the new bundle.

P.S. If you’d like to stay up to do date with Pixelmator Pro news and happenings, now’s a great time to sign up for our newsletter.

May 14, 2019

Pixelmator Pro updated with new Core ML-powered ML Match Colors feature

Hello, everyone! Today is no ordinary Tuesday — in our quest to create the most intelligent and advanced image editor in the world, we’ve added another incredibly cool, machine learning-powered feature to Pixelmator Pro. The feature is called ML Match Colors and it matches the colors of different photos using breakthrough machine learning. To see just a little of what it can do, check out the ML Match Colors film below.

Awesome, isn’t it? ML Match Colors does this magic by fine-tuning 37 different color adjustments, including things like Exposure, Shadows, Highlights, individual color ranges, and more. So it matches both colors and lighting! And it’s so easy to use. Just drag and drop any photo onto the Color Adjustments pane to match its colors. Fun fact: this feature is powered by the same machine learning algorithm we created for ML Enhance, so it has been trained on 20 million professional photos.

In addition, ML Match Colors is available in the Edit menu as Paste and ML Match Colors, so whenever you paste an object, you can automatically match its colors to the new image. If you’d like to see that in action, take a look at one of our newest Tips & Tricks.

In Pixelmator Pro 1.3.4, we’ve also added a Free Transform tool, which is something quite a few original Pixelmator users were missing in Pixelmator Pro. And just like with every feature from the original Pixelmator, we’ve made it more advanced and more powerful in Pixelmator Pro. For one, we focused on preserving every detail, even in extreme transformations. So the quality of our Free Transform tool is second to none. What’s more, any nondestructive edits applied to layers are preserved after transforming. And layers can be resized using three different image scaling algorithms — Bilinear, Lanczos, or Nearest Neighbor!

This is a free update — as usual — so head on down to the Mac App Store, download the latest version of Pixelmator Pro, and let us know what you think!

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P.S. As you may or may not know, we’re always working on a few different things at once and I’m happy to announce that a major update to Pixelmator Pro — version 1.4 — is not all that far away. It’s going to be very Photos-oriented but maybe not quite in the way you’d expect. Trust me, it’s super cool and we’re planning to share a little sneak peek in the coming weeks.

April 9, 2019

Pixelmator Photo now available on the App Store

The big day is here. The incredible, AI-powered Pixelmator Photo is now available to download from the App Store!

All those of you who pre-ordered the app have already received it — we hope you’re loving it! The rest of you, head on down to the App Store, download Pixelmator Photo, and let us know what you think. We really do love hearing your feedback.

And know that this is only the beginning of the Pixelmator Photo journey. We’re already working on improvements, new features, and thinking about where to take the app in the future. It’s going to be a fun ride!

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We know some of you aren’t able to download the app on iPad Air 3 and iPad mini 5 devices, even though you were able to pre-order and can also run the TestFlight builds just fine. Strangely, we’ve also had reports from a few different people that they were able to download the app on those devices without any trouble. For those affected, please email us at support@pixelmator.com and we’ll get you a copy of the app via TestFlight for now — apologies for the inconvenience, we’re doing our best to get to the bottom of this!

April 2, 2019

Pixelmator Photo now available for pre-order, coming April 9th

The date is set. On April 9th, the incredible, AI-powered Pixelmator Photo will be released on the App Store. And you can make sure Pixelmator Photo makes its way onto your iPad the second it becomes available by pre-ordering it today. If you want a little taste of what the app’s about, check out this short video we whipped up.

The initial price of Pixelmator Photo will be $4.99. That’s a one-time purchase. No subscriptions and no in-app purchases for additional tools. And, for pre-orders, we’re knocking 20% off the price so you can get it for $3.99. $3.99!

All the feedback we’ve had over the beta period has us incredibly excited for the release as well as the future of Pixelmator Photo — the future of photo editing on iPad. If you have an iPad and take photos, Pixelmator Photo is a must-have. Just 7 short days to go until you can all get your hands on it. We can’t wait.


March 26, 2019

Bonus Pixelmator Photo beta available for testing

So I know we said the last Pixelmator Photo beta was the final one. But we really want to make sure the full release of Pixelmator Photo is as refined and solid as possible and we’ve added a few significant changes that need testing. So we’ve got one more beta for you, the super duper extra final (no, really this time) beta. And because it deserves to be said one more time — we really appreciate all the feedback you’ve given us over the testing period. Thanks a million!

This beta version is all about adding some final polish to the Pixelmator Photo experience and it has a huge number of improvements and fixes that make everything smoother, faster, and more refined. Beta 4 brings better performance, a range of improved animations, and a number of stability fixes to boot. In fact, it’s so extensive that we were only able to fit just about half of the release notes in the TestFlight description!

Of course, we’ve also opened up some more testing spots — 300, to be precise — for any of you looking to give Pixelmator Photo a spin before it becomes available. They’re usually taken pretty quickly but if you hurry, you can grab one by tapping the button below.

P.S. Launch plans (date & pricing) will be revealed next week. Stay tuned.

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March 8, 2019

Final Pixelmator Photo beta now available

Over the past 4 weeks (or a month, if you prefer), we’ve been adding the finishing touches to the long-awaited Pixelmator Photo. And it turns out those finishing touches are pretty significant! Today, we’re making the final Pixelmator Photo beta available to our exclusive group of beta testers and opening up 400 additional beta testing spots.

Pixelmator Photo has come a loooong way since the very first beta and many thanks for that go to all our diligent beta testers. Thank you, really! We hope this will help make sure that the public release of Pixelmator Photo is as solid as possible.

In our last Pixelmator Photo blog post, we said there’s one more big thing we want to add before releasing the app into the wild. And that big thing is the brand new photo browser. We think it’s gorgeous and makes it much easier to browse and import images from your Photos library. But this update has a whole lot more, like localizations into 10 languages, an initial in-app Help guide, preset collection descriptions, and more. For a beta, this update is huge.

If you aren’t yet a part of our beta team, see if you can grab one of those 400 additional spots and, if you are, take the time to check out these changes and let us know what you think!

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February 13, 2019

Portrait Mask support in Pixelmator Pro

It’s been just under a month since the last Pixelmator Pro update and, in that time, we’ve baked you all another delicious update in the Pixelmator oven. The headline feature in this point update is support for Portrait Masks. Any photo taken using Portrait mode in iOS 12 will now be opened with a handy layer mask. Below, you’ll find a video tutorial showcasing just one very cool thing that absolutely anyone can do with a portrait mask — change the background of an image.

Along with Portrait Masks, we’ve made tabbed editing the default experience in Pixelmator Pro. Because of that, your window size and position will also be remembered for all new documents you open, which, you may or may not be surprised to learn, was a very common feature request. Three cheers for making people happy! Oh, and we’ve also added a few new keyboard shortcuts for selecting layers in the layer list, as well as locking, hiding, and duplicating layers in various ways. Check out our keyboard shortcuts page if you need a refresher.

Over this past month we’ve actually been working on a whole lot more than this — seriously, so much more — and I’d love to tell you all about it. But that would ruin the surprise, so I won’t. Though you can always sign up for our public beta to get an early look at some of those new features as soon as we’re ready to test them.

This is a free update for all existing users, so head on down to the Mac App Store, make sure you have the latest and greatest version of Pixelmator Pro, and tell us what you think!

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February 1, 2019

Pixelmator Photo Beta 2 out now

First of all, thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to test Pixelmator Photo and share your feedback with us. We’ve had some great suggestions for improvements and some really inspiring words of encouragement as well as some incredibly detailed and thoughtful feedback in general. That’s amazing and we appreciate you!

Today, we released a second beta version with a few new things (such as an improved ML Crop feature and initial keyboard shortcut support) and a whole range of improvements and fixes for many issues that you helped us track down. To celebrate this, we’ve also opened up 200 additional beta testing spots.

Pixelmator Photo is inching closer to a full release but we do have one more fairly big thing we want to add before we release the app into the wild. We won’t say what it is just yet to keep at least a small element of surprise… In the meantime, see if you can grab a spot on the beta and let us know what you make of Pixelmator Photo!

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January 22, 2019

Pixelmator Pro gets another major update

Pixelmator Pro 1.3 Prism has just been released, bringing a range of handy new features that make creating advanced illustrations and designs easier than ever — layer color tags, filtering and search, clipping masks, quick opacity and blending controls, and more.

This is the third major update since Pixelmator Pro was released just over a year ago. In fact, Pixelmator Pro 1.1 Monsoon came out on May 31st, so this is actually the third major update in just 7 and a half months! And yes, it might sound a little cliche, but it’s pretty crazy to see how far Pixelmator Pro has come in such a short time.

In this update, we focused on improving the Layers sidebar to make it easier to work in documents with lots of different layers. We also added clipping masks — an often-requested, incredibly useful feature for designers of all kinds. Let’s break down the major additions one by one.

Layer tagging, filtering, and search

In Pixelmator Pro 1.3 Prism, you can now apply colored layer tags to layers, search the layer list, and filter it out according to layer type and layer tag. These new features make it much easier to get around the layer list in compositions with lots of objects and they look pretty darn great to boot. We’ve created a few quick tips to help you get started with using them, so be sure to check them out!

Clipping masks

Clipping masks let you create perfect masks from existing layers in your Pixelmator Pro documents with just a click. This is a really handy feature for anyone working on all kinds of designs and illustrations. It might seem a little surprising but this feature actually took by far the longest to develop and test. And there aren’t all that many image editing apps out there (other than Photoshop) that have proper clipping masks — the reason why is precisely because it’s nowhere near as simple as it looks. But we’re really happy with the job we’ve done and, in Pixelmator Pro, you can effortlessly create clipping masks from any layer in your image. That includes group layers and nested shapes! Plus, you can also use any of the nondestructive effects on both the mask layer and the fill layer, so everything is super flexible.

Quick opacity and blending controls

If you’ve spent even a little bit of time browsing Pixelmator Pro reviews on the App Store, you’ll probably have seen at least a couple 1-star reviews saying there’s no way to adjust layer opacity or blending mode in Pixelmator Pro. There is. It’s been there since day 1. But, clearly, finding those controls was tricky so we’ve added them to the Layers sidebar. And, naturally, the live blending mode preview works there as well!


In terms of other changes in the update, one of the more significant ones is that adjustments, effects, and layer styles will no longer be flattened when you paint, erase, retouch, reshape, or change the pixel content of a layer in any way. It’s the kind of change new users might not even notice, but we know some of you guys really wanted this feature, as did we, so we’re really happy it’s here. We’ve also got a few interface improvements related to this change that are in the works. We’re also really looking forward to shipping those.

Naturally, this update is free for all of you who have already purchased Pixelmator Pro, so head on down to the Mac App Store, get updating, and let us know what you think!