April 29, 2021

Pixelmator Pro update adds support for LUTs

It’s time for another awesome update to Pixelmator Pro – today’s update adds full support for LUT files, which are universal presets that let you instantly change the look of images and video in a wide variety of different apps. You can think of them as filters that are compatible with all kinds of creative apps. We’ve also partnered with some awesome LUT creators to offer special discounts on LUTs for Pixelmator Pro users. Read on for all the details about Pixelmator Pro 2.0.8!

Support for LUTs in Pixelmator Pro

Pixelmator Pro now includes a new Custom LUT adjustment, which lets you apply a LUT to any layer in your image, changing its colors and transforming its look. Our support also has a few great features that you won’t find in other apps – like the ability to convert a LUT into color adjustments using machine learning! Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve added:

Import and apply custom LUTs

You can now import custom LUTs that you’ve downloaded or purchased from LUT creators and apply them to your images. This transforms the colors of an image just like a preset or filter would.

Convert a LUT into color adjustments

A LUT is simply a set of instructions that tells an app how to edit the colors of an image or video and cannot be edited with other apps once it has been created. But using the magic of machine learning, we can turn LUTs into Pixelmator Pro color adjustments that you can fine-tune yourself.

Export LUTs

If you create a look you like in Pixelmator Pro and want to apply the same look to other images or video in other apps, you can export adjustments from Pixelmator Pro as a LUT file.

Built-in LUT collection

To make it easier to get started with this, we’ve included a number of different LUTs, ranging from cinematic look LUTs and LUTs that create duotone effects to technical LUTs that convert images to grayscale or apply certain photographic filters.

Scripting support

Pixelmator Pro has some of the best (quite possibly THE best?) AppleScript support out there and we’ve also added a way to script both applying LUTs and exporting them from the app.

Learn more about LUTs and how to use them

We wanted LUTs in Pixelmator Pro to be super easy and super enjoyable to use. Part of that was about making LUTs easy to import, export, and apply – in other words, creating a really great experience. But another part is about creating easy-to-understand user materials. So we went all out and have a very detailed text tutorial as well as two video tutorials!

Using Pixelmator Pro to color grade video in Final Cut Pro

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An in-depth look at 3D LUTs in Pixelmator Pro

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Special offers on LUTs for Pixelmator Pro users

To celebrate this occasion, we’ve also partnered with some really great LUT creators to offer free LUTs and special discounts to Pixelmator Pro users! To receive discounts, use the promo code PIXELMATOR on each page. You’ll find links to all these below:

UPDATE: The promotional offers have now ended.


5 completely free LUTs and a 30% discount on Professional 3D LUTs Package

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20% discount on Cinematic LUTs pack

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30% site-wide discount

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Additional 10% discount on CineVision Pro LUTs set (on top of existing 40% discount)

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Download the update

The update is out now and you can make sure you’ve received it by visiting the Mac App Store.

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We think you’re going to love this update and we’ve got more really great stuff in store for you in the coming months. It’s an exciting time to be a Pixelmator Pro user.

April 1, 2021

Sneak peek at Pixelmator Pro 2.1

Hey everyone! We’re getting closer to another great major update to Pixelmator Pro and we wanted to share an early look at one of the new features we’ll be adding.

In the video, you’ll actually notice two new features – the ability to quickly see and set your primary and secondary colors and a way to change the color of any object in your document using the magic of drag and drop. It’s so fun to use!

This is just one of the awesome new features coming in Pixelmator Pro 2.1 and there should be another three or four more. Development is going well, although we still have a little way to go. So, stay tuned for more news and, in the meantime, now’s a great time sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about any big Pixelmator Pro announcements.

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March 8, 2021

Quick video tooltips come to Pixelmator Pro

One of the things we love most is working on features that make our apps easier and more fun to use. And today, we have an update that includes exactly that! The newest version brings a selection of gorgeous video tooltips that make it easier to see, at a glance, what exactly you can do with each of the powerful image editing tools in Pixelmator Pro.

You’ll see these when hovering over tools in the Tools sidebar and, alongside a description, you can also choose to learn more about the tool, which will take you directly to its entry in the Pixelmator Pro User Guide.

The update also adds the WebP format to the Change Type of Images action in Automator, so you can now use Pixelmator Pro and Automator to batch convert images to WebP. You’ll find all the details about the update on our Updates page.

And last but by no means least, we have a quick new video tutorial about how to crop a photo in a circle using Pixelmator Pro. This particular technique uses clipping masks and features an appearance by the Trim Canvas command, so even experienced Pixelmator Pro users might learn something new!

Pixelmator Pro 2.0.6 is available to download now, so head on down to the Mac App Store to make sure you’re all up to date.

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February 24, 2021

The most epic tutorial we’ve ever made – an all-new guide to Pixelmator Pro

Hello everyone! We’ve just released an over 20-minute long tutorial about getting started with Pixelmator Pro – the longest and absolutely the most epic tutorial we’ve ever made. You can check it out below or you can also find it on our YouTube channel.

We wanted to condense all the basics of layer-based editing into a relatively short video to help those new to apps like Pixelmator Pro get a good idea of what layer-based editing is all about. And the long-form video format seems to be totally perfect for this! We hope you’ll enjoy it and learn something new, even if you’re a more experienced Pixelmator Pro user.

We’re also thinking of creating more in-depth tutorials on more advanced topics in the future – let us know if that’s something you’d be interested in. And if you have any suggestions about what you’d like to see, we’re all ears!

P.S. If you have a keen eye, you might be able to spot a very cool unreleased feature in the video.

January 29, 2021

Pixelmator Pro 2.0.4 brings new version of ML Super Resolution

Pixelmator Pro 2.0.4 has just been released, bringing a new and improved version of the ML Super Resolution algorithm, support for portrait masks in ProRAW photos, Quick Look improvements, and a few other improvements and fixes.

ML Super Resolution improvements and WebP artifact removal

This is now the fourth major version of ML Super Resolution and it brings one very interesting and notable improvement – WebP compression artifact removal. Pixelmator Pro already supports the WebP file format and, as it gains more users around the web, it’s becoming clear that the WebP compression algorithm produces unique compression artifacts. ML Super Resolution has already been trained to remove JPEG artifacts when resampling images but, with today’s update, it can now remove WebP artifacts too. You can see an example of how ML Super Resolution now deals with these artifacts below.

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ML Super Resolution


Other changes and improvements

Pixelmator Pro 2.0.4 also brings a very nice improvement to our Quick Look plug-in – two plug-ins, in fact. A preview plug-in will now produce full-size file previews when previewing files in the Finder and a thumbnail plug-in creates thumbnails that can be synced across iCloud-enabled devices, including those that don’t have Pixelmator Pro installed.

You’ll find the full release notes on our Updates page and you can check you’re all up to date by visiting the Mac App Store – hope you like the update and stay tuned for some really great new features coming this year!

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January 14, 2021

Free photographer-designed presets for Pixelmator Pro and Pixelmator Photo

Over the last 8 months or so, we’ve been showcasing the great work of users of our apps on our Instagram profile. If you haven’t yet had a chance to check it out, you definitely should! In that time, we’ve been able to share the work of some really great photographers and we thought – why don’t we ask them to create some presets for everyone in the community? So that’s exactly what we did. And today, we’ve got three collections of color adjustment presets for Pixelmator Pro and Pixelmator Photo designed by three great photographers. We also asked them to answer a few questions so we can all get to know them better.

Paolo Baretta

Paolo Baretta is a photographer and director based in Italy. Check him out on Instagram at @iamwinter.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into photography?

My name is Paolo Barretta and I am a cinematic photographer and director based in Italy. I got into photography when I was really young, approaching the very first time with analog cameras and film photography. Film style and color corrections really trained me and made me want to develop my entire vision on them.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography is the very real part of me and my art. I think I always knew I was born to find my direction, my way, my own path to discover day after day. Photography is definitely what I have always been looking for in order to express myself.

How would you describe your style?

My style is characterized by cold delicate colors and a nostalgic, intimate mood, uniting my empathy with the loneliness of the human being.

Can you tell us more about the presets you’ve created?

My presets are perfectly coherent with my style, presenting cold and warm vintage colors and a moody scenario. I created them for nostalgic portraits, vintage films, a kind of situation where you want the picture to be more dramatic or cinematic. They are perfect for indoor and outdoor shots. I would be quite careful to use them with artificial sources like studio photography.

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Oladimeji Odunsi

Oladimeji Odunsi is an artist and photographer based in Ottawa, Canada. You can find him on Instagram at @oladimeg.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into photography?

My name is Oladimeji Odunsi, also known as Oladimeg. I’m a visual artist and photographer based in Canada and I love to create work that resonates with my audiences through my portraits. I have always been someone who appreciates images, graphics and visuals in general, so growing up to see images and photos online or in publications piqued my interests about photography. I taught myself how to take photos, use a camera, edit, develop my style and went from there.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography means creating images and stories that can stand the test of time. To me, it is all about creating works that are relatable to my audiences and highlighting the beauty of my subjects, thereby creating a relationship between the viewers and my subjects.

How would you describe your style?

My style is more of people and portraits because I get to represent the part of the community I’m from and my style tries to include more vibrant colours/tones, contrasts and shadows.

Can you tell us more about the presets you’ve created?

The presets I’ve created are the edits of a series of mine titled ‘Alone’. Through its faded look, the presets produce images that would evoke emotions and highlight vibrant colours in your photos. They can also be used for all types of images.

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Lan Nguyen

Lan Nguyen is a photographer based in the Netherlands – check out his shots on Instagram at @19.xcv.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into photography?

During my freshman year at university, I found out that I had some time left so I was searching for something to fill it with. I was always fascinated by taking photos of the sky since it’s something that changes so fast and if you don’t look for 10 seconds, it can be gone forever. That’s why I want to capture those moments and share them with the world. After a while, I started to see that people like my sunset photos more and more, so I put more effort into it. After a while I found it repetitive so I wanted to be more creative and make my photos unique and creative. That’s when I tried to play with the moon and silhouettes, after a while I got my first viral hit where I used the moon as the rose. After that I continued to exploit my creativity and try to capture unique sunsets or play with silhouettes.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography is my creative outlet and something that trains my creativity to keep finding new ways to see things. It’s also great to photograph portraits because I would like to show people how gorgeous they really are, since a lot of people don’t know that about themselves. I love to find the beauty in everything.

How would you describe your style?

I don’t have a particular style since I’m very versatile, but the photos that I post on social media can fit in categories like: magical / dreamy / fantasy. This is due to my pastel pink/orange/reddish sunsets that I try to photograph and use in my silhouette photos.

Can you tell us more about the presets you’ve created?

The presets that I’ve created mirror my style and they are mostly intended to be used on sunset photos. When you have a photo of a colored sunset, just use one of my presets to get a dreamy photo! To get my signature dreamy vibes you’ll need photos with clouds which have an orange/yellow tint and a blueish background. But don’t forget to tweak the settings of the color adjustments because not every photo/sunset is the same!

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We hope you’ll love these presets and enjoy using them on your photos. A big thank you also goes out to all three photographers for working with us! And if you’d like to download all three preset collections, you can grab them here.

December 21, 2020

Pixelmator Pro 2.0.2 adds powerful new effects, ProRAW support, and more

There’s nothing we love more than regular, high-quality updates, so we’re excited to be bringing you one more great update this year. Pixelmator Pro 2.0.2 adds 3 powerful new effects, full support for Apple ProRAW photos, improved shadow and highlight recovery, and the ability to use the WebP format in the Export for Web tool! We’ve also got some great new keyboard shortcuts, which you can find in the full release notes on our What’s New page.

The 3 new effects are Displacement Map, Gradient Map, and High Pass. And to show off the power of the Displacement Map and High Pass effects, we have a great new tutorial about how easy it is to create a T-shirt mockup using Pixelmator Pro. In fact, this technique works really well with putting any kind of image or design on a textured, uneven object. The update is out now and ready to download from the Mac App Store!

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December 10, 2020

Pixelmator Photo 1.5 major update adds ProRAW support

The Pixelmator Photo 1.5 major update has just been released, adding full support for the new Apple ProRAW format, on-image Curves editing, significantly improved shadow and highlight recovery, the ability to customize the visibility of adjustments, and more.

Apple ProRAW

First and foremost, ProRAW support! Unlike regular photos, ProRAW photos have additional dynamic range data and higher color depth, providing photographers with more creative control to make more drastic edits to photos without sacrificing quality. The all-new ProRAW format is now fully supported in Pixelmator Photo, so you can edit your ProRAW photos while taking advantage of their additional Apple image pipeline data.

On-Image Curves

The second new feature is the ability to edit the tonal curve of a photo by simply dragging areas on your image. This is an incredibly natural and intuitive way to edit your photos. Usually, when you’re adjusting photos using the Curves adjustment, you try to eyeball the tonal range you’ll be editing on the curve – and that works pretty well when you know what you’re doing. But now, you can tap the On-Image Curves button and drag an area of your image to darken or brighten that specific area. Want to darken the sky? No problem, just drag down the exact area you want to darken. To get a better idea of how it works, check out the video below.

Shadows and Highlights

Next, the shadow and highlight improvements. This has been a popular request and was high on our list of priorities. To tell you the truth, we’ve been laying the foundations for these improvements for a very very long time. And the reason for that is this seemingly simple improvement (can’t you just like… bump up shadow and highlight recovery to 11?) is very technically complex due to the subtleties of human color perception. But thanks to a new and improved color model, Pixelmator Photo can now recover shadows and highlights in photos much more than before and in a much more natural way!

Customize Adjustments

Finally, you can also customize which adjustments you’d like to see in the color adjustments pane. This is very handy for the adjustments you use less often and only need in a few images.

Along with all of this, there are other improvements that you’ll find in Pixelmator Photo 1.5 (like Scribble support) and you can get the full lowdown on our Updates page. Head on down to the App Store to make sure you’re all up to date and we’ll see you next time!

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November 23, 2020

A more in-depth look at Pixelmator Pro 2.0

We’ve got a quick piece of news today – we’ve just posted a video overview of the Pixelmator Pro 2.0 update with a more in-depth look at the biggest new features and improvements. Check it out below!

And just in case you haven’t yet updated (automatically or otherwise), you can grab Pixelmator Pro 2.0 from the Mac App Store by clicking the button below.

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November 18, 2020

Pixelmator Pro 2.0 now available

Good things come to those who wait. And sometimes, those good things come a little early. That’s right, Pixelmator Pro 2.0 is now available — one day earlier than we had originally planned.

The 2.0 upgrade includes full support for the incredible new M1-powered Macs, an all-new, more refined design, support for macOS Big Sur, and a whole range of other great new features. You can find out all about the update in our previous blog post, check out the full release notes on our Updates page, and browse our gorgeouse new Pixelmator Pro page.

We genuinely cannot wait for you to try it out and we hope you’ll enjoy all the changes and improvements we’ve worked on. Pixelmator Pro 2.0 is a free upgrade to all existing Pixelmator Pro users, so head on down to the Mac App Store to make sure you’re all up to date.

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