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!

December 17, 2018

Pixelmator Photo now available for beta testing!

We have some really big news for you today. Pixelmator Photo, the app unveiled during this year’s special iPad Pro event in Brooklyn, is now available for beta testing! It brings a range of powerful photo editing tools in one beautiful app — a set of nondestructive color adjustments, our magical Repair tool, a collection of beautiful presets for a range of different photography styles, a Crop tool enhanced by machine learning, and more. We can’t wait to hear what you think about it and we also can’t wait until all of you can get your hands on it (once it’s completely ready, of course).

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P.S. For now, we’ve limited the beta to 250 testers, but we’ll see how testing goes and might expand this later. If you’d like to stay updated about Pixelmator Photo, you can sign up to be notified on the Pixelmator Photo page.

December 4, 2018

Pixelmator Pro is the Mac App of the Year

In our previous blog post, we said Christmas is coming early because we’re planning to ship another major update to Pixelmator Pro. Well, today, we just got an early Christmas gift of our very own as Pixelmator Pro was named the 2018 Mac App of the Year by the fabulous folks at Apple!

What’s more, we’re working on some great new features right now and we have plans for Pixelmator Pro updates for almost all of 2019 that we also can’t wait to get started on — so this App of the Year is only going to get better and better.

And what better way to celebrate than a quick sale — until this Friday, you can get Pixelmator Pro for 25% off!

Pixelmator Pro is Mac app of the year because it makes a huge range of pro-level image-editing tools accessible to all.

Among photographers, illustrators and graphic designers, Pixelmator has been a longtime favorite thanks to its powerful features and affordable price. Pixelmator Pro takes the suite to the next level. This upgraded app packs even more power without compromising ease of use and introduces impressive machine-learning intelligence.

Fine-tune your photos manually, or use the ML Enhance option, which makes automatic adjustments based on machine-learning powered algorithms.

The app is flexible enough to handle photo editing, painting and illustration. For illustrators, it offers a rich canvas with an array of customizable brushes and support for external drawing tablets. Graphic designers will appreciate the vector tools. And Pixelmator Pro’s advanced colour adjustment helps photographers make their images pop (without leaving artifacts).

Create vector graphics easily and efficiently.

Coolest of all, machine-learning features bring cutting-edge intelligence to your workflow. By leveraging the Core ML framework on macOS Mojave, Pixelmator Pro recognises specific elements in your projects with startling accuracy. This lets you easily remove objects from photos or select complicated forms with just a few clicks. Auto Color Adjustments improve your photos’ lightness, saturation and more with ML-powered algorithms that were trained using millions of images. The app can even automatically name all the layers in your project based on what appears in them.

Pixelmator Pro puts an incredibly broad range of tools at your fingertips. And its sleek Dark Mode is the perfect backdrop for your editing.

November 30, 2018

Pixelmator development update

Over the past few months, we here at the Pixelmator Team have certainly kept ourselves busy. Around 6 weeks ago we released the second major Pixelmator Pro update this year — 1.2 Quicksilver — and we’ve also just shipped a bigger update to the original Pixelmator, bumping it up to version 3.8.

Pixelmator 3.8 Phoenix

First, let’s chat about the latest update to the original Pixelmator. As you all probably know, our main focus is now Pixelmator Pro (a.k.a. the new Pixelmator). However, we’re well aware that many people still love and use the original Pixelmator every day and it’s now approaching 8 years of free updates on the Mac App Store, which, in itself, is pretty damn amazing! In this update, we’ve added full macOS Mojave support, including some Mojave-only goodies such as dark appearances for various windows and dialogs, accent color support, colorful SVG fonts, and Continuity Camera support. Naturally, we’ve also included a range of stability fixes and improvements to keep Pixelmator running smoothly.

Pixelmator Pro 1.2.3 and the upcoming 1.2.4 update

In case we don’t say it enough, we’re all very excited about the updates we’ve been shipping to Pixelmator Pro as well as the updates we’ve got lined up for the future. The 1.2.3 update is mostly focused around painting improvements and you can now import ABR brushes into Pixelmator Pro. These features and improvements may not sound like a huge deal on their own, but changes like this make everything that little bit smoother and when you combine several such updates, it improves the overall experience a whole lot.

The next update to Pixelmator Pro will be version 1.2.4, which we’re planning to release next week. It’s going to bring a few more new features that you’ve been asking for and several really cool things that we dreamed up ourselves. One of those things is the video editing-style color wheels. You can see them live in this quick sneak peek on our Twitter profile. It may well be the most fun and intuitive way to change the mood and feel of a photo and it’s going to make the already-great photo editing tools even better. Another thing coming in 1.2.4 is resizing algorithms. We’ll be adding three for now, but we’ll see how things go and may add more in the future. Along with these two features, there’s also improved Grain quality, new Automator actions, and some interface tweaks, which would almost be enough to call this a major update, but…

Christmas is coming early this year

We’ve given ourselves a goal of shipping Pixelmator Pro 1.3 — the third major Pixelmator Pro update this year — before Christmas, so we can have a well-deserved rest over the holiday period. It’s going to be a little tricky but, for now, we’re on the right track and, if there are no major setbacks, you’ll have it before the holidays. Stay tuned for some sneak peeks in the coming weeks!

P.S. We’re also doing our very best to release Pixelmator Photo before the year is out, but as is almost always the case, new products take more time than you think, even when you think you’ve given yourself more than enough. BUT! A public TestFlight beta will be launched in December, also before Christmas. Keep your eyes peeled for sign-ups.