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Technical Specifications

  • Tools

    Use more than 40 tools for selecting, cropping, drawing, painting, retouching, typing, measuring and navigating, and two powerful editing extensions for the Photos app

    Basic tools:

    Move, Zoom, Hand, Eyedropper, Type, Crop, Slice

    Selection tools:

    Elliptical Marquee, Rectangular Marquee, Column Marquee, Row Marquee, Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, Magnetic Selection, Quick Selection, Color Selection

    Painting tools:

    Brush, Pencil, Pixel, Eraser, Paint Bucket, Gradient—Choose from a range of blending modes, set the opacity, and type of brush

    Retouching tools:

    Warp, Bump, Pinch, Twirl, Smudge, Clone Stamp, Repair, Sponge, Blur, Sharpen, Burn, Dodge, Magic Eraser, Red-Eye—Specify the strength, and type of brush for most of the retouching tools

    Drawing tools:

    Pen, Freeform Pen, Rectangular Shape, Rounded Rectangle Shape, Ellipse Shape, Triangle Shape, Polygon Shape, Star Shape, Line Shape, Custom Shape


    Layer-based image editing

    Create new, duplicate, delete, rename, load as selection or hide layers

    Create editable text and shape layers

    Use the New Layer from FaceTime feature to add pictures as layers from FaceTime camera

    Change blending mode for layer:

    Normal, Dissolve, Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Linear Burn, Darker Color, Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, Linear Dodge, Lighter Color, Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light, Hard Mix, Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, Divide, Hue, Saturation, Color and Luminosity

    Adjust layer opacity

    Preserve layer transparency

    Create clipping masks

    Add, remove, edit, show or hide layer masks

    Link, unlink or select linked layers

    Convert Text/Shape layers to pixels

    Convert Text layers to Shape layers

    Merge layers

    Merge all layers

    Group layers

    Arrange layers

    Drag and drop layers onto your macOS Desktop to export as PNG

    Drag and drop images into the layers palette or a Pixelmator document to add them as separate layers

    Layer Styles

    Fill layers with solid colors or gradients

    Apply solid color or gradient strokes

    Choose stroke style and position, adjust stroke width

    Apply shadows, inner shadows, choose their color, adjust offset, blur, and opacity

    Apply reflections and choose their opacity

    Create and save your own layer style presets

  • Image Processing

    Layer-based image editing

    Image processing is powered by Core Image technology

    64-bit architecture

    Import images directly from cameras, scanners, multifunction devices, and devices such as iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

    Use more than 40 tools for selecting, cropping, slicing, painting, retouching, drawing, typing, measuring and navigating

    Use more than 15 color correction tools

    Use more than 100 effects

    Change image size and resolution

    Specify canvas size

    Trim images

    Rotate canvas

    Export images for the Web

    Transform images, layers or selections using the transform tools:

    Free Transform, Scale, Rotate, Skew, Distort, Perspective, Flip (vertical or horizontal)

    Fill images, layers or selections

    Stroke images, layers or selections

    Graphics tablet support

    Color Correction Tools

    Use more than 13 color correction tools:

    Levels, Auto Enhance, Curves, Color Balance, Brightness, Hue, Desaturate, Colorize, Replace Color, Channels, Exposure, Invert, Light & Dark


    Use more than 100 Core Image-powered effects


    Gaussian, Motion, Zoom, Median, Soften, Miniaturize


    Bump, Linear Bump, Pinch, Hole, Ripple, Page Curl, Capsule, Glass Ring, Circle Splash, Displacement, Glass, Bar Swipe, Twirl, Vortex, Circular Wrap


    Sharpen, Edges, Unsharp


    Kaleidoscope, Triangle, Brickwork, Hexagon, Pinwheel, Bug Eye, Shutters, Windmill, Snowflake, Funhouse, Tessera, Perspective, Affine Clamp, Affine, Mirror


    Crystallize, Honeycomb, Pixelate, Pointillize, Noise, Rain, Snow, Vintage, Light Leak, Twilight, Fog, Gloom, Spotlight, Coating, Edge Work, Sketch, Edges, Comics, Threshold


    Circular, Hatched, Line, Dot, CMYK


    Chess, Bars, Stroke, Halo, Sunbeams, Star Shine, Fill, Clouds, Random


    Black and White, Sepia Tone, Gamma, Swipe, Vibrance False Color, Mask to Alpha, Mosaic Flip, Fall, Wall, Defocus, Image Hose, Grid, Floor, Gradient, Forms, Projectile, Photocopy, Cube, Dissolve, Mask, Mod, Push, Swing.

    Use the rope to control center of the effect

    Use custom Core Image units

    Painting Engine

    Advanced brush settings: Size, hardness, spacing, scatter, flow, follow angle, stroke jitter, size jitter, angle jitter, opacity jitter, hue jitter, saturation jitter, lightness jitter, graphics tablet sensitivity and control by mouse speed settings

    Adobe Photoshop brushes support

    User Interface

    Interface designed for working with images

    Tools palette customization

    Touch Bar support

    Transparent HUD (heads-up display) palettes:

    Tools, Layers, Brushes, Gradients, Shapes, Styles, Effects Browser and Photo Browser palettes

    Tool Options bar

    Info bar

    Info labels

    Full-screen mode

    Vectormator mode

    Quick Mask mode

    Use rulers, guides, alignment guides and grid

    Adding layer from the FaceTime dialog shows a preview

    Action tooltips

  • File Formats

    Compatible with all popular file formats: PSD, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, WebP, PDF, GIF, BMP, TGA, JPG-2000
    Supports Photoshop images with layers.

    Optimize and save images for the web in JPEG, PNG, GIF, or WebP


    View image metadata

    Add, remove or edit keywords

    Use Spotlight to find images according to metadata info

    More than 50 metadata tags available

    macOS Integration

    Pixelmator Photo Browser offers quick access to your Photos library, including any Albums, Moments, Collections, and more, as well as your Photo Booth library, Pictures folder or any custom folder





    Split View

    Use your FaceTime camera to add pictures to your compositions

    Automator actions

    Spotlight support

    Image Capture

    Drag and drop support

    In-App Help

    Apple Fonts and Apple Colors windows

    Share images via Mail, Message, AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Aperture and Photos

    Built-in Quick Look plug-in


    Pixelmator is built using Cocoa

    Image processing is powered by Core Image, OpenCL, OpenGL, and Grand Central Dispatch

    Pixelmator Retouch and Pixelmator Distort editing extensions are built with Swift 2 and powered by Metal

    ColorSync color management

    Quick Look support

    Core Animation

    Spotlight support



    ColorSync support

    Soft-proofing feature for previewing images with different color profiles

    Select colors using the Apple Colors window

    Web Color plug-in for the Apple Colors window for quickly copying hexadecimal colors to HTML or CSS applications

    Eyedropper for picking colors from images

    Automator Actions

    Change Type of Image action allows conversion to JPEG, PSD, PNG, TIFF, and Pixelmator native file format — PXM

    Crop Images action allows the expansion or reduction of the canvas size to the desired dimensions

    Fit Images

    Trim Images

    Watermark Images

    Pixelmator Retouch Extension for Photos

    Powerful retouching tools to perfect images inside the Photos app:

    Repair, Clone, Light, Color, Soften, Sharpen tools

    Adjustable stroke size, strength and hardness

    Commonly used keyboard shortcuts

    Built with Swift 2

    Force Touch Support

    Pixelmator Distort Extension for Photos

    6 Distort tools to reshape areas of an image

    Intuitive two-finger gestures

    Adjustable stroke size and strength

    Commonly used keyboard shortcuts

    Built with Swift 2

    Force Touch Support

    All Distort tools are powered by Metal


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