Upgrade to Pixelmator Pro

Everything you love about Pixelmator. And a whole lot more.

Pixelmator Pro takes all the power and ease-of-use from the original Pixelmator and builds on it in amazing new ways. With a wide range of improvements to existing tools and some incredible new ones, every aspect of the Pixelmator image editing experience has been refined and improved. And with the latest Mac technologies powering everything under the hood, that experience is faster and more responsive than ever before.

Modern Interface

All the image editing tools you could ever need. In just the places you expect to find them.

An elegant single-window interface is designed to make all the incredibly powerful image editing tools in Pixelmator Pro accessible to everyone — from image editing pros to complete beginners. Thanks to an exceptionally refined, intuitive, and logical interface, you'll spend less time on keeping track of your palettes and more on simply being creative.

New and Improved Tools

A wide range of improvements to existing tools. And some incredible new ones.

Every single tool from the original Pixelmator has been improved or enhanced in some way in Pixelmator Pro, adding powerful new features and refining the user experience. From a brand new painting engine that supports realistic, dual-texture brushes to an extensive collection of color adjustments with full support for editing RAW images, SVG support, a nondestructive editing workflow, a new light appearance, and more.

  • Hundreds of additions and improvements.

    Pixelmator Pro includes hundreds of major additions and smaller thoughtful improvements at every turn to the image editing tools, the interface, and the image editing engine.

  • A brand new nondestructive editing workflow.

    Thanks to the new nondestructive editing workflow, whenever you make a change — say you resize any layer, apply a color adjustment, or a series of effects — you can go back to fine-tune or reset those changes at any time.

New Editing Engine

Blazing fast performance. Powered by the latest Mac graphics technologies.

The Pixelmator Pro editing engine is written from the ground up on Metal, Apple’s unique hardware-accelerated graphics API. Built to take full advantage of the latest Mac graphics technologies, Pixelmator Pro squeezes maximum performance out of every Mac and brings staggeringly fast GPU-powered, 64-bit image editing.

Ratings and Awards

We know you're really going to love Pixelmator Pro. But don't take our word for it.

In just two years, Pixelmator Pro has built a reputation as one of the absolute best Mac apps with rave reviews from delighted users and prestigious awards from Apple and the App Store.

  • Awarded Mac App of the Year by Apple.

  • Highlighted as an Editor’s Choice on the Mac App Store.

  • Rated 4.7 worldwide with over 5,000 ratings.

  • Received over 4,600 five-star ratings worldwide.

Upgrade Discount

Upgrade to Pixelmator Pro with a discount. It's our way of saying thanks.

Purchase the Pixelmator Pro Upgrade Bundle on the Mac App Store to receive an upgrade discount. When buying the bundle, the price you paid for the original Pixelmator is subtracted from the bundle price for a discount of up to 50%.

Existing Pixelmator users get up to 50% off.

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Compare Pixelmator Apps

Pixelmator Pro

Pixelmator

Quick Look

Modern single‑window interface

Palette-based interface

Dark and light appearances

Dark appearance

Modern painting engine with dual‑texture brushes and realistic paint blending

Classic painting engine with single‑texture brushes

Extensive collection of nondestructive color adjustments and native RAW editing

Destructive color adjustments, RAWs imported as regular images

Improved vector editing with SVG import and export

Raster-based vector editing, no vector format import or export

Photos extension with every Pixelmator Pro tool (over 40 tools) and ability to save edits nondestructively

Two extensions with a selection of retouching and reshaping tools (12 tools)

Metal 2-powered image editing engine

OpenGL-powered image editing engine

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pixelmator Pro?

Pixelmator Pro is an incredibly powerful, beautiful, and easy-to-use image editor for Mac. Just like the original Pixelmator, it’s designed to make the most advanced professional image editing tools accessible to everyone.

Why did you create Pixelmator Pro?

For the same reason we created the original Pixelmator — we love image editing, we love the Mac, and we love making apps. We wanted to take all the knowledge we’ve gained over the many years of developing Pixelmator and create something totally new.

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Learn Pixelmator Pro

Become a Pixelmator Pro with video and text tutorials, an extensive help manual, and handy tips and tricks.

  • Tutorials

    Visit the Pixelmator Pro Tutorials page.

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  • User Guide

    Read the Pixelmator Pro Help manual.

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  • Tips and tricks

    Check out our growing collection of quick tips and tricks.

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    Chat with other Pixelmator users on the Community forums.

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  • Email Us

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Upgrade to Pixelmator Pro

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pixelmator Pro?

Pixelmator Pro is an incredibly powerful, beautiful, and easy-to-use image editor for Mac. Just like the original Pixelmator, it’s designed to make the most advanced professional image editing tools accessible to everyone.

Why did you create Pixelmator Pro?

For the same reason we created the original Pixelmator — we love image editing, we love the Mac, and we love making apps. We wanted to take all the knowledge we’ve gained over the many years of developing Pixelmator and create something totally new.

Couldn’t you just update the original Pixelmator?

Not really. There were a few reasons for this. One: when Pixelmator Pro came out, a significant number of people would not have been able to run it as the app is built using new technologies that require a relatively new Mac. Two: Some of the changes might have been too drastic for a lot of people. This is a complete redesign and we didn’t want to just replace a beloved app with a drastically redesigned new one, even if it will feel very familiar to almost every Pixelmator user. For those two reasons (and a few others), it made the most sense to release Pixelmator Pro as a brand new app.

What’s going to happen to Pixelmator? Will you keep updating it?

We will eventually stop updating Pixelmator and remove it from sale on the App Store. Anyone who has already bought it will be able to redownload it, of course. Just like with any other Mac App Store app. What’s more, before we retire it, we want to make sure even without updates, it will work reliably for a while longer for anyone who isn’t quite ready to make the switch. And as Pixelmator Pro fully supports original Pixelmator files, shapes, gradients, brushes, and layer styles, whenever you feel like upgrading, you’ll be able to switch without any trouble at all.

Can I upgrade with a discount?

Sure! We created an app bundle on the Mac App Store for just that reason. The price you paid for the original Pixelmator will be subtracted from the total bundle price for a total discount of up to 50%. You can find the bundle on the Mac App Store.

Note: If you bought Pixelmator during a sale in certain regions, due to exchange rate fluctuations, the bundle may be more expensive than just the Pixelmator Pro app on its own. In this case, please subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll let you know about any sales on Pixelmator Pro.

Can I try Pixelmator Pro without buying it?

Absolutely. We have a completely free, 15-day trial that we’ve extended to 30 days for owners of the original Pixelmator. You can download it here.

What are your future plans for Pixelmator Pro?

We want to make it more powerful, more full-featured, and even easier to use. Since it was released nearly two years ago, Pixelmator Pro has already received four incredible major updates (a fifth is almost ready) and we have no plans to slow down. Our roadmap below includes some of the most exciting features planned for future updates.

Pixelmator Pro Roadmap

SVG file support (1.1)

Modern Export for Web tool (1.1)

Light appearance (1.2)

Batch editing (1.2)

ML-powered auto enhance (1.2)

Clipping masks (1.3)

Layer tagging, filtering, and search (1.3)

Advanced free transform tool (1.3)

Full-featured Photos extension (1.4)

Noise removal (1.5)

Text on a path

Interface customization

Tool layout customization

More ML-based tools

Clarity adjustment

Adjustment layers

LUTs support

Lens distortion correction

Vector tool improvements

And lots more