Tech Specs

Pixelmator Pro includes an astonishingly wide range of tools and features — powerful tools for creating, editing, and enhancing images, innovations that make the entire image editing workflow simpler and easier, and an incredibly modern, GPU-powered image editing engine powering everything under the hood.

Tools

Over 40 image editing tools for retouching, reshaping, painting, drawing, adding shapes, text, styles, and effects, adjusting colors, selecting image areas, moving and arranging elements

Basic

Arrange

Transform

Style

Type

Circular Type

Path Type

Freeform Type

Crop

Slice

Zoom

Color Picker

Retouching

Repair

Clone

Lighten

Darken

Saturate

Desaturate

Sharpen

Soften

Smudge

Selecting

Rectangular Selection

Elliptical Selection

Free Selection

Polygonal Selection

Select Row

Select Column

Quick Selection

Magnetic Selection

Color Selection

Refine Selection

Select Color Range

Reshaping

Warp

Bump

Pinch

Twirl

Painting

Brush

Pixel

Eraser

Smart Eraser

Color Fill

Gradient Fill

Drawing and Vectors

Pen

Freeform Pen

Rectangular Shape

Rounded

Rectangle Shape

Ellipse Shape

Polygon Shape

Star Shape

Line Shape

Custom Shape

Interface

Unified, single-window interface designed for working with images

Modern interface design puts the focus on your content

Dark and light appearances

Native macOS look and feel

Welcome screen designed to make it easier to open recent images, create new ones, and open photos from your library

An efficient design means the interface looks good on small and large displays

Customizable toolbar

Layers sidebar with Thumbnails and List views, optimized for working with named layers or concentrating more on the content of layers

Freely rotate the canvas to any angle and use every editing tool with a rotated canvas

Hidden interface mode for quickly viewing a design without the distractions of the UI

Set of alignment tools, including guides, rulers, and image grid

Navigate around images with the Zoom tool and its responsive navigator

Layers

Layer-based image editing

Easily drag to select multiple layers on the canvas

Add RAW layers and enhance them using all the additional data stored in your original RAW images

Create new, duplicate, delete, and rename layers

Lock, hide, group, and merge layers

Tag, filter, and search layers

Create editable text and shape layers

Add layers from images saved on your Mac, from your Photos and Photo Booth libraries, or using your FaceTime camera

See a live preview of each blending mode before applying

Replace image layers in designs while preserving all their nondestructive formatting

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

Drag and drop images into Pixelmator Pro to add them as new layers

Drag and drop layered files (SVG, PXD, PXM, PSD) directly into documents

Add and customize layer masks and clipping masks

Preserve layer transparency

Blend layers using 27 blending modes

Normal

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

Luminosity

Arrange and align layers

Non-destructively transform layers

Measure layer size using percent, pixels, inches, centimeters, or millimeters

Change layer position using pixels, inches, centimeters, or millimeters

Rotate and flip layers

Align top, bottom, left, or right edges of selected layers

Align vertical or horizontal centers of selected layers

Evenly distribute top, bottom, left, or right edges of selected layers

Evenly distribute vertical or horizontal centers of selected layers

Use smart alignment and spacing guides, rulers, and image grid

Transform layers

Freely resize, skew, distort, or adjust the perspective of any type of layer

Nondestructively transform text and shape layers

Choose from four different transform modes: Resize, Skew, Distort, and Perspective

Resample transformed layers using the machine learning-powered ML Super Resolution

Resize and transform objects using specialized resizing algorithms — Bilinear, Lanczos, Nearest Neighbor, and ML Super Resolution

Adjust perspective using sliders

View transform grid

View warning and reset transformation when it is mathematically impossible

Color Adjustments

GPU-powered, nondestructive color adjustments

Advanced image processing techniques reduce posterization artifacts and improve color quality

Save color adjustment combinations and share them with others

Adjustments work directly and nondestructively with RAW images

Set of RAW adjustments tailored for RAW processing

Support for RAW images from over 400 cameras.

Live histogram with RGB, Luminance, and Colors modes

Machine learning-powered Auto Enhance feature trained on millions of professional photos

Use ML Match Colors to intelligently match the colors and styles of different photos

Automatically remove camera noise and image compression artifacts using ML Denoise

Extended Dynamic Range Mode for Pro Display XDR

Automatic White Balance, Lightness, Hue & Saturation, Color Balance, Selective Color adjustments also powered by machine learning

Powerful Levels and Curves adjustments

Set Levels/Curves adjustments automatically by picking black/grey/white points of an image

Wheel-based Color Balance adjustment inspired by video pro video editing tools

Enhance images automatically with Auto Color and Auto Contrast

Adjust Levels/Curves in Luminance, RGB, and Red, Green, Blue channels

Adjustments

White Balance

Hue & Saturation

Lightness

Color Balance

Selective Color

Levels

Curves

Replace Color

Black & White

Color Monochrome

Sepia

Fade

Channel Mixer

Invert

Vignette

Sharpen

Grain

Machine Learning

ML Enhance: Automatically enhance images using an algorithm trained on millions of pro photos

ML Super Resolution: Increase the resolution of images (including RAW images) while keeping them completely sharp and detailed

ML Denoise: Easily remove camera noise and image compression artifacts

ML Match Colors: Instantly match the look of one image to another

ML Layer Naming: Automatically name layers according to their contents

Automatically improve specific aspects of photos using the Core ML-powered automatic White Balance, Hue & Saturation, Lightness, Color Balance, and Selective Color adjustments

The incredibly intelligent Repair and Quick Selection tools have also been enhanced using machine learning techniques

Use each ML-powered tool to create advanced automation workflows in Automator and using AppleScript

Painting

16-bit, GPU-based painting engine, engineered using Metal and Core Image

Full support for graphics tablets, including support for pressure-sensitive brush opacity and size

Over 100 hundred handcrafted dual-texture brushes with Wetness Technology

Advanced brush dynamics controls like shape, grain, speed, and scatter

Modify and create new brushes

New brush cursor design indicating softness

Easily share custom brush presets with others

Import Adobe Photoshop brushes

Create pixel art with the Pixel Tool, which automatically lines up pixels for you

Use the eyedropper to pick colors from your image while painting

Blend brushstrokes using over 20 blending modes

Colors

Select and manage colors using a beautifully-designed and easy-to-use Color Picker

Quickly choose colors using RGB or HEX color codes

See closest color name when sampling image colors using the Pixelmator Pro eyedropper

View the RGB color code of the pixel you're hovering over in the Info bar

Save and share Pixelmator Pro color palettes

Sample colors using 1 pixel sample, 3 by 3, or 5 by 5 averages

Select colors using the Apple Colors window

Soft proof images using CMYK colors when preparing them for print

Manage color profiles using ColorSync

Shapes and Vectors

Draw shapes using Pen and Freeform Pen tools

Choose from 40 stylish predesigned shapes to create designs more quickly

Import and export vectors in SVG

Add and quickly customize pre-made Smart Shapes

Convert selections into shapes

Merge shape components

View, edit, and remove individual shape paths in Layers sidebar

Save shapes to Shapes palette and share shapes with others

Apply effects and color adjustments to shapes nondestructively

Open and save SF Symbols files

Text

Add and customize text using a full set of typography tools

Easily create curved and circular text using the Path and Circular type tools

Type text along the outlines of any vector shape

Automatically identify and replace missing fonts in Pixelmator Pro documents as well designs created in the original Pixelmator and Adobe Photoshop

Preview text formatting changes live on the canvas as you scroll through font families, weights, and sizes

Convert text layers into vector shapes or pixels

Enjoy support for SVG fonts

Save custom text styles as presets

Easily share Type tool presets with others

Effects

Choose from over 60 GPU-powered, nondestructive effects

Apply multiple effects to a single layer, adjusting each one simultaneously

Non-destructively apply effects to text and shape layers

Arrange order in which effects are applied

Customize effects using handy effect ropes indicating effect position

Save effect combinations and share them with others

View the original object at any time, even after applying effects

Blur

Gaussian

Box

Disc

Motion

Zoom

Spin

Tilt-Shift

Focus

Distortion

Bump

Pinch

Circle Splash

Hole

Light Tunnel

Twirl

Vortex

Sharpen

Sharpen

Sharpen Luminance

Color Adjustments

Color Controls

Hue Adjust

Exposure Adjust

Color Monochrome

Threshold

False Color

Sepia Tone

Invert

Tile

Kaleidoscope

Triangle Kaleidoscope

Snowflake

Tessera

Pinwheel

Shutters

Brickwork

Op

Funhouse

Lattice

Windmill

Triangle

Hexagon

Affine Tile

Perspective Tile

Stylize

Light Leak

Bokeh

Vignette

Grain

Pixelate

Pointillize

Crystallize

Spot Light

Bloom

Gloom

Posterize

Noise

Comics

Halftone

Circular Screen

CMYK Halftone

Dot Screen

Hatched Screen

Line Screen

Generator

Checkerboard

Stripes

Halo

Star

Sunbeams

Clouds

Fill

Color

Gradient

Pattern

Image

Other

Perspective Transform

Mask to Alpha

Layer Styles

Add strokes, fills, shadows and inner shadows to objects

Fill layers with solid colors or gradients

Apply solid color or gradient strokes, adjust their style, position, and width

Apply shadows and inner shadows, customize shadow color, distance, angle, blur, and opacity

Apply layers styles to all layer types, including text and shape layers

Create custom layer style presets

Easily share layer style presets with others

Sharing and Exporting

Compatible with all popular file formats: Open and save images in PSD, JPEG, HEIF, TIFF, PNG, SVG, WebP, PDF, GIF, BMP, TGA, JPG-2000 formats

Supports Photoshop images with layers

Open and export vector images in SVG format

Support for opening many more exotic raster image formats, such as EXR, PBM, and ICNS

Export images optimized for the web in PNG, JPEG, GIF, and SVG formats

Export images scaled at different scale factors — 0.5x, 1x, 2x, and 3x

Prepare images for print by soft proofing with CMYK color profiles and exporting to CMYK colors

Set image bit depth and use custom color profiles

Create your own export presets

Use Quick Export to quickly export images optimized with your favorite settings

Easily share images to your Photos library

macOS Integration

Built for the Retina display

Touch Bar support

Photos extension with entire, full-featured Pixelmator Pro app

Sidecar and Apple Pencil support

Open Portrait photos with masks

SF Symbols support

Support for macOS continuity features like Handoff, Universal Clipboard, and AirDrop

Tabs

Full support for the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad, including gestures and Force Touch

Default macOS menus and shortcuts

Versions

Autosave

Full Screen mode

Split View

Use your FaceTime camera to add pictures to your compositions

9 Automator actions – Auto White Balance Images, Auto Enhance Images, Apply Color Adjustments to Images, Apply Effects to Images, Change Type of Images, Denoise Images, Increase Resolution of Images, Scale Images, and Trim Images

Extensive AppleScript support with over 60 dedicated scripting commands

Spotlight support

Quick Look support

Import images from your camera or scanner with Image Capture

Drag and drop support

Extensive online user guide with in-app live search

Pixelmator Pro Photo Browser offers quick access to your Photos, Photo Booth, and Aperture libraries

Apple Fonts and Apple Colors windows

Share images using the native Share interface to Mail, Messages, AirDrop, Notes, and Photos

Technologies

Pixelmator Pro is built using Swift

Image processing is powered by Metal, Core Image, and Grand Central Dispatch

Machine learning is integrated via Core ML

64-bit architecture

ColorSync color management

Core Animation

Languages

English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean

System Requirements

Pixelmator Pro requires a Metal-compatible Mac running macOS 10.13 High Sierra and works best with 10.14 Mojave or later.