Tech Specs

Details about Pixelmator Pro.

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


    Arrange, Color Picker, Type, Crop, Slice


    Rectangular Selection, Elliptical Selection, Free Selection, Polygonal Selection, Select Row, Select Column, Quick Selection, Magnetic Selection, Color Selection, Refine Selection, Select Color Range


    Brush, Pixel, Eraser, Smart Eraser, Color Fill, Gradient Fill

    Retouching tools:

    Repair, Clone, Lighten, Darken, Saturate, Desaturate, Sharpen, Soften, Smudge

    Reshaping tools:

    Warp, Bump, Pinch, Twirl

    Drawing tools:

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


    Layer-based image editing

    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, and group 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

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

    Supports opening EXR, PBM, ICNS, Radiance HDR, PVRTC, ASTC, and KTX images.

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

    Preserve layer transparency

    Merge selected layers

    Merge all layers

    Blend layers using 26 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 and Luminosity

    Arrange and align layers:

    Nondestructively 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

    Layer Styles

    Create your own custom layer styles

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

    Fill layers with solid colors, gradients, or your own custom images

    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

    Save and share your layer style presets with others


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

    Full support for graphics tablets, including 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 that shows brush’s softness

    Easily share custom brush presets with others

    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

    Paint Tool features over 20 blending modes

  • 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

    Live histogram

    Machine-learning powered Auto Color Adjustments — Auto White Balance, Auto Lightness, and Auto Hue & Saturation

    Gray point white balance

    Powerful Levels and Curves adjustments

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

    Enhance images automatically with Auto Color and Auto Contrast

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


    Lightness, Fade, White Balance, Color Balance, Hue & Saturation, Colors, Replace Color, Levels, Curves, Channel Mixer, Color Monochrome, Sepia, Black and White, Invert, Sharpen, Grain


    Choose from over 40 GPU-powered, nondestructive effects

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

    Nondestructively apply effects to images, text, shape layers and layer groups

    Arrange order in which effects are applied

    Customize effects using handy effect rope

    Save effect combinations and share them with others

    Go back and view the original image at any time, even after applying an effect


    Gaussian Blur, Box Blur, Disc Blur, Motion Blur, Zoom Blur, Tilt-Shift Blur, Focus Blur, Bump, Pinch, Twirl, Sharpen, Sharpen Luminance, Color Controls, Hue Adjust, Exposure Adjust, Color Monochrome, False Color, SepiaTone, Invert, Kaleidoscope, Perspective Tile, Affine Tile, Op Tile, Triangle Tile, Vignette, Grain, Pixelate, Pointillize, Crystallize, Spot Light, Bloom, Gloom, Posterize, Circular Screen, CMYK Halftone, Dot Screen, Hatched Screen, Line Screen, Checkerboard, Stripes, Halo, Star, Sunbeams, Color, Gradient, Pattern, Image, Perspective Transform

    User Interface

    Unified, single-window interface designed for working with images

    New dark interface puts the focus on your content

    Native macOS look and feel

    Streamlined toolbar

    Efficient design means interface looks good on small and large displays

    Customizable toolbar

    Layers panel features thumbnail view and list view

    Hidden UI mode

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

    Sharing and Exporting

    Compatible with all popular file formats: PSD, JPEG, HEIF, TIFF, PNG, SVG, PDF, GIF, BMP, TGA, JPEG-2000

    Supports Photoshop images with layers

    Easily share images to your Photos library

    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

    Create your own export presets

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


    ColorSync support

    Select colors using the Apple Colors window

    Eyedropper for picking colors from images

  • macOS Integration

    Built for the Retina display

    Touch Bar support

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


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

    Default macOS menus and shortcuts



    Full Screen mode

    Split View

    Use your FaceTime camera to add pictures to your compositions

    Spotlight support

    Import images from your camera or scanner with Image Capture

    Drag and drop support

    In-App Help

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

    Apple Fonts and Apple Colors windows

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

    Built-in Quick Look plug-in


    Pixelmator Pro is built using Swift 4

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

    Machine learning is integrated via Core ML

    64-bit architecture

    ColorSync color management

    Spotlight support

    Quick Look support

    Core Animation


    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.