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, Transform, Type, Crop, Slice, Zoom


    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, 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

    Drag and drop layers onto your macOS Desktop to 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 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

    See a live preview of each blending mode before you apply it

    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

    Nondestructively change between transform modes

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

    Adjust perspective using sliders

    View transform grid

    View warning and reset transformation when it is mathematically impossible

    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 image patterns

    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 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

    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

    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


    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 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

    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, Spin Blur, Tilt-Shift Blur, Focus Blur, Bump, Pinch, Circle Splash, Hole, Light Tunnel, Twirl, Vortex, Sharpen, Sharpen Luminance, Color Controls, Hue Adjust, Exposure Adjust, Color Monochrome, False Color, SepiaTone, Invert, Kaleidoscope, Triangle Kaleidoscope, Snowflake, Tessera, Pinwheel, Shutters, Brickwork, Op, Funhouse, Lattice, Windmill, Triangle, Hexagon, Affine Tile, Perspective Tile, Light Leak, Bokeh, Vignette, Grain, Pixelate, Pointillize, Crystallize, Spot Light, Bloom, Gloom, Posterize, Noise, Circular Screen, CMYK Halftone, Dot Screen, Hatched Screen, Line Screen, Checkerboard, Stripes, Halo, Star, Sunbeams, Clouds, Color, Gradient, Pattern, Image, Perspective Transform, Mask to Alpha

    User 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

    Streamlined toolbar

    Efficient design means interface looks good on small and large displays

    Customizable toolbar

    Layers sidebar with two views — Thumbnails and List

    Hidden UI mode

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

    Sharing and Exporting

    Compatible with all popular file formats: Open and save images in PSD, JPEG, HEIF, TIFF, PNG, SVG, 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

    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

    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


    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

    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, Trim Images

    Spotlight support

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

    Built-in Quick Look plug-in

    Machine Learning

    Edit images with state-of-the-art tools powered by machine learning

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

    ML Super Resolution: Increase the resolution of 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


    Pixelmator Pro is built using Swift 4

    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


    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.