There are two ways you can choose colors in Pixelmator Pro — using the Pixelmator Pro color picker and the macOS Colors window. There's also a separate Color Picker tool you can use to manage colors and color palettes, change the color picker settings, and more.
The Pixelmator Pro color picker lets you quickly choose colors for different tools, color adjustments, or effects, and appears when you click any color well.
The tool consists of two main sections — Color Picker and Swatches. The top section features an eyedropper for picking colors, the color square with a hue slider for choosing a custom color, and the HEX and RGB color code fields for entering specific color values. In the Swatches section, you can choose a color from the existing color palettes or reuse some of your recently selected colors.
Find the value of a color: Click , then hover the pointer over the color to see its value or click to pick it. The color value changes as you move from one color to another on the canvas.
Choose a color: Click a color swatch in a selected color palette, or use the hue slider and the color field to choose a custom one. The color picker uses the HSB-based (hue, saturation, brightness) color model, so to choose a color, you drag the hue slider, then specify its saturation and brightness by moving a point in the color field above. You can also enter HEX or RGB values to choose a specific color.
Manage the color palettes: Click the Color Palettes pop-up menu to browse your existing palettes or click the adjacent Action pop-up menu to remove, rename, and add new palettes.
Save colors to use again: In the list of color swatches, click . This adds the currently selected color to the color palette. You can also drag a swatch from the recently selected colors to the color palette directly.
If you're looking to manage your color palettes and swatches more easily, or if you'd like to change how color picker samples colors or what information it displays, you can choose a Color Picker tool and change these settings.
Choose the Color Picker tool by doing one of the following:
Do any of the following:
Note: Pixelmator Pro remembers the settings you choose, the swatches you add, or the color palettes you create, so you can work with the same settings and colors across multiple documents.
You can use the macOS Colors window in Pixelmator Pro, to access to the native macOS color pickers such as the color wheel, sliders, or pencils.
The Colors window has four sections: the different color pickers at the top (color wheel, color sliders, color palettes, image palettes, and pencils); the active color picker in the middle; the large color swatch in the lower-left to show the currently selected color; the eyedropper for picking colors; and the row of boxes to pick or save new color swatches.
Important: Colors in the color wells update based on the tool or the layer selected, so if you select a color for one tool, the colors don't change for others (except for the painting tools). Consequently, if you leave the Colors window open for one tool, and select another object in the canvas, clicking colors in the already open Colors window does not change the newly selected object.
When working with shapes, layer styles, or the Gradient Fill tool, you can use a transition between two or more colors, instead of a single color. You can choose from the gradient presets that come with Pixelmator Pro or create and save your own using the Gradients palette.
Choose the gradient type:
Linear gradient — Blends colors between color stops, all along a line.
Radial gradient — Blends from start to end in a circular pattern.
Angle gradient — Blends colors in a sweep.
Color stops represent your color settings along a spectrum that you create. A gradient will always have at least two colors. You can change how the gradient looks like by adding or removing stops, adjusting their position, and setting the color and transparency of each.
Click any of the color stops to fine-tune its color using the Colors window.
Tip: If you're looking to create a transparent or semi-transparent color stop, in the Colors window, select any color and drag the Opacity slider to the preferred opacity.
Add: To add a gradient you've created as a swatch to use in the future, click Add in the gradients palette.
Remove: To remove a gradient swatch,–click it and choose Remove.
Redefine: To redefine an existing gradient with new colors or color distribution,–click the gradient swatch, and choose Redefine.
Import: Drag a .gradients file from anywhere on your Mac to the Pixelmator Pro icon in the Dock, or directly to the Gradients palette.
Export a single swatch: Drag the color swatch from the Gradients palette onto your desktop or any other folder on your Mac. You can also–click the gradient swatch and choose Export.
Export all swatches:–click just next to any color swatch and choose Export.