A beautiful and fast image editor
- Use of layers
- Use of Core Image
- Multi-window interface
- Limited preferences
- Photoshop shortcuts don't work
Long awaited by the Mac crowd, the beauty that is Pixelmator is finally out. This intuitive and sleek image editor can be seen as a slimmed down version of Photoshop. It integrates layers and filters perfectly and gives you all the essential tools of a good image editor: brushes, magic wand, objects, text, gradients and fills. The multi-windowed interface makes it very easy to edit. Every time you select a different tool, you'll notice that the "Tool" window at the bottom left will change to show the settings for that tool. Similarly, depending on the selected tool, the "brush" window on the right will offer different settings.
It's recommended that you have a Core Image supported graphics card when you use Pixelmator, and you'll understand why after experiencing the smooth transitions and flowing movements of the different elements of the application. The dark, slightly transparent look of the interface also sets it apart from other image editors.
Pixelmator is an excellent image editor in a gorgeous interface. It may not offer Photoshop shortcuts, nor all of the effects you can find in Adobe's image editing app, but Pixelmator looks great, is very intuitive and has pretty much all the effects and filters you'd need.
- Note: Pixelmator now requires OS X 10.7.5 or later running on a 64-bit system. Upgrades from version 2.x to version 3.x are free. Layer Styles: Thanks to non-destructive Layer Styles, creating polished and advanced compositions is now so much simpler, faster, and more enjoyable Liquify Tools: Shape images in multiple ways-slightly twist an element, add an artistic detail, or completely distort an entire image New Image Editing Engine: The new state-of-the-art image editing engine harnesses the full power of the latest OS X technologies making Pixelmator feature rich, yet blistering fast OS X 10.9 Mavericks support: Tags, Multiple-Displays, App Nap support and more