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Pixelmator logo
Pixelmator screenshot
Screenshot of Pixelmator
Developer(s) Pixelmator Team Ltd.
Stable release Version 3.2 / May 22, 2014; 2 months ago (2014-05-22)
Development status Active
Operating system Mac OS X
Type Raster graphics editor
License Proprietary
Website http://www.pixelmator.com/

Pixelmator is a graphic editor developed for Mac OS X,[1][2] by Pixelmator Team Ltd built upon a combination of open source and Mac OS X technologies. Pixelmator features selection, painting, retouching, navigation, and color correction tools; as well as layers-based image editing, GPU-powered image processing, color management, automation, and a transparent head-up display user interface for work with images. Pixelmator uses Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use the Mac's video card for image processing.[3]

Pixelmator was the first commercial image editor to fully support the WebP image format on Mac.[4][5]


  • Uses technologies like Core Image and Automator.
  • Photoshop images with layers are supported as well as other popular still image file formats.
  • Uses layers-based editing.
  • Over 40 tools for selecting, cropping, painting, retouching, typing, measuring and navigation.
  • Shape tools.
  • 16 color correction tools and over 50 filters.
  • Integrates with Mac OS X and iLife applications such as iPhoto and Aperture.
  • Pictures can be taken with an iSight camera from within the app.
  • Quick file conversion can be done with the help of Automator actions.
  • Mac OS X ColorSync and ColorSync profiles are supported.
  • Support for Mac OS X Lion features such as versions, auto save, and full screen mode.

Version history[edit]

Version Codename Release date Significant changes
1.0 [6] Firestarter 25 September 2007
  • Initial Release
Pixelmator 1.0 was released at a price of [7] A beta was earlier released on the August 16, 2007. Initially the developers announced a public beta, but decided later to only publish a closed beta to a select group of testers.[6]
1.1 [8] Kitten 6 December 2007
  • Over 100 new filters
  • Third-Party Filter Support
  • Graphics Tablet Support
1.2 [9] Draftsman 12 May 2008
  • Rulers
  • Grid
  • Color Balance
  • Polygonal Lasso Tool
  • Curve Tool
This release included some often requested features, like the Curve tool, Polygonal, Lasso Tool, Rulers, Guides and the ability to display an alignment grid.
1.3 [10] Tempo 4 November 2008
  • Magic Eraser
  • Magic Wand
  • Improved Paint Bucket
  • Hue and Saturation
  • Smart Palette Hide
  • Action Tooltips
  • Improved Type Tool
Pixelmator 1.3 Added more stability and improvements for working with large images. It also came with new features like click-and-drag for adjusting the tolerance of the Magic Wand, Paint bucket and the new Magic Eraser tool on the fly. The Hue and Saturation, Replace Color and Colorize palettes had been renewed as well. Also better Stroking capabilities with live preview were added. Finally Pixelmator is from version 1.3 available in two extra languages, French and Spanish, alongside the already available English and German language.
1.4 [11] Sprinkle 23 February 2009
  • New Painting Engine
  • Major overhaul for brushes
  • Improved Paint Bucket
  • Document Presets
This version introduced a new painting engine and the possibility for more advanced brush creation. Support for importing Photoshop brushes is also included. In addition a new cloud generation filter made its way into Pixelmator in 1.4, and a noise filter in 1.4.1.
1.5 [12] Spider 8 September 2009
  • Save for web
  • Snow Leopard Support
  • Slice Tool
New features included the ability to save for web, send to Mail/iPhoto, trimming, info labels, Italian language support, and support for Mac OS X 10.6, released less than two weeks prior to this update. Version 1.5.1 brought bug fixes and Brush Collections.
1.6 [13] Nucleus 13 July 2010
  • Major Performance Improvements
  • 64-Bit Support
  • Layer Groups
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Only
1.6 introduced layer groups and integration with OS X's Image Capture app for importing images from cameras and scanners. Full 64-bit support and deeper integration with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard means that older OS X versions are no longer supported. 1.6.1 was released on September 28. Introducing features such as an improved photo browser and a revamped stroke feature. 1.6.2 came on October 6, 2010, introducing support for the image format WebP.
2.0 [14] Chameleon 27 October 2011
  • UI Changes
  • Vector Drawing and Shape tools
  • Content Aware Fill and Healing
  • Burn and Dodge Tools
  • Sponge Tool
  • Red Eye Tool
  • Pixel Tool
  • Type Tool Improvements
New features include a modified UI, tools for inserting and drawing vector shapes, a reworked type tool, burn and dodge tools, and improved support for Mac OS X Lion features like Auto Save and Versions.
2.1 [15] Cherry 9 August 2012
  • Retina Ready
  • iCloud Support
  • Effects Browser
  • New Effects
  • Alignment Guides
  • OS X Mountain Lion Integration
With support for Mountain Lion, iCloud and the new Retina display, Pixelmator 2.1 is ideal for Mac users looking to tap into their creativity with a full-featured, easy-to-use image editing app.
2.2 [16] Blueberry 8 May 2013
  • Paint Selection Tool
  • Smart Moving Tool
  • Convert Text into Shape feature
  • Shape Style palette
  • Light Leak effect
  • Shapes palette
Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry comes with more than 100 new features and improvements, including those listed above.
3.0 [17] FX 22 October 2013
  • OS X Mavericks support
  • New Layer Styles
  • Liquify Tools
  • New Pixelmator Image Editing Engine
App Nap and Compressed Memory make Pixelmator is even more responsive and power efficient.
3.1 [18] Marble 21 January 2014
  • Optimized for New Mac Pro
  • 16-bit color images
  • Option for ordering prints
Fully optimized for the new Mac Pro, Pixelmator 3.1 Marble leverages the full power of the dual workstation-class GPUs built into it.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sons, Wiley & Sons John Wiley &; Vegh, Aaron (2010-02-25). Web Development with the Mac. John Wiley and Sons. pp. 217–. ISBN 978-0-470-76791-7. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Hutsko, Joe (2009-12-14). Macs All-in-One For Dummies. For Dummies. pp. 273–. ISBN 978-0-470-53798-5. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Biedny, David (July 2008). "Lackluster Image Editor". Mac Life. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Chartier, David (October 4, 2010). "Pixelmator to add support for Google's WebP image format". Macworld. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Pixelmator.com blog
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