Following months of testing, Pixelmator Pro is now available on Mac App Store.

Designed exclusively for Mac and built with Swift, Pixelmator Pro 1.0 code-named “Whirlwind” integrates seamlessly with macOS High Sierra and supports almost every major macOS feature, like iCloud, Versions, Tabs, Full Screen, Split View, Sharing, Wide Color and others.

With it, you can work with HEIF image files, as well as open and nondestructively edit layered Photoshop files, RAW files and images in all the most popular formats, such as JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PSD, PDF, GIF, BMP, TGA and JPG-2000.

Pixelmator Pro ships with a Photos extension allowing you to launch its interface directly from the Photos app and save edits back to the original image in your library.

Taking advantage of machine learning, the app automatically gives descriptive names to the layers you add. It also intelligently straightens images using horizon detection, removes objects from your photos just like that (developers say machine learning lets the app recreate image areas “with stunning realism”) and makes it easy to make accurate selections.

Pixelmator Pro brings a one-window dark interface making it easy to create detailed compositions and designs, as well as draw, paint, apply gorgeous effects, design beautiful text and edit images in just about any way you can imagine.

“Thanks to its intuitive and accessible design, Pixelmator Pro is delightfully easy to use—whether you’re just starting out with image editing or you’re a seasoned pro,” developers noted.

Developers noted:

Completely nondestructive color adjustments, effects, styles, and layouting tools in Pixelmator Pro give users the freedom and flexibility to go back and modify or delete individual changes at any point in the editing workflow.

Thanks to the new presets feature, you can create endless combinations of multiple adjustments, effects, or styles, save them to your favorites and reuse them in any of your images. Drag-and-drop sharing also makes it a breeze to share presets with others.

A number of free updates adding major new features to Pixelmator Pro are already lined up for the very near future. Here are some of the best GPU-powered pro features included in this app:

  • Enhance your existing images and create new ones using every image editing tool you could ever need
  • Edit nondestructively, adjusting individual changes whenever you like
  • Easily move, resize, and arrange objects to create stunning compositions
  • Adjust the colors in images with a collection of nondestructive color adjustments
  • Enjoy superior support for RAW files, editing RAW images right inside Pixelmator Pro without having to preprocess them
  • Create digital or traditional paintings using a collection of handcrafted, fully-customizable, dual-texture brushes with full support for digital graphics tablets
  • Combine the built-in effects in Pixelmator Pro to create any artistic or special effects you can imagine
  • Nondestructively customize the look of layers in your image using layer styles
  • Save the adjustment, effect, and layer style combinations your create, use them in any of your images, and share them with others
  • Magically remove small imperfections or entire objects, seamlessly clone parts of your photos, lighten or darken precise areas, and more using a full set of retouching tools
  • Use the reshaping tools to easily change the shape of any object or area in your images, create striking artistic effects or make subtle changes to portrait photos
  • Pick out and edit precise parts of your images or copy objects from one image to another using a range of pixel-accurate selection tools
  • Add high-quality, customizable vector graphics designed by the Pixelmator Team
  • Create your own vector graphics using the Pen and Freeform Pen tools
  • Easily design great-looking text with a full set of typography tools

The app requires a Mac compatible with Metal 2 running macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

Pixelmator Pro is available for $59.99 on Mac App Store.

  • diggitydang

    As a Photoshop user, waiting on a good Photoshop iPad app, I wonder if switching to this would be wise… I feel like Adobe isn’t exactly rushing to get a more robust Photoshop app on the iPad. On the other hand, Pixelmator looks eager to grab PS users. Anyone have experience using Pixelmator and what’s your experience coming over from PS?

    • :D

      I’ve used both and I prefer Pixelmator hands down. It feels much faster, more fluid, cleaner and simpler. The repair and selection tools on Pixelmator are much better too. It integrates really well with MacOS and feels perfectly native. PS on the other hand feels almost like a Windows programme port of some sort.

      That said, PS can be useful for multi-user or cross-platform (Windows) use, and for 3D renderings. If you don’t fall into bracket then I’d suggest you give Pixelmator a go. Photoshop has some other features that Pixelmator doesn’t have such as an eye opening tool (which sucks imo – I do it manually instead), but you can always switch back and forth if you use a Photoshop file format.

      • diggitydang

        Thanks for the advice. I’ll have to give it a go when I have some time to learn it! Appreciate the input!

    • It depends on what you do with Photoshop. Photoshop has a LOT of features that Pixelmator doesn’t have and supports a lot more file formats as well. Depending on your needs making the switch may or may not be feasible. Personally I’d recommend trying the Pixelmator Pro demo out (you can use it free for 30 days) and seeing if it has the features that you need. Just a heads up though it seems to be a bit buggy at the moment but they are releasing updates very quickly so I assume some of the launch quirks will be sorted soon.

      Personally I made the switch from Photoshop to Pixelmator because I didn’t like the CC payment system. I’d much rather have a company work hard to release new features in order to convince me to part with money than have a company take my money whether they make new features or not. I do miss some of the photoshop actions and plugins that I had purchased over the years and occasionally get frustrated by the lack of support that Pixelmator has for certain features or things that I know were easier done in PS but then I just take a moment to appreciate the fact that I’m still getting the work done that I need and in the last 4 years I’ve saved almost $2,400 by dumping creative cloud 🙂 And that money is now sitting on my desk in the form of a brand new 2017 iMac. #thanksPixelmator

  • iByron

    Does Pixelmator Pro *replace* Pixelmator, or is it a new product available *in addition to* the original Pixelmator?

  • Already crashed thrice!