Pixelmator for Mac gains all-new Photos extension, Split View multitasking and more

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The popular Photoshop alternative for the Mac, Pixelmator, was updated this morning in the Mac App Store. Bumped to version 3.4, the app includes full support for OS X El Capitan and iOS 9’s Split View mode so you can use Pixelmator with another app in El Capitan’s new side-by-side multitasking mode.

More importantly, Pixelmator now includes a brand new extension for Apple’s stock Photos app that lets you edit images within the context of the Photos app using Pixelmator’s Metal-based Distort tools.

Image top of post: Pixelmator and Safari in El Capitan’s Split View. Before you can use Pixelmator’s new extension in the Photos app, you must enable it first in System Preferences → Extensions → Photos.

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Then, open Photos on your Mac, select an image you wish to edit, click the Edit button, choose Extensions at the bottom right corner and select Pixelmator Distort.

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The screenshot below shows you the extensions in action within the context of the Photos app. Pretty sweat, eh?

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Like before, Pixelmator’s Repair tool can be used inside other Mac apps such as Mail. Simply hover over an image, click the icon in the upper-right corner and choose the Repair Tool option.

Pixelmator 3.4 changelog

Here’s everything that’s new in Pixelmator 3.4 for OS X:

  • Pixelmator now works great on OS X El Capitan.
  • The new Pixelmator Photos Extension brings powerful, Metal-based Distort tools to your Photos app.
  • Split View lets you use Pixelmator and any other app side-by-side in full screen.
  • Enhanced Force Touch support makes painting with Force Touch trackpad even smoother.
  • San Francisco is the new user interface font.
  • Other improvements and fixes.

This update is provided at no charge to existing Pixelmator users.


Pixelmator requires an Intel-base Mac with OS X 10.9.5 or later. The app is localized in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

Pixelmator for Mac is $29.99 in the Mac App Store.

A 30-day free trial can be downloaded through the official website.

Pixelmator for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is $4.99 in the App Store.