Developer: Pixelmator Team

Current Version: 3.7

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 78.3 MB - Download


Full-featured and powerful image editing app for the Mac.

Pixelmator takes full advantage of the latest Mac features and technologies, giving you speedy, powerful tools that let you touch up and enhance images, draw or paint, apply dazzling effects, or create advanced compositions with ease. Once your images are ready, save them to popular image formats, share them via email or social networks, print them, or instantly add them to your Photos library. All right from Pixelmator.

The new Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney is designed to integrate seamlessly with macOS High Sierra’s fresh and modern look, macOS Continuity features, like Handoff and iCloud Drive, and it works wonderfully together with Pixelmator for iOS.

A powerful, pixel-accurate collection of selection tools
• Quickly and easily select any part of an image
• Edit and apply special effects to parts of your pictures
• Select and remove unwanted elements of your photos
• Cut out objects from one image to place in another

Top-notch painting tools
• Paint with Pixelmator as you would on canvas
• Use different brush sizes, shapes, hardness, and blending modes
• Adjust brush settings to get just the look you want
• Cover any area with beautiful gradients and color fills

Retouching tools
• Correct wrinkles and repair scratches
• Make flaws vanish from your photos, remove or rearrange objects in a composition
• Blur, sharpen, lighten, or darken specific areas
• Reshape areas to subtly improve or give images a completely unexpected look
• Combine different tools and effects for an endless number of ways to refine your images

Drawing tools
• Easily add, create, combine, and edit shapes
• Quickly add lines, circles, rectangles, polygons, and many more custom shapes
• Effortlessly apply shadows, fills, and strokes for more advanced shapes
• Create buttons, icons, web page elements, illustrations, and much more

A real effects machine
• Play with over 160 breathtaking effects
• Combine different effects for unique, near-effortless artistic creations

An elegant collection of professional-grade color correction tools
• Adjust exposure, hue, saturation, shadows and highlights, brightness, contrast, and much more
• Replace and remix colors
• Dramatically improve less-than-perfect images with one click

Layer Styles
• Easily add non-destructive layer effects like shadows, outlines, color, gradient fills, or reflections
• Combine a set of effects to create and save your own unique layer style presets
• Or just use any of the Pixelmator Team-designed layer style presets
• Apply any of the layer style presets using drag and drop

• Launch Pixelmator directly from Photos and save edits back to the original image
• Open and save images using PSD, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PDF, and many other popular formats
• Import HEIF images
• Open and save Photoshop images with layers
• Open and save 16-bits per channel images

iCloud, sharing, and saving for the web
• Let iCloud automatically store your edited images and seamlessly sync your work across all your Macs
• Skip manual saving of your documents thanks to Auto Save
• Email your photos right from Pixelmator
• Publish your images to social applications like Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook
• Optimize and save images for use on your web pages, blogs, photo albums, and more

Editing extensions for the Photos app:
• Retouch photos with powerful Pixelmator retouching tools right inside the Photos app
• Reshape images with Metal-based Pixelmator distort tools without leaving Photos

Built exclusively for Mac
Pixelmator uses a number of macOS features and technologies like Cocoa, OpenGL, OpenCL, Core Image, Grand Central Dispatch, 64-bit, FaceTime camera, Automator, Full-Screen, built-in Sharing and much more. And Pixelmator’s beautiful interface and image editing engine are fully optimized for the MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Apple Design Award Winner
Best of Mac App Store 2011: App of the Year 2011


Release Notes:

Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney brings full support for macOS High Sierra, adds the ability to launch Pixelmator from the Photos app and save edits back to your original image, features support for importing HEIF images, and more.

• Pixelmator is now fully compatible with macOS High Sierra.
• Launch Pixelmator directly from Photos and save your edits back to the original image in your library.
• Support for importing HEIF images.
• Improvements to the Repair Tool algorithm make the Repair Tool faster and more accurate.
• The Pixelmator extensions for the Photos app would quit unexpectedly on certain newer Mac computers. Fixed.
• The Quick Selection Tool’s live preview would appear in the lower left corner of the image. It’s back to where it should be.
• The Pixelmator Change Type of Images Automator action would not convert files to PSD. Fixed.
• Improved support for Photoshop images.​
• Rulers would sometimes disappear when editing text. Fixed.
• It was not possible to drag and drop images from Safari and Photos directly into Pixelmator documents. Drag and drop is back.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 0
Review by babtech

One of the best - Made specifically for the Mac (and now iOS), Pixelmator is among the best experiences you will have on a Mac. All the menus are consistent with the OS, so it feels like it was made by Apple themselves. All the tools will be familiar to anyone who has used Photoshop, and while some other features work a bit differently, usually the Pixelmator way is faster and easier. I note some negative reviews, stating the app doesn’t work well on El Capitan. Actually, since Pixelmator is built on the very framework of OSX, including Metal, and El Capitan changed the Core Image technology for OSX, this required a complete rewrite of Pixelmator. They did this, and it was released just a few days after El Capitan, which explains the negative comments in the interim. After the update, it works as well as ever. This leads us to a few comments about the Pixelmator team. Note that they did a complete rewrite of the application to follow the changes in El Capitan, yet did not charge anything for users to upgrade to the new version. Many other apps would charge the complete regular fee again, such as Acorn did recently. These guys did all that work for free. Also note that the website has many short and simple tutorial videos, which will get you up and running in no time. I find the entire experience joyful, and I think you should give it a try.

Found helpful by 142 out of 147 people
Version 0
Review by AlexMoots

Pixelmator completely unusable on El Capitain! - I’ve been a huge Pixelmator fan since 2012. It has always been my go-to image editor, and I swore by it for everything I did. But since I updated to El Capitain, Pixelmator has been horribly unusable. Things that used to be super easy and quick, like adding text or cropping, have become completely laggy and it studders like nothing else. I also ran into constant beachballing and crashing whenever I tried to do *anything*. I hoped today’s update would fix these issues, but now whenever I try to open a large file (which worked perfectly fine and was buttery smooth on Yosemite), the applicaton just crashes without even opening the project. I have several school projects depending on this app working, and I’m not happy. Pixelmator Team, please fix this soon. For now though, 1 star.

Found helpful by 95 out of 119 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.7
Review by Olmwme

CASUAL USER - Please, please, please make the interface available in black print on white background!! I love this app, but it is so frustrating to use. I cannot see what I need to see. Not all of the users are young people with no vision issues! Everything is SOOOOOO small that I need magnifers to use the app. I have to go through all sorts of “contortions” to view layers because the pictures are too small. I cannot see the guides to adjust the size of an object. It does everyting I wanted - and more- but it is exhausting for me to use. I get tired and give up on it many times. Can you PLEASE help us senior citizens out and improve the interface? We need LARGE and EASY TO READ!

Found helpful by 41 out of 42 people
Version 3.7
Review by DB1968123

Horrible support - Do not buy this product. It seemed to work fine editing my photos through the Mac extension. When I tried to sync those edited photos to my iPhone, they revert to the original. I immediately contacted Pixelmator for support, and heard nothing. I waited a week, emailed them again, and still nothing. Wasted $30

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people
Version 3.7
Review by heyigor

Love the idea and direction but… small UI with no control to change... - …and black UI is nearly impossible to view unless you have perfect vision. Please include a white on black UI, and a way to increase the font size in the UI.

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people
Version 3.7
Review by YodaMac

Goodbye to a great product! :-( - Pixelmator has been a terrific alternative to Adobe for us Mac users (enough features to be a powerful, useful tool, but not so complex and expensive that you need to be a professional to justify using it), but now that Pixelmator Pro is out the developers will focus on that (and it’s higher price tag) and the rest of us will all be looking for a new “mid-range” photo editing program- as this version of Pixelmator is ignored and, sooner than later, becomes unusable with Mac OS. We’ve seen it time and time again with 3rd party software. Sigh. Developers start with a super-simple, freebie (or mostly free) app that can do just the bare minimum, but once its popular (because of user support) and able to do more, they just want to sell it as a high end do-everything pro tool - nobody ever thinks about us in the middle who need a work-horse useful tool, but not a Rolls Royce.

Found helpful by 32 out of 38 people
Version 3.7
Review by WachowJuan

Pixelmator - So in the beginning, I thought Pixelmator was the best thing since slice butter. Being only a designer by hobby, I’ve never really had a need for a super power editor such as Adobe Photoshop. However, as time inched forward, I realize some of the thing Pixelmator simply cannot do. For example, warping text. I wanted to create a round logo with text at the top and bottom of the logo with the text curving with the circle. Pixelmator could not do that. Which was a showstopper. Then I saw Pixelmator Pro but I don’t think I want to dump $60 on an application that may or may not do what i want and I don’t want to hassle with a refund. So, as such, while this application is not just 3 stars for me, I won’t be joining you with your new version.. for now. For now, I’ll try out your competitor. //edit: so I’m very happy with Affinity products. Also, with more time to think about how the developers pushed their new version out…. not very cool. Most developers offer a discount for people upgrading (even free for those who bought the old version shortly before release of new version). As such, I likely won’t be supporting this team anymore, at least not for now. It’s been a good run but really, learn how to release your different versions so you don’t leave customers with older versions hanging, as you’ve done here. I still believe it’s a good product, just not good enough, so 3 stars.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people