Developer: Pixelmator Team

Current Version: 3.9

Last Updated: 12 months ago

Download Size: 112.4 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.

Pixelmator 3.9 Classic is designed to integrate seamlessly with macOS Catalina's fresh and modern look, macOS Continuity features, like Handoff, iCloud Drive, and Continuity Camera, 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, HEIF, TIFF, PDF, and many other popular formats
• 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
• 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 wide range of macOS features and technologies like Cocoa, Metal, 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 3.9 Classic adds full support for macOS Catalina, including support for Sidecar and Apple Pencil, and brings a few other improvements and fixes.

• Pixelmator is now fully compatible with macOS Catalina, including support for Sidecar and Apple Pencil.
• A new button to change the visibility of the Layers palette has been added to the Touch Bar.
• When showing palettes, they will now appear on the currently active screen rather than the primary display.
• Pressure sensitivity when using graphics tablet pens (and Apple Pencil with Sidecar) has been improved.
• The Pixelmator extensions for the Photos app have been rebuilt using optimized Swift code.
• Brush size by pressure will now scale linearly from 1-100% and algorithmically from 100%-1000%.
• It is now possible to open Pixelmator documents with some missing data.

• The Tools palette's shortcut menu would sometimes be slightly offset on external displays. Fixed.
• When using vector tools and setting the Stroke slider in the Touch Bar to the minimum value, the arrow buttons in the Tool Options bar would be disabled. Fixed.
• The Continuity camera was not working. Fixed.
• The effect rope would sometimes be displayed incorrectly on external displays. Fixed.
• The color of text would change slightly while creating a new layer and pasting something into the document. Fixed.
• The color of text would change slightly when opening another document with a different color space. Fixed.
• The default orientation of new alignment guides was incorrect. Fixed.
• When clicking the color well in the Rulers Preferences, the Colors window would not appear if it was already open before opening the Preferences window. Fixed.
• Pixelmator would quit unexpectedly when attempting to use the Touch Bar while the trial window was open. Fixed.
• Pixelmator would quit unexpectedly when adding numerical values to the names of layer slices. Fixed.
• Pixelmator would sometimes quit unexpectedly when trying to use the color well in the Fonts palette. Fixed.
• Various fixes improve the stability of Pixelmator.

Have any feedback about this update or Pixelmator in general? We'd love to hear from you at [email protected]!


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 3.7
Review by cucucumbur

Software is okay, business strategy is deceptive - I like pixelmator. I use it a lot. I would give it 4 stars. However, I bought it right after Pro had come out (or right before) and from that point until today they have not made a significant effort to make it clear to people that this is the old app being phased out. Now, since it’s app store only, I can’t even get a upgrade discount to get Pro, I have to pay for twice the price of Pixelmator all over again if I want Pro - which I would have just bought in the first place if the makers tried to inform new purchasers-to-be about Pro taking up the mantle. Great, they’ll keep it updated so it doesn’t break for a few months to years. It’s obviously not where the focus is, though if you look at the app store you would have to specifically make sure to check other software by Pixelmator to see they had Pro out on discount. It’s a bad business practice and it has hurt my goodwill towards the company; in the future I will look elsewhere or return to adobe, because I am not giving them another $60 because of app store deception.

Found helpful by 437 out of 487 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.9
Review by John xyz123

Ridiculous complexity leads to problems - Updates in recent years have prevented simple uses. I don't have time to make understanding this app a full time job. Just drawing a line (without forced-fading/blurring of colors) is seemingly impossible. I've got desperate and tried pixel-by-pixel level paint bucket "fill" -- but that doesn't do anything to fix. I've lost days of work trying to figure it out. Though, you have a 20 million ways to fade, dissolve, etc, etc, etc. The help is useless. I now use it sparingly.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 3.9
Review by Calen K

I have to repurchase after app crashed - I have been an owner of pixelmator for 3 years and was going until.. this application crashed on me while I was working on a project last week. I could no longer open the app without the application freezing upon startup. Never being able to open any pixelmator file that I have.. so I was forced to delete the app from my computer. Now the app store is saying I have to repurchase this app when its pretty clear that I have files dating back.. anyone of any help, I will be greatly appreciated

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 3.9
Review by Danimal

Constantly crashes, buggy - As of Version 3.9 Classic (91112.1319), it is buggy and crashes/hard locks during a simple cut/paste/export process. I have 6 cutouts I'm making from an original image, then adjsuting the canvas size to crop them and export as PNGs. It cannot handle this for whatever reason. Really? Seems pretty basic? I have to force quit in order to keep going which causes me to lose my work. Looking forward to an update (hopefully soon!)

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 3.9
Review by Dan_Rodriguez

Constaltly freezing - Constantly freezes, I have to force quit all the time.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 3.9
Review by Praetor V8

Unusable on high resolution monitors - When using large, high resolution monitors, the user interface including tool palettes, icons and text are all too small to read. It appears that Pixelmator developers don't bother to test user interface on large, high resolution monitors.

Found helpful by 0 out of 1 people