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Screenshot of Pixelmator
Developer(s) Pixelmator Team Ltd.
Stable release Version 3.3 / November 6, 2014 (2014-11-06)
Development status Active
Operating system Mac OS X / iOS
Type Raster graphics editor
License Proprietary
Website .com.pixelmatorwww

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]


  • Features 1
  • Version history 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 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

Version Codename Release date Significant changes Notes
1.0 [6] Firestarter 25 September 2007
  • Initial Release
Pixelmator 1.0 was released at a price of $59 (US).[7] A closed beta was earlier released on the August 16, 2007.
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
Includes 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
More stability and improvements for working with large images. New features include click-and-drag for adjusting the tolerance of the Magic Wand, Paint bucket and the new Magic Eraser tool on the fly. Renewed the Hue and Saturation, Replace Color and Colorize palettes. Better Stroking capabilities with live preview were added. Besides the previously available English and German languages, it added French and Spanish.
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. 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 New features include the ability to save for web, send to Mail/iPhoto, trimming, info labels and Italian language support, 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 Introduces layer groups and integration with OS X's Image Capture app for importing images from cameras and scanners. Older OS X versions are no longer supported.

1.6.1 (released on September 28), introduces features such as an improved photo browser and a revamped stroke feature. 1.6.2 (released on October 6, 2010), introduces 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
Improved support for Mac OS X Lion features like Auto Save and Versions.
2.1 [15][16] Cherry 9 August 2012
2.2 [17] Blueberry 8 May 2013
  • Paint Selection Tool
  • Smart Moving Tool
  • Convert Text into Shape feature
  • Shape Style palette
  • Light Leak effect
  • Shapes palette
More than 100 new features and improvements.
3.0 [18] FX 22 October 2013
  • OS X Mavericks support
  • New Layer Styles
  • Liquify Tools
  • New Pixelmator Image Editing Engine
Supports the OS X's technologies App Nap and Compressed Memory. Pixelmator is more responsive and power efficient.
3.1 [19] Marble 21 January 2014 This version uses the most out of the dual workstation-class GPUs built into the new Mac Pro.
3.2 [20] Sandstone 22 May 2014
  • New Repair tool (Quick, Standard, and Advanced options)
  • 16-bit color images support in all Macs
  • Layers can now be locked
  • Convert Selection into Shape
The new Repair tool is also more memory efficient. Other improvements, UI enhancements, and stability and reliability fixes.

3.2.1 makes the switch to the OpenGL Core Profile and resolves some previous bugs.

3.3 Limestone 6 November 2014

See also


  1. ^ Sons, Wiley & Sons John Wiley &; Vegh, Aaron (2010-02-25). Web Development with the Mac. John Wiley and Sons. pp. 217–.  
  2. ^ Hutsko, Joe (2009-12-14). Macs All-in-One For Dummies. For Dummies. pp. 273–.  
  3. ^ Biedny, David (July 2008). "Lackluster Image Editor".  
  4. ^ Chartier, David (October 4, 2010). "Pixelmator to add support for Google's WebP image format".  
  5. ^ "Pixelmator 1.6.2 Adds WebP Support". Pixelmator. 6 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Pixelmator Development Update". Pixelmator. 20 July 2007. 
  7. ^ "Pixelmator Team Releases Pixelmator". Pixelmator. 25 September 2007. 
  8. ^ "Pixelmator Team Releases Pixelmator 1.1 Kitten". Pixelmator. 6 December 2007. 
  9. ^ "Pixelmator Team Releases Pixelmator 1.2 Draftsman". Pixelmator. 12 May 2008. 
  10. ^ "New Goodies in 1.3 Tempo". Pixelmator. 4 November 2008. 
  11. ^ "Pixelmator 1.4 Sprinkle Goodies". Pixelmator. 23 February 2009. 
  12. ^ "Pixelmator Team Releases Pixelmator 1.5 Spider". Pixelmator. 8 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "Pixelmator Team Releases Pixelmator 1.6 Nucleus". Pixelmator. 13 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "Pixelmator 2.0 Launches on Mac App Store". Pixelmator. 27 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Vintage Effect in Pixelmator 2.1 Cherry". Pixelmator. 18 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Pixelmator Adds Support for OS X Mountain Lion". Pixelmator. 9 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Pixelmator 2.2 Is Available Today from the Mac App Store". Pixelmator. 8 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Pixelmator Team Unveils Pixelmator 3.0 FX". Pixelmator. 22 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Pixelmator 3.1 Marble Fully Optimized for New Mac Pro". Pixelmator. 23 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone Is Now Available on the Mac App Store". Pixelmator. 22 May 2014. 

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