Photoshop Alternative: Pixelmator for Mac

I’ve been using Photoshop for years. I began using it on the PC and then purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements when I started to use Mac OS X. Recently, during the time I began designing websites and taking more photographs, I realized Photoshop Elements (Version 6) just wasn’t providing the tools and simplicity I needed. I wanted to edit photos and design basic web elements with ease.

Three months ago, a friend recommend PixelMator, an easy-to-use, powerful image editing application for Mac OS X. I decided to check it out that day and have been using it ever since. PixelMator provides everything I need from basic photo editing to graphic design.  

Pixelmator uses Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use the Mac’s video card for image processing. By doing a bit of research, I found out that Pixelmator graphic editing software was actually built upon a combination of open source and Mac OS X technologies such as ImageMagick, Automator, Cairo, and Sparkle.

PixelMator has many great features, here are a few:

  • Supports Photoshop images with layers and over 100 other file types
  • 16 colour correction tools
  • More then 50 filters
  • Over 20 tools for painting, cropping, typing, etc
  • Quick file conversions and exports
  • Supports Mac OS X ColorSync and profiles
  • Support for OS X Lion features such as versions, auto save, full screen mode, etc

The full version of PixelMator costs just $29.99, a great price for such an amazing app. PixelMator allows you to do most things that you could do in Photoshop.  With the Mac App Store’s “buy once, install on all Macs” system, purchasing this application is a no brainer. I encourage you to download the trial (or full version) today!

Try the newest version of PixelMator free for 30 days: http://www.pixelmator.com/try/

Before you decide to make the switch to PixelMator, being the Photoshop fan you are, you may ask “How does this app work? It’s going to take weeks before I learn how to use PixelMator.” In this case, you can read and watch all of the tutorials provided for FREE on the PixelMator website. There is really no reason not to try this award-winning app today!

The PixelMator team is alway trying to improve their software which means they’re constantly posting updates and information on their blog. Check it out: http://www.pixelmator.com/blog/

If you’re considering to try out PixelMator, or you’re a current user, leave a comment below. Share your thoughts!


 

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  • http://pixelmatortutorials.net PMtuts

    Great overview regarding Pixelmator. When it comes to tutorials and really learning image editing in stead of learning where all the buttons are, I can recommend taking a look at http://pixelmatortutorials.net . The 4 tutors there provide free tutorials every week that not only show how to use Pixelmator but also the image editing concepts you can use with Pixelmator. They have a huge archive of tutorials for Pixelmator that date back to 2008 so if there is a particular tutorial you are after I almost cannot imagine it isn’t on that site.

    • Anonymous

      That sounds like a great website. I will check it out. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I personally just stick to Photoshop, I tried Pixelmator but it didn’t really have all the tools I needed for daily use. Still cool though!