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Pixelmator [Old Version]

by Smith Micro Software Inc.
Mac OS X
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews) 8 answered questions


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Product Features

  • Create Exceptional Photos and Stunning Images
  • Made Exclusively for the Mac.
  • Edit and retouch your images with 20+ tools, including crop, select, paint and erase and create editable text layers
  • 16+ color correction tools for adjusting hue, saturation and contrast to make your images more vibrant
  • Made for the Mac, Pixelmator takes advantage of built-in iPhoto support and one-click access to iSight and lets you export to 100+ file formats

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B002ABOYXG
  • Item model number: PXMMBX2
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 1, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,665 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Product Description

Product Description

Pixelmator is an easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editing program that has everything you need to enhance, edit and transform your photos. Made for the Mac, Pixelmator takes advantage of built-in iPhoto support and one-click access to iSight. Use layer-based image editing, color management, filters and special effects to quickly achieve impressive imagery. Every Tool You Need to Transform Your Photos: Pixelmator¿s powerful toolset includes easy-to-use selection, painting, retouching and color correction tools that transform and enhance your photos and images. Add text to your pictures, analyze colors, crop, transform, rotate or move anything in your photos. This user-friendly image editor has everything you need to achieve professional results. 130+ Filters and Special Effects: See results in real time¿choose from standard filters such as blur, sharpen and distort, as well as many unique filters like comic-style halftones, tile, kaleidoscope and thermal camera. Layer-Based Image Editing: Stack portions of your image on top of one another and quickly create layers from photos, selections and more. You can also blend layers, change layer opacity and add layer masks to hide portions of layers. Add images as layers via drag-and-drop. Color and Auto Contrast: Adjust hue, saturation, exposure, brightness, contrast and more. and takes advantage of Core Image and OpenGL. Built-in Automator actions let you quickly enhance, resize and transform images with batch processing. Add Text to Your Images: Create editable text layers and use the type tool to create your own invitations and logos. Select, Paint and Retouch Tools: 20+ tools, including crop, select, paint and erase help you enhance your images. You can also import and customize Adobe Photoshop Brushes, and graphics tablet support enables you to draw by hand.

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Pixelmator is an easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editing program that has everything you need to enhance, edit and retouch your photos. Pixelmator's powerful toolset includes selection, painting, color correction and retouching tools that easily transform and enhance your photos and images. Layer-based image editing, filters and special effects help you quickly achieve impressive imagery. Add text to your pictures, analyze colors, crop, transform, rotate or move anything in your pictures. Made for the Mac, Pixelmator takes advantage of built-in iPhoto support and one-click access to iSight. This user-friendly image editor has everything you need to achieve professional results.

Create Exceptional Photos and Stunning Images

Pixelmator is an easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editing program that has everything you need to enhance, edit and retouch your photos. Choose from powerful selection, painting, retouching, and color correction tools. Made for the Mac, Pixelmator takes advantage of built-in iPhoto support and one-click access to iSight. Use layer-based image editing, color management, filters and special effects to quickly achieve impressive imagery.

Pixelmator is a user-friendly image editor that has everything you need to achieve professional results. Click to enlarge.

Choose from 130+ filters and special effects to transform your images. Click to enlarge.

130+ Filters and Special Effects
See results in real time--choose from standard filters such as blur, sharpen and distort, as well as many unique filters like comic-style halftones, tile, kaleidoscope and thermal camera.

Layer-Based Image Editing
Stack portions of your image on top of one another and quickly create layers from photos, selections and more. You can also blend layers, change layer opacity and add layer masks to hide portions of layers. Add images as layers via drag-and-drop.

Layer-Based Image Editing enables you to quickly create layers from photos, selections and more. Click to enlarge.

Pixelmator offers more than 16 color correction tools for adjusting brightness, hue, saturation and more. Click to enlarge.

Color Correction Tools
16+ color correction tools help you make quick corrections to your images with Auto Enhance, Levels and Curves. Adjust hue, saturation, exposure, brightness, contrast and more.

Select, Paint and Retouch Tools
20+ tools, including crop, select, paint and erase help you enhance your images. You can also import and customize Adobe Photoshop Brushes, and graphics tablet support enables you to draw by hand.

Add Text to Your Images
Create editable text layers and use the type tool to create your own invitations and logos.

Select from 20+ tools, including crop, select, paint and more to enhance your images. Click to enlarge.

Access your iPhoto Library, events, albums, Smart Albums and Pictures folder with the built-in Photo Browser. Click to enlarge.

Made Exclusively for the Mac
One-click iSight support takes your picture and adds it as a layer in Pixelmator. Access your iPhoto Library, events, albums, Smart Albums and Pictures folder with the built-in Photo Browser. Supports Spotlight, ColorSync, Quick Look and many other Mac-only technologies, and takes advantage of Core Image and OpenGL. Built-in Automator actions let you quickly enhance, resize and transform images with batch processing.

Supports Popular File Formats
Export to 100+ file formats including PSD, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, PICT, BMP and PDF. Also supports Adobe Photoshop files with layers.



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168 of 172 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well on the way to becoming a great image editor September 22, 2009
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I've been using Photoshop for more than ten years, and I typically spend up to hours a day using it. Even though I (and every other designer I know) loves to complain about Photoshop, there really isn't a professional alternative. Even though every new release makes Photoshop feel more bloated, clunky, and complex, at the same time it's literally the only tool for many jobs.

Pixelmator is one of several new Mac-only image editing programs to try to compete. Well, I'm not sure that "compete" is the right word--it seems like Pixelmator's trying to fill the large gap between consumer-level image software like iPhoto's editing tools and Photoshop. That's a *big* gap, with plenty of room for new tools. I'm enjoying using Pixelmator for some tasks, though it's not nearly ready to replace Photoshop in my Dock. In any case, Pixelmator's clearly modeled very closely after Photoshop (its keyboard shortcuts are mapped to Photoshop's nearly identically thank goodness).

There are several genuinely impressive user interface improvements Pixelmator has over Photoshop, including the excellent gradient editor, and the lightweight info messaging that announces tool selection. You wouldn't think that a message flashing in the middle of the screen could be unobtrusive and helpful, but it is. The "Slice" tool for saving pieces of an image to various web formats works well, and previews the export quality "live". This is far better than Photoshop's Save for Web tool, a clumsily grafted-on version of what Adobe used to sell separately as ImageReady. Pixelmator's "Trim" tool is an excellent shortcut, though geared probably towards less-experienced users.
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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
I am a middle aged woman, almost a senior citizen, who did not work on a personal computer until my 30s and with little graphics software experience. I purchased and downloaded Pixelmator to my Intel Mac. I am running Leopard.

I found the software easy to download and install. No hang ups, no crashes, just download, open and drag the icon to the applications folder found on my Mac.

I then opened Pixelmator. I was in love. The program is so easy to use that I was able to create my own graphics using various pens, brushes, etc. to make my own pictures on my Mac.

I later sized the graphics using Pixelmator. This was easy too as the software allows you to choose between pixel or image size. You can also select constrain to automatically size the graphic proportionally.

You can also open and manipulate graphics using public domain or purchased images. Again, you can colorize or change image size easily with this program.

Highly recommend based on ease of download, ease of installation and ease of use.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speed and Utility for a Bargain Price September 25, 2009
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Test Setup:
Pixelmator 1.5 Spider (3901).
Mac Mini, 2 GHz, Core 2 Duo, 4GB Ram, Snow Leopard OS X 10.6.1.

Pros:
Powerful layer editing program
Superb speed, most effects render instantly
Full Screen image editing with overlayed tool bars
Price for a layer editor with this usability

Cons:
A few glitches on occasion (one time I couldn't undo anything until I restarted the program)
Mac Only (con for Windows users, but there are probably more choices on that platform)

Bottom Line:
Bargain priced layer editing software, give yourself time to learn it and read online tutorials. Search popular video sites for: Pixelmator tutorial, or what ever you need to do in the program like: Pixelmator gradient tutorial, Pixelmator layer tutorial, etc.

What I would like to see:
A plugin to open files in Pixelmator in Lightroom.
More explanation in the directions on why you do something instead of just how you do something (like what exactly the layer blending modes are used for, why you would use a layer mask, etc).

Review:
There is a learning curve coming from an image editor/organizer like Lightroom 2 or iPhoto to a layer editing program like Pixelmator. Keep in mind that this program does a lot more than just your traditional image editing. However, Pixelmator is probably geared more towards photographs with some weakness in text formatting etc. However, my review is based around it being a photo editing program when you need more than Lightroom.

When I first jumped into the program, I found it terribly difficult to do a few things as my mind was in the Lightroom Paradigm. Everything has sliders, quick to make adjustments, and it is what I know very well.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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As a longtime user of Adobe Photoshop and older image editing programs such as Macromedia Fireworks and Corel Painter, I was interested in seeing how smithmicro software's "Pixelmator" would perform.

For my tests, I used an iMac 2.4 gHZ using Mac OS X 10.6.1. As many other reviews discussed the tools and GUI, I'll focus more on other functions and see how it stacks up as a budget image editing software. For the most part, installation is quite easy. Put in the CD and drag the software to your applications or desktop folder. Clicking on the application, software loaded up quickly and you are given a choice to create a new file, open a file or being using Pixelmator. Updating the software was a breeze as well.

I. OPENING DIFFERENT FILE FORMATS, MULTI-LAYERED FILES & LARGE IMAGES

The first thing I wanted to test out is how the software handled images with many layers and also images that are large.

MULTI-LAYERED IMAGES - For the test, I open a Photoshop built ad that had many layers. Ad opened up fine and I was able to access all layers on the file. I then wanted to test basic functions such as magic wand for removing white backgrounds and it worked well. Used the free transform and that worked well, moving layers around, large text... everything worked fine, no problems.

LARGE IMAGES - I pulled up our raw images which was shot at a recent concert. I was able to open up a variety of file formats, JPG, PNG, .PSD, .TIF, .GIF, .BMP, no problems whatsoever (according to the back of the box, the software can open up to 100+ file formats). Some files took a few second longer than what I get from Photoshop (but these were pretty huge files). So, overall, I was quite pleased that the software handled large images quite well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars it is pretty easy to use
I was cheap and does some of what I wanted it to do. If you are familiar with Photoshop, it is pretty easy to use.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not user friendly at all.
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Published 14 months ago by Bruce G. Woodburn
4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't . .
I have not had a chance to use it yet. I might give it to some one else because I bought a download of it before I got this one. I do like the program though.
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With a little maneuvering and after the learning curve, this program does everything photoshop did and at a fraction of the price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old Version
Yes, I know the title of this product even says it is an old version but this is an old version. I am new to Mac and therefore didn't realize that the reason Amazon does not have... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Naomi M. Sundalius
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product.
I'm transitioning from a PC to an iMac and was looking for a photo editing program. I tried this and liked it so much I then bought the new version from the App Store.
Published 23 months ago by John F. Duffek
3.0 out of 5 stars I'll stick with Photoshop Elements
Maybe I would have liked this better if I had never used Photoshop Elements. Because I am used to PSE, I found this product difficult to use and definitely not intuitive. Read more
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