Dr. Roach: Before you buy Photoshop Elements, Pixelmator definitely worthy of consideration

“Usually when asked about an alternative to Photoshop I recommend Photoshop Elements from Adobe, but my web-mistress suggested that I also look at Pixelmator which is an image editor with a similar look to Photoshop and is touted as “… image editing for the rest of us” and at $59.00 US it just might be. It runs on Macintosh OS X 10.5.5 and later. So I downloaded a copy and tried it out,” Dr. Michael N. Roach reports for DigitalAppleJuice.

“Pixelmator reminds me of what I remember Photoshop 3 (or perhaps 4) was like… in their day they were the state of the art, and with [them] I did some fabulous work. Pixelmator can do equally as well and is a bargain at the price,” Roach reports.

“For the student on a limited budget but who does own a Mac computer, I now have an additional suggestion for a Photoshop substitute. It isn’t Photoshop but it will do a good basic editing job and is neither as daunting nor as expensive as Adobe’s flagship product,” Roach reports. “If you are a Mac user on a tight budget, Pixelmator is definitely worthy of consideration.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: MacDailyNews has been using Pixelmator exclusively in place of Adobe Photoshop since December 2007 for online graphics. Obviously, we can recommend Pixelmator. It is “demoware,” so you can try it before you buy.


  1. Admittedly, my image processing needs are modest, but I swapped PS Elements for Pixelmator a year ago, and it works fine for me.

    PS: It’s good to see you posting again TowerTone. I wonder how we can entice the old punster, the big “A” to return?

  2. I kind of like Pixelmator too. It has Curves where Elements 3 has not (at least not in Leopard but in Tiger can function using imported actions).

    Despite that it still feels a cut down version of Elements which is a cut down version of Photoshop. But its getting better with every upgrade and I look forward to the day when I no longer need to buy overpriced Adobe software in the UK.

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