Pixelmator 2.0 launches on Mac App Store

The Pixelmator Team today released Pixelmator 2.0, the latest version of its image editing tool for creating, editing, and enhancing still images. Pixelmator 2.0 features new drawing and retouching tools, Content-Aware Fill, a Healing Tool, a Smudge Tool, and more. Designed from the ground up for OS X Lion, Pixelmator 2.0 now supports Full Screen, Versions and Auto Save, and is available from the Mac App Store for US$29.99. For existing Pixelmator users who purchased the app from the Mac App Store, the new version is available as a free upgrade.

“With tons of exciting new features and support for OS X Lion, this new version of Pixelmator is the easiest, most enjoyable way to experience the best of image editing,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team, in a statement. “Pixelmator 2.0 gives everyone the tools they need to unlock their creativity and boost their productivity, all for just $29.99.”

The new drawing tools in Pixelmator allow users to add, create, combine and edit vector shapes easily. In addition to Pen and Freeform Pen tools, Pixelmator also includes pre-drawn shape tools for quickly adding triangles, lines, circles or rectangles into compositions. Fill and stroke settings for created shapes, as well as shadows, can be easily adjusted in the new Shape Settings palette. Drawing tools in Pixelmator are useful for creating buttons, icons, web page elements, illustrations or any other items for use in image compositions.

A breakthrough new Content-Aware Fill technology in Pixelmator allows users to magically get rid of unwanted elements in images, as if they never existed. By choosing either the new Healing Tool or the selection tools, a user can select wrinkles, blemishes, image damage or any other details present in images, and with just one click let Pixelmator seamlessly fill the selected area with similar nearby image content.

The new retouching tools in Pixelmator 2.0 include a Sponge Tool for adding more color or taking color away from areas of an image by painting on them; Burn and Dodge tools for naturally darkening or lightening areas of an image; a Red Eye Tool for easily—either automatically or manually— fixing the red-eye effect in images; and a new Smudge Tool for smearing paint or rubbing out blemishes or any other details in images, as realistically as using one’s fingers.

Other new features of Pixelmator 2.0 include an easier-to-use interface, a new Eyedropper Tool, a new info bar, a convenient tool options bar, a fully customizable Tools palette, a new Type Tool, a Pixel Tool, and a number of other minor improvements.

More info and download link via Apple’s Mac App Store here.

Related article:
Sneak Peek: Pixelmator 2.0 to hit Mac App Store tomorrow with tons of new features (with screenshots) – October 26, 2011


  1. What if you didn’t purchase Pixelmator from the Mac App Store and have the last version. Will the Mac App Store realize it’s already installed and not charge for the upgrade?

  2. When this was first offered on the App Store, I contacted Pixelmator and they gave me a refund after I repurchased it through Apple. It was a nice gesture on their part, and now I have the update a no cost. If they had not given me a credit, I would have paid for the new version. They have class and that’s a lot more than I can say for A**be!

  3. I had Pixelmator 1.6.5 bought directly from the company, NOT the App Store. I just downloaded the 1.6.7 update from their website. After installing, it told me it was a demo (!!!!) and linked me to the App Store for version 2.0. But not only does it NOT look like a demo, the about dialog says I now have version 2.0 Chameleon. Very confusing!

  4. I just downloaded my free Pixelmator 2 upgrade.
    Smooth as oiled glass.

    I too, have been very impressed by the customer-friendliness of the Pixelmator company.

    And today, I realised that I can’t remember the last time I opened PhotoShop.

    1. I very rarely every use PS any more as well. I’ll likely never upgrade it again. I use a combination of Pixelmator and Acorn, but now that Pixelmator supports vectors, I may be able to switch to Pixelmator exclusively. Looking forward to giving it a whirl later today.

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