With Pixelmator 2.2, who needs Photoshop?

“Pixelmator has long been my graphics editing program of choice. The app has only gotten better with version 2.2, which was released this week,” Dennis Sellers writes for Apple Daily Report.

“The Pixelmator toolbar is very Mac-like. It’s streamlined, clean and easy to use after a short learning curve,” Sellers writes. “The software is also very Mac friendly, working with — among other technologies — a Mac’s FaceTime camera, iPhoto and Automator.”

Sellers writes, “The Light Leak effect is one of my favorite new features in Pixelmator 2.2. Using it to make retro-artistically illuminated images from a photo is fun. Hey, it can’t all be work!”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ve been using Pixelmator daily for years now and highly recommend the application.

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Pixelmator 2.2 a legitimate Photoshop replacement that costs just $14.99 – May 8, 2013
Pixelmator 2.1.3 released with CMYK support, soft-proofing, and more – November 8, 2012
Pixelmator 2.1 released; major update supports OS X Mountain Lion, iCloud, MacBook Pro with Retina display and more – August 9, 2012


  1. It’s not a total replacement, but OK for regular workflow items.

    Have updated to 2.2 but not yet used.

    Just hoping they’ve fixed the hangs and crashes with my type of MBP.

  2. Really like Pixelmator but just wish they had a downloadable manual. And wish it was in black and white unlike the 1.6 manual with black text. What is the deal with white text on black on their website? Damn that is hard to read.

    1. “What is the deal with white text on black on their website?”

      Simple. They’re quite a few years out of date and still think it’s cool. Maybe take a clue from Apple.com.

    1. Hemming or humming, Pixelmator is a handy app and inexpensive enough to purchase for occasional use. If you already have Photoshop or some other image editor, then you probably don’t need it.

    1. yes, no layer styles in Pixelmator – those are needed
      no shadows, embossing, or non-destructive effects
      I am wishful too

      but it will come
      let it grow with you
      the admission price is a one time deal
      all upgrades so far have been free

  3. Without CMYK, it’s a non-starter in print work, which then forces anyone producing images, or working on images intended for print media to stick with Photoshop, otherwise they’re going to have to rely on whoever converts from RGB to CMYK to actually know what they’re doing, which can’t be guaranteed; I’ve seen far too many images where the conversion has resulted in any blue, like sky or sea, turning purple, because the conversion has introduced far too much magenta. In fact, I saw it in a newspaper today, where a photo of the three Castro brothers in Cleveland, shows them all wearing purple shirts and jackets, when video footage clearly shows them wearing dark blue. This is such a fundamental error in pre-press that anyone guilty should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves, but it’s been going on for years. I’d want to be absolutely certain that any photo of mine going for print looked exactly as it appeared on my screen, but without CMYK conversion in Pixelmator, I couldn’t trust that to happen.

    1. not so fast there Rorschach,

      99.7% of the time print houses do not separate images to film straight from Photoshop. NOR direct to paper. Images will be tweaked and toyed with by those departments depending on the use of the image. A flexo-department will totally re-work the image for specific reasons. And use very specific softwares to alter the provided image in Photoshop. Agreed providing layered photoshop files is far more advantageous – however – most work is separated from InDesign or Quark; a layout application. Film houses may separate straight from Illustrator on occasion – if the support file is placed there… perhaps if the project is a poster. Yet, rarely have I seen rips done straight from Photoshop. Photoshop is not used for proofing any colours. Press proofs are, calibrated print outs. And just to say, in addition, some of these rippers have amazing RGB to CMYK conversion capabilities.

      I do not advise sending RGB files for print (not without proofing) nor do i advise working in RGB (unless RGB is the targeted end use). But I do support and feel Pixelmator is a beautiful, powerful tool at a truly amazing price. And for most users this application is the paint app to have. The look and feel of Photoshop is a bonus.

      Pixelmator does have SOFT PROOFING which will assist one enough at present time to foresee any colour issues. After all, best you not assume that your monitor is press approved or calibrated accurately to every plotter and ripper on the planet. Your monitor uses RGB light and is not the accurate indication to your final output. Better you use a CMYK laser printer over your monitor.

      I will continue to keep using CS6 suite. But import Pixelmator when needed.

    1. Not real Illustrator killers but nor is Pixelmator a photoshop killer. Here is a small list to locate a alternative to the expensive Adobe illustrator.




      iVinci – free/paid/code



      Boxy SVG



      most these apps save a SVG file, but Intaglio can save EPS.
      All import well back into Illustrator for editing if needed.

  4. … you can have Photoshop for $50 – PER YEAR – or you can have a non-professional (no CMYK) Pixelmator for $15. Now, I give all my pictures a quick – or NOT so quick – editing pass. My younger brother sweats the small stuff and really works on them. For his own pleasure, though. My kids send out albums of pictures of THEIR kids and they don’t even edit out the shots with a finger over the lens!
    You guys who are, or who claim to be, or who just WANT to be, Pros, maybe you need Photoshop. Or maybe you just believe you do. Or maybe you believe using it MAKES you Pros. It’s YOUR money, it’s your decision.

  5. I want to be able to switch to Pixelmator, but it just comes up short against Photoshop Elements. The auto red eye removal seldom works for me. And it still does not support pinch gestures to zoom photos. It also does not allow editing photos side by side so differences in editing can easily be viewed. These are just to name a few off the top of my head.

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