Pixelmator unveils Pixelmator 3.0 FX

The Pixelmator Team today released Pixelmator 3.0 FX, the most advanced version of Pixelmator to date, featuring Layer Styles, Liquify Tools, and support for new features in OS X Mavericks, delivering blazing fast performance with its new, state-of-the-art image editing engine. Pixelmator 3.0 FX is available today as a free upgrade from the Mac App Store.

“This is the day we’ve been working for since the initial Pixelmator launch and we are absolutely thrilled to bring this massive upgrade to Pixelmator fans,” said Saulius Dailide, of the Pixelmator Team, in a statement. “Now with Layer Styles, Liquify Tools, and an incredibly faster performance delivered by the new Pixelmator’s state-of-the-art image editing engine, Pixelmator becomes a top-quality, full-featured image editing app for the Mac.”

Pixelmator 3.0 FX introduces Layer Styles. Now creating advanced and polished compositions is so much simpler, faster, and more enjoyable. Quickly apply shadows and inner shadows, beautiful gradients, create outlines, or reflections. Or apply a combination of effects with any of the great-looking Layer Styles presets. The best part is that all of this is done non-destructively.

The new Liquify Tools bring even more ways to shape up and play with your images. Slightly twist an element, add an artistic detail, or even completely distort the entire image. The new Warp, Bump, Pinch, and Twirl Liquify Tools are incredibly fun to play with, whether you want to subtly improve your photos or artistically distort them.

Pixelmator 3.0 FX became dramatically faster and more powerful. Pixelmator’s development team took an extra step to build a truly modern and innovative image editing engine that takes advantage of the full power of OS X, by combining technologies like Core Image, OpenCL, OpenGL, 64-bit architecture, and Grand Central Dispatch, giving you the speed you need to keep pace with your creativity.

With new features in OS X Mavericks, like App Nap and Compressed Memory, Pixelmator is even more responsive and power efficient. Tags in OS X Mavericks helps you organize and find Pixelmator documents quickly, and with enhanced multi-display support, you’ll have more flexibility than ever to open Pixelmator windows the way you want and on the display you want.

Pricing and Availability:
Pixelmator 3.0 is available exclusively from the Mac App Store, for US$29.99. It is a free upgrade for all existing customers who purchased the app from the Mac App Store. More information on version 3.0 and a free 30-day trial can be found at Pixelmator online.

More info here.

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


  1. I want to love Pixelmator, but I find it remarkably difficult to use efficiently. So much so that I just open Photoshop Elements 10 (which bugs me to no end, but in the end, it’s what gets the job done. I might just remove Elements 10, and muddle through Pixelmator though, because people seem to really dig it and its capabilities).

  2. Haven’t used Photoshop in so long that I barely remember even Elements, Had been using full Photoshop since 1992.

    Pixelmator does have some oddities in the interface, but they are just different, not better or worse. Luckily I don’t need CMYK any more, that would have been an issue if I needed it.

    Pixelmator is one of my go-to tools.

  3. Wow. It’s great to be a Mac user again isn’t it? We got through the dark days and hung on till SJ came back righted the ship and pointed it in the right direction. Now we are in a ride of a lifetime. 🙂

  4. I love Pixelmator for what it is, but unfortunately I still need Photoshop. I hope Pixelmator evolves to the point where I don’t need Photoshop prior to a need for me to upgrade.

  5. It’s great to see Pixelmator going from strength to strength with a fraction of the resources of Adobe. The App Store has really levelled the playing field for developers.

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