Pixelmator Pro: Quick Look

Original (©️Robin King)

Three days ago I downloaded a 15-day free trial of Pixelmator Pro. Because of a leg injury I can’t sit at a computer for more than a few minutes at a time, so I’ve been trying to explore (and learn how to use) Pixelmator Pro fast.  

My first quickety-split discovery was how to resize an image for web use. Excellent! 

The second thing I found – and figured out how to use – was a set of editing tools that included the usual curves and slides. What surprised me was the fascinating array of presets that can also be adjusted. It’s this set of tools that enabled me to make the first photo, above, from the second. Quick clicks, easy slides: big changes.

Even though Pixelmator Pro isn’t Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (which I’ve used for years) I’m loving it so far. But I need it to work well when I create digital mixed media multi-layered images, so tomorrow I’ll try to make and edit layers.


Here’s the Pixelmator Pro site: https://www.pixelmator.com/pro/

15 thoughts on “Pixelmator Pro: Quick Look”

  1. Cool. Both the edited version (photograph) and description sound promising. I’ve heard of Pixelmator and always thought it would be a versatile, creative software to work with.

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  2. Hi, Phil! Thank you! I’m working with both the Pixelmator & Affinity Photo trials, to see which one I can use a PSE replacement. The features matter but the cost is the controlling factor. Affinity still baffles me but it’s half price right now. Pixelmator is around twice that (I think) but it’s not making me scream at the screen 😂. Photoshop Elements costs the most but even with recent updates it’d be the best, partly bec I know how to use it & partly because I know what it’s capable of. If all I needed was straightforward single layer editing, that’d be one thing. But I typically paint & edit multiple layers so handling them is a big issue. Lots to learn – fast – 😂 – Thanks again! 🤗👋

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  3. Since my main computer crashed last summer, I don’t use Photoshop very often (I still have Photoshop 7.0 on an old working 2004 PC, haha). I’ve had Affinity Photo since 2014 (?) and now, on my new computer, it’s my primary creative software. What’s nice is that all of my old PSD files (and I have many) work with it. That’s my two cents. Have a nice Friday, my friend 😊

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  4. Let me know how it goes! I’m horrible with any sort of photo-editing software. I can’t do anything beyond the very, very basics. I know having PhotoShop would be good, but I can’t see paying the price for something I don’t know how to use. So, I stick with GIMP. I can’t use it either, but at least it’s free. :)

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  5. I think what’s impressed me most with your Edited Version, Robin, is – your creative choices!

    Even if most of this was presets presenting a pretty picture, I sorta doubt it; it’s got too much wallop to be just a click and show. For one thing, your color balance is pitch perfect and your dramatic sun flare placement and intensity really work!

    I’m kinda with Phil re Affinity Photo. Having it be able to work with all my Photoshop files is a biggie, though less and less and I create more new stuff w/Affinity Photo.

    And then there’s, “I typically paint & edit multiple layers” – I have no idea Pixelmator Pro handles that, but I do know Affinity does a really great job with that, at least so far, for me, lol!

    Either way, glad to see you working around your injury. I use an iPad, so when I have to sit up in bed so I can stretch my legs (logged 11K steps today!), it’s even more handy for me to set on my lap.

    Always good to see your creative work, Robin! 😊

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  6. Awwww, thank you!! I did have to drag those light effects around to place them, and the colors were mixes of choices. 🤗Here’s news: I’ve decided to go with Affinity Photo! Just posted about it. Thank you, about my leg. I wish I could use my iPad for art but it’s not powerful enough. 11K steps? WOW! 👏👏👏 Thank you again!! 🥰👋

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  7. Hi! I just did a post – had success, made a decision. Yay! Oh, gosh, I’d love to have Photoshop but have used it only in trials. Instead, I’ve used Photoshop Elements for years &years. It’s the basics of Photoshop, much less $, and not a subscription. But my new computer can’t use my old Photoshop Elements, and the new version costs more than Affinity Photo so it’s out. GIMP is very cool! So far, they don’t seem to have version of it for my computer, tho. I ♥️ free stuff!! 😂Thank you!!!

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  8. Oh, that’s awful about your computer!!! (((hugs))) I’ve tried Photoshop in trials but never had it for long. I used Photoshop Elements instead. It arrived free with a camera in 2009, I think, then again, later, with a flatbed scanner. It’s super! It has the Photoshop basics. But it’s around $100 now (to buy, outright) but that’s more than I can spend. I’m soooooo glad to hear that Affinity’s good bec I just decided to buy it. It’s only $24.99 right now. WOW! Thank you, thank you!! 🥰👋

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  9. I’ll have to catch up & see ur post! ☺️ And know what u mean bout the iPad; I love mine, but may need to go with a laptop next time around. And good news is, some really well received workbooks for AP for full computers are already available! And do get better with ur leg ❤️

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