Today I created my first from-the-ground-up image using the Pixelmator Pro program. First, I did a simple (but colorful) digital painting. Then I started clicking on the various tools that Pixelmator Pro offers. Wow! They are numerous and powerful.
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.
Really! That’s not an alligator up there. It’s a tree limb masquerading as one. I recently found this photo in my files from 2004. Well, I found the original. It’s dark, less saturated, and has no twinkly places where the sun made the water sparkle. What you see here is the newly-edited version.
Background: I’m currently doing a trial of Affinity Photo and, after thousands of years of using Photoshop Elements, I’m at sea with Affinity. It seems to be great and I’m sure that if I could sit at this computer for extended periods of time, frequently, I’d be a whiz using the software before the trial ends. But due to a leg injury, sitting here leads to problems. I can’t do it for more than a few minutes at a time or I can’t walk afterwards.
In spite of that I’ve done a few things with Affinity – such as edit the non-alligator above to make it more vibrant. Very easy!
But my “normal” work isn’t editing photos. I generally add photos, scanned traditional art (drawings, paintings, collages), and scanned cut paper assemblages as layers into a software program like Photoshop Elements – then edit, digitally paint, etc. the multiple layers until I create something I like. Doing THAT in Affinity Photo doesn’t appear to be straightforward or easy to learn. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what “Develop” means and why I have to adopt certain “Personas” to do certain things.
Because of those challenges – and the fact that I don’t have Photoshop Elements (too $$$) on this computer, which leaves me unable to make most of my art!!!! – I thought I’d take a look at Pixelmator Pro in a trial, too.
I downloaded Pixelmator Pro a few minutes ago, found the tools and workspace to be deliciously familiar.
I’m hoping that one of these programs will do the job for me and not cost much. Sooo…I’ll be spending time trying to learn the two programs in order to decide which to get. Can’t have both.
AND: If anyone’s wondering where I’ve been for the past few days here’s the scoop: my internet has been out sporadically, intermittently, inexcusably. I’ve spent days/nights troubleshooting the equipment and the signals. No luck yet, but today it’s working! So YAY!!!!
Do you use Affinity Photo or Pixelmator Pro? Both?
What do you find to be the most useful tools? Why?