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User Reviews for Pixelmator

Good app, a few suggestions

The latest update definitely did improve Pixelmator’s design and gave it more editing features for a variety of art styles.However, I suggest a few things to be added/fixed:- Color fill bucket to quickly color in a drawing without having to color it in by paintbrush, which takes longer- An eyedrop tool when choosing colors under the gradient option to make the desired color a gradient- An option to delete color swatches if a color swatch is created by accident- Occasionally, the app would crash while I’m working on a piece of artwork, and sometimes the artwork that I’ve worked hard on would disappear after crashing with no way to get it back, which I was disappointed about. I had first noticed this issue after the big update, so I’m not sure if it had been caused by the update. Saving it does help when I click on “Images” in the top left corner of the screen and going back into my project but I would rather not have to do that and a piece of artwork I was working on somehow disappeared when it had crashed again even though it had been saved more than once. I hope this issue would be fixed to prevent other users from losing their projects, especially ones they spent a long time on.

--artlover33--, Aug 06, 2022
Missing most essentials

I kept seeing this app pop up in the editor’s choice section. Their endorsement made me very curious and I debated whether to purchase it for a while. $5 was worth scratching that itch of curiosity.To those that came to a similar point of curiosity, this is for you. There are no gesture shortcuts. You find yourself trying to use a two-finger tap to undo. When you use undo, there’s no redo option. If you accidentally click the undo icon past the brush stroke you wanted to stop at, you can’t regain that progress without redoing it manually. The biggest offender is the lack of an option to disable finger touches. You will constantly make unintentional brush strokes. Combine this issue with an absence of any redo and you end up with frustration. I’m disappointed in this app, but I don’t regret spending the money to know that I won’t be interested in using this. The Adobe Fresco sub is $10 per month, and they haven’t even provided any big updates in a while.

A B Cole, Jul 17, 2020

If you’re looking for the basics of Adobe Photoshop, this app is perfect! I’ve been looking for a suitable replacement for PS since purchasing the iPad Pro (10.5) this past month. And unfortunately, besides LightRoom, the Adobe iPad apps still fall pretty short. Most people referred me to Affinity Photo on iPad (which looks amazing). But for the price of Pixelmator, I just had to try it out...And WOW 🙈.Awesome job you guys! I’ve been using it with the Apple Pencil for a few days, and for the first time, I actually don’t miss my laptop while doing light photo editing and sketching. Can’t wait to see future updates. Definitely some serious potential here!

a1ex88, Dec 04, 2017
Back up all of your images before upgrading

All of my previous Pixelmator projects have lost their thumbnails, so I have to open them in order to see what they are, which changes their time stamps, even if I make no changes. And even then, the thumbnails are not created.Also, regardless of where you opened your project from, when you close that project, it reverts to a (useless) project list, and you have to navigate back to wherever you were when you opened the previous project. And you can't move documents to different folders. Why bother with folders if you can only really find them by going unit "Recents"?I can't imagine any reason for this upgrade, though I suppose people who use Bluetooth keyboards are appreciative of having more keyboard shortcuts.

brennaman, Nov 30, 2020
Perfect for Pixel Art - Except One Issue

I love Pixelmator - very smooth, simple, and easy to use, with lots of diverse tools. I use it mainly for pixel art, because simply enough, there aren’t and good tools to make pixel art or animations out there. This one has huge potential.One issue, however - when making pixel art, somewhere in the process of closing the file and reopening it, or somewhere in there, it becomes ever so slightly distorted in color. Pixels near the edge of other colored pixels will blend in color - and thus it’s impossible to maintain image quality. I’ve also noticed this in my non-pixellated work - a tiny loss in quality as I work over a period of days. I’ve tried everything to experiment and see if it was me causing the problem - but can’t seem to solve it (using iPhone 6 plus). Unfortunately, I can’t rely on the app to export when using it for game art or anything like that. However, if this issue were to be solved, it would easily be five stars, and the best art application out there.

cord_RED, Oct 26, 2017
Great app for photo editing it’s worth the money.

My overall impression of this app is really good being someone that’s experienced and using Photoshop and therefore being kind of spoiled, I really like this app. I do have a couple of small grapes with this app.One feature that all editing software should have as you should be able to crop you’re photos to a specific set size. Let’s say I’m working on a photo that’s already preset For Blu-ray dimensions I should be able to go up in the top left-hand corner and pull the cropping tool all the way down so that it extends from one side of the photo to the other, You should be able to slide the crop box area up and down your photo to select where you want to crop and then crop that photo to your specified dimensions.The second Feature that is missing In this app is save as a tiff file, if you’re an experienced photographer you should know already that if you’re going to edit your file you need to convert it as a tiff file first, the reason for this is most other photo files are compressed like a JPEG file for instance, when you’re editing a compressed photo file and then save that file over again your recompressing the file again causing a artifacts in your photos which completely defeats the purpose of editing your photo In the first place.

Da Storyteller, May 07, 2019
I miss the smudge brushes

Update- im not sure if the smudge brushes were called the smudge brushes on the app but they were the last set of brushes next to water color and i used it to smudge and blend. There were a lot of options. I miss them. I think there was a wax one and oil one i forget their names even though i used them almost daily for awhile. A friend asked me to touch up a photo and i logged in with intention of the app being the same as i used before and noticed a lot had changed. I tried the new smudge feature and there were no brush options the old app had tons of brushes like 8 or 10. I loved them all. a circle also was there too when i was trying to use the new smudge. Im not sure if there was an option to take that circle away. Some ppl may find it helpful. I also miss the percentage for brush sizes. I also noticed the waterbrush section was missing but i think they may have been condensed into paintbrushes in general. So they still may be there just not in their own catergory. I really appreciate the app and dont want to sound negative i just miss my smudge brushes

dasher909, Jul 26, 2022
A second class citizen on iOS until layers support is added

Pixelmator Pro on Mac OS is a fabulous product for anyone looking for an alternative to the Adobe subscription offering. However, the iOS offering does not support all the features available on the desktop product; mostly glaringly the lack of support for layers and .pxd file support. For an otherwise very sound product, this came as a rude surprise the first time I started a project on Mac OS, saved the pxd file to iCloud, then tried to open on iOS with the intention to do some masking refinement using the Apple Pencil. Sadly, this was not supported at the time I write this review. So, beware that there is not proper integration between the desktop and iOS Pixelmators and don’t count on being able to move back and forth between the platforms as part of your workflow.

gasdockd, Feb 02, 2021
New update is awesome, but still a few missing things

Really love the new keyboard and trackpad support—really makes it feel like a pro app. Thanks for fixing the issues with selection editing with the keyboard too!As some of the other reviews mentioned, the UI is definitely a little clunky especially on big iPad screens—especially the two modal screens you have to go through to choose a specific brush or selection type. The keyboard shortcuts make this a lot easier, but I don’t always have access to a keyboard (like when I’m drawing with Apple Pencil). Would love to have a tool sidebar kind of like the desktop Pixelmator app!There’s also some keyboard functionality missing like being able to select multiple layers/objects on the canvas with Shift or Command.A nice little bonus would be to have enhanced pointer shapes with brushes, erasers, etc. What if we had bigger pointers for larger brush sizes? Maybe a crosshair for more precise sizes? How about a unique pointer shape for the pixel brush tool, which also has pointer snapping to each pixel for even more precision? So many possibilities to make this a really unique experience for the iPad.It would also be nice to have support for multiple windows to make working with multiple docs at the same time easier. Totally understand if this can’t be done due to app memory limits though…

janant98, Oct 07, 2020
Necessary features are missing.

The app is ok for quick sketches but that’s about it. As a graphic designer I need to do things on the fly and find myself frustrated with the features this app lacks. Many times I jump to this app to quickly put something together as a semi mock-up for clients. Simple features the app lacks are essential to anyone who does graphic work. A few missing features are skew & free transform. The distortion features in the app are pretty worthless imo. If I have a logo and need to add simple text I am unable to skew or italicize the text to fit image angles properly. This is a simple function that can be added to the text options/features. There needs to be a angle or skew tab in there to angle the text slant in a positive or negative direction. My second major issue is the same thing with images or object layers. There should be a free transform option or a skew or slant feature to grab individual points of an object to allow for easy manipulation. Or to be able to move only 2 points and adjust the angle/slant of any objects to add alternate perspective to the image objects. If the app had those two features added I would give it 5 stars. There are some great features. But the app itself is very limiting with essential functions that limit the user.

ooAntixoo, Jan 12, 2022


Pixelmator is a powerful, full-featured, layer-based image editor that lets you touch up and enhance images, sketch, ​and paint, as well as create advanced image compositions on iPad and iPhone alike. Pixelmator has everything you need — whether you’re a mobile photographer, mobile painter, or mobile graphic designer — all in one easy-to-use app. Designed exclusively for iOS, Pixelmator takes full advantage of the latest iOS 14 features and technologies, giving you innovative, fast, and powerful tools.

Advanced Photo Editing • Get started with dozens of beautifully designed templates • Instantly improve your photos with single-tap color correction presets • Take full control over the tonal range of your image with levels and curves • Easily remove color casts and set the right white balance • Wipe away image imperfections, skin blemishes, and unwanted objects with the Repair tool • Duplicate areas of your image with the easy-to-use Clone tool • Pinch, bump, twirl, or warp areas of an image with powerful, Metal-based Distort tools • Blur, sharpen, lighten, or darken areas of an image • Choose from dozens of breathtaking effects to subtly improve or completely change the look of an image • Open and edit images of up to 100 megapixels Full-Featured Painting App • Paint stunning images right on your iPhone and iPad • Choose from more than 100 artist-designed brushes and numerous painting techniques • Paint with near-natural wetness effect of watercolor and crayon brushes • Create stunning pixel art images with the custom-designed Pixel brush • Paint with incredible detail thanks to the double texture brush technology • Smudge colors of an image for smooth color blends • Vary the speed of your stroke to change brush thickness of some of the brushes • Easily select and fine-tune colors with a full-featured Color Picker • Instantly choose colors right from your image with the Eyedropper • Use layers to isolate and blend elements of your painting • Paint more naturally than ever with the Apple Pencil on your iPad Pro, featuring palm rejection, pressure, tilt, and acceleration sensitivity • Enjoy perfectly seamless painting thanks to the Pixelmator Paint Engine Graphic Design • Combine words, shapes, and images to create breathtaking artwork right on your iPhone • Apply non-destructive layer styles like shadows, outlines, gradient fills, and more • Insert, group, merge, and blend layers of an image • Add text and make it look beautiful with a full set of text-styling settings • Easily add, combine, and customize shapes • Blend layers, shapes, and text using any of the 32 blending modes • Use precise selection tools to edit areas of an image • Crop, arrange, and rotate objects and layers with pixel-perfect precision • Easily remove image background or cut and paste objects from one image to another Compatibility • Open, edit, and save Photoshop images with layers • Open and save images using PSD, JPEG, PNG, and many other popular formats • Import HEIF images • Save your images directly to your Photos app • Store and access images in iCloud Drive iCloud and Sharing • Create, edit, and keep all your images up to date on all your devices thanks to iCloud support • Share your artwork with friends and family via email • Instantly publish your images to social platforms like Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook Designed for iOS 14 Pixelmator is meticulously thought through and created from the ground up for iOS 14. Designed to take full advantage of powerful iOS features and technologies and engineered to leverage the full power of 64-bit architecture, Metal, Core Image, and Core Animation, Pixelmator delivers state-of-the-art performance and real-time responsiveness.

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