The Pixelmator Team has updated its “Mac App of the Year” image editor for macOS, Pixelmator Pro 1.2.4. The update adds a redesigned Color Balance adjustment inspired by professional color grading tools, the ability to resize images using different scaling algorithms, two new Automator actions, and more.
Pixelmator Pro 1.2.4 features a redesigned Color Balance adjustment, image scaling algorithms, an improved Grain adjustment, two new Automator actions, and more.
• The Color Balance adjustment has been redesigned and can now be edited using color wheels inspired by those used in the cinema industry to color grade films.
• Along with adjusting the color tints of the shadows, midtones, and highlights, the new Color Balance now includes sliders for adjusting their brightness and saturation as well.
• A Master wheel lets you adjust the Color Balance of an entire image at once.
• Color Balance can also be improved automatically using the ML Fix feature, trained on millions of professional photos.
• When using the Image Size command, you can now choose from three image resizing algorithms — Bilinear, Lanczos, and Nearest Neighbor.
• Bilinear is the standard resizing algorithm, good for most uses.
• Lanczos can preserve small details better when upscaling and downscaling.
• Nearest Neighbor is a popular resizing algorithm for pixel art as it creates a blocky look with sharp edges.
• The Grain adjustment has been improved to apply photographic grain more naturally, especially when an image has small details and large grain particles.
• Use two new Automator actions — Scale Images and Trim Images — to batch resize images and batch delete transparent or solid colored areas from the edges of images.
• The last used document size now appears as an option in the template chooser.
• The currently active tool will be marked with a checkmark in the Tools menu.
• Dragging a layer from the Layers sidebar onto the export preview without having created any slices will now create a new slice.
• ML Enhance will now be unhighlighted if an adjustment is removed.
• The look of the Curves adjustment has been improved in macOS Mojave.
• All edited curves will now be visible when editing all channels, not just RGB.
• The Trim Canvas command will now work better with thin images.
• Fixed a rare crashing issue with rasterizing text layers.
• Fixed various situations where effects ropes were not in sync with the image.
• The thumbnails of empty masks applied to empty layers would not be visible. Fixed.
• On rare occasions, closing a document would make Pixelmator Pro quit unexpectedly. Fixed.
The update comes on the heels of Pixelmator Pro being named “Mac App of the Year” by Apple for making “a huge range of pro-level image-editing tools accessible to all.”
For more information about Pixelmator Pro for Mac, visit the Pixelmator Pro website.
Pixelmator Pro 1.2.4 for Mac is available in the Mac App Store for just $29.99.