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Pixelmator Pro Update Adds New Features, Including AI-Powered Photo Color Matching Tool

Pixelmator Pro Update Adds New Features, Including AI-Powered Photo Color Matching Tool

The Pixelmator Team today released version 1.3.4 of Pixelmator Pro, which adds a new Core ML-powered feature that intelligently matches the colors of different photos or objects using a machine learning algorithm trained on millions of professional photos. The update also brings a new Free Transform feature to freely resize, distort, and transform layers, and includes a number of additional improvements and fixes.

The new ML Match Colors feature makes it easy to match the look of one photo to another in an instant. To match the style of a photo, users drag and drop images onto the Color Adjustments pane. ML Match Colors then analyzes the contents of both the source and target photo to identify any objects, detects their colors and lighting, and applies a range of color adjustments to the target photo.

The new Free Transform tool adds a number of different ways to transform objects, including the ability to skew, distort, and change the perspective of any layer. The Free Transform tool lets users resize individual layers using 3 specialized layer scaling algorithms – Bilinear, useful for photographic images, Lanczos, for images with small and intricate details, and Nearest Neighbor, which is most often used for pixel art.

The full What’s New list is seen below:

What’s New

Version 1.3.4

Pixelmator Pro 1.3.4 brings the incredible ML Match Colors, which intelligently matches the colors of different images using breakthrough machine learning, a Free Transform tool for freely resizing objects, adjusting perspective, skewing, and distorting, and includes a range of additional improvements and fixes.

New Features

• With the incredible ML Match Colors, you can now match the colors of different images using breakthrough machine learning.

• Paste and ML Match Colors lets you intelligently match the colors of pasted objects to the images you’re pasting into.

• The all-new Free Transform tool makes it a breeze to freely resize objects, adjust perspective, distort, skew, and rotate.

Learn More

• Use ML Match Colors by dragging and dropping images onto the Color Adjustments pane.

• Find ML Match Colors in Format > Color Adjustments.

• Find Paste and ML Match Colors in the Edit menu.

• When dragging and dropping objects into compositions, press and hold the Command key to automatically use ML Match Colors on the inserted object.

• Turn on Free Transform by pressing the Command-T or Command-F keyboard shortcuts.

• Transform layers using four different modes — Free, Skew, Distort, and Perspective.

• Choose from 3 unique algorithms — Bilinear, Lanczos, and Nearest Neighbor — when transforming individual layers and layer groups.

• The high-quality perspective transformation algorithms in Pixelmator Pro better preserve image detail compared with other image editors.

• Any layer can be transformed — whether it’s some text, a shape, group, open path layer, or even a RAW layer.

• Use the grid when transforming to guide your transformations or turn it off, if you prefer.

• When transforming, press and hold the Command key and drag any handle to temporarily distort instead of resizing.

• Press and hold the Shift and Command keys together and drag any handle to temporarily skew.

• Press and hold the Option, Shift, and Command keys together and drag any handle to temporarily adjust perspective.

• When resizing, press and hold the Shift key to constrain proportions. Press and hold the Option key to resize from the center.

Improvements

• Automatically center inserted objects by pressing and holding the Shift key while dropping them into your composition.

• Constrain Proportions will now be enabled for RAW layers by default.

• You can now drag and drop colors from one color well to another.

• Force click layer and slice names to start renaming them.

• Improved zoom performance for compositions with a large number of layers.

• When using the Repair tool, its progress indicator will now appear on the canvas rather than below the toolbar.

• When inserting objects, a progress indicator will now appear on the canvas.

• Display P3 has been promoted to a common profile within the color profile list.

Fixes

• When pasting shapes with masks, masks would sometimes be copied incorrectly. Fixed.

• Layers would sometimes flicker when erasing any areas around their edges. Fixed.

• On rare occasions, the Erase tool would stop erasing. Fixed.

• When using the Clone tool, the source indicator would remain visible on RAW layers. Fixed.

• A partially transparent outline of the Open dialog would sometimes remain visible after opening images. Fixed.

• Cropping using custom aspect ratio presets would sometimes be imprecise. Fixed.

• Original Pixelmator documents with non-standard color profiles would be opening with shifted colors. Fixed.

• When creating a selection with multiple layers and using certain nondestructive tools, the Deselect command would not work correctly. Fixed.

• When opening Photoshop documents, PPI settings would not be correctly preserved. Fixed.

• When resizing layer groups with certain effects applied, layers could disappear at specific scales. Fixed.

Pixelmator Pro 1.3.4 is available today from the Mac App Store as a free update for existing users or for $39.99 (USD) for new customers.

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