Pixelmator earns a number of recommendations for those who want inexpensive photo-editing software to use on their Mac. Reviewers say the interface fits in well with the Mac aesthetic, and the photo-editing tools are intuitive and easy to use. The software's creators also include a good number of tutorials to assist beginners. The latest version, Pixelmator 2.0, includes a variety of new editing features, such as burn and dodge tools, a pixel brush and red-eye reduction. The software is integrated with Facebook, Flickr and iPhoto, which makes sharing easy. Unlike most photo-editing software, Pixelmator doesn't include any organizational features for browsing, culling or sorting through image libraries.
While you can certainly accomplish some impressive editing tricks, experts say Pixelmator doesn't offer the power or robustness of other photo-editing software. Overall, reviewers say Adobe Photoshop CS6 (*Est. $700) and Adobe Lightroom 4 (*Est. $150) are the way to go for serious photographers, and Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 (*Est. $100) is deemed the best choice for those on a budget. Pixelmator, however, is worth a look if you don't have much to spend.
PCMag.com and Britain's PC Pro both evaluate Pixelmator in balanced reviews. Both sources are quick to point out pros and cons, and an overall rating helps sum up the reviewer's opinion. ArsTechnica.com has a more detailed review, although it doesn't assign a rating.
PCMag.com gives Pixelmator a 4-star rating (out of 5). Jeffrey Wilson says it's a good value, with a nice-looking interface and a wide variety of photo-editing tools.
Review: Pixelmator, Jeffrey L. Wilson, Sept. 7, 2011
2. PC Pro
Pixelmator receives a 5-star rating (out of 6) from PC Pro. "It's perfect for creating imaginative images from your photos," says Jay Stansfield.
Review: Pixelmator Review, Jay Stansfield, March 6, 2012
ArsTechnica.com says Pixelmator 2.0 has improved over previous versions, with new tools and faster processing. "If you've wished for something more powerful than iPhoto but are reluctant to pony up for Photoshop or even it's entry-level Elements cousin, it's worth giving Pixelmator a serious look," says Chris Foresman.
Review: Hands-on: Pixelmator 2.0 Adds Value with "Healing" Tool, Lion Compatibility, Chris Foresman, Oct. 28, 2011