Pixelmator Classic is an award-winning and beloved Mac app, first released in 2007. It has now been superseded by Pixelmator Pro, another award-winning and beloved Mac app created by the Pixelmator Team.

Although Pixelmator Classic will continue receiving occasional updates, it is no longer in active development and Pixelmator Pro is our latest and greatest Mac image editor. If you're on the lookout for a powerful and easy-to-use image editor, do check it out!

What’s New

Version 3.9.9

Pixelmator Classic 3.9.9 adds a few small fixes.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
401 Ratings

401 Ratings

Aviris ,

Been great the past 4 years - ready to move on to Pro

I bought Pixelmator years ago (2015) and it is a good product based on what I've seen and my daughter's experience. Not sure I can put other products in here, so let's just say I use products from the big A company, but needed something to use on personal and family machines.

Pixelmator is great for the majority of imagery tasks the majority of people need to do. I was too impatient to learn a new interface and so have stuck with the software that rhymes with Hobo Hop.

I saw a link over on MacStories to Pixelmator Pro and thought "That looks much better than what I have." And it appears to be. But never has my version of Pixelmator said "Hey - there is a new version! Go try it out!" etc.

I see now that there is an "upgrade bundle" which saves you a few bucks on Pro if you already have Pixelmator. That's great, but you have to visit the software page to see that. So - I suggest some sort of prompt if possilbe when updating it from the App Store "Updates" tab.

Neumahn ,

Even buggier than befpre

This software is nice but buggy. For example, if you past a new layer image and adjust its opacity then rotate and resize it, it will all of a sudden return to the normal size when you try to readjust the opacity. It is really annoying. Another issue is pasting initial images. For some reason the program adds a big white space at the top of new images. Another issue is if paste a new image then crop it then copy and past it into another image, you don't get the crop, you get the whole image again even though it was cropped before being copied. I cannot recommend this software until they fix it.

Now most of the tools for doing sharpening are not completely broken. If you try and sharpen a layer it works until you clock OK then the layer completely vanishes. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the program to no avail. I am very disappointed. I also have the Pixelmator Pro software but find the user interface to be far inferior to the classic. Please fix this!

Red Grange ,

Lacks some essentials

I like to create artwork rom scratch and have all of the major programs (like Phosotshop, Illustrator, Painter, Sketchbook Pro and Pixelmator). I like the simplicity of the Pixelmator interface (unlike the unintuitive and exhaustive Photoshop user interface), but Pixelmator lacks 2 VERY essential tools: a decent airbrush tool and a way to create a mask (frisket) to airbrush into “clean areas” (think traditional airbrush work using cut frisket film). Photoshop makes this cumbersome and while Sketchbook Pro is perhaps the most natural and “lifelike” product to use, it also lacks a way to create a “frisket” or mask (Painter was once a decent program but has gone the route of Photoshop and has so many features it requires classes to use). Pixelmator has promise, but needs to add these essential features. I will also say the folks at Pixelmator respond to questions and I am rooting for them to create a new version for artists (and some new tutorials).

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