AMITIAE - Thursday 26 May 2016
Pixelmator Update (3.5): Improved Tools, Several Fixes and a new Photos Extension
By Graham K. Rogers
They handle images in different ways but I would be hard pressed to say which is the best. When Affinity Photo ($49.99) was updated recently, it added several extensions for Apple's Photos app.
Pixelmator ($29.99) was updated earlier today and along with the original Distort extension which was seemed a little short on the types of editing tools really needed, Pixelmator has now added a Retouch extension which adds a good range of additional tools.
The range of extensions now available for users, means that Photos, initially quite weak and watery, has available a wide range of tools, albeit from the different developers who are providing such extensions.
Selecting parts of the image for editing using a brush stroke is now improved with a Quick Selection tool, while a new Magnetic Selection Tool One of the major changes is to the Stroke effect which has now been improved in a number of ways, especially its speed.
Pixelmator showing Magnetic Selection Tool
Pixelmator Extensions in Photos
These effects are similar to what are already available ikn other apps, but that does not detract from their effectiveness or ease of use. Light for example was like a combined dodge and burn tool, depending on the amount I selected, brightening some areas of an image and making others that were a little over-exposed slightly darker.
Pixelmator Extensions in Photos: Clone Tool
All in all this upgrade is a nice piece of work. Pixelmator was already a valuable tool in my editing armoury, but it is now better with its dual use as a standalone app along with its Photos extension.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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