Lithuanian developer Pixelmator has released Pixelmator Pro 3.0 “Muse,” which the company says is a major update to the long-standing Photoshop alternative.
Pixelmator was founded in 2007 by two brothers, Saulius Dailide and Aidas Dailide. Today, the Pixelmator Team says it develops groundbreaking and innovative image editing apps for Mac and iOS.
Pixelmator Pro 3.0 adds new design templates, artificial intelligence-based (AI) template editing, fully customizable mockups, a new Document Colors tool, and more. The editor can now automatically remove backgrounds, upsize low-resolution images, and select image composition and placement intelligently. The updates bring the application more in line to compete with Adobe’s ubiquitous Photoshop.
The update introduces 200 design templates, which the company says enables absolutely anyone the capability to create stunning visuals in moments. 200 is a lot to start with, and the company says it plans to add more over time.
“Pixelmator Pro is designed from the ground up for ease of use and templates are no different, so they can be personalized using simple on-canvas controls,” the company says. “Every template also includes a range of built-in effects, illustrations, shapes, and more, that let you transform the look of a template with just a few clicks.”
The update also brings AI-based template editing, using state-of-the-art machine learning that it says speeds up template editing.
“When replacing placeholder content, it can automatically remove backgrounds, increase the resolution of low‑res images, and choose optimal placement and composition,” the company says. “Machine learning features are powered by Core ML for blazingly fast performance on the latest Apple silicon Macs, which feature the Neural Engine for accelerating ML tasks.”
Pixelmator Pro 3.0 also brings new Document Colors, enabling users to try out different color palettes, create their own, or customize existing ones.
Finally, the update brings what Pixelmator describes as fully-customizable, ultra-premium design mockups, which it says allow users to place designs created in any app into documents and adjust lighting and effects with ease. The company says the mockups are adjusted with “simple on-canvas controls, so it takes just a few clicks to completely change their look and feel.”
Pixelmator Pro 3.0 “Muse” is free for existing users of Pixelmator Pro and $39.99 for new customers.
Pixelmator will run on macOS Big Sur or later and the team says they have optimized the machine learning for extremely fast performance on Apple silicon Macs that feature the company’s Neural Engine.