Feiten. Anders bekeken.

Pixelmator, the Photoshop alternative

Geschreven door  op in Review, The Mobile Life.
The Pixelmator Interface
The Pixelmator Interface

A friend of mine recently told me, ‘I spent the full lot on Adobe Photoshop, and I don’t need anything else. When that one outdates, I don’t want to pay rent for something I used to own’. After I told him my arguments I said before in our Adobe CC review, we agreed to disagree, and continued working.

However, it kept me thinking, what if you want to quit Adobe. Of course you have GIMP, but while many Linux fans love it, I can’t seem to work with it. I’m an Adobe user since I was 12, so I never bothered with alternatives. However, these days, there is a gorgeous Mac alternative: Pixelmator.

I’m sure that the fine people at the Pixelmator Team find their product is not just a copy of Photoshop, but a full fledged image editor on their self. However, for the sake of this review I will be comparing the two.

Available in the Mac App Store for $14.99, Pixelmator aims to offer almost everything Photoshop has, and beyond. Winner of the Apple Design Award AND the Best of Mac App Store, this app is sure to please the eye. With a gorgeous retina-ready interface, full of easy floating panels, great 3D icons, and an effect browser that shows you what to do, it is ready for you to play, or work. Whatever it is that you do on Photoshop, or in this case: Pixelmator. 

The interface itself is filled with little fun details, like floating windows that are connected with a string, search fields in filters and more. These things, aimed at beginners, also makes it easy for seasoned Photoshop users to find their way. The same with keyboard shortcuts, which mostly remain the same. 

One of the great features of Pixelmator are the effects, whom out-do Photoshop in several ways. One of the biggest features are dirtying up your pictures in a quick and easy way. Which is of course very popular these days with photographers and camera owners (there is a difference), who hark back to the old days of bodged film, scratched negatives, and broken lenses. An included Vintage filter adds many options for discoloration, and a great Light-Leak filter makes it all even easier and faster.

 

Picture edited with Pixelmator. Taken in Shanghai, China. © KVDS
Picture edited with Pixelmator. Taken in Shanghai, China. © KVDS

Also interesting is the addition of Shapes. Calling it Vectormator, it is already included in every up-to-date copy of Pixelmator, and with a few clicks, your pixel based app is also ready for vector art. However, don’t expect to take over Illustrator work to with this application. (If you do look at the updates the Pixelmator team is pushing out, I take that wouldn’t take too long tough.) 

Some things are different of course, and switching to a completely new app requires time and training. Saving is also different, replacing Photoshops propriety PSD with its own .PXM file extension. The application does offer support to open layered PSD files. It also can open RAW files, but will not have a special RAW editor available. 

If you want to own a rather cheap in price, but very well built application that will take care of most of your Photoshop work, check out Pixelmator!

A free trial version of Pixelmator can be found on their website. If you are convinced, Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry is available at the Mac App Store for $14.99.

 

Picture edited with Pixelmator. Taken at Ockxfest, Hasselt. © KVDS
Picture edited with Pixelmator. Taken at Ockxfest, Hasselt. © KVDS
Ook interessant

Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6

28/04/2015

28/04/2015

<p>Lightroom is my bread and butter. Bringing it home to CC with some great improvements, it just created an even more powerful tool for me. </p>

Where are your files? 

24/05/2016

24/05/2016

Where are your files? What if your hard drive fails? Backups … It’s one of the most un-sexy topics out...

I just binged House Of Cards

27/02/2015

27/02/2015

<p>Three days, three seasons of House Of Cards. </p>

Qustomer en CityLife samen sterk als Joyn

06/10/2016

06/10/2016

Je kent het wel, dat stapeltje klantenkaarten in je portefeuille … Voor de vakantie flikker je die er even uit...

Creative Cloud, Photoshop 13.1 & Illustrator 16.2.1

11/12/2012

11/12/2012

<p>​Adobe Photoshop gets a major mid-release update. Why? Creative Cloud! </p>

Adobe brengt Photoshop naar iPad en meer op MAX

07/11/2019

07/11/2019

Elk jaar is het uitkijken naar Adobe MAX, de jaarlijkse creativiteitshoogmis van Adobe. Een kort overzicht naar de grootste nieuwigheden:...

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DC HSM

30/11/2015

30/11/2015

Sigma, just the name alone used to give a weary smile of the low-budget photographer. Lenses with dubious build-quality, soft...

Finding Dory (2016)

10/06/2016

10/06/2016

(This review is spoiler free) Finding Nemo might be one of the most beloved Pixar movies out there. Every time...

Adobe introduces new Elements.

03/10/2013

03/10/2013

<p>Adobe, worlds leading creative software company introduces new versions of their Elements software. We go hands on. <br></p>

Pentax 645Z

24/07/2015

24/07/2015 1

We take a deep look at the new Pentax 645Z, which is basically a revolution in the medium format photography.

Contigo Grace

20/09/2013

20/09/2013 1

<p>Drinking on the go, in an ecological way. Does Contigo makes it easy, or will it just leave you with a wet backpack. Read on!  </p>

TV is broken

16/09/2014

16/09/2014

<p>Buying a Blu-ray box made me realise just how bad the TV user interface is. </p>

“How are you?”

13/05/2016

13/05/2016

– well … Busy That’s the basic reply these days. A reply I hate to give. Don’t get me wrong,...

Captain America: Civil War

24/04/2016

24/04/2016

I never had a history of American comic book heroes. The closest we got at home to big heroes was...

Tivoli Gardens

07/10/2015

07/10/2015

Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world. Located in Copenhagen, it has not only been one of...

Reageer
Geef een reactie

Het e-mailadres wordt niet gepubliceerd. Vereiste velden zijn gemarkeerd met *

Deze site gebruikt Akismet om spam te verminderen. Bekijk hoe je reactie-gegevens worden verwerkt.