Pixelmator Pro 1.2 upgrade adds macOS Mojave support, Core ML-based photo enhancement tool...

in Mac Software edited October 2018
Pixelmator Pro has been updated to version 1.2, with the image editing suite now fully supporting macOS Mojave and introducing a new machine learning-based enhancement feature that can automatically tweak the color in user's photographs.

The macOS Mojave optimizations in Pixelmator Pro 1.2 Quicksilver takes advantage of the new functionality in Apple's operating system, including five batch processing options for the Automator app. Users can now automatically correct the white balance, enhance, adjust colors, apply effects, and change the file type of images, all from the easily-accessible Quick Actions.

There is also the opportunity for users to create their own Pixelmator Pro Quick Actions, which can be performed on images without needing to fully open the application.

Support for the Continuity Camera enables users to quickly add photographs to a composition, taken by a nearby iOS device and transferred to the Mac without any further user actions. A new light theme accompanies the updated dark theme, allowing the application to fit in better with Mojave's light and dark modes, with Pixelmator Pro now able to automatically switch between them to match the Mac's setting.

The new ML Enhance feature uses the Core ML framework to allow automated changes to the way an image appears, enhancing the photographs based on training analyzing 20 million professional images. The result is a 200-layer-deep neural network capable of tweaking the image to bring it in line with images from its training, which can be used as a starting point for the user's own alterations.

Auto Enhance has a total of 37 different color adjustment sliders that covers the exposure, contrast, white balance, and individual color ranges, options the user can change themselves or allow Pixelmator to manage itself.

The release also introduces support for SVG Fonts, which can allow for individual characters to be customized with multiple colors, shades, textures, and transparency.

Pixelmator Pro 1.2 is available to download now from the App Store at a 50-percent discount for $29.99. Existing Pixelmator Pro users will receive the update at no charge.


  • Reply 1 of 5
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,456member
    What both Affinity Photo and Pixelmator / Pixelmator Pro all lack is the higher end mesh options found in Photoshop.  Puppet Warp and Facial Editing come to mind.  I wish they'd add these types of features.

    I was pleased to see both Pixelmator and Affinity Photo can both 'open for Edit' a .psd files with layers that have been stored in Apple Photos and retain the layers.  Using Apple Photos to make multiple non-system Libraries is an excellent alternative to LightRoom.  So far I find Photoshop flattens any opened file when 'opened for Edit' maybe I am missing something.
    edited October 2018
  • Reply 2 of 5
    rob53rob53 Posts: 2,105member
    The 1.2 update is on the App Store but hasn't shown up as an update on existing installs. I thought AI confirmed updates were available before discussing them.  ;)
  • Reply 3 of 5
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    Having a bunch of Finder plugins to do special effects on images would be cool.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    rob53rob53 Posts: 2,105member
    App Store update just showed up.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    tmaytmay Posts: 3,982member
    rob53 said:
    App Store update just showed up.
    Mine finally uploaded about 5:00 P.M. PST.

    I'll play with it later, but it looks like an impressive update.
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