Pixelmator 1.3 "Tempo" beta preview
- Pixelmator 1.3
This is the 1.3 release from Pixelmator. Keep in mind that this is a beta version, so the final version may not look like this. This version is entitled "Tempo" -- what you won't see in this gallery are all the performance improvements (and there are plenty) the team put in for the release.
Most of the tools haven't changed too much -- Pixelmator still works as a fairly straight up image editor. Thanks to the performance changes, editing is faster (especially with large pictures), but most of the tools work the same.
- Magic Eraser
However, there are a few tools that got an overhaul -- the "Magic Eraser" is new, and has to be seen in action to be believed. You click and drag across and area, and as you do, the program slowly selects part of the area according to colors. Here, I've dragged the eraser to form that circle, and you can see how the alpha layer flooded out from that point to fill the red space.
- Magic Selector
While the Magic Eraser will turn whatever you choose into an alpha layer, the improved Magic Wand will simply select that area, leaving you to do whatever you want with it.
- Magic Painter
The Magic Painter tool works the same way -- lay down a color, and then drag out from the click to fill in the space (or draw the mouse back to paint less of the area.
- Magic Painter in action
As you can see, however, the Magic Painter doesn't do very well at leaving in details (it's more of a straight fill). For that you need the other revamped tool in Pixelmator 1.3...
- Choosing a color
... the Replace Color tool. First, you choose a color with the eyedropper (note the fun magnifying glass in the Tools window -- I don't think that's new to 1.3, but it is fun).
- Replace Color window
And then you can bring up the brand new Replace Color window. Note that whenever you bring up a major window like this, the other panes disappear to give you focus. This option can be turned off, but I liked it -- anything that keeps my workspace uncluttered is a plus in my book.
- Replace Color radius
By adjusting the radius bar on the Replace color screen, you can see a black and white selection layer of which colors you're set to replace. Then, once you've selected the layer, you can turn the wheel to move the colors around, and you can see the colors change in the picture in realtime. Very groovy.
- Replace color within selection
Unfortunately, replacing the color of the whole picture didn't produce as good an effect as I liked, so I went back and selected just the bandana, and it turned out a little better. Keep in mind that I'm not great at editing pictures, so it's far from perfect, but Pixelmator's tools worked well for me.
- Selecting the iPhone
Let's do one more thing with this -- I decided to put an app on Steve's iPhone for him. Unfortunately, the Magic Wand (and all of the other Magic tools) don't do so well if there's no color difference, so try as I could, I couldn't get them to select just the app space -- I had to do that by hand.
- Steve is rich!
But with a little cutting and pasting (and a little old-school lasso drawing), I was able to get the picture in there just fine. Wow, Pirate Steve must have found some IPO treasure to afford that app!