In addition to the all-new Image Editing Engine, version 3.0 adds Layer Styles to apply gradients, shadows, reflections and more to individual layers, as well as Liquify Tools, which you can use to reshape individual parts of an image. A wide variety of file types are supported, including layered Photoshop PSD files, making this app a terrific value. There's a free 30-day trial and many excellent tutorials available on the Pixelmator site, www.pixelmator.com.
You can even customize the Tools palette by removing tools you don't use, grouping tools so they're intuitive for you to find, or resizing the palette itself. It's easy to add a removed tool back into the palette or you can reset it to its original configuration with one click in the app's Preference pane.
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