The tool palette is very similar to that of Photoshop, including tools to make selections, burn and dodge, crop, clone and more. Hover over a tool icon to see its name and shortcut key.
When a tool is selected, its icon enlarges, and the tool options appear here.
The new Healing Brush with Content-Aware Fill can remove blemishes or unwanted objects simply by clicking and dragging over the area. Pixelmator analyzes the surrounding pixels and intelligently replaces the blemish.
A Photo Browser gives you quick access to images stored in your iPhoto or Aperture libraries, if you use one of those apps for photo management.
The Magic Wand Tool, used to make selections, is uniquely easy to use. Start by clicking on the area you want to select, then drag to increase or decrease the selection tolerance. A color overlay lets you see which areas will be selected when you release the mouse.
The Layers palette is where you manage your layers and can control layer properties like blending mode and opacity.
Pixelmator includes over 150 filters, with a selection similar to those found in Photoshop, including frequently used filters like Unsharp Mask and Noise Reduction.
The interface is extremely clean and simple, without distractions so you can better focus on the image. Pixelmator also supports OS X Lion’s full-screen mode.