I don’t do a great deal of work with images, but when I need something a little more beyond what iPhoto or Aperture can offer, or if I need to make something from scratch, I turn to Pixelmator.
I’ve been using Pixelmator for a few years, and it has always been a better experience than that other pixel-pushing tool from Adobe.
Today, Pixelmator 2.1 Cherry was released, making an already easy to use image editor even easier. It’s ready for both Mountain Lion and the Retina display, includes iCloud document storage support, and features a new effects browser and alignment guides.
Effects always intimidated me because they resided by name only in a menu. I didn’t know what each one did. With the new effects browser I can see what an effect will do before I apply it.
As for alignment guides, this is something I have wanted for a while. Now it is super easy to center or align objects in an image amongst each other. This makes Pixelmator a precision tool.
The Pixelmator team has some great walkthroughs of the new features on their site.
The best part of Pixelmator is the price. It’s just
$29.99 $14.99 on the Mac App Store.