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Image Manipulation for the Masses By Michael Smith
Pixelmator is a shareware graphics application that is described as: "Image editing for the rest of us." Targeted at people who like many of the capabilities that Photoshop provides, but don't need the price tag of Adobe's software.

While Pixelmator can't do everything that Photoshop can, there are a lot of things that it can do, at a more affordable price. Upon lauching Pixelmater, you are presented with a very nicely laid out, transparent interface. On the left side your have the Tool pallete, which contains a lot of the same tools, you would find in Photoshop, i.e. paintbrush, lasso selection tool, crop, magic wand, clone stamp tool etc.

The one thing I do like that it does is when you select a tool, the tools becomes a little bit larger. There's nothing wrong with the way other programs feature the selected tool, but I think this helps the tool stand out more.

Next is the Tool Options, here you can change various settings that are available for which tool you have selected.

On the right, you have the Layers:



All of these can be moved around very easily, by clicking on them and dragging it, to where you want it to be. Up in the menu bar, you will find all the usual menus and tools that you would find in a graphics editing app. Though, with the Filters tab, you will find a few more in there than you would in say Photoshop.  Because I have Final Cut Studio on my Mac, Pixelmator also has listed all the filter I have from there.

One features that is hidden, (go to the windows menu, and select Photobrowser), is the ability to browse all your photos and select them without having to go into iPhoto.

Once I got Pixelmater installed, I looked forward to trying it with the Bamboo tablet from Wacom.

It's been a while since I've used a tablet in a graphics program, and after getting used to how the tablet responds to the amount of pressure you put on the pen on the tablet with the stylus, I started producing some interesting doodles, just random doodles, but it was certianly a lot easier than trying to doodle with just a mouse.

Overall, this is a great graphics application, and for the $59 price. . . a definite worthwhile purchase.  Find out for yourself by going to their website at

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Michael Smith is a student at the University of Derby / Devonshire Road. Currently living in Buxton Derbyshire, England, Michael works on several aspects of digital video projects using a Mac. In addition to Apple's hardware and software, Michael relies on a Canon MVX250i camcorder, a Behringer mixing board and a variety of microphones. Michael is also a featured writer and part of the NinjaCrayon community.
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