Does this budget Photoshop alternative hit the mark?

If Adobe's big hitter is beyond your budget, Pixelmator is cheaper - but is it as good?

Our Verdict

A great alternative to Photoshop, with a rather friendly pricetag.


  • £23 (Mac), £4 (iPad)
  • Over 40 tools
  • 13 colour-correction tools
  • More than 100 effects
  • Advanced brush settings and Photoshop brush support


  • Apple exclusive (sorry Android and Windows users)
  • No CMYK colour space
  • No adjustment layers

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Photoshop creators Adobe must be positively blushing. Boot up Pixelmator and it looks very familiar, with a slate-grey colour scheme, and floating tool menus, palettes and effects. Drill down through the menus and you'll see familiar commands such as Transform and Stroke. Regular users of Adobe's software will feel right at home here, and it even supports Photoshop's prevalent PSD file format for those looking to jump ship.

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The Verdict

out of 10


A great alternative to Photoshop, with a rather friendly pricetag.

Beren Neale
Ecom Editor

Beren has worked on creative titles at Future Publishing for over 13 years. Cutting his teeth as Staff Writer on the digital art magazine ImagineFX, he moved on to edit several creative titles, and is currently the Ecommerce Editor on the most effective creative website in the world. When he's not testing and reviewing the best ergonomic office chairs, phones, laptops, TVs, monitors and various types of storage, he can be found finding and comparing the best deals on the tech that creatives value the most.