“Packed with incredible features, Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone delivers the most empowering image editing experience Pixelmator fans have ever had,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. “Redeveloped from the ground up Repair Tool, 16-bits per channel support and Lock Layers feature make Pixelmator an excellent image editor that is just as fun and easy-to-use as it is powerful.”
Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone features an all-new Repair Tool. Redeveloped from the inside-out, the new Repair Tool is built on breakthrough technologies that enable removing unwanted objects or image imperfections with an unsurpassed level of quality and precision. It now has three options: Quick, Standard, and Advanced repairs. These options are the combinations of sophisticated repairing algorithms aimed at achieving the best results when removing small or large objects from smooth and complicated backgrounds—all while using four times less memory than its predecessor.
Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone brings 16-bits per channel support to the Mac. With 16-bits per channel support, you have more color data to work with and greatly reduce the risk of color banding. This means that you can make advanced color adjustments to an image while keeping its color rich and vibrant.
Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone makes it even easier to work with large and complex compositions by bringing the new and long-anticipated Lock Layers feature. Now you can simply lock certain layers to protect their content from any further changes so that you can freely edit the rest of your composition.
Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone also includes a new Convert Selection into Shape option that lets you quickly and easily create all kinds of shapes from any selection, a number of improvements, user interface enhancements, and fixes related to stability and reliability.
Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone Release Notes
• All-new Repair Tool: Redeveloped from the inside out, the new Repair Tool is built on breakthrough technology that enables removing unwanted objects or image imperfections with an unsurpassed level of quality and precision.
• 16-bits per channel support: 16-bits per channel support offers the flexibility to make color adjustments that go to extreme lengths while keeping the image color rich and vibrant. Read more here.
• Lock Layers: When creating large and complex compositions, layer locking makes it easy to protect layer content from any further changes so that you can freely edit the rest of your composition.
• Convert Selection into Shape: A handy new feature that lets you quickly and easily create all kinds of shapes from any selection.
User Interface Improvements and Fixes
• New Repair Tool options available in the Tool Options bar via Action pop-up menu:
• Quick – To remove small objects like dust, blemishes and others.
• Standard – To remove larger image areas in a clear background.
• Advanced – To remove larger image areas with more complicated background.
• The new Diameter slider for the Repair Tool in the Tool Options bar makes it easier to change the brush tip size.
• A new Color Depth dialog to convert images to 16-bits or 8-bits per channel color depth is available from the Image menu.
• A new option to display bits per channel information in the Info Bar is available via the shortcut menu (Control-click the Info Bar).
• Keyboard shortcut “/” is now assigned to the lock layers feature instead of locking layer transparency.
• Fixed Tools palette animations that appear when it’s being customized.
• The Welcome window no longer appears with other palettes.
• The Info Bar now updates correctly after restoring an image to its previous version.
• Fixed an issue where images containing text layers with a gradient fill style would open with an incorrect gradient handle position.
• The Opacity setting is now shown correctly in both the Tool Options bar and the Layers palette when several layers with different opacities are selected.
• Fixed an issue where the FX icon sometimes would disappear from the Layers palette.
• Fixed an issue in which the shape mode radio buttons were active when not intended to be.
Other Improvements and Fixes
• Improved the performance of the Stroke and Fill layer styles.
• You can now select layers that are visible through the empty areas of the shape.
• You can now load a selection on a shape layer with a clipping mask.
• The shape anchor points are no longer visible when using other tools.
• The layer settings no longer change to the default when the document is imported by dragging it into the canvas or layers palette.
• Image layers no longer disappear when moving a selection.
• Resolved an issue where shape layers were shown incorrectly after opening an image.
• Image compositions that contain grouped layers are no longer incorrectly opened.
• Resolved an issue where the Refine Selection tool would change the selection size incorrectly.
• When choosing the redo action, the Convert to Pixelmator document dialog now appears in situations where it should.
• Colored text no longer becomes a single color within a text box in certain situations.
• Fixed an issue where the Acknowledgments window would change the color of the active color well.
• Fixed an issue that caused the inability to export certain files to JPG file format.
• Fixed an issue caused by Exif data that led to an incorrect image rotation after export.
• Fixed an issue where certain XMP data caused the inability to export images.
• Resolved an issue where it was not possible to export layers if the layer style was removed before exporting.
• Resolved an issue where shape compositions would paste incorrectly.
• Resolved an issue where layers were shown incorrectly after reverting an image to its last saved version.
• Resolved several issues where shape layers would disappear after using the Crop Tool.
• Addressed an issue that sometimes would cause graphical corruptions when moving shapes.
• Working with WebP file format no longer causes graphical corruptions.
• Reduced the number of Sandbox entitlements, which means that Pixelmator now adheres to sandboxing rulers more strictly.
• Replaced the deprecated QuickTime framework with an AV foundation that now improves FaceTime camera capturing in Pixelmator.
• Removed garbage collection support for Automator actions.
Stability and reliability
Fixes related to stability and reliability, including the issues that could cause Pixelmator to quit unexpectedly in these situations:
• When working with the Red Eye Tool or Paint Selection Tool on small images
• When opening Pixelmator images with many shape layers
• When moving a selection in a Quick Mask Mode
• When moving a document window from the retina to external display
• When transforming grouped layers
• When moving a complex shape with a dotted outside stroke