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New superpowers for layers in Pixelmator Pro 2.4


The Pixelmator Pro image editing software is enriched with new functions with its version 2.4 just available on the Mac App Store. The most important is twofold: the update indeed inaugurates two new types of layers, in fact it is quite simply a first in the history of the application.

The layers sidebar has been reworked for the occasion.

The color adjustment layer allows you to modify all the characteristics of a mask from a classic layer that you will have created beforehand. It is possible to change the luminosity, the contrast, the hue, the saturation, to replace colors, to apply effects… In short, something to facilitate the work of editing a part of the image, in a non destructive.

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The effects layer is even more powerful. Before applying a complex effect (which combines transparency and blur, for example), it is usually necessary to choose in which portion of the image it should be applied. The effects layer gives more latitude to the user, since it can land anywhere on the image while maintaining its characteristics. Even better, it is possible to add a color adjustment layer in an effect layer! Here’s what it can be used for:

This version 2.4 also includes a trifle of 200 additional vector shapes classified by categories (sciences, activities, symbols, etc.), as well as a new behavior for the magnifying glass: it zooms back and forth and vice versa by dragging with the mouse or the trackpad.

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Finally, the software accelerates the Core ML machine learning functions on the Mac Studio M1 Ultra: automatic background removal, resizing of images in super resolution or even the calculation of the modifications made to a photo will go up to 1, 7 times faster than on a Mac equipped with an M1 Max.

Pixelmator Pro costs €39.99, but the update is free. Also remember that there is a free 15-day trial demo.

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