For those that are looking to get Adobe Photoshop but without the monthly or yearly cost, there is a great solution in the Mac App Store.
Right now, the third-party alternative Pixelmator Pro is currently selling for 50 percent off, making it just $19.99. This is an excellent deal for those who take photo editing work seriously.
The app works and looks similar to Photoshop and is supported on all current M1 Macs.
Additionally, it was just updated in Version 2.3 that includes new features like an updated Magic Background Eraser.
Here are all of the new updates in Version 2.3:
Pixelmator Pro 2.3 Abracadabra brings AI-powered automatic background removal, automatic subject selection, a Select & Mask tool for making advanced selections, and much more.
Magic Background Eraser
• Use the new Remove Background feature to automatically remove the background from any image with just a click.
• Find this new feature in the Pixelmator Pro toolbar, the Edit menu, by pressing the Shift-Backspace keyboard shortcut, by pressing and holding the Command key when dragging and dropping images into Pixelmator Pro documents, as a Quick Action in the Finder, and when Control-clicking image layers in the Layers sidebar.
• The new Select Subject feature lets you automatically select the subject of any image – also with just a click.
• Note that this feature works especially well on macOS 12 and devices powered by the M1 chip.
Select and Mask Tool
• Thanks to the new Select and Mask tool, you can now make advanced selections of challenging image areas – like hair or fur – with ease.
• In the Select and Mask tool, you’ll find a redesigned Smart Refine feature that turns rough selections into accurate ones automatically.
• When using the Select and Mask tool, you’ll also find a Refine Edge Brush that intelligently makes accurate selections of edge areas.
• To see your selection in more detail, you can try different selection overlays, like On Red, On White, or Black and White.
If you are interested in the sale, make sure you take advantage of it while it is available, as this is a great deal for an app of its caliber.
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