I like to dabble in graphics. I’ve created some pretty good pieces in my own estimation, especially considering I can’t draw a straight line with pen and paper. I’ve watched a lot of training by experts like Bert Monroy and Deke McClelland. I’m no pro by any stretch of the imagination but I am far enough along to appreciate pro tools.
Of course, the reigning champion is Photoshop and has been for quite some time. I, like many others, don’t want to pay 3-6 months of car payments for a tool I don’t use to put food on the table. What’s a person to do? I heard David and Katie at the Mac Power Users Podcast talk often about Pixelmator. At under US$30 and a 30-day free trial how could I not try it? They even have an iPad version.
I was immediately shocked at how fully-featured this program was! It has nearly all of the features of the very much more expensive Photoshop. They do take a bit of getting used to if you are coming from a PS background simply because Pixelmator is not a Photoshop wannabe and the controls are different in areas, but it is amazing how much this program does.
They have a new version and did a demo video of how awesome the repair tool is. I watched that and thought “I wonder how the older version does on this same thing?” so I downloaded the image they provided and tried it. Amazingly it was almost as good, only a bit slower (images below). Keep in mind I’m not a pro artist and have little patience for minute details so maybe with the same artist they would look exactly the same. When I was watching the video I thought “They can’t get that right!” but they did, and so did my older version! Once again I underestimated the awesomeness of Pixelmator.
I must say that the only tool I miss from Photoshop is the Brush Engine which allows you to do clever things like make a brush that’s a blade of grass and use the engine to “wiggle” it back and forth or rotate it to make realistic looking art.
There is a little something off because the saturation and brightness of the image they posted is not the same as the retouched one in the video, but for a non-artist I’d say this is pretty close!