But, good image editors are usually unavailable for hobbyists and amateur photography enthusiasts, due to very high prices and rather complicated user interfaces, which are not too friendly with beginners.
Layer-based image manipulation for increased quality
Pixelitor enables you to obtain comparable results, but from a more user-friendly environment. To properly manipulate the color and contrast attributes of an image, multiple layers have to be used, each one containing specific adjustments and the right type of blending. You can use as many of them as you want on your image and you can give them custom names to remember exactly what each one does.
You can choose from the standard blending modes, such as darken, multiply or overlay and you can also set the opacity level for each one. The layers can also be merged or duplicated, as well as created from various selections. The major disadvantage regarding the layers is that they cannot be saved once you finish editing your image and they are discarded after the picture is exported to your computer.
In-depth color adjustment and a wide array of filters
When it comes to color adjustment, Pixelitor manages to deliver an impressive amount of options. From hue and saturation levels, color balance and brightness, all the way to channel extracting and gradient maps, the application is capable of enhancing your photos in a wide variety of ways.
The same is true for the available effects and filters that can be applied on the images. You can distort it using water ripple and magnify effects, add various blur types, including gaussian and box, as well as reduce the noise levels. Every filter can be separately adjusted and customized using sliders and various settings to achieve the desired results.
The possibilities offered by Pixelitor are almost endless, thanks to the comprehensive amount of tools bundled into it. Even more impressive is the fact that it occupies just a few megabytes of space on your hard disk and it can be used as a portable application as well.
There are only a few things that bring Pixelitor down, including the fact that it cannot save the layer format and you have to take it from the top every time you open a new image, but overall, the application is an all-around good choice for any photography enthusiast out there.
Reviewed by Alexandru Dulcianu, last updated on November 24th, 2014
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- Pixelitor can now open and save files in the OpenRaster format - layered images can be transferred to/from other editors such as Gimp, Krita, Paint.net, etc.
- Animated GIF export (the frames of the animation are based on the layers)
- Performance improvements and new "Reseed" button for the "Crystallize", "Pointillize", "Cells" filters
- New "Sepia" filter (contributed by Daniel Wreczycki)
Application descriptionPixelitor is an application that enables you to enhance your images by using filters, contrast adjustments and various...