The app, which costs $4.99 and requires iOS 8.0 or later, has already garnered rave reviews and offers a wide range of tools covering creating, editing, fixing and enhancing images.
The app offers a number of creative tools for enhancing existing images: frames, collages, text effects, shadows, fills and strokes are all covered. It also comes with full-featured painting tools.
Pixelmator also bundles professional-grade colour correction tools, some accessible with a single tap or swipe. Users gain full control over a wide range of adjustments, including levels, curves, brightness and contrast.
The app also offers photo-retouching tools that make it easy to fix a wide range of problems from dust and blemishes to lighting issues and unwanted blur. Note that the Repair tool requires iPad 4 or later.
Pixelmator also comes loaded with dozens of different effects for quickly transforming photos in a variety of different ways, including Light Leaks, Hue and Saturation, Vintage and various black and white effects.
The app – which is a 120MB download – supports layers, easy selection tools and the ability to cut and paste objects from one part of the image to another. Support for non-destructive layer styles make image editing simple without rendering changes permanently.
To accompany this powerful featureset, Pixelmator can handle a wide range of popular formats, including Photoshop PSD as well as JPEG, PNG and PDF, and supports the new iCloud Drive feature for easy data storage in the cloud. It also supports existing layers in Photoshop images, and the finished products can be sent to the Photos app for sharing with others.
Pixelmator 1.0 for iPad is available now for iPads running iOS 8 or later for $4.99. Some tools, including the Heal tool, require the fourth generation iPad or later.