June 23, 2024
Pixelmator Pro 3.6 Introduces New AI and Vector Masking Tools [Video]

Pixelmator Pro 3.6 Introduces New AI and Vector Masking Tools [Video]

Posted May 23, 2024 at 4:16pm by iClarified
Pixelmator Pro 3.6 has been released for Mac, bringing new masking capabilities, including AI-powered background masks, support for vector masks, new on-canvas mask controls, and much more.

Masking in Pixelmator Pro 3.6 has been reengineered from the ground up to offer quicker and more convenient ways to add and refine masks. For example, you can now instantly mask a layer or create a mask from a selection by simply double-clicking it on the canvas using the Arrange tool. You can then effortlessly resize and reposition the mask, or even adjust its corners, making tasks like rounding image corners or cropping individual layers in multi-layer compositions much faster and easier.

Pixelmator has introduced new on-canvas controls that appear at the bottom of the screen whenever you select or create mask for quick adjustments. There's also support for multiple masks and blend modes to combine them. The new AI-powered Hide Background feature lets you nondestructively remove backgrounds with a single click. It uses intelligent subject detection to automatically finds the subject in an image and add a precise background mask to hide everything else.

Check out the full changelog below for more details...

What's New In This Version:
Pixelmator Pro 3.6 introduces powerful new masking features, including the ability to add masks with a double-click, an AI-powered background masking feature, intuitive on-canvas controls, vector mask support, and a whole lot more.

All-New Masking Experience
• Enjoy faster and easier ways to work with masks, thanks to the new and improved masking framework.
• Easily add masks by simply double-clicking a layer or selection.
• Conveniently access all mask editing tools right on your screen with the new, intuitive on-canvas controls.
• Instantly hide backgrounds behind subjects with the power of AI.
• Use the new vector masks to quickly shape layers and easily create gradient masks.

Pixelmator Pro 3.6 Introduces New AI and Vector Masking Tools [Video]

On-Canvas Mask Controls
• Whenever you select or create a new mask, access all mask editing and refining features directly at the bottom of the canvas.
• Quickly perform basic mask editing tasks, such as inverting, copying, pasting, or adding new masks, or use advanced features to refine mask transparency or edge softness.
• The on-canvas controls seamlessly switch between bitmap and vector mask editing modes, allowing you to paint on bitmap masks with brushes and quickly access the Shapes browser to swap between different vector shapes.

AI Background Masking
• Easily hide the background of a subject in an image with a precise background mask using the powerful AI-powered Hide Background feature.
• The smart Hide Background algorithm automatically detects a subject and hides the background, carefully preserving fine details like hair or fur.
• Turn on Hide Background from the new Mask menu at the top of the layers sidebar or choose Format > Mask > Hide Background from the menu bar.
• Reveal or hide additional areas of the background mask at any time using the handy Paint and Erase brushes at the bottom of the screen.

Pixelmator Pro 3.6 Introduces New AI and Vector Masking Tools [Video]

Vector Mask Support
• Enjoy the speed and flexibility of working with vector masks to nondestructively hide or reveal layers using vector shapes.
• Quickly mask image or video layers, or convert selections into vector masks, by simply double-clicking them with the Arrange tool selected. Hold the Option key to add an inverted mask.
• Add specific vector mask shapes by choosing them from the Mask menu or freely draw masks directly on the canvas using the Pen or Freeform Pen tools.
• Create vector masks from existing shape layers by Command-dragging them onto the layers you want to mask. If the shape has a gradient style applied, a gradient mask will be created.
• Quickly switch between solid color and gradient masks at any time while editing, and adjust gradient settings like type, angle, or direction in the mask settings at the bottom of the screen.
• Make vector masks editable by double-clicking the mask or pressing the Return key on your keyboard.
• Adjust the individual points of vector masks just like you would when editing regular shapes, by deleting, moving points, dividing, or joining paths, and more.
• Export vector masks while preserving vector paths to multiple file formats, including PDF, PSD, SVG, Adobe Illustrator, Illustrator EPS, and Motion.

Pixelmator Pro 3.6 Introduces New AI and Vector Masking Tools [Video]

Other Mask Improvements
• Add multiple masks to a single layer and combine them to create complex multi-shape masks.
• Adjust the opacity, edge softness, and transparency of masks using the new mask settings at the bottom of the screen.
• Easily control how masks appear together by combining, subtracting, or intersecting them using mask blend modes.
• Use the new Paint and Erase brushes to edit bitmap masks, without the need to switch between black and white brushes.
• When painting, use the keyboard shortcut E to switch to erase mode or B to switch back to painting. Hold the Option key to temporarily switch between painting and erasing.
• Adjust the brush size, softness, and opacity in the brush settings at the bottom of the screen.

You can purchase Pixelmator Pro from the App Store for $49.99.

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