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Pixelmator Pro 2.1 Launches With New Machine Learning Snipping Tool

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The Pixelmator Pro 2.1 image editor for Mac has been released, including automatic cropping with machine learning, plus quick fill options and a new brushstroke painting feature.

Five weeks since it went on sale at half price, and also teased its upcoming machine learning features, Pixelmator Pro has been updated to version 2.1. The new edition of Imaging App for Mac comes with a range of new and updated features related to leveraging machine learning and also provides users with faster ways to perform common tasks.

The most visible of these is the recently revised Crop tool. This now optionally offers automatic guides showing composition techniques such as the rule of thirds and the golden ratio.

However, even more visible is the automatic cropping. The developers of Pixelmator Pro emphasize that this is not meant to be truly automatic and replace the decisions of a photographer. However, it will offer a cutout that is cleverly based on the current image and all the machine learning benefits of the app.

In practice, users select the Crop tool as usual and can then choose to click a Crop ML button. If they do, Pixelmator Pro crops to update the image automatically.

Users can specify the result to be a crop in a particular ratio, such as 16: 9, and ML Crop respects this. The new Crop tool also introduces the ability to specify sizes, but that doesn’t affect ML composition.

The creators say that this is a tool that will primarily help newer photographers as they learn about image composition. However, it is fast enough and good enough for any user to see what it suggests before deciding to trim for themselves.

Top left: an original image. Bottom left: Crop tool selected. Top Right: How Pixelmator Pro’s ML Suggests Cropping

Pixelmator Pro 2.1 also features a new Quick Fill control. Colors can now be dragged directly onto an object or layer and thus quickly change the color of the image.

A new Brush Stroke feature is also about speed. With it, users can paint a brush stroke that follows selections and shapes.

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