Pixelmator Pro adds advanced background removal and subject selection with today’s 2.3 update. Using machine learning and artificial intelligence, Pixelmator users can separate the foreground from its background with a single click.
The Remove Background command automatically detects the subject and deletes the background. Version 2.3 also includes more fine-grained AI-enhanced options if you need more manual control.
To remove a background from an image in the new Pixelmator, simply press the button and it will find out the rest. In addition to using machine learning for precise cutouts, Pixelmator has a final step called ‘Decontaminate Colors’ to help refine the colors at the edges of objects. This step removes color border artifacts (traces of the previous background that appear) and helps integrate the superimposed layer much more realistically with a replaced background.
Of course, removal of the background is accelerated using Apple’s Core ML framework, which means it can take advantage of the neural engine found in Apple Silicon chips. A background removal on an Intel machine may take about 30 seconds, while on an M1 computer it will be in the range of 2-5 seconds.
Remote Background is also exposed through AppleScript and as a shortcut action.
If you want something more manual, you can ask Pixelmator to select only the item and then fine-tune the selection using the usual palette of selection tools. They are also introducing a new Select and Mask tool to help make accurate selections of traditionally difficult areas such as human hair or animal fur.
As always, Pixelmator Pro is available exclusively through the Mac App Store. Update for free to the latest version to try out the new features. For new buyers, the app is currently for sale – 50% off for a limited time.
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