The latest update from the Pixelmator Pro team is version 3.0, which offers a whole new way to create reusable templates for your Pixelmator projects. The update comes with 200 premium design templates and mockups, and the integrated placeholder features allow users to create their own.
The template features allow for specific layer content to be marked as replaceable, adding a little plus button for one-click replacement of one image with another. You can also create a predefined group of alternatives and Pixelmator will present the user of the template with a menu of options to choose from.
Colors used in a Pixelmator document are now centrally located under a new Document Colors button on the toolbar. Simply edit a shared color in that panel to change all references to that color in your project at once.
The app now comes with 200 templates integrated into the new project browser that take advantage of these capabilities. There’s a wide variety of templates included, including poster designs, shareable social media square and portrait formats, and screen mockups with Apple device frames for Mac, iPad Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro. The included templates are of very high quality and grouped by brand, with each template in the group sharing a common design language and theme.
In my testing, creating my own custom template was fairly straightforward, although I encountered some layout errors: replacing an image larger than the canvas would cause it to automatically center itself and therefore misalign in the template (Pixelmator Pro team said, that a bug fix is in the works to resolve this). I also couldn’t find a way to add a custom template to the template gallery in the app for easy retrieval later.
The new Pixelmator Pro templates are available as part of a free update in the Mac App Store launching today. For new customers, Pixelmator Pro is priced at $39.99. Get more information on the developer’s website.
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