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Up and Running with Pixelmator

with Richard Harrington

Video: Welcome

Learn how to get up and running with Pixelmator, a full-featured image-editing tool for the Mac.
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  1. 5m 13s
    1. Welcome
      2m 57s
    2. What you should know before watching the course
      1m 30s
    3. How to use the exercise files
  2. 23m 7s
    1. Opening or creating a document
      4m 8s
    2. Opening an image or raw file
      1m 10s
    3. Using the photo browser
      6m 35s
    4. Navigating the work area
      6m 15s
    5. Saving your work
      4m 59s
  3. 26m 8s
    1. Selecting and modifying a tool
      2m 54s
    2. The basic tools
      3m 19s
    3. The selection tools
      5m 31s
    4. The painting tools
      5m 15s
    5. The retouching tools
      3m 51s
    6. The shape tools
      3m 13s
    7. Customizing the tools palette
      2m 5s
  4. 19m 28s
    1. The role of selections
      2m 2s
    2. Selecting an area based on color
      3m 37s
    3. Using selection tools
      5m 26s
    4. Refining a selection
      1m 35s
    5. Working in Quick Mask mode
      6m 48s
  5. 25m 33s
    1. Why use layers?
      3m 42s
    2. Cropping an image
      2m 4s
    3. Creating new and duplicate layers
      7m 4s
    4. Adding layer and clipping masks
      3m 44s
    5. Arranging, grouping, and merging layers
      5m 33s
    6. Transforming and blending layers
      3m 26s
  6. 18m 13s
    1. Adding and editing text
      1m 54s
    2. Checking for errors
      3m 29s
    3. Resizing and positioning text
      4m 33s
    4. Formatting and stylizing text
      8m 17s
  7. 14m 15s
    1. Painting with Pencil, Brush, or Pixel tools
      3m 39s
    2. Erasing with the Eraser tool
      1m 32s
    3. Filling with the Paint Bucket tool
      1m 18s
    4. Designing with the Gradient tool
      3m 23s
    5. Choose colors with the Eyedropper tool
      4m 23s
  8. 21m 27s
    1. Cloning parts of photos
      2m 3s
    2. Remove blemishes in a photo
      1m 49s
    3. Blur or sharpen areas of an image
      2m 56s
    4. Darken or lighten areas of an image
      2m 2s
    5. Saturate or desaturate areas of an image
      2m 39s
    6. Selectively transforming an image with liquify tools
      3m 29s
    7. Remove red-eye in a photo
      6m 29s
  9. 12m 50s
    1. Drawing with shapes
      4m 25s
    2. Transforming shapes
      3m 46s
    3. Enhancing the appearance of shapes
      1m 44s
    4. Creating custom shapes
      2m 55s
  10. 27m 55s
    1. Blurring images
      4m 48s
    2. Adjusting color and exposure
      1m 58s
    3. Sharpening images
      3m 9s
    4. Distorting objects and images
      2m 8s
    5. Creating tiled patterns
      3m 37s
    6. Stylizing objects and images
      3m 46s
    7. Applying half-tone effects
      3m 9s
    8. Generating objects or patterns
      5m 20s
  11. 18m 18s
    1. Duplicating a file
      1m 39s
    2. Exporting common file types
      4m 39s
    3. Saving to iCloud
      1m 10s
    4. Printing
      3m 11s
    5. Saving for the web
      1m 4s
    6. Sharing to social media sites
      2m 42s
    7. Ordering prints
      3m 53s
  12. 33s
    1. Goodbye

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Up and Running with Pixelmator
Video duration: 0s 3h 33m Beginner


Pixelmator is a full-featured image-editing tool for the Mac. It can enhance and repair images, but Pixelmator also offers a rich suite of design tools and support for Adobe file formats, so you can easily collaborate with other creatives. In this course, Rich Harrington covers the complete Pixelmator workflow, including making accurate selections, performing target image adjustments, designing with text and shapes, retouching, masking, and making complex designs quickly with other effects . Once your project is finished, you'll learn how to export files in several popular formats for sharing and using in other web and design software packages.

Topics include:
  • Working with files
  • Making targeted adjustments with selections
  • Cropping and masking
  • Designing with layers
  • Working with text, painting, and the shape tools
  • Retouching an image
  • Enhancing and stylizing images or objects
  • Outputting specific files and creating graphics for other applications
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Hi, my name's Rich Harrington and welcome to this course on Pixelmator. Pixelmator is both a image-editing and drawing tool that can be used to create all sorts of graphical content. Whether you're a photographer or designer, the tool set is very well suited for both. What you'll find inside of Pixelmator is a rich collection of tools and in this course, we're going to explore the complete workflow. First, we'll take a look at working with files. This includes opening files, making new files, as well as how you save those files in an editable format.

We'll also look at which file formats are fully supported and work well inside of Pixelmator. This includes both an 8-bit and 16-bit workflow for richer, truer color. Pixelmator offers several tools and if you've used other image-editing software, you might find many of them very recognizable. The tool set is very robust and it allows you to get all sorts of tasks done, from selections to drawing to cropping. Speaking of selections, most of the advanced image adjustments you're going to do start with selections.

This means accurately selecting a range of color or an area of a photo. Once you have a good selection, you can do things like mask it to add transparency or make a targeted image adjustment. We'll then move into layers, a concept made popular by Adobe Photoshop. Layers let you organize the content as you build, keeping separate items on their own discrete layer. In fact, Pixelmator can even write and read Adobe Photoshop files in the layered format so this might give you some of the functionality you need to collaborate with other professionals.

We'll then explore designing with text using the built-in text functionality. Now, this is a robust text editor, but it relies heavily on OS X's text capabilities. So, if you're not very familiar with the operating systems tools, this might be a bit new. Once that's done, we'll explore retouching, removing blemishes, cloning out distracting areas, erasing things from an image. There's lots of different ways of working with the content and we'll explore all of the essential retouching tools. Once that's done, we'll move on to shapes, drawing things, adding particular graphical content, as well as creating custom shapes.

You can use drawing tools like the Pen tool or take graphic-based content and convert it to a shape as well. We'll also explore some general image adjustments, being able to make photos look their best, whether it's enhancing contrast with a curves adjustment, rolling the hue to remove a distracting color cast, or boosting the overall saturation. Pixelmator contains a rich suite of tools for both correction and enhancing or stylizing images. And once it’s all done, we’ll explore outputting files. Whether you’re saving for the web, getting ready to print, or need to make high quality digital files to exchange with others, Pixelmator offers a wide range of options.

My name's Rich Harrington. Let's begin.

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