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Right out of the box, an iPad Pro can do plenty—it lets you create doodles, send emails, watch movies, browse the web, check your schedule, and more. But Apple’s premium tablet really shines when you start adding third-party apps to it.
Pixelmator Photo is the photo-centric sister app to Pixelmator on the iPad, and it draws a lot of its editing power from Core ML 2 — iOS’s machine learning arm. Machine learning appears to branch into nearly all the major editing tools in Pixelmator Photo. Built and designed exclusively for iPad. Pixelmator Photo was designed exclusively for iPad, taking full advantage of its large display and 64-bit architecture. It also fully supports great iPadOS features like the trackpad and cursor, Split View, Slide Over, and many others. Pixelmator Pro is the first app, where I even considered using auto-adjustments because it’s quite good. Apart from this, I also love the: ML Match Colours feature This is a life-saver when it comes to taking colour grading inspirations from other awesome photos. Pixelmator for iOS is seeing an update today that adds support for the new iPad Pro display sizes as well as the double-tap gesture for the Apple Pencil.The update also brings a number of bug.
We found the very best apps to supercharge the iPad Pro, taking your essays, art, and music to the next level. These essential downloads prove the power and versatility of Apple’s top tablet.
We could do a whole feature just on digital art apps for the iPad Pro. Out of all of these options, Procreate wins for its breadth of features and intuitive interface. The app offers a wealth of advanced tools—well over 100 different brush and pen types, with more than 50 different customizations available on each one. These help you create some seriously brilliant end results, from basic digital sketches to advanced computer-generated artwork. Despite this multitude of options, Procreate still manages to avoid making its interface cluttered-looking or difficult to access. It really is a pleasure to use.
Procreate costs a one-time fee of $10. But to get the most out of it, you should also invest in an Apple Pencil ($130 from Apple).
Procreate for iOS, $10
Paper helps you scribble digital doodles, with an emphasis on taking notes and making plans rather than creating artwork (though the app can do that too). Like actual paper, it lets you organize everything in a series of customized “notebooks.” In another similarity, the interface is very simple to use: It keeps the workspace as the main focus.
Sign up for a Pro subscription ($8 per month), and you can add cross-device syncing, multiple brush sizes, unlimited color swatches, and more features. While you’re buying, be aware that, like Procreate, Paper benefits from the Apple Pencil accessory.
Paper for iOS, free or $8 per month for a Pro subscription
Pixelmator is a comprehensive image editor for the iPad Pro, and it offers oodles of bonus features, including pixel-by-pixel editing, a vast range of tools, layer support, automatic adjustments, Photoshop compatibility, the ability to drop in text and shapes, and more. Create your own digital artwork from scratch, or make your existing photos look their best: The app can remove blemishes and imperfections from images, clone areas of a picture, blur or sharpen specific regions, and apply a host of color and brightness filters.
This thorough set of options comes with a price tag of $5. Add in an Apple Pencil and Pixelmator becomes even easier to control.
Pixelmator for iOS, $5
4. Microsoft Excel
Apple is eager to promote the iPad Pro as a serious computing device, and few apps demonstrate this better than Excel. In recent years, the famous spreadsheet program has seen significant improvements on mobile platforms. The iOS version now lets you add charts and annotations, as well as making basic edits to data and formulas. While it hasn’t reached the level of the full-fat desktop version, this is a very competent mobile adaptation of Excel that makes it possible to finish your work on the go.
The free app includes key formatting and sharing tools. However, to make edits (rather than just view spreadsheets), you will need an Office 365 subscription from Microsoft, which will set you back $7 per month.
Microsoft Excel for iOS, free or $7 per month for Office 365 subscription
This essential video player should be one of the first apps you download onto your new iPad Pro. Whether you want to catch up on the latest sports highlights or learn to play guitar, you’ll find yourself turning to the YouTube app. You can also upload your own video clips straight from an iPad Pro.
With the free YouTube app for the iPad, you’ll have access to content from live streams to music videos, as well as any shows and movies you’ve purchased from Google Play Movies & TV. If you pay $12 per month for YouTube Premium, you can also get an ad-free experience and access to some original web shows.
YouTube for iOS, free or $12 per month for YouTube Premium
Evernote is widely regarded as one of the best note-taking apps in the business. Part of its appeal is that you can adapt it to so many different uses, from taking lecture notes to editing a shopping list shared between multiple family members (everything syncs seamlessly across multiple platforms). Because its interface is easy to navigate on a touchscreen, and it offers support for handwritten notes—whether you scribble them with a finger or an Apple Pencil—Evernote works particularly well on the iPad Pro.
Plenty of these features are available free of charge. If you need access to more features, such as offline support and plug-ins for other mobile apps, you can purchase a premium subscription for $8 a month.
Evernote for iOS, free or $8 per month for a premium subscription
If you plan to do some advanced video editing on your iPad Pro, Apple’s own iMovie is a decent (and free) choice—but LumaFusion is better. It offers a traditional, timeline-based interface, as well as a host of drag-and-drop functions you can use to split and combine scenes, and add filters and effects. With a set of comprehensive tools for creating titles, mixing and syncing audio alongside your clips, and introducing effects like slow or fast motion, LumaFusion guides you from the first steps to the final export of your movie masterpiece.
Admittedly, at $20, the price of entry is relatively steep. But if you want your iPad Pro to help you with serious video editing, this app won’t let you down.
LumaFusion for iOS, $20
The iPad Pro makes a great note-taking tool, particularly if you download Notability. Your digital scrawls will never have looked so good and well-organized as they are inside this app. It lets you enhance your handwritten text with different pen styles and colors, find search terms within a digitized version of your notes, drop in images and typed words, and import and annotate PDFs. In other words, this is a complete sketching and note-taking solution.
At $10, Notability costs more than a less visually-dazzling option like Evernote. But the iPad Pro was designed for apps like this—it really makes the tablet shine.
Notability for iOS, $10
9. Google Docs
If you think there are too many note-taking apps for the iPad Pro, just wait until you check out the selection of writing programs. You might opt for anything from Apple’s own Pages to the beautifully-designed Ulysses, but we’ve selected Google Docs. When you write on an iPad Pro, you need an app that focuses on core features like formatting and collaboration without including so many elements that it appears cluttered on screen. Google Docs ticks all the relevant boxes: It’s lightweight, user-friendly, and versatile. It also works offline, so when you lose Wi-Fi or LTE access on your iPad Pro, you can keep typing that report.
Like most Google apps, this one is free to use, and it lets you access your essays from any other mobile device or web browser.
Google Docs for iOS, free
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If organization buffs plan to manage their tasks and to-do lists on an iPad Pro, they can’t do better than the Things app for iOS. It’s almost as fully-featured as the macOS version, which means it gets two thumbs up from us. With simple and intuitive tools for scheduling, sorting, and searching, you can stay on top of all your projects, small and large alike. Choose your favorite view and use it to review what you need to do today and how far along each project is. Meanwhile, integration with the iOS Calendar and Siri makes Things even easier to use.
This marks another relatively expensive app in our list. But if you think about the years of use you’re going to get from Things, and the time you’re likely to save with its help, we think the app is worth the outlay.
Things for iOS, $20
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I have been a fan of Adobe Lightroom for years. It has excellent apps on mobile and for my laptop.
Although I’m not a full-time or professional photographer, I do love to shoot photos with my trusty Nikon D3200 occasionally. Lightroom helped me bring those photos to life.
You read that right. It helped, because recently, I switched to Pixelmator Pro and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
In this post, I’ll talk about why I made my move and how it has been saving me about $10 every month.
Let’s start with:
Why I chose Lightroom in the first place
Photography is a competitive space. There are tons of good software out in the market, which helps us jazz up our photos.
From instant filters to professional-grade photo editing, there’s an app for everything.
I remember starting my photography journey by touching up my RAW photos on Photoshop with the help of beautiful presets I bought from places like Creative Market.
The process was easy. Open up a RAW photo, experiment with presets until I was satisfied and finish off with some minor touches.
Some of the best selling stock photos on my Creative Market shop came from this process:
The problem with this approach was that I became dependent on the collection of presets I had at that time.
I wasn’t doing much customisations on my own.
Presets are great and can save you a ton of time. However, when you’re looking for that personal touch, you need to go beyond automated editing.
That is when one of my friends introduced Lightroom to me.
The main selling point was that it was powerful, like Photoshop but with less work to do.
And it’s true.
Lightroom is like a very newbie-friendly subset of Photoshop, which makes editing photos a breeze.
I was already subscribed to the Creative Cloud Photography Pack, which got me access to both Lightroom and Photoshop. I started editing my photos with Lightroom.
Then, my photos started to look this these:
You can see that there’s a lot of retouching involved on these photos.
Lightroom made it easy and fun to apply those retouches.
But, the problem was:
I was neither shooting nor editing photos very often
This meant, I had to pay for Lightroom every month to have it parked on my laptop.
I paid for over a year where I maybe used Lightroom for about 20-25 times.
$10 a month for an app that’s used rarely is not a great use of anyone’s money.
However, I wasn’t willing to give up on Lightroom because of those occasional “let’s edit a photo” moments.
Free tools like Snapseed were fine up to a level, but nothing beat Lightroom’s power and flexibility.
That was until:
I met Pixelmator Pro
The friend who recommended Lightroom to me, suggested I give Pixelmator Pro a shot.
Banking on the fact that his recommendations are usually solid, I downloaded the trial copy of Pixelmator Pro and took it for a test drive.
I was amazed at how well this tool was built. It’s available only for the Apple ecosystem, but that works for me.
I got a copy of Pixelmator Pro from the App Store for a one-time fee of $39.99 even before finishing up the trial period.
Since I was not a Lightroom Pro, I adapted to Pixelmator’s editing flow quite fast.
With Pixelmator Pro, I like:
How I can have the best of both worlds in a single app
Lightroom is great for retouching and colour grading photos. However, when it comes to tweaking stuff, we need to import a half-edited photo into Photoshop to finish the job.
Now, you might think:
Why not edit the photo directly in Photoshop?
That’s true, but as I said earlier, Lightroom has some easy tools for retouching a photo. I used to spend way less time editing photos in Lightroom than in Photoshop.
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Pixelmator Pro shines in this department by providing both super easy ML-driven retouching tools and also advanced photo manipulation capabilities like Photoshop.
For example, check out this awesome:
Quick selection tool in Pixelmator Pro
I love how cool the quick selection tool works in Pixelmator Pro.
Just select the quick selection tool from the toolbar, select the selection mode as “Add” and rub the areas on the photo you want to select.
Let’s try out the quick selection tool on a wonderful portrait I downloaded from Unsplash:
Although apps like Photoshop also have easy quick selection tools, but what I like about Pixelmator’s tool is how it adapts to object boundaries.
Also, this tool is super fun to use. Just look at that cool mouse hover effect.
In case you’re wondering which one’s the Quick Selection tool in the toolbar, here it is:
One of my most used tools in Lightroom was to apply local adjustments to a photo.
Although, Pixelmator Pro doesn’t have a tool called “local adjustments”, it does have some retouching tools which do the job.
Here’s how I:
Apply local adjustments to my photos
Unlike Lightroom, where you select an area using the radial tool or the linear gradient tool and then apply adjustments to the area, Pixelmator Pro allows local adjustments in two ways:
- Use quick retouching brushes: Pixelmator Pro has retouching brushes to soften, smudge, lighten and darken parts of a photo by rubbing a brush over the area. This is faster because I don’t need to select anything and can apply preset brushes quickly.
- Selecting area to retouch: Using a selection tool like the quick selection tool I talked about, I can select an area and apply adjustments to that area. This technique offers fine controls over the selected area, pretty much like Lightroom.
The guys behind Pixelmator Pro made a fantastic video on how to use all the retouching tools in the app. Check it out over here:
Another fantastic thing that I like about Pixelmator Pro is that being a macOS optimised app, it leverages Apple’s CoreML technology to provide a ton of:
Pixelmator Pro is full of ML-driven tools that make my editing process a little faster.
Some of the ML-driven features I enjoy are:
This feature gives me a great starting point for my editing workflow. I can open up a RAW photo, and press ML Enhance to let Pixelmator Pro make some adjustments for me.
After the initial automated adjustments are made, I can continue from where Pixelmator Pro left off and add some finishing touches of my own.
But here’s the kicker:
This tool is not a silver bullet.
Although it works on a majority of photos, for some of my photos I prefer starting from scratch on my own.
To those who are thinking what’s the big deal about auto-adjustments, it’s a common feature in every photo editing tool:
Pixelmator Pro is the first app, where I even considered using auto-adjustments because it’s quite good.
Apart from this, I also love the:
ML Match Colours feature
This is a life-saver when it comes to taking colour grading inspirations from other awesome photos.
Pixelmator Pro can automatically apply colour adjustments based on a reference photo that I choose. For example, see this:
I brought in the warm tones from a reference photo to my photo with a simple drag & drop.
Some might argue that presets do a better job than this.
True. However, not every photographer shares their presets. This feature allows me to harness colour grading from every photo present on the internet.
But, I treat this feature as a starting point and then calibrate accordingly to add my touch.
I do miss a couple of things about Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom is an insanely popular photo editing software. With popularity, comes a boatload of tutorials and courses.
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Pixelmator Pro is relatively new, and it’s catching up with the photography world. Therefore, right now:
There are very few video tutorials on Pixelmator Pro
I’m not a pro photographer. I shoot and edit photos in my free time as a hobby.
One of the impressive aspects of using Lightroom was that I could watch tons of how-to videos on YouTube and get better at my photography game.
I can’t say the same for Pixelmator Pro.
Although there are a couple of official tutorials from the Pixelmator team, the number is meagre.
There’s one silver lining here though:
Photo editing and photography, in general, is based on core concepts which can be applied to any tool regardless of how they are structured.
I was able to apply most of my photo editing knowledge from Lightroom to Pixelmator Pro almost immediately.
For some features like the local adjustments, I got used to the new way in a couple of days.
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Also, I don’t like that:
I have to add adjustment controls to my workspace every time manually
I don’t know what the thought process was behind this UX, but it’s pretty annoying.
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Unlike Lightroom or even Apple Photos’ edit mode, Pixelmator Pro does not show up all adjustments options automatically.
I have to add each adjustment control to my images like this manually:
I checked out the preferences section and didn’t find any setting that would allow me to add a preset adjustment control on every new photo I open.
This tiny little UX problem adds some manual effort for every photo I edit. Not a good thing to have.
Apart from this:
I miss Lightroom’s album feature
I liked how I was able to organise my photos in an album in Lightroom.
Till now, I couldn’t find such a feature on Pixelmator Pro.
The album feature helped get a snapshot of all my processed photos in the app and anything that I had queued up for processing.
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With Pixelmator Pro, it’s about opening up photos one by one and processing them.
But then again, it’s a tiny inconvenience that I can easily overlook.
Now, the question is:
Whether moving to Pixelmator Pro is a good idea
If your photography workflow is anything like mine, then absolutely yes. It’s a switch you’ll not regret.
Mainly, for these two reasons:
- All-in-one app for all photo editing needs
- One time payment
One lifetime copy of Pixelmator Pro on macOS is worth just four months of Lightroom subscription payment.
That’s a fantastic deal.
Also, the iPhone and the iPad apps are extra one-time purchases which don’t cost that much. Overall, you’ll have plenty of savings if you switch to Pixelmator Pro.
However, if you’re deeply rooted into the Lightroom editing flow and use the app very frequently, you might want to stick with Lightroom.
There’s no point in switching software without any visible gain.
Choose what works best for you.