I recently had need of a straightforward, easy-to-use image editing tool. The occasion is the final formatting of my dissertation, which includes a number of images that need to be touched up. It’s nothing too technical — just some airbrushing here and there, color adjustment, cropping, getting rid of extraneous marks, etc. I wanted something more sophisticated than Skitch, but nothing as complex as Photoshop or the like. Ideally, I wanted a tool that I could acquire and learn to use in a matter of minutes.
The technorati over at DiaryProducts suggested that I try out Pixelmator. Pixelmator is a photo editing app built for MacOSX. It seems to have all the basic features you’d need in an image-editing app, and more to boot. Pixelmator is not free (it costs USD 29.99 at the Mac App Store) however you can get a complimentary trial version that lasts for 30 days. I can attest to its ease-of-use. After downloading the trial version I had my images cropped, brushed up, and ready to be imported into my document within about 30 minutes.