Pixelmator Pro updated with LUT support for color adjustment

Following a design refresh for Mac, Pixelmator Pro has been updated to version 2.0.8. The update brings adds full support for LUT files, which are universal presets that let users instantly change the look of images and video in a wide variety of different apps. The update also includes improvements fixes for the photo editing app.

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Pixelmator Pro 2.0.8 adds support for LUTs

As announced in a blog post, Pixelmator Pro now includes a new Custom LUT adjustment, which lets users apply a LUT to any layer in your image, changing its colors and transforming its look. “A LUT is simply a set of instructions that tells an app how to edit the colors of an image or video and cannot be edited with other apps once it has been created,” explains Pixelmator.

Users can now import custom LUTs that they have downloaded or purchased from LUT creators and apply them to their images. If users create a look they like in Pixelmator Pro, they can export adjustments from Pixelmator Pro as a LUT file and apply the same look to other images or videos in other apps. For example, video editors can export a single frame of their video and make adjustments in Pixelmator Pro. Then, they can save those adjustments as a LUT file and apply it to entire clips within Final Cut Pro.

Pixelmator Pro 2.0.8 comes with a series of 48 different LUTs built-in, “To make it easier to get started with this, we’ve included a number of different LUTs,” says the Pixelmator team “ranging from cinematic look LUTs and LUTs that create duotone effects to technical LUTs that convert images to grayscale or apply certain photographic filters.”

To add a LUT, open an image, select the Color Adjustments tool in the sidebar, and then enable the Custom LUT panel. Users can even apply a LUT to many images at once using Pixelmator Pro’s rich AppleScript support. The editing app also includes a machine learning algorithm that can break down an imported LUT into its individual color adjustments and allows users to manually tweak them.

The update is available for free for existing users. For new users, the app costs $39.99 in the Mac App Store.

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