Zoom Blur Filter

Pixelmator has a lot of really cool effects that you can apply to layers called filters. One filter that I’ve found that is very useful is called the zoom blur filter. The zoom blur filter does exactly what it sounds like it should do. It takes the pixels on a given layer and applies a vortex-like zoom effect to it. It is very similar to the radial blur filter in Photoshop when it is set to zoom blur. But, I’ve found that Pixelmator’s zoom blur filter is a bit more robust, and is much more versatile then Photoshop’s radial blur.

Zoom Blur from Josh Koiro on Vimeo.

Levels and Curves

Within Pixelmator and Photoshop, there are often unused tools called levels and curves adjustments. They are not often used because they have a overwhelming exterior interface which looks much too complicated for the average user. However, the levels and curves adjustments are simple, yet powerful toning tools that can take images from looking static, to vibrant and dynamic.
Basically, They both control contrast, but they are much more robust then your typical contrast slider. They allow you to have much more control over your image then a contrast or brightness slider would.

Levels and Curves Adjustments from Josh Koiro on Vimeo.

Masks and Selections

In this video tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create selections and masks in Pixelmator. These tools and techniques are incredibly useful for any purpose that you may be using Pixelmator. I’m a particular fan of using masks because of their non-destructive nature. Masks essentially erase portions of layers based on a greyscale image. This allows you to “paint” the opacity (or transparency) of the layer.
My hope is that by the end of the video, you will know how to use masks, and begin to use them when you’re working with images and graphics.

Masks and Selections from Josh Koiro on Vimeo.