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Mac Photo Editor Tools

PixelStyle Mac Photo Editor provides you a wide range of tools enabling you to select, paint, retouch, draw, transform, move, align, crop, sample color, add text and manipulate. As the most significant panel in PixelStyle Mac Photo Editor, Tools Panel gives you full solutions to edit images and design graphics. Each tool is meticulously designed to bring out your best experience in designing and creating your works.

To use a tool:

Click the tool icon in the Tools panel.

Please note:

When you put cursor on a tool, it will be convex with lighter color; when you click a tool icon, it will be concave with darker color to let you know which tool is active.

Tools Shortcut Description

Basic Tools



Move and Align Tool


Used to move and align layers in different manner.

Zoom Tool


Used to magnify and reduce the view of an image.

Transform Tool


Used to scale, rotate, skew layers.

Eyedropper Tool


Used to sample colors on an image.

Crop Tool


Used to trim images.

Text Tool


Used to add texts to layers.

Selection Tools

Rectangular Marquee Tool


Used to make rectangular selections.

Elliptical Marquee Tool


Used to make elliptical selections.

Lasso Tool


Used to make freehand selections.

Polygonal Lasso Tool


Used to make straight-edged selections.

Magic Wand Tool


Used to select area of the same color.

Painting Tools

Art Brush Tool


Used to create stylized strokes.

Brush Tool


Used to paint brush strokes.

Pencil Tool


Used to paint sharp-edged strokes.

Retouching Tools

Eraser Tool


Used to erase parts of images.

Smudge Tool


Used to smear an area of an image.

Clone Stamp Tool


Used to paint with a sample of an image.

Red Eye Remove Tool


Used to remove red eyes.

Burn Tool


Used to darken certain areas.

Dodge Tool


Used to lighten certain areas.

Sponge Tool


Used to saturate or desaturate certain areas.

Paint Bucket Tool


Used to fill in areas with colors or textures.

Gradient Tool


Used to create a shift from foreground color to background color.

Shape Tools



Line Shape


Used to draw lines.

Rectangular Shape


Used to draw rectangular shapes.

Ellipse Shape


Used to draw ellipses.

Star Shape


Used to draw star shapes.

Polygon Shape


Used to draw polygons.

Clockwise Spiral


Used to draw clockwise spiral.

Vector Tools

Pen Tool


Used to create vector shapes.

Freeform Pen Tool


Used to create customized vector shapes.

Closed Freeform Pen Tool


Used to create customized vector shapes with closed path.

Path Selection Tool


Used to select and move vector shapes.

Path Eraser Tool


Used to erase path of vector shapes.

Node Editor Tool


Used to edit nodes of vector shapes.

Mac Photo Editor Tools Panel

Mac Photo Editor Tool

Mac Photo Editor PixelStyle’s various tools are available in the Tool panel. When a tool is selected, its icon will be concave with darker color and presented at the top as active tool.

Various Mac Photo Editor Tools are available as following:

Move and aline tool, Transform tool, Eraser tool, Crop tool, Zoom tool, Text tool, Shape tool, Pen tool ...

Please note: The Properties panel changes each time that you switch tools, as every tool in Mac Photo Editor PixelStyle has its own unique settings.

Properties panel

Mac Photo Editor Tools

The Properties panel reveals the properties of the selected tool. When a tool is selected, its options are presented in the Properties panel. In this case, the Art Brush tool is chosen and the Properties panel gives you the options to select brush type, modify its radius, opacity, hardness as well we other variables.

To show or hide the Properties panel:
Choose View > Show Options Bar.

Layers/Channels Panel in Mac Photo Editor Software

Mac Photo Editor app

The Layer panel defines the blend mode, opacity, effects and order of layers. The layers list contains a list of all your layers. Layers are composited together to form a single image which shows up in your canvas. The Layer panel is located at the right bottom of the interface.

Also, notice a drop down menu for the blend mode, as well as a slider for the opacity of the selected layer.
Mac Photo Editor app

Each layer in PixelStyle Mac Photo Editor Tool has either two or four channels. In the case of a greyscale image these are the grey and alpha channels and in the case of a color image these are the red, green, blue and alpha channels.
The alpha channel determines a layer’s transparency and the primary channels and determine the layer’s color. PixelStyle Mac Photo Editor Tool typically works on all channels at once, but also allows you to edit the primary or alpha channels individually.
To show or hide the Layers/Channels panel:
Choose View > Show Layers.

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