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Pixelmator is an image editing software developed by  Pixelmator Team Ltd for Mac computers and now for the iPad. Pixelmator has a slew of features like; layer based editing, selection, filters, color management and correction, painting, retouching, measurement and navigation, automation, and a transparent head-up display user interface for working with images.

Learning Pixelmator is very helpful not just for professional photographers and digital artists but also for any Mac user who wants to edit photos on regular bases whether that’s for work or personal uses, the software is very easy to get a grasp of and use. Pixelmator isn’t a Photoshop replacement as the later is packed with far more features that are required by more professional users.

The aim of this post is to present and compare between free online sources that beginners can rely on to learn Pixelmator, the sources stated here are full-structured courses that beginners can follow along.

If you just want the bottom line (the road map to learn Pixelmator) and you don’t wish to read the entire article then go to the “Bottom Line” section at the end of the article.

Getting Started with Pixelmator from Scratch

Udemy

Udemy is the first free online outlet where beginners can start learning Pixelmator online through video tutorials, at the time of writing this post there was only one course covering Pixelmator for free and it’s entitled “Photo Editing on the Cheap”. You’ve to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 6 sections, each section is divided into lessons (26 in total) each of these lessons covers a certain topic in Pixelmator.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just click on the lesson you’re interested in and the course will start right away and you can follow the training from there on.

 1 - Udemy Pixelmator trainingNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured and organized for beginners.
  3. The training covers the basics beginners should be familiarized with in order to start using Pixelmator.

Cons

  1. The training doesn’t cover the latest release of Pixelmator. though that won’t be a problem for complete beginners.

Verdict: This is the best outlet for beginners to start learning Pixelmator online through video tutorials.

Tuts Plus

Tuts Plus is the second free online outlet where beginners can start learning Pixelmator online through a text based tutorial, at the time of writing this post the training entitled “The A to Z of Pixelmator” was the best choice for beginners. You don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into alphabetical sections from A to Z as the name implies, each section covers certain tools in Pixelmator that start with that letter.

Interface: The interface is quite simple, , you click on that tool you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to a web page that covers that tool thoroughly.

2 - tutsplus pixelmator trainingNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured for beginners.

Cons

  1. The training doesn’t cover the latest release of Pixelmator. though that won’t be a problem for complete beginners.

Verdict: This is the best outlet for beginners to start learning Pixelmator online through a text based tutorial.

Pixelmator Website

Pixelmator Website is the third free online outlet where beginners can start learning Pixelmator through a group of text as well as video tutorials, you don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 5 sections, each section is divided into lessons, each of the lessons covers certain topics/tools in Pixelmator.

Interface: The interface is minimalist, you click on the section you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to the section of the page where the section resides, then click on the lesson you’re interested in and the video will open and start.

http://howtolearn.me/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/3-pixelmator-website-training.pngNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-organized for beginners.

Cons

  1. The training isn’t well structured for beginners.

Verdict: This is an excellent outlet for beginners to start learning Pixelmator online.

Pixelmator YouTube Channel

Pixelmator YouTube Channel is the fourth free online outlet where beginners can start learning Pixelmator through video tutorials. Beginners should start from the  “Get Started” playlist.

Structure: The channel has 10 playlists, the “Get Started”  is divided into 9 video lessons.

Interface: The standard YouTube interface.

4 - Pixelmator YouTube Channel Pixelmator trainingNow, the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-organized for beginners.
  3. The training covers using Pixelmator on the iPad.

Cons

  1. The training isn’t well-structured for beginners.

Verdict: This is an excellent outlet for beginners to start learning Pixelmator online through video tutorials.

Bottom Line

The recipe for learning Pixelmator:

  1. Udemy is the best outlet for beginners to start learning Pixelmator through video tutorial.
  2. Tuts Plus is the best outlet for beginners to start learning Pixelmator through a text tutorial.

Remember that the first step is always the toughest step, and the aim of this post is to provide you with resources that will help you take your first step in learning Pixelmator.