23 Nov Pixelmator Pro 2.3 released: New AI-powered Magic Background Eraser and Select Subject

Source: DP Review

Less than a month after Pixelmator Pro 2.2 was released, Pixelmator Pro 2.3 is now available. The new version is codenamed Abracadabra ‘because it’s totally magic,’ and it adds many new features, including automatic background removal, automatic subject selection and more.

The new Magic Background Eraser lets you remove the background from any image with a click. It works using a convolutional neural network to identify the subject in ‘pretty much any image’ and remove the background. The tool uses three different machine learning models that work together. You can see it in action in the short tutorial below.

Magic Background Eraser also includes a built-in Quick Action in the Pixelmator Pro Finder app. Further, it includes a Decontaminate Colors feature. When removing a subject from its background, there are occasional traces of the background’s color left behind. Using AI, the Decontaminate Colors tool gives your image another pass to clean up the edges. You can apply it yourself to any layer in the app.

It’s no surprise that considering the work going on behinds the scenes with subject detection with the Magic Background Eraser that Pixelmator Pro 2.3 includes a separate Select Subject function. With a single click, you can select your subject and refine the selection using a new Select and Mask Tool. The tool is designed for objects with complex edges, like hair and fur, and can be refined using Smart Refine (automatic) and Refine Edge Brush (manual).

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