Pixelmator Pro today released its latest update to the Mac image editor, with a back-to-school sale price of $29.99 (normally $59.99). The new version includes a myriad of new effects (including some ports from the original Pixelmator that didn’t make the cut first time round), a new machine learning powered Auto Selective Color option, and the ability to copy effects and adjustments from one layer and paste into another.

The new effects include Light Leak and Bokeh. Light Leak lets you add synthetic refractions of light over the top of a photo, like adding the ray of a sunshine or small speckles dotted around the ‘lens’. There is also a bokeh effect for adding ‘soap bubbles’ to portraits.

In addition to Light Leak and Bokeh, Pixelmator Pro now offers Spin Blur, Clouds, Noise, Threshold, Mask to Alpha, and several new Tile and Distortion filters.

As ever, Pixelmator Pro applies effects non-destructively so you can always go back and adjust an applied effect, or remove it entirely.

You can now also switch between several types of histogram when using Color Adjustments. Just control-click and select either RGB, Luminance, or Colors.

Auto White Balance and Auto Lightness adjustments have been enhanced to work faster and apply more realistic adjustments to photos involving skin tones. There’s a new keyboard shortcut to Show Original, and a laundry list of other small improvements and bug fixes.

Get Pixelmator Pro from the Mac App Store at the $30 sale price for a limited time. Existing owners of Pixelmator Pro can update to the latest version for free.

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