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Technical Specifications

Touch up and enhance. Apply dazzling effects. Draw or paint. Create gorgeous advanced compositions, and so much more. Packed with powerful creative tools and engineered to harness the full iOS and 64-bit architecture power. Pixelmator for iOS is a real image editor right at your fingertips.

Creative Tools

  • Layer-based image editing

  • Precise layout tools

  • Vertical and horizontal rulers

  • Smart alignment guides, including center guides, edge guides, and spacing guides

  • Snapping to layers and image edges

  • Add different shapes, like Rounded Square, Circle, Triangle, Rhomb, Pentagon, Star, Heart, and Line shapes

  • Adjust shapes with smart controls:
    Rounded Square—sharpen or make more round corners; Triangle and Polygon—change the number of sides; Star—change the number of points and their shape

  • Advanced typography features:
    Choose from over 70 fonts, change size, apply gradient or solid color, choose character style, and set the alignment and line spacing

  • Image Gallery to store images on your iPad, iPhone, or right to iCloud

  • Edit image gallery:
    Sort images by date or name, organize images into folders; rename and duplicate images; delete images

  • Create a blank, a blank landscape, and custom size images

  • Create images from Clipboard, template, FaceTime or iSight cameras, or open from Photo Library or iCloud Drive

  • Quick help with coaching tips

  • In-app help

  • Create and share images in Pixelmator file format

  • Share images in most popular file formats, including Photoshop images with layers, JPEG, and PNG

  • Send images to iCloud Drive in JPEG, PNG, and Photoshop file formats

  • Up to 16 megapixel canvas size support

  • Send a copy via Mail, Messages, Twitter, and Facebook, Airdrop, and Print; Open in Another App; Save Image to Photo Library

  • Over 30 inspiring templates to get started:

  • Collage — Mosaic, Grid, Lopsided, Rounded, Parallel, and Oblong

  • Frame — Sharp, Rounded, Artistic, Grunge, Elastic, Pastel, and Blurry

  • Card — Best Wishes, Thank You, Happy Holidays, Love Is…, Happy Birthday, Summer Greetings, and Congratulations

  • Poster — Colorful Life, Summer, Keep On Dreaming…, Pool Party, Spring Break, and Adventure

  • Photography — Rain Drops, Light Bokeh, Sunbeams, Splash, Light Leak, and Color Rays

  • Vintage — Burned Out, Torn Photo, Illuminated Film, Aged Photo, Faded Film, and Washed Out


  • Over 100 artist-designed brushes ranging from near natural to all digital and artistic

  • Brush tip size and opacity adjustments

  • Color Picker with a color well, hue and saturation sliders, opacity controls, quick access to previously used colors, ability to create color swatches, and an innovative grid of color shades

  • Eyedropper tool for choosing colors from an image

  • Six predesigned color swatch palettes

  • Advanced double texture technology that defines brush shape and it's texture separately for maximum detail and precision

  • Two types of brush strokes: overlaying and not overlaying for greater variety of effects when brushstrokes overlap

  • Wetness effect makes Watercolor and Crayon brushes near natural

  • OpenGL ES 2.0 based painting engine for super fast and real-time responsive painting

  • Brush stroke sensitivity to drawing speed and acceleration

  • Pixelmator on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus lets you paint with 3D Touch-sensitivity

  • Pixelmator for iPad gives full support of Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus, Intuos Creative Stylus 2, Adonit Jot Script, Jot Touch 4, Jot Touch Pixelpoint styluses

  • Pixelmator for iPad supports stylus shortcuts

  • Pixelmator for iPad displays stylus battery level

  • Pixelmator on iPad Pro fully supports Apple Pencil, together with palm-rejection, pressure, tilt and acceleration sensitivity

Color Adjustments

  • Unique color adjustment technology that combines all adjustments non-destructively

  • Live histogram to view color values in real-time

  • Intelligent saturation increase algorithm leaves no artifacts so you can play with it as much as you want

  • Intelligent saturation decrease algorithm happens in linear color space to preserve natural color as much as possible

  • Incredibly fast adjustments because Pixelmator utilizes CPU and GPU at the same time


  • Over 14 breathtaking effects

  • Vintage effect in 7 different styles: Bauhaus, Art Deco, Romantic, Retro, Hippie, Punk, and Urban

  • Black-and-white effect in 7 different styles: Washed, Bright, Mellow, Faded, Inky, Dark, and Grainy

  • Light leak effect in various color sets and arrangements: Nebula, Arcturus, Rigel, Taurus, Orion, Lyra, Vega, and Pavo

  • Bokeh effect in 7 different styles: Magnolia, Amber, Emerald, Apricot, Ruby, Celeste, and Ivory

  • Light Leak, Bokeh, Miniaturize, Focus, Bump, Pinch, and Kaleidscope effects have a rope to control the center and size of the effect

  • Blur, Sharpen, Vignette, and Noise effects have
    a wheel to control the effect strength

  • Advanced Hue and Saturation algorithm maintains brightness and saturation level so that image colors are beautifully balanced

  • Rope reacts to built-in accelerometer to change its real-life look as you move your iPad or iPhone


  • 9 top-quality retouching tools

  • Lighten, Darken, Smudge, Sharpen, Soften, Saturate, and Desaturate tools have an adjustable stroke strength

  • The Repair Selection feature instantly repairs a selected area

  • Zoom aware editing — the size of the stroke is adjusted to the current zoom level

  • Advanced Repair tool technologies:

  • Patches — remove selected areas by replacing them with small pieces (patches) of images surrounding them

  • Smart technology — sophisticated repairing algorithms for stunning repairing quality

  • Color correction — each patch is color-corrected so that it matches the background of the area being repaired

  • Transition area — adjusts the imprecise selection of an object so that entire object can be removed

  • Structure matching — matches the color and the structure of the background area

  • Patch flipping — flips the patches to make the repairing smoother

  • Larger patching area — larger patches have more information, which makes it easier to repair an image more seamlessly

  • 4x less memory — the new technology uses four times less memory than before

Distort tools

  • 6 powerful Distort tools to easily reshape areas of an image

  • Intuitive two-finger gestures to control all Distort tools at the same time

  • All Distort tools have adjustable stroke size and strength to reshape areas more precisely

  • Zoom-aware editing — the size of the stroke is adjusted to the current zoom level

  • All Distort tools are powered by Metal — an incredibly fast graphics processing technology that gives all Distort tools amazing editing speed and stunning quality

Selection Tools

  • 6 pixel-precise tools

  • Live selection preview for both the Quick Selection and Color Selection tools

  • Easily invert selections

  • 3 different selection modes – Create New, Add To, and Subtract From.

  • Refine selection tool to soften selection borders

  • Resize selection tool

  • Rotate selection to change its angle

  • Cut, Copy, and Paste selection content as a new layer

  • Paint, retouch, apply effects, and adjust colors to selected areas

  • Selection marching ants animation is vector-based so it looks seamlessly continuous


  • Layer-based image editing

  • Create new, duplicate, delete, rename, or hide layers

  • Create editable text and shape layers

  • Add layer from FaceTime and iSight cameras

  • Create layers from photos stored on your iPad or iPhone

  • Add predesigned pattern, color, or gradient layers

  • Adjust layer opacity

  • Lock layers and groups

  • Group layers

  • Merge grouped layers

  • Arrange layers

  • Move layer to back or front

  • Rotate layer left or right

  • Flip layer vertically or horizontally

  • Resize layer

  • Layer styles:
    Fill layers with gradient or solid color; apply gradient or solid color stroke; choose stroke width; add shadow by setting shadow offset, color, blur and opacity; add reflection effect and adjust its opacity

  • Set different blending modes:
    Normal, Dissolve, Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Linear Burn, Darken Color, Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, Linear Burn, Darker Color, Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, Linear Dodge, Lighter Dodge, Overly, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light, Hard Mix, Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, Divide, Hue, Saturate, Color, and Luminosity

  • The number of layers you can create depends on the image size and the memory available on your device

iOS 9 Integration

  • iPad and iPhone orientation support to work with images in landscape or portrait

  • iOS Clipboard support to copy and paste images between apps

  • Open image from other apps like Mail or Photos

  • Camera Roll support to access images stored on your iPad or iPhone

  • Native iOS 9 user experience

  • Standard 50-step-deep iOS undo support


  • Interface designed to work with images specifically on iPad and iPhone

  • Tool bar to access tools, settings, sharing, and help

  • Layers bar to add new, arrange, and edit layers

  • Tools, Add Layer, Settings, and Share popovers

  • Rulers and alignment guides

  • Action tooltips give an idea of what happens on canvas

  • Full-Screen mode

  • Auto Save saves image versions while making edits

  • OpenGL ES allows speedy hardware-accelerated image editing; iPad Air and iPhone 5s supports OpenGL ES 3.0

  • Grand Central Dispatch to take advantage of multicore hardware

  • Core Image brings near-real-time performance for processing tasks on GPU

  • vImage improves high-performance image processing tasks on CPU

  • 3D Touch support on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

  • Accelerate Framework improves CPU usage on demanding tasks

  • Neon optimization accelerates custom image processing tasks up to 4x

  • DisplayLink brings fast and seamless image editing experience

  • State-of-the-art Painting Engine based on OpenGL ES combined with fast image processing frameworks

  • 8K support lets you open and edit images in stunning 8K resolution on iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and iPad Mini 4



Pixelmator for iOS is compatible with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPod touch, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad mini, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro. For best performance, we recommend iPhone 5s or later.