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Export an image to a different file format

Pixelmator Pro is a nondestructive, layer-based image editor. In order to preserve all the formatting, layers, and additional image information, Pixelmator Pro has its own special — PXD — file format. However, when you want to use an image on the web or share it with someone who uses a different image editor, you should export it to a different file format. You can also export an image specially optimized for the web.


Export an image

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Export (from the File menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press Command ⌘ + E on your keyboard.
  2. In the Export dialog (shown below) enter a name in the Export As field, then enter one or more tags (optional).

  3. To choose where to export the image, click the Locations pop-up menu, or the disclosure button next to it, then choose a location (for example, a folder or your desktop).

  4. From the Format pop-up menu, choose the export file format.

  5. To customize the file format, click the arrow next to the Format pop-up menu.

  6. Click Export.

Export an image to HEIF format

The HEIF or High Efficiency Image File format is a modern format that can greatly reduce the file sizes of images without visibly affecting their quality. On average, it's around 50% more efficient than JPEG.

Customize the HEIF file:

Color Profile: HEIF images are typically exported using the original color profile of the file, but you can click the Color Profile pop-up menu to assign a different one color profile export.

Quality: Drag the quality slider or enter the precise quality percentage to change the level of HEIF compression. Exporting between 75% to 85% quality can greatly reduce the image size without any noticeable drop in quality. Higher levels of compression will make images lighter but can potentially reduce image quality.

Export an image to JPEG format

The JPEG file format is a popular format for photographic images on the web. It uses lossy compression to reduce file sizes and also has a variable quality setting that allows you to reduce the size of an image by potentially reducing its quality. Generally, exporting an image to JPEG above 75% or 80% quality will greatly reduce its size without any visible drop in quality.

Customize the JPEG file:

Color Profile: JPEG images are typically exported using the original color profile of the file, but you can click the Color Profile pop-up menu to assign a different one color profile export.

Quality: Drag the quality slider or enter the precise quality percentage to change the level of JPEG compression. Exporting between 75% to 85% quality can greatly reduce the image size without any noticeable drop in quality. Higher levels of compression will make images lighter but can potentially reduce image quality.

Export an image to PNG format

The PNG format is most often used for exporting images with transparency. PNG files tend to be relatively larger images than JPEGs.

Customize the PNG file:

Color Profile: PNG images are typically exported using the original color profile of the file, but you can click the Color Profile pop-up menu to assign a different one color profile export.

Export an image to TIFF format

The TIFF or Tagged Image File Format is a lossless, raster image format that supports transparency and is popular among graphic designers and photographers. TIFF files are usually larger than JPEGs and can be exported compressed or uncompressed.

Customize the TIFF file:

Color Profile: TIFF images are typically exported using the original color profile of the file, but you can click the Color Profile pop-up menu to assign a different one color profile export.

Compression: Turn compression on to compressed the file using lossless compression or turn compression off to export it uncompressed. TIFF compression is lossless so all the image information is preserved, even if the file size is reduced.

Export an image to PSD format

The PSD file format offers layer support and can be opened in other apps that work with PSD files.

Export an image to PDF format

The PDF or Portable Document Format is a format primarily used for reading and producing documents, including text and images. Pixelmator Pro can import and export single-page, raster PDFs.

Customize the PDF file:

Color Profile: PDFs are typically exported using the original color profile of the file, but you can click the Color Profile pop-up menu to assign a different one color profile export.

Export an image to JPEG-2000 format

JPEG-2000 is a flexible, raster image format that lets you either to compress the file or export it uncompressed and retain original image detail. JPEG-2000 offers better compression performance and fewer artifacts compared to the original JPEG format but is not as widely adopted.

Customize the JPEG-2000 file:

Color Profile: JPEG-2000 images are typically exported using the original color profile of the file, but you can click the Color Profile pop-up menu to assign a different one color profile export.

Quality: Drag the quality slider or enter a precise quality percentage to change the level of JPEG-2000 compression. Exporting between 75% to 85% quality can greatly reduce the image size without any noticeable drop in quality. Higher levels of compression will make images lighter but can potentially reduce image quality.

Export an image to GIF format

The GIF or Graphics Interchange Format is a raster image format. GIF images support 8-bit color depth and can display 256 different colors from the 24-bit RGB color space. GIF file format is suitable for exporting simple graphics such as solid-color logos but may bring out unwanted artifacts in color gradients or photos.

Export an image to BMP format

BMP is a raster image format, primarily used for legacy purposes only. BMP doesn't use uncompression, making the file sizes of the exported images larger.

Export an image to SVG format

The SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) format is a vector file format. SVG images and their properties are defined in XML text files, so SVG images can be created and edited with any text editor, as well as graphics software.

Export an image to WebP format

Due to smaller file sizes, WebP is a popular file format for displaying images on the web. WebP files support transparency and are around 25% smaller than comparable PNGs and JPEGs of the same quality.

Customize the WebP file:

Color Profile: WebP images are typically exported using the original color profile of the file, but you can click the Color Profile pop-up menu to assign a different one color profile export.

Quality: Drag the quality slider or enter a precise quality percentage to change the level of WebP compression. At 100% quality, you get lossless compression, like with PNG. At 99% quality or lower, you get lossy compression, like with JPEG.

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