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

    Paint & Erase

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


    A full set of powerful and advanced retouching tools to touch up and enhance images


    The Distort tools in Pixelmator for iOS let you quickly and easily reshape areas of your image

    Adjust Colors

    Beautifully toned color adjustment tools to perfect colors and adjust white balance

    Add Effects

    Over 14 breathtaking effects to subtly improve or change the image’s look and feel


    Powerful and pixel-accurate selection tools to quickly and easily select any part of an image

    Crop & Straighten

    Straighten the image angle or easily crop parts of an image with easy-to-use controls


    Choose from 18 predesigned text styles and edit with a full set of advanced typography features


    Add shapes in 8 predesigned color styles, then adjust the contours with easy-to-use controls

    Layer Styles

    Non-destructive styling options: Opacity, Blending, Fill, Stroke, Shadow, Reflection

    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



    Pencil draws graphite-looking strokes: Mechanical Pencil, Medium Pencil, Soft Mechanical Pencil, Water Pencil, Soft Pencil, Pastel Pencil, Color Pencil, Carbon Pencil, Carpenter Pencil, Crayon Pencil, Woodless Pencil, and Double Pencil


    Marker paints soft strokes for natural, hand-drawn painting: Pen, Typography Pen, Ballpoint Pen, Fabric Marker, Smashed Pen, Marker, Flex Marker, Highlighter, Manga Brush, Walter Marker, Wide Marker, and Graffiti Marker


    Paint to create realistic watercolor paintings: Parallel Brush, Edge Brush, Filbert Brush, Light Brush, Soft Brush, Hard Brush, Sponge Brush, Mixed Brush, Scattered Brush, Vose Brush, Varnish Brush, and Triangular Brush


    Crayon paints soft textured strokes that can overlay each over: Drawing Cloth, Carbon Stick, Chalk, Square Oil Pastel, Oil Pastel, Coal, Pastel Chalk, Charcoal, Pastel, Wax Stick, Soft Crayon, and Square Pastel


    Ink pen gives a variety of nibs for different drawing styles: Old Feather, Clumsy Ink, Dry Brush, Broken Ink, Thread Brush, Chinese Brush, Old Calligraphy Brush, Calligraphy Brush, Japanese Brush, Fanny Foam, Foam Brush, and Lettering Brush


    Spray brush to create splashes of paint in various forms: Stone Spray, Soft Spray, Metallic Spray, Broken Spray, Crazy Spray, Blast Spray, Gravel Spray, Old Spray Can, Thick Spray, Spray Splatter, Dynamic Spray, and Spray Can


    Create true-to-life watercolor paintings: Oval Wash, Waterbrush, Onion Tip, Watercolor Pencil, Neptune Brush, Aqua Flow, Scatter Wash, Goliath Wash, Fan Wash, Sparkle Wash, Decorative Wash, Rotary Wash


    Smudge tool to create smear painting effect: Foam, Crayon, Wax, Finger, Noisy, Round, Sponge, Spray, Water, Oil, Spatula, and Brush

    Basic Brush

    Paint with simple round brushes or create pixel art images: Soft, Medium, Hard, Pixel


    Dozens of erasers from regular to stylized: Kneaded, Vinyl, Rubber, Manga, Light, Soft, Hard, Block, Pastel, Cloud, Soap, and Pixel

    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


    Instantly enhance colors with 8 presets designed for single-tap color adjustments


    Control image shadows, highlights, and overall image tonality with the help of live histograms

    Brightness & Contrast

    Brightness, Contrast, and Saturation allow quick brightness and contrast color corrections

    Color Balance

    Color Balance allows the overall color mixing in an image while maintaining its tonal balance

    White Balance

    Remove color cast with the neutral color reference, temperature, and tint controls


    Live histogram gives full control over the adjustments to an image’s tonal range

    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



    Softens an entire image or selected area to create a more focused area or soften the details


    Increases the clarity in a photo by strengthening hard edges and increasing contrast


    Darkens the edges of an image to create a dark soft-edged frame around it


    Creates a strong or light grainy look to give an image a more vibrant look

    Hue & Saturation

    Changes overall image colors and tonality or selected color channels


    Applies a coordinated set of colors with some grain to create an aged image look

    Black & White

    Changes images into professional-looking black and white pictures with a tint of grain

    Light Leak

    Applies bright color strokes of light to an image in various color sets and arrangements


    Applies brightly colored circles to create a blurred and out-of-focus effect in an image


    Blurs an image’s content below and above the selected area to simulate a toy-model world


    Blurs an image’s content around the edges to focus on the image’s center


    Creates a selected size bump in the image area that has been selected and pushes it upwards


    Pinches the image content inward to distort the edges of an image the most


    Creates a kaleidoscopic image from an opened image by applying 12-way symmetry

    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



    Quickly and seamlessly remove anything from an image


    Easily brush over the area to lighten image shadows or any other areas that are too dark


    Brush to fix an overexposed image area or emphasize darker shadows in your photos


    Use a brush to copy one part of an image onto another part of the same image


    Subtly sharpen to increase image details by increasing the contrast on brushed areas


    Blurs and softens image areas that are being brushed to take away or put in more focus


    Easily blend colors in areas of an image, soften hard edges and sharp details, or create special effects


    Gives an extra burst and vibrancy of color on the image to the areas being brushed


    Tones down the colors on the image in the areas being brushed until they are in black and white

    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


    Drag your finger to pull an area of an image in any direction you want


    Touch and hold down your finger to bloat an area of an image


    Touch and hold down your finger to squeeze an area of an image

    Twirl Left

    Touch and hold down your finger to twist or twirl an area of an image

    Twirl Right

    Touch and hold down your finger to twist or twirl an area of an image


    Swipe over an area to quickly and easily reduce or undo the changes you’ve made

    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

    Free Selection

    Draw selections of any size or shape to select irregularly shaped objects

    Elliptical Selection

    Draw rounded selections around oval or round objects

    Rectangular Selection

    Draw square or rectangular selections around square-shaped objects

    Color Selection

    Select similarly colored areas as you drag on an image canvas

    Quick Selection

    Simply swipe over areas to make incredibly precise selections (available on iPad 4 or later)

    Magnetic Selection

    Make detailed selections by tracing the edges of objects in your image.

    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

    iOS Integration

    Fully supported iOS features and technologies like iCloud Drive, Handoff, and more


    Takes advantage of iCloud to easily store and access images on your iPad, iPhone, and Mac


    Start editing an image on iPad or iPhone and pick up right where you left off on Mac

    Multitasking on iPad

    Split View and Slide Over let you use Pixelmator and any other app simultaneously


    Embraced Photo Editing extension so you can apply effects without leaving Photos app

    iOS Share

    Share images with other apps, send via Mail, or post to social networks

    Photos Support

    Send created images to Photos Library or import pictures from the library to Pixelmator

    64-bit architecture

    With 64-bit architecture support, Pixelmator brings desktop-class image editing to iOS

    iSight & FaceTime camera support

    Add images to a composition using FaceTime or iSight camera right in Pixelmator

    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


    English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese


    Pixelmator for iOS requires iOS 11 or later.