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Open a photo

Using Pixelmator Photo, you can edit photos from your Photos library or any location you can typically access through the Files app. This includes iCloud Drive, connected external drives, or other third-party storage providers. You can switch between the Files and the Photos browsers by tapping at the top of the screen.

Pixelmator Photo supports all the most popular image formats, such as RAW, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and a range of others.

Open images from Photos
  1. In the Photos browser, find the photo you'd like to edit. If the Files browser opens, tap and choose Photos.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • Tap the photo thumbnail to open and start editing a photo.
    • Tap Favorites at the bottom of the screen to browse photos marked as favorites in Photos.
    • Tap Edited to browse photos edited using Pixelmator Photo.
    • Tap Albums to browse all your Photos albums.

    Tip: In the Photos browser, you can tap at the top of the screen to turn on "View Albums as List" option to list Photos albums in alphabetical order or turn it off to display albums as they appear in the Photos library.

Open images saved on iPhone, in iCloud Drive, or other locations
  1. In the Files browser, find the photo you'd like to edit. If the Photos browser opens, tap and choose Files.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • Tap the photo thumbnail to open and start editing a photo.
    • Tap Recents at the bottom of the screen to view recently edited images.
    • Tap Browse to browse all the locations on your iPhone. To add or remove locations, tap the More button at the top of the locations list choose Edit.
    • Search for photos by name using the search field at the top of the screen. If you don’t see the photo you want to open, see Navigate the Files browser for more info on finding your way around the Files browser.

Important: Pixelmator Photo doesn't import files by default, so any changes you make to photos within the app will reflect in the actual locations they are stored in. For instance, if you delete a photo in Pixelmator Photo, it will be deleted from its folder in Files or an album in Photos.

Badges in Photos

When browsing photos, you may notice different badges attached to them.

  • Photos marked with badge are edited using Pixelmator Photo or any other app on your iPhone but do not contain any nondestructive edits. If you'd like to edit the originals of these photos, touch and hold the photo thumbnail and choose Revert to Original from the Quick Actions menu that appears.

  • Photos nondestructively edited in Pixelmator Photo are marked with badge. You can always continue editing these photos from where you left off, or if you'd like to edit the originals, touch and hold the photo thumbnail and choose Revert to Original from the Quick Actions menu that appears.

  • badge marks photographs taken in a RAW file format. Pixelmator Photo can open and work with any a RAW file format supported by iOS.

  • badge means a photo has been taken using both, JPEG and RAW file formats. Pixelmator Photo will prioritize opening RAW photos in such cases.

Open images from Photos
  1. In the Photos browser, find the photo you'd like to edit. If the Files browser opens, tap and choose Photos. Do any of the following:

    • Tap Recents to browse photos recently added to your Photos library, or recently edited ones.
    • Tap Edited to browse photos recently edited in Pixelmator Photo.
    • Tap Favorites to browse favorited photos from your Photos library.
    • Tap albums in the left sidebar to browse photos in those albums.
  2. Tap the thumbnail of a photo to start editing.

Tip: In the Photos browser, you can tap at the top of the screen to turn on "View Albums as List" option to list Photos albums in alphabetical order or turn it off to display albums as they appear in the Photos library.

Open images saved on iPad, in iCloud Drive, or other locations
  1. In the Files browser, find the photo you'd like to edit. If the Photos browser opens, tap and choose Files. Do any of the following:

    • Tap Recents to view the recently edited images.
    • Tap tags or locations in the left sidebar to see tagged photos and folders, or files in a particular location. To add or remove locations, tap the More button at the top of the left sidebar and choose Edit.
    • Search for photos by name or file extension using the search field at the top of the screen. If you don’t see the photo you want to open, see Navigate the Files browser for more info on finding your way around the Files browser.
  2. Tap the thumbnail of a photo to start editing.

If an image is too large to be opened, you'll see an alert. The maximum image size varies based on iPad model.

Important: Pixelmator Photo doesn't import files by default, so any changes you make to photos within the app will reflect in the actual locations they are stored in. For instance, if you delete a photo in Pixelmator Photo, it will be deleted from its folder in Files or an album in Photos.

Badges in Photos

When browsing photos, you may notice different badges attached to them.

  • Photos marked with badge are edited using Pixelmator Photo or any other app on your iPhone but do not contain any nondestructive edits. If you'd like to edit the originals of these photos, touch and hold the photo thumbnail and choose Revert to Original from the Quick Actions menu that appears.

  • Photos nondestructively edited in Pixelmator Photo are marked with badge. You can always continue editing these photos from where you left off, or if you'd like to edit the originals, touch and hold the photo thumbnail and choose Revert to Original from the Quick Actions menu that appears.

  • badge marks photographs taken in a RAW file format. Pixelmator Photo can open and work with any a RAW file format supported by iOS.

  • badge means a photo has been taken using both, JPEG and RAW file formats. Pixelmator Photo will prioritize opening RAW photos in such cases.