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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, the connected external drives, or other third-party storage providers. You can switch between the Files and the Photos browsers in the Settings menu 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 Settings and choose Show Photos.

  2. Tap the photo to preview it, then tap Edit in the top-right corner to start editing.

Tip: When previewing images, you can swipe left and right to browse your library, delete photos, or add them to Favorites. Note that the changes you make in Pixelmator Photo will reflect in the Photos app and vice versa.

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 Settings and choose Show Files.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • Tap the photo thumbnail to start editing.
    • Tap Recents to view the recently edited images.
    • Tap Browse to browse all the locations on your iPad. To add or remove locations, tap the More menu at the top of the left sidebar and 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, try searching for it, tap Browse or Recents at the bottom of the screen, or see Find a photo for more info.

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 iPad but do not contain any nondestructive edits. If you'd like to edit the originals of these photos, in the photo preview, touch and hold Edit and tap Edit Original.

  • 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, in the photo preview, touch and hold Edit and tap Edit Original.

  • 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 two versions of the same photo — JPEG and RAW — are available. To choose which one to edit, touch and hold Edit in the top-right, and tap "Edit JPEG" or "Edit RAW".