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Basic gestures

You can use the different iPad gestures to achieve different things in Pixelmator Photo: tap to hide, show, or move parts of the Pixelmator Photo interface, pinch to zoom in or zoom out of your image, drag to control different tools, features, and more.


Using one finger, quickly and firmly touch the screen, then lift your finger. Use this gesture to choose tools, activate features, turn adjustments or adjustment settings on or off.

Note: You can also tap the Pixelmator Photo toolbar at the top of the screen to show or hide it.


Using one finger, quickly tap the screen twice. In Pixelmator Photo you can use double-tap to reset individual sliders or points in color adjustments without affecting other settings of the same adjustment.

Double-tap a photo to view it in actual size.

Swipe and drag

Quickly slide one finger side to side on the screen to swipe.

Gently glide your finger over an image to move it around your work area or to pan when zoomed in.

Touch and hold

Gently hold down one finger on an item on the screen to use the gesture. Here are a few uses of the touch and hold gesture in Pixelmator Photo:

  • Touch and hold a photo (or the area around it for the Repair tool) to see how it looked like originally or without the specific edits.
  • Touch and hold the color adjustment presets to see the context menu with the additional remove, share, redefine, and rename options
  • Touch and hold the crop presets to remove them.


Place two fingers on the screen and spread them apart to zoom in on a specific part of your photo. Pinch your fingers bringing them together to zoom out.