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About color adjustments

A wide range of Color Adjustments in Pixelmator Photo let you adjust the photo lighting and color in a number of different ways. You can brighten up the photos, add more contrast, increase the intensity of a certain color in a photo, or replace one color with another. The machine learning-powered ML Enhance also makes it possible to fine-tune the colors and lighting of an image automatically.

There are also premade sets of color adjustments, or, in other words — presets — available in Pixelmator Photo. All you have to do to change the look of your photo is scroll the preset collections to find the one you like, and tap to apply it. You can save your own color adjustment combinations as presets to reuse later, or share with others.

All the color adjustments in Pixelmator Photo are nondestructive, so you can switch between tools — crop or repair an image — then go back to the Color Adjustments pane at any time to make some additional tweaks to the photo.

Turn on and apply adjustments
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Tap in the toolbar at the top of the screen.
    • Press A on your keyboard.
  2. Tap the switch next to the adjustment to turn it on.

  3. Use the controls to change the adjustment settings.

Tip: Tap at the top of the screen to compare the photo before and after adjustments.

Turn off adjustments
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Tap in the toolbar at the top of the screen.
    • Press A on your keyboard.
  2. Tap the switch next to the adjustment to turn it off.

Tip: If you'd like to completely remove an adjustment from the list of adjustments, tap Customize at the bottom of the Color Adjustments pane and deselect it.

Customize the list of color adjustments

You can customize the list of color adjustments to only include the adjustments you use most frequently.

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the list of color adjustments and tap Customize.
  2. In the list of adjustments, select which adjustments to make visible and which ones to hide by default.
Reset adjustments and adjustment controls
  • Reset individual adjustments: To reset an adjustment tap at the top of the adjustment. This will revert all the colors, points, and sliders to default.

  • Reset individual adjustment sliders: You can reset the individual adjustment sliders to default by simply double-tapping the slider.

  • Reset all adjustments: To reset any changes made to any of the color adjustments, tap Reset Adjustments at the bottom of the Color Adjustments pane.

Note: Reset Adjustments resets color adjustments only, i.e. reverts all the points, sliders, and colors to default. The Revert button at the top of the screen reverts the image to original, resetting all the tools and adjustments to default.

Lock and unlock adjustments

You can choose to lock any color adjustment and continue editing other color adjustments or apply presets without affecting the locked adjustment.

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Tap in the toolbar at the top of the screen.
    • Press A on your keyboard.
  2. Tap the name of the color adjustment you'd like to lock and choose Lock. To unlock the adjustment, tap .

Adjust intensity of the color adjustments
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Tap in the toolbar at the top of the screen.
    • Press A on your keyboard.
  2. Edit your photo.

  3. Drag the slider at the bottom of the Color Adjustments pane to adjust the overall intensity of the applied adjustments.

Turn the presets bar on or off

In the presets bar, you can find a number of premade color adjustments collections or save your own set of adjustments as a preset. You can also turn the presets bar on or off in the document settings.

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Tap in the toolbar at the top of the screen.
    • Press A on your keyboard.
  2. Tap Settings.

  3. In the list of document settings, turn Presets on or off.

See Color adjustment presets to learn more about creating, managing, and sharing presets.