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

    • Tap in the toolbar.
    • Press A on your keyboard.
  2. If the Color Adjustments pane isn't visible, tap More and choose Show Adjustments from the menu that appears.

  3. Tap the switch next to the adjustment to turn it on.

  4. Use the controls to change the adjustment settings.

Tip: Tap in the toolbar 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.

Customize the list of color adjustments

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

  1. Tap More at the bottom of the Color Adjustments pane and choose Customize Adjustments.
  2. In the list of adjustments, select which adjustments to make visible and which ones to hide by default.

At the bottom of the adjustments list you can also select the following options:

  • Show Default Adjustments — shows only the adjustments you've selected.
  • Show All Adjustment — shows all adjustments in Pixelmator Photo.
Customize the list of color adjustments

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

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Tap in the toolbar.
    • Press A on your keyboard.
  2. If the Color Adjustments pane isn't visible, tap More and choose Customize Adjustments from the menu that appears.

  3. In the list of adjustments, tap to select which adjustments to show in the Color Adjustments pane and which ones to hide.

At the top of the adjustments list you can also select the following options:

  • Show Default Adjustments — shows only the adjustments you've selected.
  • Show All Adjustment — shows all adjustments in Pixelmator Photo.
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.

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 next to the Color Adjustments pane.

Note: The icon in the toolbar will undo any last action in Pixelmator Photo using any tool.

Choose the position of the Color Adjustments pane

The Color Adjustments pane can be placed on the left or the right side of your screen. To move it, touch the edge of the Color Adjustments pane and slide it in the direction you want. The adjustments will automatically snap to either the left or the right side of the screen.

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.
    • 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.
    • Press A on your keyboard.
  2. Edit your photo.

  3. At the bottom of the Color Adjustment pane, tap More and choose Adjust Intensity.

  4. Drag the Intensity slider to adjust the overall intensity of the applied adjustments.

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

    • Tap in the toolbar.
    • Press A on your keyboard.
  2. Edit your photo.

  3. Tap More next to the Color Adjustment pane and tap Adjust Intensity.

  4. Drag the Intensity slider to control how much the color adjustments blend with the original image and tap Done to confirm.

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 More .

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

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

Go to a particular adjustment
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Tap in the toolbar.
    • Press A on your keyboard.
  2. More next to the Color Adjustment pane and tap Go to Adjustment.

  3. In the list of adjustments, tap the one you'd like to view. The selected adjustment will be turned on automatically.

Note: If you don't see an adjustment you'd like to view, tap Customize Adjustments in the More menu and select the adjustment from the list.

Go to a particular adjustment
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Tap in the toolbar.
    • Press A on your keyboard.
  2. At the bottom of the Color Adjustment pane, tap More and choose Go to Adjustment.

  3. In the list of adjustments, tap the one you'd like to view. The selected adjustment will be turned on automatically.

Note: If you don't see an adjustment you'd like to view, tap Customize Adjustments in the More menu and select the adjustment from the list.