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Interface overview

When you open a photo to edit in Pixelmator Photo, you'll notice two main sections — the toolbar with all the available tools and settings, and your photo in the center. The photo editing mode is activated when you select a tool. The options for that particular tool appear in a separate sidebar, presets bar, or the tool options bar, and change when you select different tools.

1. Cancel or go back to photos

Tap Cancel to close a photo and return to the Photos or Files browser. If you already applied some changes to a photo, a "Discard Changes" pop-up will appear. Tap it to return to photos without saving changes.

2. Undo and redo changes

Allows you to undo the changes you've made to a photo step by step. You can also touch and hold to redo the last action.

When in the Photos browser, you can also touch and hold a photo thumbnail and choose Revert to Original from the Quick Actions menu that appears.

3. Revert to Original

Reverts the photo to the original. All changes from all previous editing sessions are removed. You can also touch and hold a photo directly in the Photos browser to choose Revert to Original from the Quick Actions menu.

4. Comparison slider

Shows a split view of your photo. Drag the split preview slider to compare the photo before and after edits.

5. Name of the photo

You can rename your photos saved in the Files browser. Touch and hold the thumbnail of a photo you'd like to rename and choose Rename to do so.

Note: It is not possible to rename photos in the Photos browser — you can do that via the Files browser only.

6. ML Enhance

Automatically enhances colors, contrast, and brightness of a photo. You can additionally tweak the photo using the settings available in the Color Adjustments pane.

7. ML Super Resolution

Increases the resolution of your photos while keeping them sharp and detailed. See ML Super Resolution to learn more.

8. Repair

Use the Repair tool to retouch your photos from subtly removing small imperfections to eliminating entire objects. You can learn more about repairing in the Repair tool section of this guide.

9. Crop

Remove unnecessary parts of a photo automatically using machine learning-powered cropping, apply crop presets, or adjust the crop box size and position it manually.

In the Crop tool options, you can also switch to Straightening or Perspective Transform modes, rotate or flip the photo vertically or horizontally.

10. Color Adjustments

Use the Color Adjustments tool to adjust the colors and contrast of a photo, add sharpness, or other special photographic effects. You can also choose from a collection of color adjustment presets created by the Pixelmator Team to give your photo an instant color change. See About color adjustments to get started.

11. More settings

Share and export photos, view their information, copy or paste adjustments, turn a number of Pixelmator Photo settings on or off to best suit your workflow.

12. Save and close a photo

Saves the changes you made to a photo, closes a photo, and returns to the Photos or Files browser.

1. Cancel or go back to photos

Tap Cancel to close a photo and return to the Photos or Files browser. If you already applied some changes to a photo, an option to discard or save those changes will appear. Tap Discard Changes to return to the Photos browser without saving changes or choose Save Changes to keep them.

2. Undo, redo, or revert all changes

Allows you to undo the changes you've made to a photo step by step. You can also touch and hold to redo the last action or choose Revert to Original to revert the photo to the original — all changes from any of the previous editing sessions will be removed.

You can also touch and hold a photo directly in the Photos browser to choose Revert to Original from the Quick Actions menu.

3. Comparison slider

Drag the split preview slider to compare the photo before and after edits.

4. ML Enhance

Automatically enhances colors, contrast, and brightness of a photo. You can additionally tweak the photo using the settings available in the Color Adjustments pane.

5. Repair

Use the Repair tool to retouch your photos from subtly removing small imperfections to eliminating entire objects. You can learn more about repairing in the Repair tool section of this guide.

6. Crop

Remove unnecessary parts of a photo automatically using machine learning-powered cropping, apply crop presets, or adjust the crop box size and position it manually.

In the Crop tool options, you can also switch to Straightening or Perspective Transform modes, rotate or flip the photo vertically or horizontally.

7. Color Adjustments

Use the Color Adjustments tool to adjust colors and contrast of a photo, add sharpness, or other special photographic effects. You can also choose from a collection of color adjustment presets to give your photo an instant color change. See About color adjustments to get started.

8. More settings

Share and export photos, view their information, copy or paste adjustments, turn a number of Pixelmator Photo settings on or off to best suit your workflow.

9. Save and close a photo

Saves the changes you made to a photo, closes it, and returns to the Photos or Files browser.

Use the filmstrip browser

When editing photos in the Photos browser, you'll also find that a filmstrip becomes available on your screen. You can use the filmstrip to browse through photos in the album you're in, or tap the photo thumbnail to start editing. If you swipe left or right on the opened photo, the next or previous photo in the filmstrip will be automatically selected.

Note: If swiping to show the next or previous photo doesn't work, zoom out of the image and make sure Crop and Repair tools are deselected.

If you touch and hold a thumbnail in the filmstrip, it'll open the Quick Actions menu. Here, you can choose to copy or paste adjustments from photo to photo, run pinned workflows, add photos to Favorites, delete them, and more.

You can turn the filmstrip on and off in the Pixelmator Photo settings.