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Use the Pixelmator Pro Photos extension

The Pixelmator Pro Photos extension lets you edit your images and create graphic designs using all the tools available in Pixelmator Pro right in the Photos app. You can use it in combination with the editing tools built into Photos.

Open and edit an image

After you've downloaded Pixelmator Pro, there's nothing special you need to do to install the extension — it shows up in Photos automatically and you can start editing photos right away.

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Find the image you want to edit and double-click to open it.
  3. In the top-right corner of the screen, click Edit.
  4. Then, in the toolbar at the top of the screen, click and choose Pixelmator Pro.

    Note: If Pixelmator Pro isn’t available in the list, click Manage, then click Photos Editing in the left sidebar, and turn on Pixelmator Pro.

  5. Edit your photo. For any tools or features unavailable in the Tools sidebar on the left, use keyboard shortcuts. Find a full list of keyboard shortcuts here.

  6. Save your changes by clicking Save Changes in the top-right corner or click Cancel to discard them.

Save changes

When saving changes made using the Pixelmator Pro extension for the first time, you can choose whether or not you’d like to preserve your nondestructive edits — such as layers, adjustments, and effects — in your Photos library.

  • Preserve Edits. This will preserve any layers, adjustments, effects, and other nondestructive changes you make using the Pixelmator Pro extension and they will be restored the next time you open images edited using the extension.

  • Save Flattened. Only the final, edited images will be saved to your library — layers, adjustments, effects, and other nondestructive changes will be discarded.

You can change the method of saving changes at any point in the Pixelmator Pro extension preferences.

Note: To make saving edits in Photos possible, Pixelmator Pro creates a PXD file in the Pixelmator Pro folder in iCloud or the Pictures folder on your Mac. If iCloud is turned off, the documents will be automatically saved to Pictures.

Import Pixelmator Pro documents to Photos

You can take any existing Pixelmator Pro document and bring it over to your Photos library — all layers and nondestructive adjustments included.

  1. Select any photo in your Photos library and choose Image > Duplicate 1 Photo.
  2. In the top-right corner of the screen click Edit.
  3. In the toolbar at the top of your screen, click and choose Pixelmator Pro.
  4. Press the Command ⌘ + O keyboard shortcut to bring up the Replace dialog.
  5. Navigate to the Pixelmator Pro document you’d like to import and click Replace.

Pixelmator Pro User Guide