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Sharpen an image

Use the Sharpen adjustment to make the finer details in an image clearer. When you apply this adjustment, Pixelmator Pro finds any edges (touching light and dark pixels) in your image and locally increases the contrast to make those edges clearer.


Sharpen an image

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Color Adjustments > Sharpen (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click and choose Sharpen from the Add menu.
  2. Drag the Radius slider to control how much of an area around an edge should be sharpened. You can also manually enter a value from 0 to 10 pixels. Hold down the Option ⌥ key before dragging if you’d like to extend the range of the slider beyond 10 pixels. You can also enter a percentage value from 0 to 100 pixels.
  3. Drag the Intensity slider to control how much the edges in the image should be sharpened. You can also manually enter a value from 0% to 100%.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any color adjustments.

To reset your changes, click the Sharpen pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset.


The Sharpen adjustment nondestructively sharpens entire layers and selections. To sharpen a specific area in an image by drawing over it, check out sharpen under the Retouch tools.

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