Pixelmator for iPad

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Technical Specifications

Touch up and enhance. Apply dazzling effects. Draw or paint. Create gorgeous advanced
compositions, and so much more. Packed with powerful creative tools and engineered
to harness the full iOS and 64-bit architecture power. Pixelmator for iPad is a real
image editor right at your fingertips.

Creative Tools

  • Layer-based image editing

  • Precise layout tools

  • Vertical and horizontal rulers

  • Smart alignment guides, including center guides, edge guides, and spacing guides

  • Snapping to layers and image edges

  • Add different shapes, like Rounded Square, Circle, Triangle, Rhomb, Pentagon, Star, Heart, and Line shapes

  • Adjust shapes with smart controls:
    Rounded Square—sharpen or make more round corners; Triangle and Polygon—change the number of sides; Star—change the number of points and their shape

  • Advanced typography features:
    Choose from over 70 fonts, change size, apply gradient or solid color, choose character style, and set the alignment and line spacing

  • Image Gallery to store images on iPad or right
    to iCloud

  • Edit image gallery:
    Sort images by date or name, organize images into folders; rename and duplicate images; delete images

  • Create a blank, a blank landscape, and custom size images

  • Create images from Clipboard, template, FaceTime or iSight cameras, or open from Photo Library or iCloud Drive

  • Quick help with coaching tips

  • In-app help

  • Create and share images in Pixelmator file format

  • Share images in most popular file formats, including Photoshop images with layers, JPEG, and PNG

  • Send images to iCloud Drive in JPEG, PNG, and Photoshop file formats

  • Up to 4096 x 4096 pixel canvas size support

  • Send a copy via Mail, Messages, Twitter, and Facebook, Airdrop, and Print; Open in Another App; Save Image to Photo Library

  • Over 30 inspiring templates to get started:

  • Collage — Mosaic, Grid, Lopsided, Rounded, Parallel, and Oblong

  • Frame — Sharp, Rounded, Artistic, Grunge, Elastic, Pastel, and Blurry

  • Card — Best Wishes, Thank You, Happy Holidays, Love Is…, Happy Birthday, Summer Greetings, and Congratulations

  • Poster — Colorful Life, Summer, Keep On Dreaming…, Pool Party, Spring Break, and Adventure

  • Photography — Rain Drops, Light Bokeh, Sunbeams, Splash, Light Leak, and Color Rays

  • Vintage — Burned Out, Torn Photo, Illuminated Film, Aged Photo, Faded Film, and Washed Out


  • Over 70 real-life brushes carefully arranged into six collections

  • Adjust brush tip size

  • Adjust Smudge and Eraser tools’ sizes and strengths

  • Choose colors from an image with the Eyedropper tool or from the Color pane

  • Color pane includes color well, hue and saturation, opacity controls, and a quick view of previous and current colors

  • Seven predesigned color swatch palettes

  • Empty swatches to add more colors and create your own color collections

  • Full Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus and Intuos Creative Stylus 2 support to paint and edit

  • Stylus shortcuts support

  • Stylus battery level display

  • The brush stroke size and opacity are directly related to the drawing speed and acceleration

  • Brushes take advantage of a double texture feature that shapes the brush stroke and its texture

  • Two types of brush strokes:
    Overlaying and not overlaying to resemble real-life painting or for technical and precise drawings

  • Crayons brushes enhanced with wetness effect, so that the painting looks more natural

  • OpenGL ES 2.0 based painting engine for super fast and incredibly responsive painting

Color Adjustments

  • Unique color adjustment technology that combines all adjustments non-destructively

  • Live histogram to view color values in real-time

  • Intelligent saturation increase algorithm leaves no artifacts so you can play with it as much as you want

  • Intelligent saturation decrease algorithm happens in linear color space to preserve natural color as much as possible

  • Incredibly fast adjustments because Pixelmator utilizes CPU and GPU at the same time


  • Over 14 breathtaking effects

  • Vintage effect in 7 different styles: Bauhaus, Art Deco, Romantic, Retro, Hippie, Punk, and Urban

  • Black-and-white effect in 7 different styles: Washed, Bright, Mellow, Faded, Inky, Dark, and Grainy

  • Light leak effect in various color sets and arrangements: Nebula, Arcturus, Rigel, Taurus, Orion, Lyra, Vega, and Pavo

  • Bokeh effect in 7 different styles: Magnolia, Amber, Emerald, Apricot, Ruby, Celeste, and Ivory

  • Light Leak, Bokeh, Miniaturize, Focus, Bump, Pinch, and Kaleidscope effects have a rope to control the center and size of the effect

  • Blur, Sharpen, Vignette, and Noise effects have
    a wheel to control the effect strength

  • Advanced Hue and Saturation algorithm maintains brightness and saturation level so that image colors are beautifully balanced

  • Rope reacts to built-in accelerometer to change its real-life look as you move the iPad


  • 9 top-quality retouching tools

  • Lighten, Darken, Smudge, Sharpen, Soften, Saturate, and Desaturate tools have an adjustable stroke strength

  • Zoom aware editing — the size of the stroke is adjusted to the current zoom level

  • Advanced Repair tool technologies:

  • Patches — remove selected areas by replacing them with small pieces (patches) of images surrounding them

  • Smart technology — sophisticated algorithms to calculate exactly which areas can be used as patches

  • Color correction — each patch is color-corrected so that it matches the background of the area being repaired

  • Transition area — adjusts the imprecise selection of an object so that entire object can be removed

  • Structure matching — matches the color and the structure of the background area

  • Patch flipping — flips the patches to make the repairing smoother

  • Larger patching area — larger patches have more information, which makes it easier to repair an image more seamlessly

  • 4x less memory — the new technology uses four times less memory than before

Selection Tools

  • 5 pixel-precise selection tools

  • Live selection preview when selecting with Magic Wand tool

  • "Add to" selection and "Subtract from" selection modes

  • Refine selection tool to soften selection borders

  • Resize selection tool to enlarge or reduce the selection size

  • Rotate selection to change its angle

  • Cut, Copy, and Paste selection content as a new layer

  • Paint, retouch, apply effects, and adjust colors to selected areas

  • Selection marching ants animation is vector-based so it looks seamlessly continuous


  • Layer-based image editing

  • Create new, duplicate, delete, rename, or hide layers

  • Create editable text and shape layers

  • Add layer from FaceTime and iSight cameras

  • Create layers from photos stored on an iPad

  • Add predesigned pattern, color, or gradient layers

  • Adjust layer opacity

  • Lock layers and groups

  • Group layers

  • Merge grouped layers

  • Arrange layers

  • Move layer to back or front

  • Rotate layer left or right

  • Flip layer vertically or horizontally

  • Resize layer

  • Layer styles:
    Fill layers with gradient or solid color; apply gradient or solid color stroke; choose stroke width; add shadow by setting shadow offset, color, blur and opacity; add reflection effect and adjust its opacity

  • Set different blending modes:
    Normal, Dissolve, Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Linear Burn, Darken Color, Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, Linear Burn, Darker Color, Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, Linear Dodge, Lighter Dodge, Overly, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light, Hard Mix, Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, Divide, Hue, Saturate, Color, and Luminosity

  • Use up to 18 layers on regular size images. Layer limits may vary depending on image size and iPad generation

iOS 8 Integration

  • iPad orientation support to work with images in landscape or portrait

  • iOS Clipboard support to copy and paste images between apps

  • Open image from other apps like Mail or Photos

  • Camera Roll support to access images stored on your iPad

  • Native iOS 8 user experience

  • Standard 50-step-deep iOS undo support


  • Interface designed to work with images specifically on iPad

  • Tool bar to access tools, settings, sharing, and help

  • Layers bar to add new, arrange, and edit layers

  • Tools, Add Layer, Settings, and Share panes

  • Rulers and alignment guides

  • Action tooltips gives an idea of what happens on canvas

  • Full-Screen mode

  • Auto Save saves image versions while making edits

  • OpenGL ES allows speedy hardware-accelerated image editing; iPad Air supports OpenGL ES 3.0

  • Grand Central Dispatch to take advantage of multicore hardware

  • Core Image brings near-real-time performance for processing tasks on GPU

  • vImage improves high-performance image processing tasks on CPU

  • Accelerate Framework improves CPU usage on demanding tasks

  • Neon optimization accelerates custom image processing tasks up to 4x

  • DisplayLink brings fast and seamless image editing experience

  • State-of-the-art Painting Engine based on OpenGL ES combined with fast image processing frameworks



Pixelmator for iPad is compatible with iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad mini, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 support. For best performance, we recommend iPad 4 or later.