Pixelmator Photo is a new and powerful RAW photo editor designed for iPad from the ground up

Pixelmator Photo is a new and powerful RAW photo editor designed for iPad from the ground up
Pixelmator is a name that is well-known among photo enthusiasts: it is one of the best image editors around, and ever since Apple itself teased the new Pixelmator Photo for iPad at its late 2018 event, we were thrilled to see how it improves RAW photo editing on the go.

Now, Pixelmator Photo is here and it's everything it promised to be. It supports over 500 different RAW formats, meaning that you can easily bring all sorts of files from all sorts of cameras onto your iPad. The most impressive feature, however, seems to be the AI engine inside the app. The developers of the app used a neural network of some 20 million image pairs to come up with a one-button "enhance" button that brings the best of your photos. The machine learning capabilities also apply to even simple operations like cropping, so you get a suggested crop without ever manually tweaking the image.

Another extremely cool feature of Pixelmator Photo is object removal, which allows you to replace an object or a person that got into your photo and have it replaced with the background of the image effortlessly

And here is a quick overview of the functionalities that you get in Pixelmator Photo:

You should also know that unlike many other apps, Pixelmator Photo is designed from the ground up with the iPad in mind and it's not just an iPhone app ported to a larger screen. You get fast and smooth performance, controls optimized for the larger screen estate, and impressively smooth rotation of the menus when switching between landscape and portrait mode for editing.

The app also integrates with iCloud Drive perfectly, so you can grab your files with no delay, wherever you are and whatever machine you are using, which makes switching from iMac to iPad for editing one effortless process.

You also get a bunch of film emulation presets with the app, which is another cool feature.

Best of all, Pixelmator Photo is available for a set price of just $5 and there are no in-app purchases, and no shenanigans.

Get Pixelmator Photo for iPad ($5) on the App Store here



1. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

iPad getting pro apps, nice!

2. midan

Posts: 2982; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Looking very good, but still waiting real photoshop more.

4. KingSam

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

If you aren't a pro using the desktop apps then the subscription will be a turn off. For $5 upfront this is a steal.

6. midan

Posts: 2982; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

So far adobe haven’t decided how they will price the photoshop, if you don’t have newer info? I couldn’t find anything except that they don’t know yet if it’s subscription or one time payment. This app also have hardly nothing do with the photoshop which have layers like affinity pro. Which are real graphic designing apps. This is just for simple photo editing.

3. KingSam

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I don't have a laptop or desktop and recently bought a canon m50. I use the canon app to import photos over wifi and one downside is the app converts raw to jpeg, which is canons fault. I could buy a lightning to SD reader to get raw. Currently I edit with Lightroom mobile (for the free hsl color tools) and mainly darkroom (hsl and curves are paid features). I planned to buy Darkroom for $10 and was iffy and then this drops for $5 with features comparable to Affinity photo which is a $20 app like photoshop. I think the choice is obvious. I just need a few reviews first.

5. Victor.H

Posts: 1076; Member since: May 27, 2011

Pixelmator Photo should do it for you. Plus, it looks like a steal at just $5.

7. KingSam

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I bought it and it’s good for photo editing. One big bummer is no iPhone app. iPad only at the moment although their other apps offer iPhone app so I guess that will be coming later.

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