Pixelmator preps AI-powered photo editor for iPad

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Pixelmator Photo will offer a wide sweep of image-editing tools, many enhanced through machine learning.
Pixelmator Photo will offer a wide sweep of image-editing tools, many enhanced through machine learning.
Photo: Pixelmator

Pixelmator makes image editing software for Mac and iPad, and it’s hard at work now on a new iPad application that uses artificial intelligence to improve its photo-editing capabilities.

The new app — dubbed Pixelmator Photo — will employ Apple’s Core ML (machine learning) technology to intelligently improve the exposure and cropping of images.

“From the very first day that we released Pixelmator Pro on Mac, we wanted to bring the same photo editing experience to iPad,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team, in a statement. “And with Pixelmator Photo, we’re bringing a fantastic collection of photo editing tools to iPad — our powerful color adjustments, the magical Repair tool, groundbreaking, AI-powered image enhancement, and more.”

A RAW Pixelmator application

The upcoming software will feature full support for RAW images from over 500 cameras. Its developer seems to be positioning this app as a tool for photographers to pull images straight from their cameras and modify them on a tablet. The iPad Pro just announced yesterday is the first with a USB-C port, and Apple has been playing up this computer’s ability to transfer images from cameras.

This company doesn’t make ‘bare bones” software. Pixelmator Photo will offer Brightness, Exposure, Saturation, Levels, and Curves, plus an  adjustment for adding film grain. The Repair tool will be able to remove small blemishes or entire objects, while the Crop tool will let users adjust the composition of their images. 

It will sport ML Fix, which uses a Core ML-powered algorithm trained on 20 million professional photos to intelligently enhance exposure, white balance, and color range in a picture.

Pixelmator Photo will be available exclusively for iPad and is coming to the App Store later this year. Pricing has not yet been announced.