Pixelmator Photo is one of the best iOS photo editors out there, and ML Enhance is arguably its best feature. With it, photographers can use their iPhone or iPad to make impressive and effective edits to their photos with the tap of a single button.
What is it?
You can think of ML Enhance as an auto-enhance tool. To put it simply, when you tap it, Pixelmator Photo automatically adjusts and improves your picture.
But in reality, there’s nothing simple about ML Enhance. Under the hood, the feature makes a wide range of adjustments, altering as many as 37 different areas (like white balance, exposure, and individual color ranges) to make your photograph look as impressive as possible. To do this, Pixelmator Photo’s ML Enhance takes advantage of machine learning, based on the analysis of millions of professional photos.
How to use it
To use ML Enhance on an image, you’ll first need to import that image into Pixelmator Photo. You can either do this in the app by choosing an image from the Camera Roll or the Files app, or you can use the Share menu to send a photograph direct from the Photos app into Pixelmator Photo.
Once you’ve got your image, the rest is simple. In the top-right corner of the screen are a set of icons, and the left-most icon – which looks like a magic wand and features the letters “ML” – is the ML Enhance button. Tap it, and Pixelmator Photo will get to work.
While the results are usually great, ML Enhance can sometimes make edits which you aren’t pleased with. In the left-hand corner of the app is a Revert button that can switch the photograph back to the original.
Or, if you’re familiar with photo-editing apps like Pixelmator Photo, you can also fine-tune the image yourself.
To do so, tap the edit button in the right-hand corner of the app – it looks like three horizontal meters. This reveals an editing side pane where settings including temperature, saturation, brightness, and contrast can all be tweaked. Plus, running along the bottom of the screen are a range of filters which you can apply to your picture, regardless of whether it’s been ML Enhanced or not.
Pixelmator Photo – which includes the ML Enhance feature – is available on the App Store for $4.99 (£4.99). It’s a great mobile photo-editor that will work wonders for both professional photographers and amateurs alike.