In late 2018, Pixelmator announced it would release a new image editor for iPad called Pixelmator Photo. As promised, the app is now available for iPad owners to download from the App Store for $4.99 USD.

Pixelmator Photo version 1.0 offers nondestructive image editing on iPad, including what Pixelmator calls 'desktop-class photo editing tools' and AI-powered film emulation presets. Features include a Repair tool for removing objects from photos, advanced color adjustments, machine learning-based adjustments and presets, nine preset film emulation groups, and support for raw images.

Pixelmator built its new app specifically for the iPad and its various technologies, including Core Image, Core ML 2, and Metal. The app supports the 3rd-gen iPad Air, 5th-gen iPad mini, 5th- and 6th-gen iPad, and the iPad Pro 9.7 and later.