Pixaki User Guide


To access the settings menu, press the settings icon from the artboard screen. Here you can make changes to the current document set-up, and adjust Pixaki to suit your preferences.


Document settings

Canvas size

You can adjust the size of the canvas by selecting the ‘Canvas size’ option, which will take you to the canvas resize screen. Touch and drag on the resize handles in the corners to adjust the size, which can be made smaller or larger than the current canvas (you can also make adjustments by moving the edges of the selection). Touch and drag on the image to reposition it within the frame.

The size of the current selection is shown in the bar at the top; tapping on this will open a number pad where you can input an exact size. When you are happy with the new size, press the done button to resize. Resizing the canvas is undoable, so you don’t need to worry about losing work if you make a mistake.



Pixaki has a fully customisable grid that can be overlaid on the artboard to help with aligning elements or creating tilesets.

Show grid

Toggle the grid on or off. If on, the grid will be shown when the canvas zoom is greater than 100%.

Grid size

Adjust the number of pixels between the grid lines.


Adjust the colour and opacity of the grid lines.

Save as Defaults

Save the grid configuration as the default configuration for new documents.


Interface settings

Show sidebar on right

The sidebar contains the layers and the palette. You can choose to show the sidebar either on the left or the right of the screen.

Show tools on the right

This setting puts the tools in the toolbar on the right instead of the left, and moves undo and redo over to the left.

Show layers

If you prefer to work on a single layer, or want the palette to occupy the full height of the screen, you can hide the layers list in the sidebar.

Show palette

If you don’t want to use the palette, or want the layers list to occupy the full height of the screen, you can hide the palette in the sidebar.

Show status bar

You can choose to show or hide the status bar, which displays the time and the iPad’s battery level.

User sliders for HSB

You can choose to use sliders similar to the RGB sliders for HSB colour selection. While individual sliders might be a little less intuitive for some, they offer more precision and you are also able to see the exact hue, saturation, and brightness values.

Advanced settings

Index from zero

Turning this option on will mean that the first layer is referred to as ‘Layer 0’ rather than ‘Layer 1’, and the first frame will be referred to as ‘Frame 0’ rather than ‘Frame 1’. This option affects both the interface, and the filenames when exporting to a ZIP file.


The gestures section offers additional options for Apple Pencil users.

Use selected tool

With this option selected, using a finger on the screen will use the currently selected tool. This is the default behaviour and must be selected if you’re not using an Apple Pencil.

Erase and gestures only

Using a single finger on screen will always use the eraser, no matter what tool is selected. You can also use multiple fingers to pan and zoom, and for the undo and redo gestures. The size of the touch eraser can be adjusted by switching to the eraser tool and adjusting the size as normal. Using an Apple Pencil will trigger the selected tool.

Gestures only

Touching on screen with a finger only perform gestures, such as pan, zoom, undo, and redo. You can also pan the canvas using only one finger. Using an Apple Pencil will trigger the selected tool.


Here you can adjust the delay time of the press and hold gesture that triggers the eyedropper. To disable the gesture completely, set the delay time to zero.