.PXD File Extension

Pixlr Layered Image

Developer Inmagine
3.4  |  13 Votes

What is a PXD file?

A PXD file is a layer-based image created by the Pixlr X or Pixlr E image editors. It contains some combination of image, text, adjustment, filter, and mask layers. PXD files are similar to the .PSD files used by Adobe Photoshop but can be opened only in Pixlr.

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Screenshot of a .pxd file in Pixlr X
PXD file open in Pixlr X

Pixlr is a primarily web-based suite of image editing applications that graphic designers and photographers use to create and edit images. Pixlr is similar to Adobe Photoshop, except that Pixlr's web version functions entirely within a user's web browser.

If a user wanted to save an in-progress Pixlr editing project to their PC or mobile device, they could previously save the project as a PXD file. PXD files preserve the layer-based edits a user has made to an image, so the user can continue to adjust the image's layers as needed. In contrast, saving a Pixlr image as a .JPG, .PNG, or .WEBP file flattens the image to a single layer.

In 2021, the .PXZ file format replaced the PXD file format, and Pixlr began saving users' projects as PXZ files. However, Pixlr users can still open previously-created PXD files in Pixlr.

NOTE: Autodesk acquired Pixlr in 2011, then Inmagine acquired Pixlr from Autodesk in 2017.

How to open a PXD file

You can open a PXD file in Pixlr X or Pixlr E (Web, Windows, Mac). To open a PXD file in the web version of Pixlr X or Pixlr E:

  1. In your web browser, navigate to https://pixlr.com and select either Pixlr X or Pixlr E from the website's menu bar. Novice image editors should select Pixlr X, while expert editors should select Pixlr E.
  2. Select Open Image.
  3. Navigate to and open your PXD file.
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Pyrex Definition File

Developer N/A
3.3  |  11 Votes

Source code header file used by Pyrex, a language used for building Python modules with C-like syntax and performance; stores Cython declarations that can be included in Cython modules (.PYX files).

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Cython is an enhanced version of Pyrex that is often preferred for Python module development. PXD files are imported into Cython PYX modules using the cimport syntax.

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Pixelmator Pro Image

Developer Pixelmator Team
4.3  |  4 Votes

A PXD file may also be an image file created by Pixelmator Pro, a professional image-editing program. It is the native format for saving images in Pixelmator Pro and includes image layers, adjustments, effects, and other edits made to the image. Only Pixelmator Pro can open PXD files; Pixelmator Classic and Pixelmator for iOS do not support the format.

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Screenshot of a .pxd file in Pixelmator Pro 2
PXD file open in Pixelmator Pro 2

Pixelmator Pro is an Adobe Photoshop equivalent that allows photographers and graphic designers to make non-destructive, layer-based edits to their images. You can edit images, add graphic design elements, remove unwanted imperfections, and even design and draw images from scratch with Pixelmator Pro.

When you save an image with Pixelmator Pro, the app saves it as a PXD file. PXD files not only store image data but also contain a record of the edits applied to the image. You can save, close, and re-open an image, then continue to adjust previous edits. For example, if you add a text layer to an image before saving the image as a PXD file and closing Pixelmator Pro, you will still be able to adjust that layer after re-opening the PXD file.

How to open a PXD file

You can open a PXD file with Pixelmator Pro in macOS. To open a PXD file with Pixelmator Pro, select File → Open....

The PXD format is similar to but not the same as the .PXM format used by Pixelmator Classic and Pixelmator for iOS. Notably, you cannot open a PXD file in Pixelmator Classic or Pixelmator for iOS. You can open a PXD file only in Pixelmator Pro.

How to convert a PXD file

Pixelmator Pro can convert PXD files to various file types, including the following formats:

  • .JPG - JPEG Image
  • .PNG - Portable Network Graphic
  • .TIFF - Tagged Image File Format
  • .GIF - Graphical Interchange Format
  • .WEBP - WebP Image
  • .SVG - Scalable Vector Graphics File
  • .PSD - Adobe Photoshop Document
  • .PDF - Portable Document Format

Programs that open PXD files

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