Understanding XMP Files

XMP files (extensible metadata platform) are an industry standard format for holding additional metadata about your files. Mylio utilizes XMP files to efficiently move edit and file information between your devices. Mylio may create an XMP file for an image for a variety of reasons, including…

  • Importing photos with edit information already associated with it.
  • Adding keywords or other metadata to a photo upon import.
  • Editing a photo.
  • Labeling, rating, adding people, adding a location, or flagging a photo.

XMP files are responsible for recording data (in conjunction with your Mylio Library). associated with your photo. For instance, adjusting the contrast of a photo from within Mylio will not change the original image, but instead, write the contrast change to the XMP file. When viewing the file in Mylio (or other popular photo editing applications such as Lightroom) the original, unedited photo is viewed while the XMP information is applied to that image.

If XMP files are removed from your file system, Mylio will continue to display any edits or information associated with the photo. This is because Mylio also saves the edits to the Mylio Catalog as Mylio-specific information. However, viewing these photos in external editors (such as Lightroom) would show the original, unedited version.

Saving Metadata To Original File

Some file formats, such a JPG, can hold edit information, including ratings, flags, and labels, within the file itself. This can be done by using Mylio’s Saving Metadata to File feature. Saving the metadata can easily be done by:

  1. Select the photo or photo(s) you wish to save the metadata to file for.
  2. Navigate to the Photo menu, then select Save Metadata to File.
  3. Mylio will apply changes previously in the XMP file to the image file itself.
      Note:   This will not remove the XMP file.

In some instances, you may wish to save your edits onto your original image to view outside of Mylio. This is popular when emailing a photo or uploaded it to a printing service. This can be done in Mylio by exporting the image.

Understanding Brushes

Brushes in Mylio allow for flexible editing of your photos, focusing on one or multiple parts of the photo instead of the photo overall. Any edit in Mylio can be applied as a brush. To learn about the edits that Mylio offers, please see our support page on tone.

  Note:  brushes in Mylio are Mylio specific. This means they will not have interoperability with Lightroom or other brush-based editing suites.

Reset All Edits

While editing a photo in Mylio you have the option to reset all edits. The ‘reset all edits’ button is a large red button at the bottom of the Edit section of the Details Panel. This action can be taken at any time and will revert the photo to its original version.

  1. Select the image you would like to reset edits on.
  2. Open the Edit section of the Details panel.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Edit section.
  4. Click the red “reset all edits” button to reset the edits.

Popular Uses for Brushes

Brushes can be used in many ways to enhance a photo or fix small mistakes during shooting. Here are some popular ways to use brushes:

Black and White Effect

Mylio Desktop Brushes Black and White

  1. Use a brush to select everything that you do not want in color.
  2. Set saturation to 0.
  3. For enhancing the color on the non-black and white part, use a separate layer to select the colored object.
  4. Slightly increase vibrancy and saturation until desired results.

Color and Vibrance Correction

Mylio Desktop Brushed Saturation

  1. Use the brush to highlight the area you want to increase the color for.
  2. Increase the vibrancy, saturation appropriately until desired results are achieved.
  3. Lower or raise the exposure as needed.

Exposure Adjustment


Mylio Desktop Brushes Exposure


  1. Use the brush to highlight the area that is over or underexposed.
  2. Increase or decrease the exposure as needed.
  3. Adjust the clarity and contrast as needed to fill in any loss details.

How to Use Brushes

Brushes in Mylio allow for flexibility in editing specific parts of a photo while not affecting other parts. You can create effects, fix parts of a photo, or just touch up a photo using brushes.

Brushes Interface

The first step to using brushes is to understand the interface and where brushes can be found within Mylio. Brushes can be opened by selecting the brushes icon within the Edit section of the Details panel. From there, the interface looks like the screenshot below:


The Brush

With brushes open, you will see a brush overlay on your image. The brush is two circles, an outer-circle and an inner-circle.


The inner-circle is the brush itself. Any change made to the image within the inner-circle will have 100% of the edit applied to it. The space between the inner-circle and outer-circle is the feather. The feather is a slow fade out of the applied edit. This area will have a 99%-1% application opacity, with the edge of the outer circle only getting 1% of the applied change.

The radius of the brush can easily be adjusted using the ‘Radius’ control at the bottom of the Mylio. This allows for the size of the brush to be adjusted, which is valuable if you need to do a small detail or a large section of an image.

The feather of the brush, however, cannot be adjusted in either size or roll off.

Anchors and Layers

Brushes in Mylio operate on layers. This allows you to have multiple changes applied to the same photo. For instance, the photo below has two layers applied. Each layer has its own anchor.

Each layer allows for individual adjustments. You can set “Layer and Anchor 1” to have certain attributes while “Layer and Anchor 2” have completely separate attributes. In the above example, layer 1 is set to ‘Saturation: 0’ to cause the ocean and ground to be black and white. Layer 2, however, increases the vibrancy and saturation on the viewfinder to make it pop.

Creating a new anchor and layer can be done by simply selecting New at the bottom of Mylio.

Changing Edits on a Layer

If at any time you want to change the edits you have made on a specific layer, or add to that layer, you can. This can be done by simply selecting the anchor you would like to edit or add to.

By hovering over the anchors, Mylio will display the brush overlay for that specific anchor. In the example below, the anchor that is selected (in blue) is applying an edit to the background. Continuing to use the brush tool now will add to the selection so the same edit will affect the background and the newly added area.

Brush overlays

In some instances, it may be valuable to always see your brush overlays. This can be helpful when navigating between many small edits that may have many layers. Brush layers can be toggled at any time from the Brushes Settings at the bottom of the Mylio.

Creating and Using Presets

Mylio allows you to create presets of your favorite edits so they can easily be applied to any of your photos. Creating a preset helps you save time, and makes sure your photos are always looking their best.

Create a Preset

  1. Open a photo and open the Edit section of the Details panel.
  2. Make edits to your photos.
  3. Once your edits are as desired, locate the Presets in the Edit section of the Details panel.
  4. Within the Presets section, select Add at the bottom of the list of current Presets. You may need to select Show More to display the Add button.

  5. Name your preset.
  6. You will be asked if you would like to save all adjustments, only the changed adjustments, or none. By using the Changed adjustments only, you can apply the changes you made to the sliders without effecting sliders that you did not change.
  7. Select whether you would like to include the crop or angle rotation.
  8. Once all settings are set, select Save to save the preset.

Use a Preset

Using Presets on a Single Image

  1. Select the photo you would like the apply the preset to and open the Edit section of the Details panel.
  2. Locate the Presets in the Edit section.
  3. Select the preset you would like to apply.

  4. Mylio will apply the preset to the single image.

Using a Preset on Multiple Images.

  1. Select multiple images while in grid view.
  2. Open the Edit section of the Details panel to see a list of available presets.
  3. Select the preset you would like to apply to the images.

Rename or Delete a Preset

  1. Open an image and open the Edit section of the Details panel.
  2. Locate the Presets section.
  3. Select the gear in the top right of the preset you would like to edit the name of or delete.
  4. Select Delete or Rename.

Copy and Paste Edits

Mylio allows you to quickly make the same set of edits to a photo that you did on a previous image.

  1. Edit a photo and decide that you want to copy its the edits to other images.
  2. Select the Copy button at the bottom of the Edit section of the Details panel.

  3. Locate the photo that you would like to apply the copied edits to.
  4. Select Paste at the bottom of the Edit section of the Details panel.
  Note:   you can also paste edits onto multiple images by selecting them in grid view and selecting paste from within the Edit section of the Details panel.




Rotating Photos

Rotating or straightening an image is easy with Mylio.

Rotate Image 90 Degrees

  1. Open an image that needs to be rotated.
  2. Select the rotate icon within the Quick Actions Bar.

Straighten with Free Rotate

If your image is not straight and needs to be rotated, you can do so with the crop tool.

  1. Open the image that needs straightening in Mylio.
  2. Open the Edit section of the Details panel.
  3. Select the crop tool.
  4. Use the slider at the bottom to straighten the image.

Fixing Red Eye

Red-eye removal helps you edit your images when flash, or light in an image has created the effect of your subject having red eyes.

  1. Select the image that you want to fix and open the Edit section of the Details panel.
  2. Zoom in large enough that you can easily make out the subject’s eyes.
  3. Click the red-eye removal icon at the top of the Edit section.
  4. Your cursor becomes a circle within a circle, resembling the shape of a pupil.
  5. Move your cursor over the eye that is experiencing the red-eye.
  6. Two sliders will have appeared beneath the image, one for radius and one for sensitivity.
  7. Adjust the radius slider to the correct size of the affected eye. Slide to the right to increase the radius and slide to the left to decrease the radius.
  8. Adjust sensitivity until the red-eye disappears. Slide to the right to make it more sensitive, slide to the left to make it less sensitive.
  9. Select done beneath the sliders and your cursor will return to normal and you can edit other areas of your picture.

The Crop Tool

Mylio’s crop tool allows you to restrict your image to the desired size while removing unwanted aspects of the photo.

  1. Select an image and open the Edit section of the Details panel.
  2. Select the crop tool icon at the top of the Edit section.
  3. Your image will now be a box with small grey boxes around the outside, one on each side and one in each corner.
  4. To crop, drag any of the eight bars toward the direction you want to crop the photo.
  5. If you wish to crop to a certain size, select Free at the bottom of Mylio. This provides you with several options. You can either manually set your crop height and width, or you can use one of Mylio’s height and width presets of:
    1. 2X3
    2. 5X7
    3. 8X10
    4. 16X9
    5. Perfect square.
    6. Original photo dimensions.
  6. Once you are done adjusting the crop box to your desired specifications, press the Enter key or select Done at the bottom of Mylio.