Let our 5-Part Primer take the mystery out of the PixInsight Interface!

Our 5-part PI Primer, updated in 2020, is a free gift to you, and will get you comfortable with PixInsight's user interface. To learn more about this series see the table of contents for PixInsight Part 1

PixInsight Foundation Series


In 2014, Warren produced five landmark 'Primer' videos, kicking off the PI Foundations Part-1 series with Rogelio Bernal Andreo. Those primers were so instrumental in introducing the world to the PI user interface, that some years later, we decided to make them available to the astro-imaging community at no charge. As these highly detailed tutorials were recorded in the now outdated PI version 1.7 Starbuck, we knew that an update was long overdue! Our 'Primer 2020' videos, reflect the latest, version 1.8.8-5 Ripley's cosmetics and functionality. 

PixInsight is the brainchild of Juan Conejero, a Spanish software developer who has led Vicent Peris and the 'PTeam' since 2004 in PI's development. If you're new to image processing, PixInsight is a very powerful and much less expensive alternative to Photoshop. New modules are being added all the time, eliminating the need for astro-specific, 3rd-party plugins as with Photoshop. Because it was specifically designed for Astrophotography, it has definite advantages over Adobe CS and we can see a time in the near future when its postprocessing abilities will surpass Photoshop in many areas.



Primer 2020 Part-1 Introduction to the User Interface, PI Community, Automatic Updates, Global Preferences, Toolbars, Explorer Windows, Menus 7:22min



Primer 2020 Part-2 The User Interface continued- Explorer Windows, Tool Bars, Overall functionality 7:34min



Primer 2020 Part-3 The User Interface continued- the Screen Transfer Function, New Instances 6:47min




Primer 2020 Part-4 The User Interface continued- Processes, Previews, Real Time Previews, Intro to Masks 6:59min



Primer 2020 Part-5 The User Interface continued- More Masks, the Process Container, and the Image Container 4:57min


PI Resources


Our resource page will be full of PI information and links that you'll love. We'll have updated Process Icon sets that will help streamline your processing. From time to time we will publish imaging data of objects that we feature in our tutorials. A great way to hone your skills and impress your loved ones.



Want access to our tutorials while away from your Internet connection? Many of our tutorials are available for download. As we develop more content we will offer these for sale in formats for offline use too. 

Work with Warren


Need some coaching? Spend some quality time with Warren. Your data or ours this s great way to get into the finer points of processing from the Guru of Pix online and at your pace. 

Like what you see? See the FREE Previews in all of our Series