Product Review: Pixlr

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pixlr-1Have you heard of Pixlr? It is free online photo editor. I am often asked in my “Making Faces” workshops what program a person can use if they don’t have Photoshop Elements. Today I decided to give this free program a try. They have have three online versions available: Pixlr editor (Advanced), Pixlr express (Efficient), and Pixlr-o-matic (Playful). They even have a mobile version.

I briefly looked at the last two choices and realized they would not work for what I needed, so I opened the Pixlr editor (Advanced). It allows you to open an image directly from your computer so you can do whatever editing you want.

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It allowed me to crop, zoom in and out, erase, mirror, change to black and white, adjust contrast, dodge and burn, undo, and there are many more commands that I didn’t even explore. Some of the command have different names or are on different menus, so I had to search around a bit. When all else fails, there is always the Help menu. Once I was done, it even gave me the chance to save my changes to my own computer with a new file name.

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Within a few minutes, I was able to modify my image into a format that would work well enough for my purposes. In short, I think that Pixlr might be a good substitute for someone who wants to do a little basic photo editing without investing in a program to install on their own computer.

But don’t stop there! Play with some of the fun effects in Pixlr express and Pixlr-o-matic.

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There are borders, overlays, and lighting effects, among other things.

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This could be a lot of fun!

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