Pixlr is a free online photo editing suite that is split into three different apps that have been built from the same engine. Simply pick the one best suited for what you need and away you go.
As Pixlr is a web service it provides a solid platform to work from. You can combine image design and paint tools with photo editing. The interface is intuitive with a gentle learning curve, so users of all levels of expertise will be able to navigate it with few issues. If you want to create an image, layer one image over another or use a variety of effects, filters and level adjustments to transform photographs, Pixlr can do it all.
Key Features include:
- Variety of filters and effects.
- Custom Brushes.
- Customizable user-friendly interface with movable and scalable windows.
- History window for quick undo/redo.
- Fee-hand crop, move, super-impose and interpolate images and rotate and remove entire canvases.
Pixlr Editor mimics native photo editing apps such as Photoshop. The structure and design of this technical editor allows you to seriously edit images. The interface looks familiar with toolbars along the left hand side and top. Along the right hand side you have a Navigator, Layer Controller, and History. The top bar is equipped with layers, adjustments and a stack of filter options.
Pixlr Express gives you an simple service with some neat features. You can start from four points; Browse, Open URL, Webcam, or Collage. The interface is simpler than the Pixlr Editor. You have six different editing tools to choose from: Adjustment, Effect, Overlay, Border, Sticker and Text.
Next up is Pixlr-O-Matic. This is the simplest version of the app. It has the least amount of features, but, is arguably the most fun to use. You start by selecting your image, then you change the effect/distortion of the picture by choosing from a massive range of effects. Then you can change the border to finish.
All three parts of these apps are well developed and have been designed with a specific purpose. If you need to edit your next masterpiece or even make a great cover photo, Pixlr is a great choice because no matter what platform you access the web app from, you still get the same standard, uniformed Pixlr experience.
Overall, Pixlr is a very functional photo editing suite, with everything you could possibly need. The interface is easy to use and the tools are are varied as your imagination. Pixlr really is a perfect example of an app which hits all the right notes and provides a great, free service.
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