Pixlr is a great set of online and mobile image editing tools. I've featured Pixlr a bunch of times over the years. This week Pixlr became available as a desktop app for Mac and Windows. The free Pixlr desktop apps allow you to do all of the things that you can do in the browser. If you want even more features you can subscribe to the pro version of Pixlr for $1.99.
The free version of Pixlr is more than adequate for the vast majority of classrooms. The free version allows you to crop images, layer images, sharpen images, add contrasts and filters, and resize images for use in a variety of other applications. One of the features of Pixlr that I like is the blur function that you can use to draw attention to a portion of an image. The video below demonstrates how the blur function works.
Make someone or something the center of attention with focal blur from Pixlr on Vimeo.
Applications for Education
The Pixlr desktop apps for Windows and Mac could be a good option for schools in which bandwidth is limited. By putting the apps on the desktop instead of relying on the cloud, your students won't experience the frustration of waiting for an image or image edit to load.
H/T to The Next Web.