Showing posts with label Pixlr. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pixlr. Show all posts

Monday, March 13, 2017

Pixlr Mobile - Easy Image Editing & Collage Creation

Last week I published a post about Pixlr's suite of online image editing tools. That post prompted a few questions from readers seeking iOS and Android apps for image editing. My first reply to those questions was to take a look at Pixlr Mobile for Android and iOS.

Pixlr Mobile lets you edit your images with eraser tools, cropping tools, drawing and writing tools, and basic exposure adjustments. The app also includes a large selection of collage creation templates. A brief overview of Pixlr Mobile is provided in the video embedded below.

Applications for Education
Pixlr's collage tool could be used by students to showcase the highlights of a field trip or a school event. The image editing tool can provide students with an easy way to touch-up an image to use in a presentation or in a storytelling website.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Pixlr Web Apps - Image Editing At the Level You Need

Pixlr, an Autodesk product, offers three good tools for editing images in your web browser. All three of those tools can be accessed from the same page at

Pixlr-o-matic is basically Instagram for your web browser. You can crop your images and apply color filters including "retro" filters.

Pixlr Express provides easy-to-use tools to adjust the color, size, and shape of your images. Text overlays and basic image overlays can also be applied to your images in the Pixlr Express editor.

Pixlr Editor is the most robust of the three Pixlr web apps. Pixlr Editor lets you work with multiple layers and filters on your images. Of course, it includes all of the tools you would expect like for doing things like cropping, resizing, compressing, and changing image orientation. Take a look at the video below to see how the Pixlr Editor "magic wand" lets you cut out portions of an image.

Cutting Things Out with the Magic Wand & Lasso Tool from Pixlr on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Like everything else in school, when it comes to using technology we all have different skills and different needs. Pixlr is a great option for image editing in your classroom because it offers tools to suit all skill levels.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pixlr - A Great Photo Editing Service Comes to Mac and Windows Desktops

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.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pixlr Grabber - A Simple Screen Capture Tool

Earlier this week I recommended Pixlr to someone who needed a quick way to resize and change the colors of an image. Pixlr offers a large set of image creation and editing tools. One of the tools that can be quite handy is Pixlr Grabber. Pixlr Grabber is Pixlr's screen capture tool. Pixlr Grabber is available as an extension for Chrome or Firefox. Using Pixlr Grabber you can capture your screen, crop the screen image, and print what you like. You can also send the image to Pixlr Editor for further editing options.

Applications for Education
I always find it helps to have screen captures ready to send, post, or print for students to reference when I'm introducing them to new tools. I don't think that Pixlr Grabber offers anything that makes it significantly better than any other screen capture tool. That said, if you're looking for a screen capture tool to add to your browser, Pixlr Grabber will get the job done.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Pixlr - An Excellent Set of Image Editing Tools

Pixlr is a great set of image creation and editing tools that I recently discovered. Pixlr offers web-based image editing tools as well as image editing tools to use on Android phones and on iPhones. Pixlr also has Firefox and Chrome browser extensions for creating screen captures.

Pixlr Editor is Pixlr's most full-featured image creation and editing tool. You can create drawings from scratch using the pencil and coloring tools that they provide. Pixlr Editor also has options for uploading images or importing images from other places on the web. The selection of creation and editing tools is huge. There are options for making multiple layer images, dozens of filter settings, and of course tools for cropping and resizing images. Your images can be saved to your computer or you can send them to Flickr, Picassa, Facebook, or you can save them in a Pixlr account.
My Pixlr Editor drawing. Clearly, I'm not much of an artist.
Pixlr Express is a simple tool for quick resizing of images and color editing of images. If you already have an image on your computer or in an online album that you just want to touch-up a bit, Pixlr Express is the tool for you.

Pixlr Grabber is Pixlr's screen capture tool. You can install Pixlr Grabber in Chrome or Firefox. Using Pixlr Grabber you can capture your screen, crop the screen image, and print what you like. You can also send the image to Pixlr Editor for further editing options.

Pixlr-o-Matic is the Pixlr's mobile app for Android and iOS. With the app installed you can take a picture and apply a variety of neat effects to the image. I tested it out by adding some raindrops and a "retro" border to a picture of my dog that I then sent to Beth Still. You can also use Pixlr-o-Matic for simple cropping and resizing before sending your picture to a friend or to an online album.
Morrison loves posing for the camera.
Applications for Education
As I've written many times in the past, the best place for students to get images for multimedia projects is from themselves. Pixlr offers great tools for students to use to create and edit their own images for use in video projects, slideshows, online collages, and ebooks.