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Online Photo/Image Editor

by: Michael Crumm, Interactive Multimedia Lab Assistant

Are you looking for a free, easy way to edit photos or create images?  This week’s article focuses on the web-based photo editor, Pixlr.  Pixlr includes a wealth of tools to make photo manipulation easy and available from anywhere.
Why Pixlr?

Photo editing can be a time consuming and expensive process.  A copy of Adobe’s Photoshop software can cost hundreds of dollars, not to mention a large time investment to learn all of the tools it provides.  Most of the time, image editing comes down to simply cropping and rotating a picture or making small aesthetic adjustments.

Pixlr provides an online interface for photo manipulation that is as simple or as comprehensive as you would like.  It can be used to crop a personal photo for use on a social network page, adjust colors or reduce redeye effects, or to add an artistic touch to a photo or drawing through the use of filters.

The biggest benefit of Pixlr is its fast time-to-editing.  There’s no need to create an account or download any software.  Just visit http://pixlr.com and get started editing!

Pixlr Express

If you’re new to photo editing or just in a hurry, try Pixlr express. It provides a basic interface for photo editing.  You can crop and rotate photos, adjust brightness and tone, and even add artistic effects like pixelate and film negative.  Once you’re happy with your composition, you can save the edited photo to your computer.

Pixlr Editor

Pixlr Editor is a full featured web app for photo editing.  Not only can you open a photo for editing, you can create a blank canvas and start on your own masterpiece!  All of the features from Express are included and there are a ton of additional effects and tools to choose from!

Pixlr Editor is a multi-layer editing application, which means it works very much like Photoshop.  In fact, Pixlr can even open your native Photoshop files!

Edit anything, from anywhere!

Upload photos to Pixlr or just give Pixlr a URL and it will grab the photo for you!  Since pixlr runs in the web browser, you can edit your photos and images whenever the mood strikes you.

TechTip : Pixlr’s Online Photo Hosting

In addition to providing a great online photo editing experience, Pixlr provides space for you to host your images on the net!  Here we’ll describe how to use Pixlr’s photo sharing service, http://imm.io

  1. Start editing your photo with the Pixlr Editor
    Pixlr online photo sharing service
  2. When you’re ready to save your photo, select File > Save
  3. Select “Share to pixlr imm.io (public url)”
  4. You’ll be provided with a URL where you image has been saved.  Share it on Facebook, Twitter, Western Online or your own homepage!
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