Free digital painting on the web: Pixlr Photo Editor

Nov 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm by nemirc


Pixlr Editor is another free tool from Pixlr. While Pixlr X was a simpler, easier to use online photo editing tool, Pixlr Editor is a fully featured online photo editor that is more similar to Photoshop. Pixlr Editor is also a free application, meaning that you don’t need pay a subscription, or anything like that.

When you launch Pixlr Editor, you are prompted to open an image or create a new image. You can open images from a web address or your computer. Of course, you can use your own images (or parts of your images) as layers in another document by copy-pasting between them. One thing I noticed is that you cannot copy-paste between your OS and Pixlr Editor, though (I tried selecting a part of an image in Photoshop and then paste it into Pixlr Editor, it didn’t work). If you want to do this, you need to open your source image in Pixlr Editor and then copy from there.

Imagine your best photo ever

As you can guess, from my Photoshop comparison, you can have multiple layers in Pixlr Editor. This also means you can use different blend modes on your layers to get various results. I really liked this since I use those a lot to get various looks as part of my color correction process. You can also add layer styles to your layer, allowing you to add drop shadow, glow, or bevel effects (and you are actually shown a preview as you adjust the settings).

You can also create text layers. When you create a text layer, you are shown a text box where you enter the text, and you set all the different options (like font, text size, alignment). What’s nice about this is that you can use your own fonts (meaning the fonts you have installed on your computer).

Pixlr Editor also allows you to apply filters to your layers. You can choose among various filters, like blur, noise, pixelate, emboss, etc. There aren’t obviously as many filters as Photoshop, but you should find these really useful. Color correction tools are also available. The tools are pretty much the same you find in Photoshop, so they will all be familiar to you.

Imagine your best photo ever

Tools also include brush, eraser, fill, smudge, pencil, clone, selection masks, etc. Although desktop applications like Photoshop may be more advanced and include more features, Pixlr Editor tries to offer everything you need for your photo editing and digital painting needs.

The application lets you save in JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF or its native PXD (Layered Pixlr Image) formats. Images are saved on your computer, so you don’t need to rely on any web storage service (or cookies-based session saving like Pixlr X).

Another nice touch is the ability to change the UI language on the fly. You simply choose a different language from a menu, and the UI is updated automatically. While a lot of people are simply used to use these applications in English, there are also a lot of others who prefer their languages because they may not be completely familiar with the English language, so I think this is a superb feature.

As I said before, the application is free to use. It is, however, ad-supported, so if you are using an ad-blocker, you will need to disable it for this website so it is able to run (and maintain a free service). Another thing to keep in mind is that this application currently runs on Flash, so you will have to install Flash on your computer if you don’t have it already.

I think Pixlr Editor is a great option if you want to use a free Photoshop alternative and you don’t want to install an app on your computer.

Try Pixlr Editor: https://pixlr.com/editor/




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