Pixlr has a reputation for providing high quality, free online photo editors. I have been using them on and off for several years now, and I keep coming back to them despite having access to more powerful brand name equivalents from Adobe and others. Pixlr started their journey with a free online alternative to Photoshop. Their next release was Pixlr Express, a more simple editor that anyone could use for quick fix and easy filters and effects. Last month, they unveiled Pixlr X, and I think it might be my favorite one to date. Here’s why.
What is Pixlr X?
Pixlr X is a brand new editor that was built for the modern web. It doesn’t use Flash, like some of Pixlr’s other offerings, and it works on all browsers, including iPads and phones. It is free to use and can be used without a login or online account. It comes with a host of powerful editing tools to enhance your images and make them look their best. It even comes with a handy Dropbox extension that lets you open an image from your Dropbox account online, make some edits, and save it right back to where you started.
The interface reminds me a lot of Adobe’s Lightroom, and that’s probably no accident, because it’s a well-loved and easy to use design. It has a selection of sliders and panels on the side of your image. Making adjustments is as simple as moving a slider left or right. Pixlr X has all the basic adjustments you would expect from a well-rounded online photo editor, as well as some you might not like curves and a dehaze tool. If you’re a little overwhelmed by the number of adjustments you can make, you can try the Auto Fix tool to see if Pixlr’s algorithms can give you a good starting point.
More Features in Pixlr X
The crop tool lets you rotate, flip and straighten your image, as well as crop it to one of seven preset image ratios. You can also take advantage of the social media crops that will resize an image and optimize it to display properly on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or LinkedIn.
If you like your Instagram filters, you will find plenty to play with here too. The effects tab lets you choose from dozens of different filters that can give your image a whole new look. You can also add text with the handy text tool. A selection of stylish fonts are included to help you match the mood of your image, and text can be displayed in any color you want by selecting a hue from the color palette panel. Personally, I would have preferred to see an eye dropper tool and/or a hex code editor included here, but that is a minor complaint that may not matter for you. Lastly, you can also upload additional images or graphics to layer on top of you original image.
There is a lot to like about this free, online photo editor. The clean, modern design is easy on the eyes, but the power and depth of features the lies beneath its stylish exterior undoubtedly makes it a compelling choice for just about anyone who has a passion for digital photography. It’s very easy to use and can be accessed on a Mac, PC, Chromebook or mobile device, with or without an account. If you haven’t used this useful tool before, you can try if for yourself at pixlr.com.