Pixlr photo-editor for Desktops
Here is the link for downloading this software (for Windows and Mac users) …
I tried out Autodesk Pixlr yesterday – the free and new downloadable version for Windows. Downloading it
was easy from the Pixlr website, with no crapware lurking on the website, I’m pleased to say.
On opening the Pixlr interface, it was easy to look through everything on the top and left hand side toolbars.
I used the usual image-opening shortcut: Ctrl + letter O, and quickly found one of my images. The image
which I had already processed in Lightroom 5 looked brilliantly clear – its width was 5616 px across.
(To enlarge this image, use the Control key and the plus key on your keyboard)
I then clicked on Fast > Resize, and reduced the width to 768 px which is the optimal size for my webpage.
I then saved the resized image … Shift + Ctrl + letter S > renamed the image by adding a letter “r” to the
image number > saved at maximum quality of 10.
The first image is one I produced using Pixlr, and the second image was produced using Photoshop
Elements 11 – hardly any difference between the two of them.
The text editor – adding text – was a joy to use, in comparison with Gimp. I found it easy to change the font
style and colour.
Using the “Double exposure” tool, you can select another image and plonk it on top of the one already
opened up on the interface. You can then resize (by dragging the corners inwards) and reposition the top
image, and then save the double image.
I also had a go at making a coloured background, with limited success, in that the only colours I managed
to achieve were umpteen Shades of Grey. 🙂
To do this, I opened up one of my reduced-sized images. The selected: Fast > Colour > maximum lightness
> Apply. So now, I’ve made a white background. Then using the lightness slider, you can darken the white
to a shade of grey that you like > Apply, and then save your work as above.
If you find a way of adding more colours to the white background, please let me know.
As you will see, there’s a lot more to explore and try out with Pixlr – I only used it a little yesterday.
I’ve set my camera to take RAW images only, which this free version of Pixlr will not open. As I’ve already
got Lightroom 5 and Photoshop Elements 11 on my PC, I won’t be using Pixlr any further, but I can
recommend it to people who would like a more basic and a free photo-editor. There is a paid-for version
of Pixlr for more advanced users, which has more advanced features on it, but I haven’t explored these.