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May 30, 2013 / carlispina

Edit Images On Your Desktop or On The Go With Pixlr

PixlrProfessional image editing software can be quite expensive, so I was quite happy when I discovered the Pixlr suite of photo editing tools. While Pixlr has been available for desktop photo editing for quite some time, it is only in the last six months that they have also started offering the fully featured Pixlr Express PLUS mobile photo editing apps for both iOS and Android devices, which vastly increases the usefulness of the tools for those who use their mobile devices to take, edit and share photos. In total, they now have Pixlr Express PLUS, Pixlr-o-matic (an Instagram-style photo app), the Pixlr Express desktop image editor, the fully-featured Pixlr Editor for desktop, the Pixlr Grabber for pulling images directly from the web into Pixlr for editing, and the Pixlr Imm.io tool for quick, short-term, image sharing. This combination of tools covers many of the common image editing and sharing functions that you would need whether you work on your desktop or on your mobile device.

With Pixlr’s tools, editing your images and adding any of a wide range of effects requires only a few clicks. In particular, if you are looking for a mobile app that lets you take and edit photos on the go, Pixlr Express PLUS is a great option. It offers a wide range of image adjustments from red eye correction to blurring to the ability to crop or rotate your image. In addition, you can also add some fun effects to your images including tints, overlays, borders and, due to a recent update, stickers of characters, icons, speech bubbles and comic book exclamations. Adding effects is done through a self-explanatory user interface that never requires more than a couple of clicks and swipes. Best of all, it works much the same as the desktop Pixlr Express, so it is easy to move between the two applications as your image editing needs change. For more complicated photo editing projects, the Pixlr Editor application offers additional features that the paired down Pixlr Express applications don’t. The ability to meet so many photo editing needs with a single suite of products sets Pixlr apart from most similar applications and makes it a great option for free image editing.

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