I admit that I’m a photo editor/graphic design snob. I want Photoshop and nothing less.
Fortunately, I have Photoshop on my office computer.
Unfortunately, my laptop is not powerful enough to run the program. Not only do I use Photoshop to create complex graphics, ecovers and logos for client sites (and my own), I also do simple tasks like resize photos, adjust lighting, or create pinnable graphics for blog posts. I don’t always want to fire up Photoshop for these simple things, especially when it’s 2 o’clock in the morning and I just want to get the post done.
In the past, editing a simple photo meant that I have to run up or down stairs to switch computers. While I need the exercise, all this running up and down seriously cuts into my productivity.
But then I found Pixlr.
This is an free online photo editor. While it’s not as powerful as Photoshop (it doesn’t run actions, for example), it’s perfect for the small business owner who needs some snazzy graphics for her site’s blog post, or the online store owner who needs to edit a few product images.
Here are some of the main features I enjoy:
Personally, I used the advanced editor, because it feels most like Photoshop. If you have never used Photoshop, you might get a little lost here. But if you are familiar with the professional image editing software, than Pixlr will feel like home.
Several open options
When you first load the Pixlr advanced editor, you have several options.
If I’m creating a graphic from scratch, I select “Create a new image.” But if I’m wanting to edit an existing file, I choose “Open image from computer.” Oh, and yes, you can edit Photoshop files in Pixlr. Yippee! I haven’t used the last three features in the graphic above, but you can try them out. That said, I’m especially excited to use the Pixlr mobile app on my iPhone or iPad the next time I’m out and need a graphic for a post.
Save to multiple file types
I especially like this feature.
Not only can I save my images as a JPG, I can also save them to my favorite format — PNG. You can also save your files into formats made for print — BMP and TIFF. Most of my files are made for web usage, so JPG and PNG suite my purposes. You’ll also notice that there is a PXD file type option. This allows you to maintain any layers you’ve created, in case you want to go back and edit the file later.
Save to multiple locations
While I haven’t used this feature to its fullest extent, you may want to give it a try.
When you’re saving your Pixlr images, you can choose locations beyond your own hard drive. For example, you can save your files to a Pixlr library, where you can access them online (be aware, you’ll need to register with Pixlr to do this), or share them directly to Facebook, Flickr or Picasa. There is also an option to save your photos to the image sharing site immo.io, which is powered by Pixlr.
Personally, I just save my files to my computer’s Dropbox file, and I can still access them from anywhere.
I love Pixlr because it makes simple edit and graphic creation projects easy to do from anywhere, even my phone. Give Pixlr a try. It’s free!