Free Online Image Editing!

November 3, 2010, By Christian Cawley

Need to create or edit some images but don’t have a copy of Photoshop? You’ve come to the right place, as it seems in this day and age most of us don’t even need Adobe Photoshop!

Thanks to www.pixlr.com, you can upload images or find them from other parts of the internet and apply all sorts of filters, layers and other adjustments, pretty much replicating the most common tasks of tools like Photoshop.

Pixlr is a very powerful app, so we’re going to take a look at some of the basic functions to begin with. By the time we’re done here, you’ll be very familiar with this popular tool and may never even use Photoshop again!

Getting Started Online Photo Editing with Pixlr

Begin by visiting www.pixlr.com – this is where you can import an image via its full URL (for instance: http://www.yoursite.com/images/karen.jpg) or upload from your hard drive. With the uploaded it will be opened in your browser “desktop”.

Incidentally before you get started, you might want to change the language you’re using – do this via the Language menu, where you can change from English to all of the most common worldwide languages.

On the left of the desktop, you’ll see a Tools menu equipped with all the usual Lasso, Wand and Paint Bucket functions that will be familiar from Photoshop and its various competitors. Meanwhile on the right, you will spot a Navigator tool, a Layers menu and a History menu, again al very similar to the tools commonly seen in other popular desktop image software.

Crop and Resize Images Online

Common tasks such as cropping and resizing images are easy with Pixlr – with your image uploaded, you can select the Crop tool from the Tools menu and left-click and drag to select the area you want. A grid will appear over your cropped area, with 4 placeholders in each corner. Drag these to crop the image exactly how you want it, and then when you’re done, tap Enter!

If you don’t like the change, go to Edit > Undo or tap CTRL+Z as you might with a desktop app. Similarly, you can use the History menu to step back to the previous version of the image.

With the image cropped, you might also wish to resize it. Via the Image menu you can specify a new size with the Image Size… tool. In the Width and Height boxes, enter new values in pixels to change the dimensions of the image. When you’re done, click on OK – note that the Constrain proportions tick box can be used here to make sure the image doesn’t become stretched or skewed.

Also via the Image menu is the Canvas Size… function, used to resize not the image but the available area it has to “sit” on. This can be used to reduce the size of an image considerable and evenly using the Anchor tool, although it is mostly used to increase “real estate” for an image to be expanded with.

Saving Your Image

When you have finished cropping and resizing your image, go to File > Save… to access the various options for keeping a copy of the new image. Note that this is also accessed via CTRL + S.

You then have a choice of tabs representing ways of saving: My Computer, imm.io, Pixlr Library and Facebook, all ideal and available locations for you to save your work. If you wish to save to Pixlr or Facebook, note that you will need to login to the required service with a valid account.

Give the file a name, and choose its Format (BMP, JPG, PNG, PXD) as well as altering the Quality slider as appropriate – and your image, created with online photo editing software, is saved and ready to share!

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