There’s been a lot of talk about the cloud as of late. Nowadays it seems that everybody’s getting in the game of cloud computing. Even Adobe has cloud offerings of its own and they’re going more towards software as a service as opposed to selling a pricey license every few years.
Even then, the price of a subscription is out of reach, and for most users, Photoshop is too powerful for their needs. Furthermore, it’s a pain to get working on Linux-based systems. One option is to use a cross platform program for image editing and creation.
Then there’s Pixlr.
Pixlr is an online image editing tool that can be run from any web browser on any platform, including Chrome OS. The utility was started by Ola Sevandersson in 2008 and was aimed at non-professionals. AutoDesk bought it out in 2011. So what does it look like?
Like most image editing tools that have some power to them, touching up tools are available, such as red eye removal. There’s also the painting tools as well. Layers are also supported.
Since Pixlr is designed to work in the cloud, images can be saved and obtained from the cloud. This convenience makes it easy to edit and share changes quickly. Want to edit an image from a specific URL?
Pixlr can import it.
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In order to load images from a library, one must have an account with Pixlr. It’s simple to connect your Google account. From there, connecting your Facebook, Flickr, and Picasa web albums allows access to images that can be saved directly to those services.
File format support includes PNG, JPEG, BMP, TIFF, and PXD (Pixlr’s native format). For Chromebooks, Pixlr is a huge plus, because the save to computer option can access Google Drive directly. As an image editor, it’s excellent, but there are a couple of caveats.
For starters, it relies on Adobe Flash, which is cross platform but a resource hog. Avoid having too many tabs open.
The other issue is that GIF support is lacking, so creating animations is currently not possible.
Still, it is an excellent image editing and creation tool that’s easy to use and powerful enough for cool effects.