Pixlr is a popular online photo editor and mobile app and now Autodesk has released Pixlr as a free downloadable app for PC. You can use new tools like a double exposure option and Influence Masks that can be used to not just correct photos but to do more advanced editing or create photographic art. Pixlr also includes popular Stylize filters that turn your photos into sketches and watercolor paintings. When you download the app, you’ll be using the starter edition which has many of the features of Pixlr Express for web and mobile and when you create a free Pixlr account, you can unlock Essentials, giving you access to additional effects, overlays, and tools like double exposure. If you want more editing tools, you can subscribe to a Pro membership and take advantage of advanced masking tools. A Pro membership is $1.99/month or $14.99/year.
Some new features that are part of Pixlr:
- High resolution images: One of the best things about an installed app is that it can take advantage of more processing power than a web browser. No compressed images here. You can save your images at their full, original resolution.
- Preserves EXIF data: These days people take photos with all kinds of digital devices. Pixlr presents and preserves the metadata your device includes with your photos.
- Influence Panel: Available for Pro members, we built this collection of masking tools from the ground up to help you isolate areas or objects and apply sophisticated effects to just those areas. Change the color of a necktie at the drop of a hat or make a background into something illustrated and artistic.
- Blending modes: Blending modes can help you place objects into photos that weren’t there before, but it also can be used in conjunction with lots of effects to alter the color and light in an image.
- Use your own fonts: Since this is a downloadable app, you aren’t limited to the web fonts included in a web app. Use any font you’ve installed on your system. Add as many as you want.
- New effects! If we’ve learned anything about Pixlr users, it’s that they love trying more and more overlays, stickers, borders, and options. We’ve added new effects for all three versions, and we’ll be adding more for Pro users on a regular basis.
Visit pixlr.com to download.