According to Smart Insights, 80% of internet users own or use a mobile device. I can imagine that number will only increase. Everything is on the go today. We are a mobile, active population who need access 24/7. All of us mobile device users love the ability to capture our activities with our phone cameras. Why else would mobile device manufacturers keep improving the photo quality of these cameras? They know we use our mobile phones and tablets to capture images, edit, and post on the internet. They also know that our use of mobile devices, and all the conveniences that come with them, will never decline.
So, you’ve taken some great photos on your mobile phone. You want to share those to your social channels. Photo editing and posting options include:
a) don’t edit – just plain ol’ photo
b) edit with your mobile phone’s photo app
c) use your social channels photo editing features
d) Use a photo editing and enhancement app like Pixlr
After playing with the Pixlr app, I have to say it is one of the easiest, user-friendly, and most fun photo editing app I’ve tried!
How To Edit Photos With The Pixlr App
The first step to using Pixlr is to download the Pixlr app from the iOS or Android App Store — it’s free. After installing, allow the app to access your photo library. This will allow the app to edit the photos you have taken.
No account is required to use the app. But if you decide to create an account you will have access to additional features.
After downloading and allowing photo library access, you are ready to go.
On the home screen, select “Photos” to choose from the existing photos in your photo library.
Select the image to edit. It will load into the Pixlr editing screen.
Pixlr App Editing Tools
Along the bottom are all the tools you can use to edit and enhance your photo.
The “double circle” tool gives you access to a multitude of photo editing tools.
- create a double exposure
- adjust the photo quality (exposure, saturation, etc.)
- auto fix
- auto contrast
- red eye (a must have tool!)
Adjust Photo Quality: Start photo adjustments. But necessary to improve any photo.
Double Exposure: I love this tool the most! It is so fun. It will ask you to select another photo to use over the original. Then select a different filter from the bottom slider. Select the check mark. And done.
Blur: A really fun feature!. Blur the entire image, a circular blur from the center out, linear horizontal blur from the center. Then color boost the image.
Splash: Is another great editing tool. Tap an area of the photo to add a splash of color. Adjust the saturation with the slider at the bottom.
You’ll want to experiment with all the different tools in this section to find what works best for each of your images. Perhaps even create a blend of tools that are in line with your branding.
Pixlr App Brushes
Use the brush tools to edit and enhance specific areas of an image. At the top left of the brush tool, you will see a brush icon and an eraser.
Brighten: Select the size with the slider tool at the bottom. Swipe your finger on the area of the photo you would like to brighten. To undo – select the eraser at the top left and swipe your finger again.
Darken works the same as Brighten. Select the brush size. Swipe your finger on the areas to darken. To lighten or undo the darken, select the eraser and swipe those areas.
Pixellate: Select the brush size. Swipe your finger where you would like the pixel effect.
Doodle: Select the brush size and use your finger to “doodle” on the image. Change the color of your doodle by selecting the color icon at the bottom, select a color, then the brush “size” tool. Write on your image.
Pixlr App Layers
The part you’ve been waiting for — layers! Who doesn’t love these fun and creative options? Pixlr offers a default set of layer effects, overlays, and stylize options.
Your image will load with several different effect options. The slide bar at the bottom has different options as well. Select from the different circular effect options to change your choices.
Note: Some of the options have a little cloud in the top right corner. Tap this to download the effects and use immediately.
Overlays: Use the overlays the same as the effects. Tap the overlay you are interested in and it pops up on your photo. From here you can adjust the transparency or select a different overlay from the same library.
Use the eraser tool to erase some of the overlay for a different look.
Borders and Stickers: Add fun borders and stickers to your images. Use the cloud icon in the top right corner to download any frames or stickers you’d like to try.
Select a sticker collection with the slider and tap to add to your photo. You can resize the sticker, rotate, or move on the image to get a perfect look.
Pixlr App Type & Fonts
A window opens with the instructions to “type” your text. Once you are done, the text appears on your photo. From here you can select a different font (a cloud will appear if you need to download it). Select the ink drop to change the color by simply select the color of your choice. Change the text alignment to left, center, or right. Not happy with your text? Select the keyboard icon to go back to the “type text” window.
Save Your Photo Creation
When you are done editing your photo, select “done” in the right-hand upper corner. A window opens that allows you to save the image, post to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Resize, or opens other apps loaded on your phone for sharing like Buffer, Hootsuite, Pinterest, Tumblr, and others.
We’d love to hear your experiences with Pixlr and see your photo creations using Pixlr. I think it has become my favorite photo editing app!
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