Pixlr 2010 Review

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Pixlr combines image design and paint tools with photo editing and adjustment features more convincingly than any other online image editing program. Whether creating an image carte-blanche, layering one image over another or using a variety of filters, effects and level adjustments to transform photographs, Pixlr is equally capable of producing results on par with many of its software-based counterparts. Yet, despite its deep feature-set, Pixlr remains facile, intuitive and, most importantly, user-friendly.

Standout Features:

  • A fully customizable user interface with movable and scalable windows
  • Navigation-free drop-down menus featuring all filters, adjustment and layering options
  • Intuitive design and paint features with a dedicated history window for reference and quick undo/redo
  • A “Photo Express” portal for quick, simple changes to images and photographs

Editing Features

As mentioned in the intro, Pixlr stands out for the depth and breadth of its image design and editing tools and features, combining many of the tried and true tools available in most Paint programs with high-quality features that have become ubiquitous in image editing programs, software-based or not.

Pixlr also includes basic layer canvas tools and features, letting users free-hand crop, move, super-impose and interpolate images and rotate and remove entire canvases, all important tools for true image editing.


Where Pixlr’s strong points are its image and photo editing tools and features, its weak points are in its import and export options. Pixlr has limited upload capabilities, requiring users to have an images saved to their hard drive before they can be uploaded. And, as for exporting, finished images can only be saved to the hard drive, requiring users to use additional email, photo-sharing and social-networking services to share them.

Ease of Use

Pixlr is an intelligent, intuitive program that manages to offer an array of complex tools in a straight-forward easily-understood manner—and this is only the interface. The image editing and design process is equally straightforward and never requires users to navigate between tabs and wait for new toolsets to load. All effects, filters, layer tools etc., are a drop-down scroll away from being accessed and can be viewed or removed easily using the movable History bar.


All online image editing programs, like image editing software programs, have a learning curve that requires either extensive time and trial or a body of resources to expedite use and comprehension. For Pixlr’s part, it offers a fairly-detailed, topically-organized FAQ section, a blog for program updates and announcements and an email account to contact Pixlr to give feedback.

Much of the remaining help information is directed towards potential partners and programmers.


When it comes to online image creation and design and photo editing, Pixlr is among the best, offering users a unique blend of tools and features to craft and polish images and photos from virtually anywhere with a proper Internet connection and browser-type. However, given the role that photo-sharing and social-networking sites like Flickr and Facebook are playing in contemporary Internet culture, Pixlr takes a slight step backwards for failing to include many of the commonplace integrations used by other online image editing programs to make imports and exports to and from these sites simple and seamless.

Nevertheless, for users simply looking for a rich and reliable tool set, there are few programs better than Pixlr.