Fix Photo's Flaws with Pixlr


Pixlr ExpressPixlr ExpressWhen the time comes for me to write a review I prefer to discuss apps residing in the realm of my intellectual comfort zone. However, I plead you bear with me as I delve into the pagan and occult landscape of digital photography. Since my venture into new territory, I've mangled swaths of photographs with various photo editors. Out of the photo editors I've toyed with, I recommend Pixlr Express, the Mobile App of the Week.

On opening Pixlr, you see the homescreen. From here, decide if you want to edit an image from your album or capture a new photo to edit. Pixlr stores your usage data and informs you so on opening the app for the first time. If this bothers you, the gear in the upper left corner lets you disable this feature.

So you've selected your image and now you're looking at the editor. And what a lovely editor it is. Pixlr categorizes your effects into four main sections: adjustment, effect, overlay, and borders.

The adjustment sections present you with the detail oriented parts of photo editing. These tools accomplish a great amount: denoise, whiten, crop, color, and contrast to name a few. However, a few effects seems to have no... effect on the image. However, I found this to be a common sentiment on all the editing apps I used. Furthermore, it's difficult to edit the area of the image which is covered by the toolbar. I found no intelligent way to circumvent this other than rotating the image 180 degrees.

Pixlr also provides an auto-fix function in the adjustment section. I used this on various photos, and it mainly seems to bring your target out of the background. I especially love this feature on the iPhones since their cameras couldn't focus on streaker at a funeral.

Before Auto-Fix
After Auto-Fix

The effects toolbar gives you several categories of effects to choose from. However, you can only choose the “ default” effects on the free versions. The default section still offers more than enough effects. All of the default effects tint the image in various fashions, making the image look old, faded, and so on. Pixlr unhelpfully names all these tints by names of people with no discernible pattern, so it may be difficult to find the exact tint you seek.

The overlay section also shows more options than available on the free version. Once again, there's another default section with plenty of options. The overlay section adds new content to your image rather than editing the preexisting photo. For example, you have the option to add “ scratches” to the image to make the photo appear worn. I occasionally find myself ejaculating a few choice words to people who feel obsessively compelled to add such artifacts to their images. Nevertheless some of these artifacts add only subtle differences to images and could theoretically benefit the photo. Not my cup of tea, but more features rarely hurts an application.


Pixlr Express — Free Android / iOS App of the Week

For Android
Size: 5.6 MB

For iPad and iPhone
Size: 8.9 MB


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