FREE Autodesk pixlr.com/desktop
Autodesk has a fine history of producing free apps. SketchBook Express and
Motion FX are two of the
better ones, and Pxlr is
another. It enables you to easily edit images, add effects and filters, and blend one image with another. You can crop, straighten and re-size images. The app’s auto fix feature adjusts colour and lighting at the click of a button. Some of Pixlr’s effects aren’t to our taste, but with hundreds to choose from you should have no difficulty finding some you like.
In addition to myriad visual effects, there are 340 overlays and 200 borders, so you can create over two million combinations.
Pixlr’s tools are laid out down the left-hand side of the image you’re working on. Clicking a tool opens a panel to display its options, with a thumbnail preview of its effect to show how it will affect your image. You can also adjust the intensity of effects before applying them.
Setting up a free pixlr.com account unlocks a few advanced features). There are no selection tools in the free versions of Pixlr, though if you pay £1.49 per month or £10.99 per year for a Pro membership, you gain access to selection and masking tools, among other things.
If you use photo-editing apps mainly for tuning up images and adding effects before sharing them, Pxlr is ideal, packed with features and it won’t cost you a penny.