Pixlr

Mac Format - - AMAZING FREE MAC APPS -

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.

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