PR Hacks: How to Use Pixlr, Part Two


You’ve pored over How to Use Pixlr, Part One, and you’ve been waiting with bated breath for Part Two.

So we’ll give the people what they want.

A brief overview: Pixlr is a free, web-based photo editing tool that works much like popular software. It’s great for creating rich media assets such as infographics to include with press releases and bylines. Part One covered the Tools palette on the left-hand side of the Pixlr. Now we’re moving to the right-hand side of the page: Panels.

The Navigator panel displays a miniature version of your image in its default position.

Pixlr Navigation PanelUse the Navigator panel to zoom in and out and find your way around the photo. Click on the sliding bar and slide it to the left to zoom out, or the right to zoom in.

You can also manually enter a zoom ratio (50 percent, 80 percent, etc.) in the percentage box. If you’re super zoomed into a photo and having trouble navigating, click the box inside the Navigator panel, which shows you where you are in the image, and drag it around until you’re where you want to be.

The Layers panel helps you make, select, edit and rearrange layers of adjustments to your original image.

Pixlr Layers PanelMany of the changes you make to your photo (including adding text, apply filters and pasting other images) will automatically appear as new, individual layers. Select a layer you want to work with and modify it by reducing the opacity from 100 percent, clicking the up and down arrows to move it over or under another layer, changing how it blends with the other layers by choosing another option from the drop-down list next to “Normal,” throwing it away by hitting the trashcan button, etc.

Make sure you’re working in the correct layer or you may make the changes to the wrong layer. However, if you select a certain part of your image and then realize that you’re working on the wrong layer, simply click on the correct layer. The selection will not disappear.

To be able to modify your background layer (the original image), which is locked by default, double-click it and give it a new name. This will unlock it, allowing you to edit it directly.

The History panel shows you a list of all changes you’ve made to your image.

Pixlr Navigator PanelTo navigate these edits, simply click on the one you’re interested in. While you can go back and forth freely between these edits, going back to a previous edit and then changing your image will erase all edits after that point, replacing them with new ones.

Confused yet? Play around with it a bit, and it will start to make sense.

Pixlr is a great (and free!) way to edit images via the web. While it may not have all the bells and whistles of editing software, it’s a handy tool for some quick, light image editing. If you’re looking for an agency who can create rich media assets to distribute with your releases, look no further– contact us now and find out how we can help.


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