reviewed by Katharine Wimett


The Good:

Pixlr offers three online applications for photo editing: Pixlr Editor, Pixlr Express and Pixlr-o-matic. No account is necessary, but when you create an account you have access to free storage space. Your can export to your own computer as well. Provides tools like layers, lasso tool, brush controls, cloning, and filters. Can connect to third-party photo streams for access to Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, and Google Drive photos. Privacy is respected: "We don’t have access to any of the images you make when you use any of our apps, and none of our employees can see what you create or edit."

The Bad:

Unlike Pixlr Express which is available for mobile devices, Pixlr edtior is only availble on the web. Command key shortcuts apply to web browser not the application. I don't think this online app would be good for batch editing. Pixlr relies on Adobe flash in order to operate.

The Bottomline:

A good replacement for Adobe Photoshop, almost all of the same functionality. Best for light editing on a limited number of images. Although a desktop version of Pixlr Editor was offered at one time, the current owners only offer a web-based version.

Overall Rating:



The official website of the tool is

The tool is made by

Originally bought by Autodesk, now owned by 123RF

You can find the official doccumentation on:

Is there a user forum/ bug tracker/ issue tracker and if so where?


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The interface:

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  • what is it : online tool
  • what is it for ? image processing
  • this tool functions : online
  • this tool is available for : Linux, Windows, Mac OS
  • this tool is : Free Speech
  • does this tool have a paid version available? yes
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    The user interface:

    The text on the interface is a bit small.

    Tutorials / Instructions:

  • useful / helpful : 5
  • clear : 5
  • quick and easy to understand : 5

    What notable things do other users say about this tool? (either good or bad!)

    "I like that there's a full suite of tools, filters and functions at my disposal, and that the content and user interface is very similar to Photoshop, which I was previously familiar with." -Britanny M. "The Pixlr Editor has nice features but requires some knowledge of photo imaging software, or you will get lost. No support or user groups. Short on tutorials, however, if you read Pixlr's blog you will find more information about how to get the most out of Pixlr." -Lahle Wolfe

    Testing the tool (learning by doing – trial and error)

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    What would/could a designer use this tool for?

    This tool is best used for what it was intended, light photo editing. It is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

    Depending on what kind of free this tool is, how “free” is this tool really?

    The company has stated that it does not see what users are working on within the program. Ads are present while using the web-based program, but very minimally.

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    *As an official reviewer for the Great Free Graphic Software Review I confirm I have filled in the above review at the best of my abilities, with care, patience and without prior prejudice, so help me Tux.*

    Katharine Wimett, 01/10/2017

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    Testing the tool

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