reviewed by Luca Noélia Gruber


The Good:

Pixlr is a sort of online Photoshop. The three online applications (Pixlr Editor, Pixlr Express, Pixlr-o-matic) are all for free. You don't need an account. The edited picture can easily be saved on the computer or directly put on Facebook, Flickr, Picasa or Google Drive photos. The interface is very clear and easy to understand.

The Bad:

You can the edited pictures export only as jpeg. Equals a bad resolution of the pictures.

The Bottomline:

It's a good alternative to Photoshop. The preinstalled filters could be an interesting and quick way to edit pictures. As well with the Pixlr (Express) App on the smartphone.

Overall Rating:



The official website of the tool is

The tool is made by

Today Pixlr is owned by 123RF. Originally it has been developped by Ola Sevandersson in 2008.

You can find the official doccumentation on:

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

none found

I reviewed version Pixlr Express of the Software

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 : ALL
  • this tool is : Free Beer
  • does this tool have a paid version available? no
  • Review

    The user interface:

    The interface is very easy to understand and you can edit your photos very intuitive.

    Tutorials / Instructions:

  • useful / helpful : 4
  • clear : 4
  • quick and easy to understand : 4

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

    Short Review from Cy M. on g2crowd: What do you like best? So so easy to use. For smaller projects and things that don't require a ton of processing power, you won't find a better or more usable photo editor. I also like that Pixlr has number of flavors for their products. What do you dislike? Exporting an image can be a little unwieldy, but other than that, everything works great. I would also love to see a little bit more integration with cloud services. Recommendations to others considering the product Do it! You won't find a better suite for smaller scale projects. What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized? Making simple graphics on a cloud-based photo editor makes producing graphics very easy and users don't have jump through hoops that other apps require. Check out some other reviews about Pixlr:

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

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    What would/could a designer use this tool for?

    It is a great tool for light photo editing. It is also very nice to make funny pictures or just quickly add a filter. But I think for people who are used to work with Photoshop prefer to stay with it.

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

    There is advertising but not that much.

    Please add any additional comments below:

    The Pixlr App is very nice tool to edit photos on your smartphone.

    *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.*

    Luca Noélia Gruber, 04/10/2017

  • Interface

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    Testing the tool

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