Review: Pixlr – Free Online Image Editor

I am always looking for different tools out there for bloggers who have at least a minimal knowledge of putting together simple graphics. I stumbled upon Pixlr, which is a free online image editor.

Now, the site looks promising at a first glance and has an editor that you can use without having an account. The setup looks clean and has plenty of options, except for the fact that I could not use vector imaging to create.

(You can right click and open the image in a new window to see the full size of the image.)

This program even with just creating a simple image was a bit disappointing. When merging the layers of the background and text, and then saving as a JPEG at 100% quality, the image was a bit rough around the edges of the text.

Example:

For me, this is a big problem. Most of the people I know who have little knowledge of graphic design at least know how to put text on an image. If the text looks like this in the end result, the graphic editor is not worth using. Maybe in the future the editor may improve, but right now, even for basic text on graphics, this was a fail.

I did mess around with some of the brushes and effects, but it was nothing like using GIMP or Paint Shop Pro or even Photoshop. In fact, far from it. I think the best tool out of it was the free hand pencil. It has this shading feature that reminds me of studio art drawing.

Have you tried Pixlr? Are there other online graphic editors that you have tried?

Comments

  1. Demi says

    I think this really is great for people with not as much knowledge about graphic designing. Thanks for this great review and keep on the good work!

  2. says

    Yes, I’ve used the tool and it really kicks ass. Well, you can not surely do everything that Photoshop does but it is really OK if you just want to cut and image and add some simple effects.

  3. says

    Even if it cannot handle complicated editing tasks like Photoshop I think this site is perfect for simple image editing. All we need to use Pixlr is an internet connection and an up-to-date web browser. Pixlr is my first choice when I don’t use Photoshop.

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