Simple Photo Editing with

  • Photo of Sandra Rogers with stars, vines, and liquid modifications created with Pixlr.

What is it? Pixlr is a free editing software program that allows you to modify or enhance images. There are three levels: playful, efficient, and advanced. It’s similar to other photo editing services like Google’s Picasa, Adobe Photoshop, or Gimp for Windows.

How can I use it in my course? Use Pixlr to add interesting visual imagery, provide cues, or add a personal touch to your online course. For example, adding a photo of yourself to your syllabus or instructor bio provides teacher presence in online environments.

How do I get started? Go to You do not need to create an account to use it. Begin at your level of expertise. Upload a photo from your desktop and start editing. It’s fairly intuitive.

Tech Tips:

*Save image to desktop often if you’re not planning on logging in.
*The Text feature only allows you to select the font. You will need to resize the text box in order to change the font size.
*The Stickers feature is a great way to add whimsy to your image!
*The Pixlr Editor (Advanced) has almost the same amount of features as Photoshop.
*You can make collages that look professional with the Collage tool.
*The mobile app is available at the App Store but is a bit cumbersome.

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(Originally posted on the blog and submitted by ILC consultant, Sandra Rogers.)


One Comment

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for providing the technical tips that one should keep in mind while doing photo editing with Pixlr.This will surely help me a lot while editing the pictures.keep us updating.

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