The Advantages of Pixlr

What is Pixlr?

Pixlr is an internet based, on-demand photo editing tool that allows for the creation of images, along with the editing and sharing of existing photos. Although Pixlr was created with non-professional users in mind, the application also includes a variety of advanced tools which provide individuals more more options.  Even though it is browser-based, a mobile app exists for those wishing to access it from a handheld device. Pixlr was ultimately designed for quick and easy-to-use image editing for those with little experience involving photo manipulation, while staying convenient and accessible to those who choose not to buy professional software.


Pixlr Features & Uses:

Pixlr Editor

Pixlr Editor is the standard, Photoshop-like, browser-based image editor. It can be used to create an image, or import one from the user’s computer or  from the web.  These pictures can then be edited using the over 20 tools that Pixlr Editor has to offer. The greatest advantage of this program is that the overall photo editing process is extremely quick and clear when used for creating, or changing pictures through online content.

Pixlr Express

Pixlr Express is a very simplified image editor. It uses a very clean interface with little tools, meant for quick tweaks toward pictures rather than large-scale manipulation. It offers similar capabilities as most modern phone camera apps do, but its usefulness comes from it being easily accessible from a computer where mobile apps are not typically installed.

Pixlr Mobile

It is fairly difficult to find a good photo editing app for mobile devices, and Pixlr Mobile just so happens to be one of them.  It comes with a camera function, and it has all of the basic tools a photo editing app should have, such as quick tools, filters, borders, text, and brushes.

Pixlr Desktop

Pixlr Desktop is a downloadable version of Pixlr, which is a powerful photo editor. It’s not designed for image manipulation, but it has a lot of very useful features when looking to improve photos, the majority of which are very quick to apply (such as filters).

An explanation on Pixlr’s functions

Tutorials, tips and tricks for Pixlr

Pixlr: Learning the basics:

Why use Pixlr?

Comparatively, Pixlr is a much more accessible and convenient photo creation and editing tool the provides some, if not all, of the capabilities that a normally professional and paid photo program offers.  By allowing users to access this tool for free and without the hassle of downloading, Pixlr provides more opportunities at exploring one’s creativity involving photo editing or graphic design.


Pixlr promotes learning through curiosity and opportunity.  Due it the application’s accessibility I can virtually be used anywhere as long as there is an internet connection or it is installed as mobile app or desktop program.  By allowing users to test their interests through curiosity, an individual would be able to try photo editing or graphic design using this tool. This results in users being able to explore without the fear of prices or limitations.

This learning strategy could be used as the individual utilizes the tool, which could ignite a hidden passion for photos or graphics using their creativity.  Reflection plays a part when the user relates a positive feeling to the use of the program, further increasing their interest within the arts resulting in an easier time learning the subject.

Educational Uses

1. The photo editing tool could be useful to teachers involved in the arts, specifically photography.  By having a tool that is advanced, yet simple it allows teachers to create images that can then later be used as example of photo manipulation in class which would give students an idea of what is possible through photo editing.

2. The accessibility of Pixlr allows students to be able to utilize the program for classes without the deterrence of fees or mandatory downloads.  A couple of examples would be: creating an image representing the decay of alpha particles for physics or editing an image for an assignment regarding the topic of what an ‘ideal person’ within a society would look like.

3. It promotes student creativity which can then reflect toward determining their interests, specifically in photo manipulation or graphic design.  This in turn would allow students to plan their courses in such a way that it aligns with their interests, or their passion resulting in a path toward post-secondary studies through high school courses.


Frequently asked questions and support

Updates and some cool ways to use Pixlr!

People’s work using Pixlr!


A student attending William Lyon Mackenzie.

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