Pixlr | Free Online Photo Editor

Posted on October 16th, 2013 by Jean

This is a fun tutorial to show how to use Pixlr Express, a free online photo editor. It can give your photos a fresh, unique look. I use it to create collages.

Pixlr Collage by Jean photo JeanPixlrcollage_zps2b6efa54.jpg

The steps are easy.

1. Visit Pixlr Express and “click” Collage. Choose Layout, upload your photos and begin editing.

Pixlr Tutorial

2. To apply different effects to each photo, click on the paintbrush at the top of each photo. Apply effects, then save to return to the collage.

Pixlr Tutorial step 2

3. To apply the same effect to all of the photos, choose finished. Then apply effects.

Pixlr Tutorial step 3

Edit options include Adjustment, Effect, Overlay, Border, Sticker, and Text. Select each one to see your choices. With Adjustment, you can rotate, crop, lighten, etc. Effects contain the filters. Overlays are bursts of images.

Pixlr Effects

When finished, save to your computer.

Pixlr Tutorial save

My edits in the top collage were as follows:
Top Left = Jenna Sue Text
Top Right = Hagrid Effect
Bottom Left = Satya, Gram, Helena and Hans Effects
Bottom Right = Tom and Ingrid Effects, bronze and Roger Overlays


Here’s one my daughter made! Now I’m holding a pop-tart while a monkey plays on the lawn. Super sweet!

Pixlr Express is also available to download for FREE to your iPad or iPhone.

Give it a try, and share your results!

Photoshop Tips I: The Basics

Posted on May 14th, 2009 by Jean

I’m using CS2 for this demonstration. I’ve used Photoshop professionally for 7 years.

The Basics

File, Open, then select the photo you’d like to work on.

I chose the photo that has become my current avatar on MySpace and Facebook.

Before: Unretouched photo 

The first thing I want to do is lighten this photo. Select Image, Adjustments, Curves.

Place your icon on the line in the center of the grid, hold your mouse down, and slide the line up. You will notice the image getting lighter. Click OK, then repeat the process if necessary.

Resize the photo, making it smaller thus easier to upload and/or email. Image, Image Size.

Change Document Size, making sure Constrain Proportions and Resample Image are checked. When you adjust width, height will automatically adjust.

Crop your image using the Crop Tool. I’ve highlighted the tool in red below.

Hold your mouse down on the image and drag to select the portion of your photo that you are keeping. You can adjust your selection by using the weight points (squares that appear on the dashed line signifying your selection).

When you are happy with your selection, hit return.

Fun With Filters

Filters give your photos fun finishes, and are quick & easy to use. Select Filter, Artistic, and just click on the first one, Colored Pencil to get the ball rolling.

A new window will open, automatically previewing the changes to your photo. Click on the various options to see previews of the filter effects.

Click OK to choose a filter effect, or cancel to close the filter window.

When you save your photo, choose Save As and rename your photo. This ensures your original photo will not be altered.

The finished result:


If you have any questions or suggestions for the next installment, please let me know.

Thanks for reading!