Pixlr – What Photoshop Express Could Have Been

When I first heard Adobe talking about Photoshop Express I was really excited about the prospect of doing Photoshop style image editing right from my web browser.  Needless to say, when it was launched, it was kind of cool but definitely not the Photoshop experience that I was expecting.  Then the other night I was doing some Stumbling and came across the beta version of Pixlr and WOW, I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  There, inside my Firefox web browser, was a full fledged image editing program that really feels like an editing program.  So much so in fact that I had to look twice just to make sure I was still in Firefox.

It is not an overly powerful editor, meaning that it can’t work with RAW files, but the features that it does employ are pretty slick.  How about Free Transform, Layers, Layer Styles, Levels Adjustments, Adjustable Brushes, Blend Modes, a pretty good set of filters, and a nicely populated tool bar with plenty of my favorite things.  Check out the screen shots below.

(Click the thumbnails for a larger version)

Granted, this isn’t for professional image editing and it does lack some features that would be nice but the developers are busy adding new features as quickly as possible.  I would like to see some integration with flickr and facebook but I am sure that it won’t be long before I see those added to the mix.  Here is one feature that is pretty hard to beat, it’s totally free!  I love free stuff, especially when it is as good as this.  For more information and to give it a try for yourself, head over to the Pixlr web site and see if you don’t think this is pretty darn cool.  Click here if you just want to jump right into the editor.

That’s all for this week, have a great weekend!


  1. Great application. If only it were able to open psd and png (ones with layers to edit) than it would be a killer app! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Some integration with SmugMug would be nice, too … Smuggie always seems to get left out. I think it’s the best photo sharing site out there, but there ya go.

  3. I agree and like the app. Linkage to smugmug would be great for me too. Thanks for sharing. I have been looking for something like this and was not happy with the photoshop express solution.

  4. Really cool. It’s worth looking at SUMO Paint too. http://www.sumo.fi/products/sumopaint/


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