January 16, 2017

Chrome App of the Day: Pixlr Editor


As someone who moved away from a Windows environment to Chrome for much of my working life one of the hardest things for me to do was learn how to edit photos in the cloud. After years of dabbling with various versions of Photoshop I became accustomed to using a solid image editing and creating tool. Thankfully, I found Pixlr Editor rather early on and haven’t looked back.

Don’t get me wrong; this is nowhere near as powerful or in-depth as what you’ll get in a PC/Mac application. What you do get, however, is a consistent and similar interface with most of your standard tools. Think in terms of how Google Docs looks and feels when compared to Microsoft Word and you’ll understand. Much of what your average user needs can be done here.


  • Tools included are, red eye reduction, spot heal tool, drawing tools, clone tools, sharpen and blur tools and many more.
  • Filters include, mimic HDR, glamor glow, tilt-shift, Gaussian blur, vignette, noise and lots of more.
  • Adjustments include some advanced concepts like Levels, Curves, Cross process, Desaturate, Auto levels, Hue/Saturation and Brightness/Contrast.

Suffice it to say, Pixlr Editor is convenient, powerful enough for most, and accessible everywhere. If you’ve not gotten into photo editing or creating images then this is a great way to get started. Conversely, if you’ve spent time with paid desktop clients then this will feel familiar and fill most of your need. Bonus points are awarded for integration with cloud services such as Picasa, Facebook, and Flickr. While you’re at it, download the mobile app to your Android and iOS device, too!

Pixlr Editor