Not only can you edit your digital images in Microsoft Office and Adobe applications that are computer-based, you can also edit them with online image editors. One of these online image editors is Pixlr. In this video, author Richard Harrington demonstrates how to use Pixlr to adjust digital images.
- The final online image editor that I'd like to share with you is Pixlr. It offers a wide variety of tools and has a free membership that you can use to further enhance your images. To use Pixlr, take advantage of Google Chrome. It's the most compatible browser. Then visit Pixlr, pixlr.com. Now, on their website, they do have other options available, including web apps, mobile apps, and free fonts and graphics.
You might find this free resource useful. Feel free to explore it if you need to add some graphic elements to your document or slides. Just be sure to read the Terms of Service. I'm going to choose Web Apps here, and I'll scroll down to the Pixlr Editor. I can now launch the web app. Before you run the Pixlr Editor, you're going to enable Flash. So, go to your browser's settings if needed. Locate the option for advanced controls.
On Chrome here, I'll go to Content settings and select Flash. You can now choose to add a website that supports Flash. I'll type in pixlr.com and choose Add. Now, let's go over to our tab and launch the web app. The image editor opens. I'll choose to open an image from my computer.
You also can browse to URLs or any images that you have in an online library. Choose an image that you'd like to modify and click Open. You'll find a complete set of tools that resembles Adobe Photoshop in many ways. These image tools allow you to do quite a bit, including adjusting things like red eye, removing blemishes. For example, here's the Spot Healing tool. Let's go ahead over here into the corner of the image.
I'll get a larger brush and I can paint over something that I want to remove. When I let go, the building's removed. Additionally, you have advanced controls and layers. This makes it easy, for example, to apply multiple objects together and to take advantage of things like rotation and straightening. Using adjustments, you'll find complete control.
Exposure is a very useful adjustment to adjust the overall brightness and darkness. It's a bit more effective than your typical brightness contrast. When you click OK, it updates. And you'll notice that Pixlr is tracking what you've done over here in the History panel. You can easily continue to stack multiple adjustments to get the results that you want. Let's go ahead and make a small adjustment here to Color vibrance, which is a more advanced form of saturation.
And I can bring out the color in the scene, getting nice blue skies and green grass. If you want to toggle before and after, you can click to see the changes. Now, what's nice here is that you have complete control. There is a full built-in help menu if you need to explore the tools. Of all the tools we've looked at, this one, by far, is the most elaborate. But you'll find that it allows you for rich graphic options, including layers and blending, as well as adding text and other advanced overlays.
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