Pixlr encompasses a suite of applications, including Pixlr Pro, Pixlr Editor, Pixlr X, and Pixlr Express, each catering to different user needs in terms of ease of use and functionality. Positioned as a versatile photo editor, Pixlr offers features ranging from basic portrait correction to advanced color grading, drawing, and graphic design.
Photoshop-Like UI and Photo Import
Pixlr Pro presents an interface strikingly reminiscent of Photoshop, making it familiar for those acquainted with Adobe's software. Users can upload photos from their PC, import from a URL, or start a new project. Importing directly from Facebook is also supported for added convenience.
Layers and Masks for Advanced Photo Editing
While Pixlr Pro's additional image editing tools may not match Photoshop's power, it compensates with essential features like layers and masks for more in-depth photo editing. The program supports fully configurable brushes and quick keyboard shortcuts for frequently used options.
Cheap Analog of Camera RAW
Pixlr Pro attempts to provide a local analog of Camera RAW, allowing users to open RAW files. However, there are reported delays and issues, especially when dealing with larger RAW files.
Convenient Hotkeys Matching Those in Photoshop
Pixlr Pro incorporates keyboard shortcuts that align with those in Photoshop, enhancing user experience. However, users note some inconveniences, including the absence of information resources and limited customization options.
Inconvenient Work Spaces
Pixlr Pro's fixed and non-adjustable workspaces pose challenges, especially for users who prefer using various brushes. Limited flexibility in window size and arrangement can hinder a seamless workflow.
Poorly Optimized Mouse Control
Users report issues with Pixlr Pro's mouse control, particularly in terms of zooming. The program's response to the mouse wheel during zooming is described as erratic and challenging to control.
Limited Functionality because of Inconvenient Management
While Pixlr Pro is stable for basic image retouching, its limitations become evident when attempting more complex and extended retouching tasks. The program's interface and controls may not be conducive to intricate editing.
Interface Similar to GIMP
Pixlr Editor, being a free program with open advertising, offers an interface that differs from Pixlr Pro but shares some similarities with earlier versions of GIMP. The cartoonish instruments and limited customization options may affect user experience.
Inconvenient Brushes Layout
Pixlr Editor's brush settings are not always easily accessible, and users note challenges in keeping them visible. While this might not be an issue for infrequent drawing tasks, it could pose problems for users accustomed to more customizable setups.
Pixlr Editor exhibits instability during basic image retouching, particularly when zooming in. The lack of synchronization with browser settings can result in interface distortion and a less-than-optimal user experience.
Stamp Tool Doesn’t Work
Users report issues with the stamp tool in Pixlr Editor, making it challenging to perform tasks that involve copying areas of an image. The program's response to key commands may differ from user expectations.
Pixlr Express, designed as a replacement for Camera RAW, supports only JPEG files, lacking the ability to handle RAW files. This limitation could be a drawback for users seeking more extensive editing capabilities.
The presence of advertising banners, taking up around 20% of the workspace, is a significant drawback in Pixlr Express. Using ad blockers may render the program inoperable, highlighting the reliance on advertising as a revenue model.
Slow and Outdated Adjustment Tool
Pixlr Express exhibits lag issues, particularly with its Adjustment tool, impacting the efficiency of image editing. The slow operation of certain functions, especially in full-screen mode, adds to the frustration.
Auto Fix Works Incorrectly
The Auto-Fix function in Pixlr Express is reported to degrade picture quality rather than improving it. Users note issues with white balance and contrast when applying Auto Fix.
Pixlr Mobile, Pixlr's mobile editor, faces challenges in terms of stability during basic image retouching. Lag issues persist, affecting the responsiveness of tools and the overall user experience.
Pixlr Mobile, while offering a range of tools divided into categories like Corrections, Effects, Overlays, and Borders, suffers from lag problems. Users report delays in response time and prolonged waiting periods for changes to take effect.
Pixlr Photo Editor has historically been a free program supported by advertising. However, users now have the option to pay $5 per month (down from $22 per month) to access an ad-free version with reduced lag issues.