Pixlr Lesson 1

Getting Started

pixlr is a free, web-based image editor that works very much like photoshop. The good thing is you can use it from anywhere, rather than only in a lab computer. These lessons are to help you become familiar with using the tools.
  • Create a folder named "Photo Editing" in your Google Folder

Go online and look for pixlr
* tip - on a macbook use Chrome rather than Safari

Go ahead and sign in with your gmail

Select the View tab across the top
This is where you can turn specific windows on or off, such as layers, tools, history, etc

Save this photo into your downloads folder (or desktop)
- then use File - Open Image - and locate your picture so it can be opened

Your screen should now look something like this:
- the Layers window on the right should be open
- the History window is also helpful if you need to undo several steps

Let's look at the options for saving:
Notice there are two location choices:
- My Computer (allowing you to choose the destination - it is possible you can go directly to Google Drive but we need to test these options out)
- Pixlr Cloud (which is a web-based photo library online where you can create folders, etc - this will be particularly useful when you are working on an image with layers and want to save a copy)

You can also determine the file type with the drop down menu:
- jpg (for photos and to flatten layers)
- png (like a gif file, can be transparent)
- pxd (pixlr format that keeps the layers, like a psd file in photoshop)

I called it flowers.jpg (the program will add the .jpg extension for you so don't type it in)
When naming files stay with programming conventions and use lowercase and no spaces (use underscore or dashes instead)

Go ahead and save this image into both places
- Once on your computer and choose where the images will go
_ Again into the pixlr cloud so you can see how that works


Applying Filters

These are special effects that you can apply to any image - we will go ahead and try a few of them out.

Go to the Filter Tab - choose Filter Gallery - and try the different style

Take a few moments to try these out - the best way to learn what the filters do is to use them

When you settle on one that you like
- save the image with a new name and add the type of filter you used as part of it

Here is the photo from above
I saved it as flowers_tilt.jpg (filter used: tilt)


Assignment for Pixlr lesson One

  • Save one original image (not the flowers - get a different photo)
  • Apply a filter and then save this copy with a new name
  • Use appropriate naming conventions (no spaces or uppercase letters)
  • Upload both images to your Photo Editing folder in Google Drive
  • Create a blog post for Lesson One and add both images