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.

Go online and look for pixlr

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 on the Chromebook or lab computer.

Now open the image in Pixlr

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 from Pixlr:
- My Computer
(will allow you to choose the destination - you can put the image in your downloads or go directly to Google Drive if you are on a chromebook)

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)

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

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

Assignment for Pixlr lesson One