I love Pixlr!

Photo of authro with stars, leaves, and vines over image.
I used Pixlr to edit and manipulate my photo.


What is it? Pixlr is a free editing software program that allows you to modify or enhance images. There are three levels: playful, efficient, and advanced. It’s similar to other photo editing services like Google’s Picasa, Adobe Photoshop, or Window’s Gimp.

How can I use it in my course? Use Pixlr to add interesting visual imagery, provide cues, or add a personal touch to your online course. For example, adding a photo of yourself to your syllabus or instructor bio provides teacher presence in online environments.

How do I get started?  Go to Pixlr.com. You do not need to create an account to use it. Begin at your level of expertise. Upload a photo from your desktop and start editing. It’s fairly intuitive.

Tech Tips:

  • Save image to desktop or jumpdrive if you’re not planning on logging in.
  • The Text feature only allows you to select the font. You will need to resize the text box in order to change the font size.
  • The Stickers feature is a great way to add whimsy to your image!
  • Open Pixlr editor (Advance) has almost the same amount of features as Photoshop.
  • You can make collages that look professional with the Collage tool.
  • The mobile app is available at the App Store but is a bit cumbersome.

I forgot to mention that it’s a lot of fun!

Sandra Rogers

P.S. I presented this as part of a series of technology teasers for the USA Learning Academy this summer at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. See my instructor training guide for the workshop utilizing Gagne’s 9 events of instruction.

Author: teacherrogers

Content developer, instructional designer, trainer, and researcher

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