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.
- 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!
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.