Pixlr: light, powerful online image editor

pixlr_compI wrote about Pixlr in a different context before. But not writing a post about this tiny, powerful and yet too easy to use image editor would be a gross underestimation. Pixlr has 3 modes:

  • Editor: the full featured photo editor and most useful
  • Express: for quick edits
  • O-Matic: Apply vintage effects to photos

Possibilities just start from there. While Pixlr might not have all the bells and whistles like native full-blown image editors (e.g. Gimp), it has enough to awe anyone and get the job done in most cases:

  • Simple and easy to use interface with powerful tools
  • Open images directly from local disk, URL, webcam…
  • Excellent speed and you won’t probably feel that it is not a native application
  • Offline plugin for Google Chrome (works disconnected).
  • A huge array of image effects (besides regular ones) like spot heal, heat map etc.

Once you start using it, it’s hard to switch to anything else other than in very specific cases. However, if you are looking for something else, check this article.

Webpage: Pixlr

Read almost disappearing letters from FAX papers

penguin_compPrints of Fax papers tend to disappear if you keep them for long. If you have any important information of such paper you may want to keep a copy of it before it fully vanishes leaving the paper white. Here is an easy way to do that:

  • Keep the paper under bright light, preferably sunlight and take a snap of it in a good quality digital camera.
  • Open Pixlr online photo editor and upload the image.
  • Apply Filter ▸ Sharpen a few times. Make sure the image doesn’t become too sharp to appear grainy.
  • Apply Filter ▸ Heat map

The image almost looks like night-vision now and if you are lucky you might be able to read the content. Just remember that this method has a limit and nothing can be done if the content is almost invisible on the original paper.

For those who love to play with pixels

image_editor_compIf you are one of those people  who likes to edit the images and fond of open source software, you have a number of alternatives available. With GIMP being the most well known in the community, there are other options also available like:

  • Darktable
  • digiKam
  • fotoxx
  • f-spot
  • photivo
  • rawStudio
  • RawTherapee
  • Shotwell
  • UFRaw
  • Blender (3D content)
  • PaintSupreme (commercial but cheap and worth checking out)

Online photo editors or digital art:

  • Pixlr (has Chrome webapp)
  • iPiccy
  • PicMonkey
  • SumoPaint
  • Kleki

To view high-res images in the browser without scrolling or zoom only specific portion of an image, try Zoom.it.

Trimage: compress images on Ubuntu

trimageIf you are into blogging like me or handle a website, you know that using small size images of good quality is very important to keep the pages responsive. If you are using GPicView on Ubuntu, you will find options to save images in different formats and quality when you open one. Continue reading Trimage: compress images on Ubuntu