5 Alternatives For Pixlr Photo Editor

June 15

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We prepare a list of alternatives for Pixlr Photo Editor. Find online and offline analogs with basic and advanced features.

Pixlr is a good online photo editor for basic and average editing. It is simple and clear: you can crop, fill, work with shadows and colors and grab an image directly from URL location with a Pixlr editor. But a lot of users will find some disadvantages to this tool. For example, Pixlr Help section could be better. The developers do not lay the answers on questions like "How to download Pixlr’s Grabber". You will find the same disappointment if you need to discuss some work moments with other users. There are no support or Pixlr communities. 

That’s why we prepare a list of alternatives to Pixlr Photo Editor. In this list, you can find online and offline analogs with basic and advanced features. 

1. Luminar 4

Luminar is an AI-powered photo editor suitable for users of any level of expierence. You can edit your pictures quickly thanks to the wealth of presets which are call Looks. It also includes more advanced tools, like masking tool with brushes, radial, gradient, and even luminosity masks. One of the most useful features of Luminar 4 is layer editing. 

It is more stable than Pixlr, functioning offline and allows to get a better quality of image without compression which is unavoidable if you work with online soft. 

Luminar 4 can also be used as a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

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GIMP is an online open-source editor which estimated on 3.5 points. On the surface, GIMP's interface conforms to the standard graphics-program layout. The toolbox placed on the left, and the layers, channels, brushes, colors, undo history, etc. are on the right. Key features are located in drop-down menus. For instance, Brightness/Contrast is found under the Color menu, and the options for these menu-based commands are pop-up windows that can't be docked or otherwise kept open after you've applied the edit.

GIMP is completely free and available for Windows, Mac and Linux Platform. 

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3. Adobe Photoshop Elements 

This is a simplified version of Adobe Photoshop. It differs from the classical program with a reduced pack of tools and more clear interface. The program is focused on beginners it interfaces as simple as possible.

At the top of the Home Screen, you will find a helpful search bar. Thanks to another feature, which calls Organiser, you can import and assort your images using tags, keywords, and albums to make them easier to find. Adobe Photoshop Elements lets you work with RAW files. The range of controls is more limited than Photoshop’s and Lightroom’s, but you still can adjust the exposure, saturation, contrast, highlights, whites, blacks, sharpness and vibrancy.

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4. Photopea 

Photopea’s developers present their product as a free Photoshop alternative that works in your browser. Let's be fair, the free version is limited. In the free version, users are able to work only with a standard set of tools such as colors, shadows and lights editing, curves, masks, and layers. But the full functionality of the program is available free only for a short period of time.

Photopea’s interface looks like one to one with Photoshop’s CC: toolbar is on the left side, workspace in the middle and masks/layers/history is on the right side. 

For a professional user, Photopea isn't going to replace Photoshop, though that'd be a big thing to ask from a free piece of software. Instead, Photopea is an excellent companion for photo editors who need to make edits on a machine that isn't their normal setup.

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5. Polarr

Many professionals identify Photoshop CC as the standard of photo editing programs. Comparing to this ideal, Polarr is not bad. It is an online editor that leaves a good first impression. It has a very useful histogram tool, which is very rare for online editors and you will hardly find it in other programs. 

You may be surprised by the good usability of the product. It is simple and intuitive to use, maybe more than Adobe Lightroom. Polarr’s curves are modishly minimalistic, and they’re useful for some basic color correction. You have a composite RGB curve for adding contrast, and then there are the separate (RGB) curves.

A more limiting aspect of Polarr is that it exports everything in an sRGB color space. This might be a constraint of its coding, but it’s less than ideal if you want to print your files on an inkjet.

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Online is for efficiency, offline is for quality 

If you need to have pictures in high resolution after editing, it's better to work on them via offline editors such as Luminar. Online editors are more suitable for pictures for web-sites or amateur photography. Programs that work in the browser usually compress quality and have fewer tools.

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