Free is good, even if there’s an asterisk attached to the price tag. If you have plenty of photos of average quality but you want to enhance them, Autodesk Pixlr can do it and has the five star reviews to prove it. All it does for free is apply a mixture of more than 600 effects and filters so you can turn a bland photo into an artistic masterpiece, and do it in minutes.
Pixlr comes with three levels of passion. The first is free; a photo editing platform with tools, effects, filters and everything you need to put art into photos.
Photos are easily cropped, resized, straightened, and Pixlr makes it simple to adjust color, resolution, contrast, brightness, even texture. Two photos can be merged using the Double Exposure tool to provide more depth.
Heal and Red Eye tools remove blemishes and imperfections, as well as eliminate the red-eye from flash. In addition to the effects, there are hundreds of overlays and borders. Pixlr even has pencils and brushes which can be applied to a photo for an artistic look.
All those Photoshop-like features make the free Pixlr a good entry-level photo enhancement tool, so what’s the catch?
The second level is called Essentials, also free, but you need to create a Pixlr account to unlock a few of the aforementioned features (Double Exposure, overlays, borders, etc).
The third level is Pixlr Pro which unlocks additional tools such as Influence Masks, color channels and the like– for $14.99 or $1.99 per month. The first two levels make using Pixlr easy as the barrier to entry is zero, and the learning curve nominal. The Pro level still falls well below the price of Photoshop, but, after a few months of subscription usage, is more than Pixelmater, which, in many respects is more powerful.