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Pixlr-O-Matic Review for Android

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We review Pixlr-o-matic, a free, slick and fun editing app for Android.

What Is Pixlr-O-Matic?

Pixlr is a set of image editing tools for Android that are organised under a simple and slick UI. Pixlr can either upload an existing photo or take a snapshot. For a snap, the app uses the standard Android camera, which means that it doesn't offer any additional capture features.

The UI is intuitive, looks great and is easy to learn. The app is pretty efficient to use and the functionality is very visual, making the Pixlr easy usable from the start. The app's performance is very smooth, even on a comparatively under-powered smartphone.

If you want to edit a photo that you've already taken, Pixlr will allow you to upload from Android Gallery. As an added goodie, this app allows the user to upload photos from online services such as GoogleDrive and Dropbox. As a result, you can edit an image that is not currently stored on your phone, such as if you took one with another camera. Once you've started using the app, your last photo will appear as a shortcut in the home-screen.

Pixlr uses the standard Android camera. It integrates perfectly, but this means that it offers no extra features.Once you have the picture that you want to edit, you're taken to a screen in which Pixlr offers most of its features: effects, overlays, borders and crop.

You can choose from many different colour effects to give your image a different feel. Pixlr's effects look great, offering hipster, vintage and grungy feels along with many other more surprising ones. Each effect is displayed in a miniature preview beneath your photo so that you have an idea of how it will look when applied.You can select each effect one by one, or swipe to skip forward rapidly. Pixlr applies these effects to your image very quickly.

Overlays are handled in the same way as effects. You can scroll through different additions to your photo, such as rain, colour gradients and bright shapes. These, once more, look great.

When you're done with overlays, you can choose from a number of borders. These include a variety of different options such as simple outlines and a Polaroid-imitation, through to more complex ones like the scuffed photograph and floral looks.

Pixlr's cropping feature is its only real weakness: press the button and all you get is a version of the original image that is cropped to be square. Pixlr also offers a shuffle button that you can press to get wild-card effects, overlays and borders, which is actually pretty fun.

When you're done playing, you can save the image in a choice of three file sizes. Nerds will be delighted with the sharing options. You can add your picture to Dropbox, send it to an Amazon Kindle, broadcast on your social networks, forward it to your friends via Google Hangouts (which is pretty neat), and for the really nerdy: send it via LAN. There's also a button named '' that allows you to upload their picture to, Pixlr's dedicated image-sharing website.

Once you've uploaded your photo, gives you a snort URL key for you to share with your friends so that they can see your picture.

For a free app, Pixlr-o-matic is excellent. Packed with features, easy to use and great for sharing pictures with friends, this app is a great choice for an amateur photographer.

Despite having no capture features and a rubbish crop, Pixlr is great fun, four and a half out of five fun!

Pixlr-o-matic Highlights

How to get new effects, overlays and borders with Pixlr-o-matic
If the effects, overlays and borders aren't enough for you, tap the button with a film icon and a '+' sign and be taken to Pixlr's cloud-based store. Here you can install new features, which are organised into themes and free of charge. For example, users can access a group of effects called Vintage, which includes Borg, Carl and Doris. Helpfully, if the app gets too cluttered you can streamline things by uninstalling groups of features, too.

How to efficiently manage your images with Pixlr-o-matic
Imagine if you were chatting on Google Hangouts and wanted to share a picture from another device, with a few edits, in the conversation. If you synced, say, your computer to Dropbox, you could upload an image by selecting 'upload' then 'Dropbox' from the home screen. You can then add an overlay, for example, and send it directly to your Google Hangouts conversation. Do this by tapping the disk icon at the bottom right of the editing screen, then 'share' and 'Google Hangouts', then choose your desired recipient.

How to add a great-looking burn feel to your images with Pixlr-o-matic
After uploading or capturing a picture, tap the light-bulb (overlays) menu in the editing screen, then find and select 'Burn'. The Burn overlay creates a gradient of warm colours on the left of a picture through to cold colours on the right and makes any image look intense.

Getting the Basics Right: Pixlr-o-Matic

How to adjust the Contrast and Brightness with Pixlr-o-matic
Pixlr doesn't come with this feature, although the effects vary in contrast and brightness, providing some flexibility.

How to adjust the flash with Pixlr-o-matic
This feature is not available with Pixlr-o-matic.

How to adjust the picture quality with Pixlr-o-matic
When saving or sharing your finished image, Pixlr allows you to save as small, medium or large.

How to zoom using Pixlr-o-matic
This feature is not available with Pixlr-o-matic.

Download Pixlr-o-matic from Google Play
21st Nov 2013, 20:41