How to edit photos online


Nowadays, the only photo editor talked about - by far - is the acclaimed Photoshop. Although it is a very powerful suite for editing, it is not the only option. Well, on this website, you have a lot of photo editors capable of competing with the Adobe product.

That is why, in this post, we will show you how to edit photos online just by using Pixlr; a powerful online photo editor with an interface very similar to Photoshop.

With Pixlr, you can retouch your photos online and for free! Without much effort. With it, you can make from simple cutouts and apply filters to your photos, to use more advanced tools, previously monopolized by payment software.

Stay in this Pixlr tutorial and know the touches you can do with it!

Edit photos online with Pixlr

To access the editor you must go to its official website Once there, you will have 2 versions of the software: Pixlr X and Pixlr E.

Pixlr editor

The first one (Pixlr X) is focused on simple touch-ups such as filters, resizing, rotating, cropping, color adjustments, including text, etc. While the second is intended for advanced users.

This tutorial on editing photos online is based on the second version, since we will only use it for retouching photos.

Open the photo

When you open Pixlr X, you will find the following interface.

On the left, you will have the option to choose the photo you want to edit from an URL or from your PC.

After this, you will see the following work area:

  1. Canvas.
  2. Tools.
  3. Layers and masks of the canvas.
  4. Zoom.

You already know the interface. Now then, we will use the image of the canvas so that you learn how to use certain tools of this free photo editor.

Resize a photo

For this, go to "Properties" and click "Resize image".

cambiar tamaño de fotos

Then, a box will appear with the width and height of the photo, it is there where you can modify the dimensions.

When you set the values, then click "Apply". It is recommended to keep the proportions by clicking on "Constrain proportions".

Apply various effects

efectos de fotos

With the predefined effects that Pixlr X brings, you can give another aspect to the photo in terms of tones, temperature, colors, saturation, etc. Anyway, they are the typical effects that you can find in any photo editor.

The best thing is that you will have a preview of the photo, without having to apply the effect.

efectos fotografía

To give an example, this time we will apply the Agnes effect.

Which will give a gothic style to the photo with a gray scale, as you can see on your left.

By placing an effect, you can modify its intensity on the bar just below the effect; with a scale that goes from 0 to 100. And, if you don't like the result you can remove the effect just by clicking "Cancel".

On the other hand, the Conny effect (medium), gives the photo a duller style with reddish colors.

foto efectos

While the Gordon effect (left), it gives a dull look with yellow tones, which gives that old photo appearance. There are also the most extreme effects, such as the Mozak effect (right), which by the way, does not sit well with this image, but serves as an example.

In short, you have a wide variety of effects at your disposal. It is all a matter of experimenting with the effects, until you find the desired appearance.

Adjust color

ajustar colores de una foto

Unlike the previous option, you will find several settings that you can modify to measure! At your whim!

So you can edit your photos online like a professional. In this section, you can put the photo in black and white, or invert the colors, all with one click.

You can also modify the temperature, intensity, saturation, contrast, brightness, shadows and much more.

And how it works? Simple, just go to the "adjust" option and adjust the option you want.

In this case, it will be a matter of accentuating the intensity of the sun for an intense sunset, just by changing the intensity to 100 and the saturation to 12. The result is as follows:

ajustar colores foto

With all these options, you can give a more striking touch to your photos and even fix those old photos that look a bit faded.

Is this online photo editor useful to change or remove the background of a photo?

Of course! In this case, we will use the photo of a person to whom we are going to remove the background. To do this, select the "Magic cutout" tool, as follows:

quitar fondo imagen

Next, make sure the "tolerance" bar is at 32, and the "Remove" mode. Once done, click on the areas you want to delete. Thus:

quitar fondo foto
eliminar fondo imagen

As you can see, all that remains is to erase certain parts of the background with the eraser. Which, you can find in the same section of the draft funds.

Everything, just by using this online photo corrector.

Erase imperfections from your photos

With this online photo editing program, you can remove skin blemishes that can be seen with the naked eye. For example, we will use a freckled face. You will see how they are removed in seconds!

borrar imperfecciones foto

First, you will have to use the "Heal/repair" tool, which is located in the "Retouch" section.

In this work, it is of utmost importance to zoom until you see clearly the areas you want to modify. Also, you should have a cursor size slightly larger than the blemish size.

In our case, a 40px cursor works wonders for removing freckles. Then, it remains only to click the imperfection until it disappears. In general, 1 or 2 clicks are enough. Next, you will see the before and after image:

borrar imperfecciones imagen

Considering that the face is quite close, there is almost no trace of freckles. Now it works to remove wrinkles from your photos, of course! Look at this person's forehead:

Before and after

quitar imperfecciones piel foto

Lighten or darken

With Pixlr X, you can also lighten or darken certain areas of the photo. If what you were looking for was to edit your photos online to whiten your teeth, skin, or simply highlight certain places in the photo. So, you are in the right place.

To access this option, you must go to:


aclarar oscurecer foto

As you can see, you can choose the intensity or tone with which you want to lighten or darken the image, although, in most cases it will work with «MID». As well as the size of the brush, which by the way, it is recommended to choose a size of more than 80px. Here is an example:


aclarar una foto

Text on photos

Do you like writing texts on your photos? You can do it easily with Pixlr, since it puts at your disposal dozens of fonts with which to personalize your text. You can also choose the color you want and even the alignment of the text.

To do this, simply do the following, so you will have the various options to edit your text:


texto en fotos

Frames and stickers

Apart from the effects, we also have the possibility of adding the classic predefined frames and stickers included in most photo editors.

You have portraits with flowers, branches, congratulations, happy birthday and many more.

poner marco a una foto

Before leaving, we leave you an image that we made with a portrait and some stickers:

poner stickers a una foto