Pixlr Power: How to use the Pixlr Editor
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Pixlr Power: How to use the Pixlr Editor

Master photo editing of digital images to enhance your digital photography.
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989 students enrolled
Created by Michele Berner
Last updated 9/2014
Price: $50
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  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Course goal:
  • By the end of this course, you will be able to understand the purpose, and function of each tool in the Pixlr Online Editor to create and edit great photos and images.
  • Course Objectives
  • In this course, you will learn:
  • How to make adjustments and edits to an image
  • How to save, resize, crop and rotate an image
  • The basics of using layers to create, edit, manage and composite images
  • A close study of the Pixlr Tools and menus
  • How to use Pixlr's selection tools
  • How to use Pixlr's editing tools
  • How to use Pixlr's blending tools
  • Adding filters and special effects to your photos and images
  • How to use Pixlr's mobile apps - PixlrExpress and Pixlr-O-Matic
  • How to retouch and restore a photo
View Curriculum
  • A computer - Windows or MAC - with Flash plug-in installed
  • Browser - Firefox, Safari, Windows Explorer, Chrome
  • An internet connection
  • The ability to use a computer and a mouse

Create your digital masterpiece using Pixlr Editor

It has never been easier to take a picture. As well as printing your pictures, you can share them, tweak them, and create photographic masterpieces. Editing images and photos is an important part of that process. Most photo editing software packages are either too expensive or your computer is not available at the time you want to edit your photo.

Pixlr is a free online image editor. It isn’t Photoshop but for a tool that works entirely within your browser, it replicates a remarkable percentage of Photoshop’s most important image-editing tools, and does it very, very well.

Pixlr combines paint tools with image design and works in your browser. You can also use it for several different purposes, including creating an image from scratch, as well as layering images over each other. You can also make use of a variety of effects, filters and level adjustments, define your own brushes, utilities such as resizing and cropping, drawing right onto a blank canvas and a host of other features. All this will help you to radically transform all your photographs.

Pixlr responds to practically the exact same keyboard shortcuts as Photoshop, and is very easy to use. You can use Pixlr to:

  • Edit photos uploaded from a computer.
  • Start with a blank canvas or upload from the Cloud (all you need is to paste in an image URL).
  • No matter where your images are stored, you'll be able to edit them in Pixlr.
  • Pixlr comes with complex layer support that allows for several blending modes and layer styles.
  • If you don't have Photoshop handy and need to do some image editing in your browser, Pixlr is a really fantastic alternative.

What equipment do you need for this course?

Pixlr Editor is built in Flash and you need to have the Flash plug-in to get it to work, however, 98% of all computers have flash so you are probably set and it will work on any computer, MAC or Windows as long as the computer is running the Flash plugin. Since the Pixlr editor is Flash-based, how it runs depends on what kind of computer you have. If it is lagging you can try to shut down other web pages that might be running Flash ads or close other software on your computer that is taking a lot of CPU.

You also need an internet connection, and a browser - Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

Course Structure

Section 1:An exploration of the Pixlr menus, tools and user interface. A look, also at the diverse ways of getting images into the editor, saving them locally and to Cloud services like Facebook and Flickr.

Section 2:How to make adjustments to an image. This covers resizing, cropping, rotating images, using the menu options like colour balance, curves, levels to improve and edit an image. An introduction to layers in Pixlr and how to use layers and layer masks to manage, edit and composite an image.

Section 3:An exploration of Pixlr's selection tools. How to use the Lasso, Marquee, Magic Wand selection tools to edit an image.

Section 4:An exploration of Pixlr's editing tools. How to use the Pencil, Paint Bucket, Clone Stamp, Brush and Gradient tools to edit an image.

Section 5:An exploration of Pixlr's blending tools. How to use the Dodge, Burn, Smudge, Pinch and Bloat, Sharpen, Spot heal and Red Eye Reduction tools to edit an image.

Section 6: How to use special filters and effects to edit and enhance an image.

Section 7:All the rest of the tools - How to use text, text styles, drawing shapes and lines, Colour Replacement tool and how to remove the background from an image to make it transparent.

Section 8: Projects to test your skills.

Each section has a number of projects and exercises to consolidate the skills covered in that section. Projects such as creating a banner for a website using layers, blending images together, creating an artistic double exposure, creating custom brushes, restoring and retouching photographs - common tasks you need to do in editing photos and creating your own images.

Section 9: Pixlr and the Cloud

A look at the other Pixlr apps: Pixlr Express and Pixlr-O-Matic and how to connect Pixlr to Google Drive.

Materials included in the course

53 Lessons. Each lesson covers a tool or combination of tools and shows you how to use those tools to edit, enhance or create an image. The images used in the videos are provided as a Download so you can follow along with the video and reproduce the same result. The majority of lessons also have worksheets to assist in reproducing the task in the video. There are also projects to test your understanding of the tools and processes explored in that section.

Who is the target audience?
  • No experience in photo editing is required. This course is suitable for teachers, students, hobbyists, senior citizens. Anybody interested in photo editing.
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Curriculum For This Course
56 Lectures
What's New in Pixlr?
1 Lecture 00:00
Changes to Pixlr - September 2014
1 page
Getting Started
4 Lectures 29:23

This video looks at the Pixlr user interface with a quick overview of the main menus and palettes you will use in the editor.

Video Structure:

0:00 Getting an image into Pixlr

1:42 The Pixlr tools and tool options bar

2:25 The Navigator panel

2:42 The Layers palette

2:50 The History panel

3:05 The View Menu

3:30 Using Pixlr with different languages

Download the Pixlr Tools - images as a Gallery

Preview 03:49

This video covers the variety of ways you can get an image or photo into the Pixlr Editor.

0:20 Opening a new image

0:58 Open an image from your computer

1:20 Open an image from a URL

2:09 Open an image from your Library

4:12 How to use the Pixlr Grabber extension in Chrome to grab an image from a web site.

Download the Grabber extensions for Firefox and Chrome

5:45 Downloading images from mobile devices

Preview 06:31

This lesson covers the main panels and palettes from the Pixlr interface: The History panel, The Navigator and the Layers Panel.

0:00 Menus and user interface

0:33 The Navigator panel

2:20 The History panel

5:50 The Layers panel

7:30 The View Menu options

Panels, Navigation and Palettes

Video Description:

This video looks at other ways to get an image into Pixlr: Using an add-on for Firefox: Pixlr Grabber and using the free app: Skitch.

Video Structure:

0:25 Firefox Add-On

0:58 Install Pixlr Grabber as an Add-On

2:00 Grab a part of the screen with Pixlr Grabber

2:55 Grab an entire page

4:00 Skitch

4:50 Syncing Skitch with Evernote

6:00 Grab an image using Skitch

7:50 Using an image grabbed with Skitch

9:40 Annotating an image with Skitch

Grab an image using Pixlr Grabber for Firefox and Skitch
Making Adjustments to an Image
9 Lectures 01:13:00

This lesson covers how to resize and save your images. It looks at saving an image using the Image..Size menu which will produce a smaller file size, and resizing using the Free Transform tool, which reduces the size within the editor but not the file size. It then discusses the various locations to which you can save your image and the different file types.

Video Structure:

0:26 Using the Navigator to size and move within an image

1:50 Resize an image using the menu: Image..Size

3:05 Resize using the Free Transform tool from the Edit menu

5:25 Saving an image to the various locations: cloud services, your computer, Pixlr library

6:05 Saving your image - the different file types (jpg, png, Pixlr Layered Image)

Save and resize an image

This video looks at how to enhance an image using hue, saturation and lightness. These settings make changes to an entire image.

Video Structure:

0:24 Brightness and contrast

1:00 Hue, saturation and lightness

1:02 Hue

1:30 Saturation

1:48 Lightness

Changing hue, saturation and brightness

This video looks at how to colourise an object in a black and white image. You might do this for emphasis

Video Structure:

0:13 The methods that will be used to colour the images: The Lasso tool and using Layers.

0:49 Using the Lasso tool to select part of an image and then use hue and saturation to change the colour of the selection.

3:45 Using Layers to duplicate the image, desaturate the duplicate and then use the Eraser tool to selectively colour part of the original image.

After completing this lesson, you edited images should look like this.

How to colour an object in a black and white image

This video looks at how to straighten an image using the Free Transform tool. Sometimes, you can have an image where the horizon is crooked which tilts the actual picture. If you weren't going for this effect, then you can fix it.

Video Structure:

0:17 A look at the crooked image - the horizon is not straight and the picture looks tilted.

0:35 Here is the Free Transform tool - in the Edit menu.

1:07 Using the Free Transform tool to move and tilt the image and straighten the horizon.

1:39 Using the Marquee tool to select the straightened image and remove the unwanted white space.

2:15 Create new image from the Marquee selection.

3:00 Saving the straightened image.

At the completion of this lesson, your image should look like this:

Straighten an image using the Free Transform tool

Video Description:

This video looks at a number of processes to adjust an image from the Adjustment menu and focuses on how to add a vintage effect to an image.

The original image

Video Structure:

0:20 Examples of vintage effects in images

0:55 Unlock the Background copy and duplicate the layer

1:06 Adjust the contrast (add +20)

1:26 Adjust the Saturation (Add +20)

1:44 Apply a vignette filter

2:05 Change the tonality and contrast in the image using Curves (Adjust the red, green, blue channels)

3:11 Deselect the Layer 0 copy and work on the Layer 0. Colorize it, (Hue and Saturation). Change Hue to: -126; change Saturation to : -41

3:48 Turn on Layer 0 copy and move Layer 0 to the top of the two layers

4:00 Layer - Reduce the opacity to 52

4:11 Add warmth. Add a new layer and call it Pink. Select a pink colour and use the Paint Bucket tool to fill the layer

4:40 Select the Overlay blending mode and change opacity to 65

5:00 Flatten the image and save.

The final image

Create a Vintage Effect using the Adjustment Menu

Video Description:

This video looks at the Free Transform and Free Distort tools from the Edit menu. Free Transform rotates and resizes an image whilst Free Distort changes the angles of an image.

Video Structure:

1:05 Rotate an image

1:35 Open the grasslands.jpg image. Add image as layer - elephants.jpg.

1:58 Use the Free Transform tool to resize the elephants and move them to the bottom right of the grasslands image

2:15 Add a layer mask to the elephants layer

2:30 Use the Brush tool to paint back the elephants. Use the Eraser tool if you reveal too much of the elephants. Paint back the mask

4:30 elephants in the grasslands - completed image

5:01 Create a panorama which uses the Free Distort tool. Open two separate images

5:55 Resize the image with Free Transform

7:13 Use Free distort to change the angles and help blend the two images

8:05 Change the angles on a shape using Free Distort

Using Free Transform and Free Distort

This video introduces the concept of layers in Pixlr. Layers are important when building your images. Layers keep all the elements of your image separate and allow you to move and edit objects independently.

Video Structure:

0:35 Defining a layer

1:05 The Layers Palette

1:25 What is a layer in Pixlr?

2:30 Creating the First layer

2:58 Create the Second layer

3:38 Moving layers to change the position of objects in the image

4:45 Hiding and revealing a layer

5:00 Create the Third layer

Using layers to build up an image

Introduction to Layers

This video uses 5 separate images and combines them into a composite image using layers and layer masks. It show you how to blend and merge separate images using layer masks, why transparent images are useful in this process, how to isolate and hide layers, crop, resize and save an image as a Layered Pixlr Image (PXD) and jpg. It builds on Lesson 11's introduction to the concept of layers.

Video Structure:

0:30 Introduces the separate images

2:45 Add the first image as a layer - the farmhouse.jpg. How to resize it, move it and position it into the background image - the field.jpg

5:00 Blend the farmhouse with the field by adding a layer mask

6:40 Revealing and blending the farmhouse - the Brush and Eraser tools

11:20 Blending the edges

12:25 Add the second image as a layer - the tractor.jpg (transparent .png)

13:30 Add the third image as a layer - the boy on a tractor.jpg

14:30 Add a layer mask; reveal and blend with the other 3 images

17:40 Hiding a layer to assist with blending

18:20 Add the fourth layer as an image - the dog.jpg

19:00 Add a layer mask - revela and blend

20:40 Save the image as a Layered Pixlr Image (pxd) - preserves the layers - sop you can continue to edit it.

22:00 Crop the image

22:40 Resize the image

The final edited image

Build up an image using Layers and Layer Masks (Project)

The Pixlr online image editor supports the use of layers, which allow you to work with separate parts of an image without affecting other parts. The separate layers can then be combined into a single image by using the Merge feature. Parts of a layer with no image information are transparent, so when combining layers the one layer becomes the background of the other layer. You can merge two layers from the same image or even layers from different images. This video shows you how to merge layers and to flatten the image.

Video Structure:

0:26 What is merging a layer?

0:38 What is flattening an image?

0:56 A demonstration of how to merge layers

1:18 If you want to re-edit a file, you need to save it as a Layered Pixlr Image (PXD) before flattening or merging layers

1:45 How to flatten an image

1:58 Another example - Selective colouring of a desaturated object in an image before flattening

Flatten the layers before saving

How to merge layers and flatten an image
Selection Tools
5 Lectures 01:01:40

Video Description:

This video looks at the Lasso tool - a selection tool in Pixlr. It shows you how to select an image using the freehand Lasso tool and the Polygonal Lasso tool - a more defined and precise selection. It also shows you what you can do with a selected image by copying and pasting into an existing image and blending the two images and / or using filters .

Video Structure:

0:20 The Lasso tool - the options of Freehand and Polygonal

0:35 Open the dog.jpg. Use the Polygonal Lasso tool to remove the dog from the background

2:27 The dog fully selected

2:35 Copy the selection and create a new transparent image from the clipboard. Save the image as a .png

3:13 Clean up the background with the eraser tool

3:35 Open a new image - the fisherman.jpg. Import the transparent dog as a new layer. Resize and move it

4:08 Desaturate the dog so it matches the original background of the fisherman image

4:32 Desaturate the Background copy. You would also need to do more work on this photo - to clean it up, apply a filter to both layers like Old Photo to make a better match

4:45 Open image horses in field.jpg. Use the freehand Lasso tool to remove the horses from their background

5:40 Copy the selection and paste it into the image: national park.jpg. Move and resize the horses to the bottom left of the national park image

6:32 Erase any background from the horses using the Eraser tool

7:40 Open the image: delicious fruit.jpg. Use the polygonal Lasso tool to select a grapefruit. Hold the shift key (you should see a + ) and select the other grapefruit. Do not let go of the shift key. Both of the red grapefruit should now be selected

9:25 Copy the selection and paste as a new layer into the same delicious fruit image. Position the copied grapefruit exactly over the same grapefruits in the background layer

9:55 Select the Background layer and apply a Solarise adjustment. (Adjustment, Solarise)

10:15 Select the selected grapefruit layer and apply a Sepia filter

The Lasso tool

Video Description:

This video covers how to make selections of parts of an image using the Crop and Marquee tools. You would use these tools if you wanted to create new pictures, or delete unwanted parts of a picture. Selecting parts of an image is one process required in creating composite images, or collages. This video will demonstrate how to create a desktop wallpaper collage from blending two images using the Marquee tool, cropping large images and importing a selected image into a WORD brochure.

Video Structure:

0:20 Definition of cropping and an example

0:44 Definition of the Marquee tool and an example

1:12 Cropping an image - a discussion of the constraints options (aspect ratio, output size, no restriction)

3:44 The Marquee tool - elliptical and square. Discusses the constraints and options

5:08 Using Feathering in your Marquee selections

6:55 Creating a collage. Blending two images using the Crop and Marquee square. (green field and blue sky.jpg; shack in field.jpg)

9:40 Blending: the Smudge tool

9:50 Blending: the Clone Stamp tool

10:20 The finished collage

11:00 Resizing the image to use as desktop wallpaper

12:00 The Marquee Elliptical selection tool. - the rose.jpg. Select an aspect of this image using the Aspect Ratio constraint, cut it, create new transparent image, crop it and paste into a brochure.

16:00 Extending the selection using the Marquee tool.

The Crop and Marquee tools

Video Description:

This video looks at another selection tool - The Magic Wand. This tool removes large blocks of colour which you can adjust using the properties of tolerance and contiguous. The video removes the colour from three images with the Magic Wand tool. The yellow bear.jpg receives a new red background; the moon.jpg is inserted into a new collage and the building with the blue sky.jpg receives a new stormy background sky.

Video Structure:

0:58 Using the Magic Wand tool to remove unwanted solid blocks of colour

1:15 Explaining the properties of Tolerance, Anti-Alias and Contiguous

3:30 The yellow bear.jpg - deleting the background and replacing it with a red background using the Paint Bucket tool.

4:50 How to extend your original selection

5:50 Changing the original yellow background to a red background with the Paint Bucket tool.

5:50 The full moon.jpg Another example using the Magic Wand tool

6:20 Inverting a selection (this selects everything but what you originally selected)

7:00 Creating a collage from the selected moon image. This uses the Shapes tool, Colour Picker tool, Text and Text Styles and flattening an image.

10:53 The building with the blue sky.jpg. Using the Magic Wand tool to remove the blue background, inverting the selection, keeping the building and replacing the blue sky with a stormy sky. This also involves the use of layers.

The Magic Wand tool

Video Description:

This video is a project that uses the Lasso tool and layer masks to create a collage and then adds text and text styles (drop shadows and outer glow) and the Colour Picker tool for emphasis.

The finished image

Video Structure:

0:35 Defining a layer mask

1:14 Resizing the dingo.jpg image

2:15 Using the Lasso tool to select the dingo

2:35 Use a layer mask to erase the background from the dingo and make the rest of the image transparent

2:55 Erase the background from the dingo using the Eraser tool

4:50 Save the dingo image as a .png

5:07 Place the dingo on the Uluru.jpg image

5:45 Add text to the image (on a new layer). Use the colour Picker tool to select a text colour from the image.

8:18 Text styles. Adding a drop shadow to the text

How to use a layer mask and the Lasso tool (Project)

Video Description:

This video is a layer mask project that blends two images. The two images - the garden terrace.jpg and the dog looking through a fence.jpg have been combined into the following image:

Video Structure:

0:20 The finished picture

0:30 The two separate images

0:45 Starting the project. Create a new image

1:32 Both pictures added into the new image (As separate layers) and adding a layer mask

2:30 Revealing the dog

5:00 Add a new layer. Use the Clone Stamp tool to assist with the blending. Sample all layers

Blend two images using a layer mask (Project)
Editing tools
10 Lectures 01:50:55

Video Description:

This video looks at how to use the Pencil, the Paint Bucket and Brush tools

Video Structure

0:37 The Pencil tool

1:30 The Brush tool

2:19 Create your own brush

2:44 How to reset the Brush palette

2:56 Adding more brushes to the Brush Palette using the MORE menu.

4:30 How to create your own brush

5:20 Using the Paint Bucket tool

The image used in the video

The Pencil, Brush and Paint Bucket tools

Video Description:

This video looks at how to make an image more interesting using different brushes. It covers many aspects of the Brush tool - adding MORE brushes, load, clear, save, create brushes.

This is the finished image. Two images:garfield.jpg and the desert at night.jpg have been combined and "spiced up" to produce this:

Video Structure:

0:22 The finished image

0:50 Make garfield.jpg transparent and save as a new .png

1:30 Paste garfield.png into the desert at night.jpg and move into position in the middle of the image

2:00 Add more brushes from the MORE button - vector stalks, Nature, Galaxy, Miscellaneous. Here is a link to the spice up your image brushes.pbr palette I used in the video

2:40 Create and save the set of brushes you have defined

3:55 Delete the default set of brushes and load your saved brushes palette

4:15 Adding brushes to the bottom of the image

7:40 Adding brushes to the top of the image

11:40 Saving the image

Practice Image:

If you want to have another go, here is a practice image of a dog in a field and the finished image after playing with brushes. The final image has also had a filter applied - a vignette (Filter menu, Vignette)

Spice up an image using brushes

Video Description:

This video covers how to create your own custom brushes to use with Pixlr. You can create a brush from anything you draw on a blank canvas or capture any image and define it as a brush. It also shows you how to manage the Brushes palette - load, reset, clear, add more brushes.

Video Structure:

0:22 Create new image

0:28 The Brush properties - Hardness, Diameter, Opacity and Size

1:06 The Default set of brushes

1:35 How to change the diameter of a brush

1:55 The MORE button - exploring the extra brush sets available to you

3:40 Clearing and reloading the brush set

3:55 Create your own brush form a shape you have drawn. eg an arrow

7:15 Saving your defined brushes as a set

7:40 Loading your saved custom brushes into the default set of brushes

8:40 Defining a brush from an image

Some links:

Some Photoshop images you could use to define a brush (zipped file)

The Numbers brushes.pbr

How to make your own custom Pixlr brushes

Video Description:

After the previous lessons using brushes and layers, here is a project that takes a simple image of a flower and uses layers and brushes to improve it. Here's the original image.

Here's the final image

Video Structure:

0:45 Open the flower.jpg image

1:05 Use the Lasso tool to select the flower

1:44 Copy and paste the selected flower

2:17 Erase the background from the copied flower

3:15 Position the now transparent copied flower over the top of the original flower

3:35 Select the Background copy of the flower and a add a filter - Find Edges

4:25 Add brush effects to the bottom of the image

5:15 Using Scatter to apply the brushes

9:40 Add brush effects to the top of the image

10:19 Define a custom brush (using the image of a butterfly)

Download this image.

Download the brushes used in the project

11:56 Add a text layer

12:50 Flatten the image

13:05 Resize the image

Fun with layers, filters and brushes (Project)

Video Description:

This video shows you how to use the Clone Stamp tool for erasing unwanted parts of an image and copying or cloning parts of an image.

Video Structure:

0:40 Outline of what will be copied using the flowers in field.jpg image

1:10 Define the area to be cloned using Control-Click or Command-Click

2:40 Erasing mistakes made in cloning

3:20 Cloning image 2 - grass with leaves.jpg. Adding another cat to the image

4:30 The Clone Stamp tool can also delete parts of an image

7:42 The finished image - 2 cats on a green lawn. After cropping with the Marquee tool.

Practice image: the beach with the bottle removed

Preview 09:18

Video Description:

This video covers the Drawing tool - Shapes - Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipsis, Line. It looks at the properties of the tool and uses the concept of layers to build up an image using different shapes and text and shows you how to use a rectangle as a picture frame for a photo.

Video Structure:

0:30 The Drawing tool properties

1:30 Moving a shape on the canvas requires a new layer for each separate shape

3:30 New image - a demonstration of the Line tool

3:50 How to change the opacity of the line

4:30 Blending modes

5:30 Adding shapes and drawings to an existing image

6:40 How to use a rectangle as a picture frame for an image

The Drawing tool

Video Description:

This video looks at the Gradient tool - its properties; preset gradients; how to create your own gradients by changing preset colours, adding gradients to images and using gradients to blend images.

Video Structure:

0:27 Apply a preset gradient. How to use a gradient as a background for a new image. Using the image: harry on his bed.png with a gradient added.

2:36 Discussing gradient properties: drawing linear and radial gradients; spread methods (reflect, repeat), blending modes and opacity

5:50 Create your own gradient by changing the preset gradient colours and changing the opacity

7:30 Adding a gradient to an existing image - the shrine.jpg Also looks at blending modes and altering a transparent gradient

10:45 Using gradients to blend two images. lightning.jpg and scary face.jpg

The Gradient tool

Video Description:

This video covers how to create an image using gradients and a layer mask. The two images used are: romantic bench.jpg and the dog.jpg. The video demonstrates how to blend two images together using a layer mask and revealing only parts of the dog so it looks like it is buried beneath the leaves.

Video Structure:

The finished image

0:40 Open the dog.jpg and make it transparent using the Magic Wand tool

2:10 Open the romantic bench image and duplicate the layer

2:31 Add a gradient to the right side of the image. (Colour to transparent gradient)

3:05 How to change the properties of the gradient - colour and opacity

4:18 Applying the gradient

4:38 Use a blending mode with the gradient - multiply.

5:20 Add the transparent dog - add image as layer. Move and resize the dog, and move it to the bottom left of the image

5:50 Add a layer mask to the transparent dog

6:32 Reveal the dog using the Brush tool

8:20 Add a shadow style to the dog

How to create an image using gradients and a layer mask

Video Description:

This video looks at how to create a website banner - in this case, a Facebook Cover Image from two images. it uses gradients and blending modes and layer masks. The two images used are: digital wallpaper.jpg and eye closeup.jpg

Here is the finished banner

Video Structure:

1:45 Create a new image - size 851*315 pixels

2:15 Open the digital wallpaper image and resize it using the Edit, Free Transform tool. This is now the Background

3:07 Open the closeup of the eye image as a new layer. Resize it, and move it to the top right of the background image

3:45 Use the elliptical Marquee tool to select part of the eye

4:30 Invert the image

5:00 Rotate the eye image

5:30 Add a new layer and apply a gradient

7:20 Change the blending mode of the gradient to Darken

7:45 Apply the gradient and change the opacity

9:30 Apply a gradient to the left side of the background

12:00 Add text to the image and a layer style - outer glow

Create a banner for a website (project)

Video Description:

This video looks at how to create text which has a gradient incorporated inside it. It could be used for headings and titles or the same process used to fill a silhouette image.

Video Structure:

0:30 Create a new image and apply a gradient

1:00 Add some text

1:35 Rasterise the layer. This makes the layer into a graphics layer and the text is no longer editable

1:55 Edit, Select Pixels

2:02 Select a gradient to be used to fill the text

3:13 Add a layer style - eg an inner glow

Preview 03:54

All about Layers
10 questions
Blending tools
6 Lectures 01:06:01

Video Description:

This video covers how to blend two images together to create a double exposure. It uses blending modes and opacity to change the effect of the picture.

The two images: silhouette.jpg and grass field.jpg

Video Structure:

1:09 Open the dog image(Background), then open the grass field image (Secondary image). Select the grass field. CTRL A, then copy CTRL Close the grass field image. Select the dog image and paste the grass field into it CTRL V.

2:04 Resize the secondary image to fit into the background using Edit, Free Transform

3:00 Blend the two images. Select Layer 1 (secondary image) and toggle the layer settings. Experiment with the blending modes and opacity. This is the Screen blending mode at 80% opacity

You can also change the settings using the Adjustments menu. Here is a different image - the historical city.jpg blended with the dog silhouette and using the Difference blending mode , and the contrast increased to +90

7:28 Blending two images without using an image that is a silhouette. The images used are: road over mountain.jpg and sheep flock.jpg. Apply a Hardlight, 100% opacity blending mode to the sheep flock image. The road over the mountain is the background and the sheep flock is the secondary image.

9:25 Add a filter to the background layer. Apply a Hope filter and desaturate the layer

Create an artistic double exposure

Video Description

This video covers the blending tools: Dodge, Burn and Sponge. It takes a portrait and uses these tools to make some changes to the skin, eyes, lips, hair and teeth of the model.

The image - before and after these tools have been applied

Video Structure:

0:28 Define each of the tools.

  • Dodge: increases the exposure and lightens the image
  • Burn: Reduces the exposure and darkens the image
  • Sponge: saturates or desaturates an image

2:30 Using the Sponge tool to saturate the lips and eyes

3:48 Using the Dodge tool to whiten the eyes

5:20 Darken the skin using the Burn tool

5:40 Explaining the properties of Shadows, Highlights and Midtones

8:05 Using the Dodge tool to paint in light on the right cheek

9:17 New layer - call it hair. Changing the hair colour using the Brush tool and the Overlay blending mode

11:09 Erasing the mistakes

13:55 Open a new image - mouth with teeth.jpg. Using the Dodge tool to whiten the teeth.

The Dodge, Sponge and Burn tools

Video Description:

This video covers how to use the Blur, sharpen and Smudge blending tools. It shows you how to sharpen an image, remove its background and paste it into another background. It uses the Unsharp Mask and smudge tools to incorporate the two images.

The completed image

Video Structure:

The original image: Open the doggy.jpg image

1:58 Using the sharpen tool to sharpen the dog's coat

2:43 Sharpen the dog's eyes and body

3:01 The sharpen filter and Unsharp mask. The amount, Radius (area to be sharpened) and Threshold (contrast between colours on the image)

5:55 Cut the dog from its background using the site clippingmagic.com

9:50 Open the grove of trees.jpg image. Open the transparent dog image as a new layer. Move the dog into the bottom right of the grove of trees image. Resize the dog using Edit, Free Transform

11:20 Select the Background layer and the Blur tool. Blur the green background

12:04 Use the Smudge tool to smear / blur the foreground in the grove of trees.

The Blur, Sharpen and Smudge tools

Video Description:

This video looks at how to use the Spot Heal and Red eye Reduction tools. It shows you how to delete imperfections from an image like scratches, dust, creases and tears. Remove red eye from an image quickly with the Red Eye Reduction tool.

Original image: apple with spots.jpg

Original image: baby-scratched.jpg

Video Structure:

0:28 Open apple with spots.jpg and remove the imperfections using the Spot Heal and Clone Stamp tools

1:40 Use the Clone Stamp tool to remove larger areas of imperfection. CTRL-click to sample the area

3:50 Open baby-scratched.jpg. Touch up the photo using the Spot Heal tool

5:10 Use the Clone Stamp tool to repair creases

7:24 Use the Red Eye Reduction tool to remove red eye

The Spot Heal and Red Eye Reduction tools

Video Description:

This video looks at the Bloat and Pinch tools of Pixlr. The Bloat tool enlarges an area while the Pinch tool shrinks an area of the image.

Video Structure:

0:26 Definitions of the two tools

0:40 Open chubby face.jpg. Use the Pinch tool to reduce the size of the face

3:23 Open cat-pretty eyes.jpg. Use the Bloat tool to increase the cat's eyes

4:20 Open skinny muscles.jpg. Use the Bloat tool to enalrge the muscles in the arm and shoulder

The Pinch and Bloat tools

Video Description:

This video looks at how to touch-up a portrait - smoothing the skin and removing imperfections. It uses the following tools: Spot Heal, brushes, Clone Stamp, Gaussian Blur filter as well as the use of layers.

The original image

Video Structure:

1:11 Duplicate the Background layer. Use the Spot Heal tool to remove small imperfections on the face

2:35 Use the Clone Stamp tool to remove the larger imperfections

3:51 Progress - before and after - up to this point

4:15 Smoothing the skin by adding a Gaussian Blur filter. Add a new layer to do this, add the Gaussian Blur filter (Blur: 150) and then reduce the opacity of the layer

5:11 Erase the blur effect from the eyes and mouth

6:22 Flatten the image

7:05 Duplicate the layer- adjust the brightness, contrast and colour balance

8:15 Resize and crop the image

The final image

How to touch up a portrait
Using Special Filters and Effects
6 Lectures 53:35

Video Description:

This video looks at the different filters available in the filters menu. It uses the same image - flatleaf parsley.jpg to demonstrate many of the filters. It also looks at how to select an area of an image in which to apply the filter using the Marquee Elliptical tool and how to invert the selection to apply the filter to different parts of the selection.

Video Structure:

0: 31 Select part of the image using the Marquee elliptical tool

0:48 The Blur filter

2:00 Box Blur filter

2:25 Inverting the selection - everything but the centre elliptical selection will be affected by a filter

2:40 Gaussian Blur filter

2:53 Sharpen filter

3:10 Unsharp mask

3:30 Denoise

3:40 Diffuse

3:50 Scanlines

4:10 HalfTone

4:26 Pixellate

4:38 Pointinise

4:57 Water Swirl filter

5:10 Polar Coordinates

5:25 Kaleidoscope

5:45 Vignette

6:20 Pastels

The Filters Options

Video Description:

This video looks at how to apply multiple filters and effects to the same image. This involves using the Lasso or Marquee tools to select parts of the image and then extending the selection by pressing the shift key. Inverting the selection whilst other selections are "still selected' means the remaining part of the image can also have a filter applied.

The original image - santorini - greek islands.jpg

Here is the image with Noise, Emboss and Art Poster filters.

Video Structure:

0:46 Select the building in the lower left foreground using the Lasso Polygonal selection tool

1:36 Apply an Emboss filter

1:47 How to extend a selection. Hold the Shift key and then use the selection tool to select an additional area in the image. In this, case, use the Lasso tool to select the sea

2:50 Apply a Noise filter to the sea selection

3:25 Invert the selection. Now the middle part of the image has the selection and the sea and the building will not be changed

3:40 Apply a heat map filter or Art Poster

5:30 Apply a Night Vision filter

6:05 TriTone

6:48 Heat Map

7:05 Art Poster

7:30 Hope

7:50 Glamour Glow

8:00 Pastels

8:15 Solarise

8:20 Old Photo

8:35 Posterize

8:45 Colour lookup

Adding multiple effects and filters to an image

Video Description:

This video covers the use of filters from a different perspective. You select a part of an image that you want to remain focused, copy it and paste it back into the original image. The filter is applied to the background whilst the foreground stays focused. It's another way of selecting elements of an image and working with filters. Image used is: group of animals.jpg

Video Structure:

0:40 Select the main monkey in the image using the Lasso - {Polygonal tool

1:20 Copy the selection, create a new transparent image from the clipboard and save it

2:14 Erase the background from the new image using the website: clippingmagic.com

4:30 Open image as layer - Open the transparent monkey image; move it directly over the top of the same monkey in the Background layer

5:15 Select the Background layer and apply a filter to the image

5:21 Gaussian Blur filter

5:55 Pixellate filter

6:20 Heat map filter

6:50 Pointinize

7:10 Water Swirl filter

7:25 Vignette

Exploring the Filters menu (Project)

Video Description:

This video looks at how to create a panorama image from 6 individual images. No images have been provided for this lesson. You need to take your own collection of 5-6 images.

Video Structure:

0:40 Preparation. Resize each image and make any adjustments before you start adding them into the blank canvas

2:00 Create new transparent image. - called panorama. Mine is 2200 *600 pixels

2:26 Open image 1. Select the image with the Marquee tool. Edit, Copy. Close image 1. Select the panorama image and Edit, Paste. Rename layer 1 to image 1. Use the Move tool to move image 1 to the left of the panorama image.

3:18 Open image 2. Repeat the steps for image 1

4:20 Save the image. It's a good idea to practice version control. Save the image at various points with different file names. You then have save points if anything goes wrong. Better than starting from scratch again

4:50 Open image 3. Repeat the steps for image 1

5:35 Open image 4. Repeat the steps for image 1

6:17 Use Edit, Free Distort if you need to change the angles on any image in order to make the blends more realistic

6:58 Open image 5. Repeat the steps for image 1

7:40 Open image 6

8:35 Crop the image

9:15 Add a filter. This optional. You need to add a filter on each separate layer, not on the image as a whole. I have added the Hope filter

11:00 Resize the final image

The final panorama - with Hope filter

Creating a panorama image

Video Description:

This project produces two images and uses the a wide variety of skills, tools and techniques we have covered so far in the course. It also introduces the Edit, Free distort tool. Images used are bowl of fruit.jpg and fruit market.jpg

Here are the original images:

Video Structure:

0:55 Explain the Free distort tool

2:10 Starting with the bowl of fruit.jpg and distorting it using the Free distort tool

2:55 Using a blending mode - Multiply

3:40 Outline the distorted image using the Drawing Line tool

4:35 Flatten and save the distorted fruit

5:15 Open the fruit market.jpg image and then open image as a new layer - the bowl of fruit - distorted

5:50 Resize and position the bowl of fruit distorted using the Free Transform tool and move it into the middle of the fruit market image

5:40 Change the background layer using a Curves preset - Chocolate

6:18 Apply a filter to the bowl of fruit. Select the distorted part of the fruit using the Lasso Polygonal tool. Then invert the selection

7:10 Select the Noise filter and apply it.

7:40 Apply a filter to the Background copy - Gaussian Blur

The Final Picture 1

8:06 Start Picture 2

8:32 open the two images. Move the bowl of fruit.jpg to the bottom left of the fruit market

8:42 Edit, Free Distort. Manipulate the fruit

9:03 Rotate the manipulated fruit image using Edit, Free Transform

9:40 Desaturate the background image

9:51 Add a layer mask to Layer 1. Use the Brush tool to reveal the distorted image.

10:50 Add a transparent radial gradient to the Background. Use the Multiply blending mode

11:50 Add a new layer - call it shape and add a black ellipsis with a yellow border from the Drawing tools

13:00 Add a new layer - text and name the picture: Bowl of Fruit. Add a drop shadow

13: 50 Add an emboss filter to the background layer.

The Final image - Picture 2

Using Filters and Effects (Project)

Create a Sepia Masterpiece (Project)
Miscellaneous Tools
3 Lectures 29:46

Video Description:

This video looks at the Text tool, the Layer Styles - drop shadow, inner and outer shadows, inner and outer glow, and the Drawing tool (rectangle and line) which as text and styles added. It uses layers to add independent levels of text.

The finished image

Video Structure:

0:30 Add text to the image: fruit market.jpg . Move, change colour, font and style

1:27 Add a shadow to the text using Layer Styles

3:18 The different layer styles available: Shadows: drop, inner and outer; Glow: inner and outer

3:35 Add more text. Add a new layer for each new text to ensure they remain independent

5:00 Add an inner or outer glow layer style to this text

6:00 Add a new layer. Select the Drawing tool; add a rounded rectangle

8:02 Rasterise the layer. Make the text into a graphics layer so it can be edited

8:35 Add text to the rectangle shape

9:25 Add a layer style - drop shadow

10:30 Add a new layer - add a line from the Drawing tools

Text, Layer Styles and the Drawing Tool

Video Description:

This video looks at the Colour Replacement tool; how to change the colour in an object.

Video Structure:

0:25 change the colour of the jacket in homer simpson.jpg

1:12 Properties of the tool: Tolerance and Match through Lightness

2:00 Add image: banana tree leaves.jpg. Change the colour of the leaves to orange and yellow. Paint the area without letting go of the left mouse button. Paint it in one go.

4:35 Open the image: closeup of face.jpg. Change the colour of the face into different horizontal colours

The Colour Replace tool

Video Description:

This video looks at how to remove the background from an image using the website: clippingmagic.com The transparent image is then pasted into another image with text added to create a postcard.

The Final image

Video Structure:

0:50 clippingmagic.com

1:40 Open image: kids on holiday.jpg in clippingmagic.com

2:20 The toolbar options

4:22 Selecting the parts of the image you want to keep

4:54 Selecting the parts of the image you want to delete

6:14 Smoothing, Feathering and Offset options

8:45 Open the image: hotel pool.jpg and open image as new layer the transparent kids on holiday image

9:15 Resize the kids image. Edit, Free Transform

9:35 Add text and drop shadows as a title

Practice image - Cute dog in the flower garden

How to remove the background from an image
7 Lectures 15:17

A project to test the skills learnt from the course.

Here is the original image:

Here is the finished image:

Project 1: The Car
10 pages

Project 2 uses your touch-up skills - in particular, the Clone Stamp and Spot Heal tools to restore a torn and creased photo.

Here is the original photo:

Here is the final restored image:

Project 2: Restore a scratched and torn photograph
2 pages

The Colour Splash

Project 4: Colour Splash
1 page

The final image

Project 5: Rusty Face
1 page

The final image

Project 6: Motion Blur
1 page

This lesson shows you how to take an image and create clipart from that image.

Create your own clip art using Pixlr (NEW CONTENT)

Test your Knowledge
10 questions
Pixlr and the Cloud
5 Lectures 32:44

Video Description:

This video looks at how you can connect Pixlr Editor and Pixlr Express to your Google Drive account. You can then edit any images directly from Google Drive and save edited images back to Google Drive.

Video Structure:

0:40 Chrome Apps

1:20 Add more Chrome apps using the Chrome Web Store

Chrome Web Store

2:20 Chrome extensions

3:02 Add Pixlr to your Chrome Apps

4:35 Connect Pixlr to your Google Drive account

5:30 Edit an image in Pixlr from Google Drive

7:20 Changes synced to Google Drive on the computer's linked folder

Connecting Pixlr to Google Drive

Video Description:

This video looks at Pixlr Express. This is available from the pixlr.com website and as an Android or iOS mobile app. More than 600 effects, overlays, and borders to personalise any image

Video Structure:

0:49 Getting an image into Pixlr Express

1:46 Creating a collage

3:00 The Adjustments menu

5:33 Effects menu

6:10 Overlay menu

6:45 Borders menu

7:10 Stickers menu

7:45 Type menu

9:00 Add another image. The image to be added can be resized but needs to be transparent for best effect

10:50 Pixlr Express iPad app

An image edited with Pixlr Express


Video Description:

This video looks at the third Pixlr program: Pixlr-O-Matic. This is the most simple of Pixlr's prorams and adds overlays, effects and borders to images. It is similar to Instagram. It is also available to download for iOS and Android device, as a Chrome web app and as a Facebook app.

Video Structure:

0.41: Adding Pixlr-O-Matic as a Chrome web app

1:48 Pixlr-O-Matic on the web

3:34 The selector: Red - Effects; Blue - Overlays; Yellow - Borders

5:25 Saving the edited image

6:10 Add more effects, overlays and borders to the default ones

8:01 Pixlr-O-Matic on the iPad


Pixlr Express Project: The Focal Blur
1 page

Pixlr Express Project: Effects
2 pages

Selection Tools
10 questions
About the Instructor
Michele Berner
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My name is Michele Berner and I’m a teacher of Information Technology. I have taught high school technology and computer networking courses for over 35 years. I am a Cisco Networking Academy Instructor and an examiner for the Information Technology subjects in the Victorian Certificate of Education in Australia. As an ICT Leader, I developed technology programs, provided assistance and support to teachers who were introducing technology into their teaching programs.

Although recently retired, I now teach beginner and advanced iPad and Tablet courses, moviemaking, and photo editing to senior citizens – bringing the world of technology to the elderly. My website offers support to those using the iPad and My YouTube channel has a growing assortment of videos on how to use the iPad for fun, entertainment and productivity.