Phixr is a free online photo editor - a complete imaging solution that works within your web browser.
You don't have to install any software on your
computer or mobile device in order to use Phixr. It doesn't even need any browser plugins, like java or flash. In essence,
it works like this: You grab a photo from somewhere, for instance your phone, your computer or one of the many supported
other sources, edit it to your liking, and save it, send it to a friend, or upload it to one of the many supported social
networks or photo sites. Phixr works - among others - with the following third-party sites:
Tutorials for some of Phixr's features can be found on our blog.
... in three simple steps.
Upload a photo to Phixr
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Uploading photos to Phixr
The first step is, of course, to get one or more photos into Phixr. The options to do this are
- uploading photos directly from your computer
To upload a photo file from your computer to Phixr, either drag a photo file into the (then appearing) marked area, or
select the "Upload" tab and click on "Select photos from your computer" ("Choose files" on older browsers). On tablets and
mobile devices, only the latter option is available. You will be presented a file selection box, allowing you to choose
a file from your computer. After selecting a file, click on "Upload to Phixr". Users of modern web browsers can
select and upload up to six files at a time.
- transferring a photo directly from Facebook, flickr, Photobucket,
Google+/Picasa Web Albums or Dropbox to Phixr
To transfer a photo from your account at Facebook, flickr, Google+/Picasa Web Albums
or Dropbox to Phixr, go to the Settings page and
follow the instructions to integrate your respective account with Phixr. This step has to be performed only once for each
of these sites. Later, on the Phixr main page, just select the respective tab, choose an album/gallery and a photo and
click on "Edit this photo in Phixr".
To transfer a photo from your account at Photobucket to Phixr,
select the photobucket tab, login to photobucket and grant Phixr permission to access your photos (the
latter needs to be done only once). Later, simply select an album and photo from your Photobucket account and
click on "Edit this photo in Phixr".
- e-mailing a photo to Phixr
To e-mail a photo to Phixr, go to the
Settings page, check (or choose)
your "e-mail upload PIN" (a 5-digit number) and e-mail your photo to USERNAME.PIN@phixr.com, where USERNAME is your
Phixr username and PIN is that 5-digit number just mentioned. This feature is not available for guest accounts.
- transferring a photo from other internet sites using the
Phixr Instant-Editing-Tool (a so-called "bookmarklet")
- transferring a photo from some other internet site by entering a link
To transfer a photo from the internet, enter or paste a link to the photo into the text box preset
with "http://" in the "Upload" tab. Afterwards, click on "Upload the chosen photo to Phixr".
After uploading has finished, you will see a thumbnail image of your photo(s), and, when you move the mouse
pointer over this thumbnail, close to it the following three tool icons:
This tool restores the photo to its initially uploaded version. All your modifications are undone.
This tool duplicates the photo. In other words, an identical copy of the photo is created, just
as if the photo was uploaded to Phixr twice.
This tool removes your photo from the Phixr servers. This operation cannot be un-done.
Note that this remove operation does not affect your original photo file in any way,
be it on your computer, be it anywhere else. It is only removed from the Phixr servers.
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Saving your work
When you are finished working on your photo, you can
- save it on your computer
At the bottom of the window, in the "Download/save" tab, there is a menu for selecting
the file format for your downloaded photo.
pronounced [jay peg]|
This is the recommended file format for photo files. Photos are compressed at a selectable quality
level, which has immediate influence on their file size. The lower the quality, the shorter the file.
You can see a preview including the filesize right below the slider.
(portable network graphics)|
This is an alternative format, less suitable for photos. We don't recommend using this format. Files
are much bigger in size.
(portable document format)|
This is a quite unusual file format for photos, but nevertheless... The quality selection works like
in the case of JPG.
(graphics interchange format)|
That is the worst file format for photos, for two reasons: First, GIF files can only contain images with
no more than 256 colors. This means that saving your photo in GIF format will cause visible quality
reductions. Secondly, GIF files are quite big (we are talking megabytes here).
(portable network graphics)|
This format is a mixture of PNG and GIF. Like in the case of GIF, the files can only contain images with
no more than 256 colors. Only use this if you specifically need it.
After selecting a format, you can download the edited photo file from Phixr to your computer.
As mentioned, this is the only proper way to get the high-quality version of the photo Phixr works with. What you see
on the screen during work is only a low-quality copy of your image.
On iOS devices (and possibly other tablets or hand-helds), the browser will show the picture in the window instead
of initiating a download. To save the photo on iOS devices, tap on the image and hold your finger down. The browsers
will then ask if you want to save the photo to your Photos application.
- print it on your local printer
- upload it to your account at one of the supported third-party sites
By selecting the "Upload/Share" tab, you can upload the photo to your account at a few
For Facebook, flickr, Picasa Web Albums or Dropbox, you must have completed the respective authorization
process (as described in step 1). WordPress.com works in the same way; Phixr saves the photo to your
WordPress media library.
As regards photobucket, the procedure for login and granting Phixr permission to access
your photobucket account is the same as described in step 1. Uploading to Twitter works similar;
the autorization preocedure is done on-the-fly.
You can also upload the photo to LiveJournal. You can either enter your login data for your
account at these services beforehand (on the Settings page), or
on-the-fly, ie just before the actual upload. In the latter case, Phixr will not store your login data.
- send it to you or others per e-mail
In order to use this feature, you need to enter and confirm your e-mail address on the
Settings page. (We need to do this in
order to lock out spammers.)
After you have done this, you may select the e-mail tab, where you find text fields for the e-mail's recipients,
subject and message body.
- Login data for third party sites
Facebook, flickr, Google+/Picasa Web Albums, Photobucket, Twitter, WordPress, Dropbox: Phixr never actually sees your login data for
these sites. Instead, you need to actively authorize Phixr to access your data through a process
performed on each of these sites themselves. This authorization can be revoked at any time. The revocation is
done through the respective site itself. In order to grant
Phixr access, please go to the Settings page
and follow the instructions. For Photobucket and Twitter, no special procedure is required; authorization is
done during the upload/download process.
LiveJournal: You can choose to either have Phixr
store your login data, or enter it before every upload. In the latter case, Phixr will not store
your data. It will only use it once and then forget it.
If you choose to have Phixr store your login data, we do our best to protect it. We will only store
encrypted data and never reveal it to anybody, including you. On the Settings page
you will only see a placeholder in password text fields, never your actual passwords.
- Photo size
Photos uploaded to Phixr can be of (nearly) any size. However, Phixr will - according
to your choice - shrink or crop photos larger than 1.6 megapixels (which translates to approximately 1440x1080,
or any other width/height within the limit of 1.6 megapixels).
- Photo lifetime
Phixr is no photo gallery application. People can't even see your photos. Phixr
is strictly for editing photos. Therefore, there is no point in storing your photos forever. Instead, we
remove them from our servers if they remain unchanged for a certain period of time (currently 12
Support forums: These are here.
Our blog is here.