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This is an introductory tutorial for It covers an overview of several useful features of the program. Among them are:

Experiment... Explore... Don't worry about perfection! You should have a satisfactory outcome in about 20 minutes.


  1. Go to
  2. Choose the first box/button "Pixlr Editor"
  3. Start by opening your desired image. (Note that although you can paste, pixlr has some limitation on file sizes for pasting, so it's best to simply open the image.)
  4. pixUNLOCK the layer by double clicking the lock on the Layers Palette.

  5. From the Toolbox on the left, choose the Marquee Tool.
  6. From the Control palette at the top, set a Feather of around 25.
  7. From the Control Palette, choose Elliptical marquee. Drag a marquee selection around the area of the photo you want to keep.
  8. Choose EDIT/Invert Selection.
  9. Press DELETE on the keyboard. Then choose EDIT/Deselect All.
  10. From the Layers Palette, add a new layer for the background. Then drag that layer to the bottom.
  11. Then fill it with a color, such as black. To fill, choose Paint Bucket. Then click anywhere on the layer.
  12. Add a rounded edge rectangle for a label (See the Jane Smith banner beneath the photo.)
    • Create a new layer from the Layers Palette
    • Choose the Drawing Tool from the toolbar
    • Use the Control palette to change to Round Edge. Make other adjustments as desired.
    • Change the color and then draw the shape.
  13. Use the Type tool to type text.
  14. If time permits, try some effects from the Filter menu

To Save:

  • Save the file as a Pixlr format in order to preserve the layers and to be able to manipulate.
  • Save again as a JPEG format in order to use it in various software programs.