Pixlr: Just a Quick Look ...
This is an introductory tutorial for Pixlr.com. It covers an overview of several useful features of the program. Among them are:
- Selecting and filling rectangles and circles
- Using layers to isolate parts of images.
- Using Draw Tools to accent your designs
- Feathering images to create soft edges
- Changing color swatches for foreground
Experiment... Explore... Don't worry about perfection! You should have a satisfactory outcome in about 20 minutes.
- Go to http://pixlr.com.
- Choose the first box/button "Pixlr Editor"
- 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.)
- UNLOCK the layer by double clicking the lock on the Layers Palette.
- From the Toolbox on the left, choose the Marquee Tool.
- From the Control palette at the top, set a Feather of around 25.
- From the Control Palette, choose Elliptical marquee. Drag a marquee selection around the area of the photo you want to keep.
- Choose EDIT/Invert Selection.
- Press DELETE on the keyboard. Then choose EDIT/Deselect All.
- From the Layers Palette, add a new layer for the background. Then drag that layer to the bottom.
- Then fill it with a color, such as black. To fill, choose Paint Bucket. Then click anywhere on the layer.
- Add a rounded edge rectangle for a label (See the Jane Smith banner beneath the photo.)
Use the Type tool to type text.
If time permits, try some effects from the Filter menu
- 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.
- 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.