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Ever needed to crop, resize, or change a photo in some way only to discover that you have no photo editing software?  Fear not!  There are browser based photo editors available for you to use without the need to download and install software.

The First, and most versatile, is Pixlr.  Pixlar comes in three “flavors”: Pixlr-o-Matic (playful), Pixlr Express (efficient), and Pixlr editor (advanced).

The Pixlr-o-Matic app has functionality similar to that of Instagram or other smartphone apps.

jibspixlrmtcAs you can see from the picture, using the Pixlr-o-Matic version allows you to browse many automated settings to change things like hue, color balance, contrast and effects.  If your students are creating online posters (like Glogs) this would be a useful app to quickly modify pictures to match the theme.

Pixlr Express has a little more functionality.  You can still add all of the effects that are available in Pixlr-o-Matic, but there are other added features.  jibsexprssYou can add text and other special effects as well. The menus are easy to follow and use.

pixlreditor

The Pixlr Editor has a layout and functionality similar to that of programs like Photoshop.  Users have the ability to use layers, crop, and free transform to name a few.  The Pixlr Editor also has a lasso tool (although not a magnetic lasso).

The Pixlr suite of browser based photo editors can prove to be very useful to you and your students.  You can choose the best one for your classroom based on your needs and abilities.
chromapad

Another browser based photo editor, called ChromaPad, developed at croar.net, is also easy to use and has mixed functionality.  The best part, it’s free to use and, like Pixlr, there’s no need to download and install anything.  

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