Pixlr X Tutorial

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    General App Instructions

    On first opening the app, you should see a screen similar to the one seen below.

    Click on the Open Image button.

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    Opening a Photo to Edit

    A dialog box will open. Search for the folder where you have your photos and select the one you would like to edit.

    Click on "Open". The dialog box will then disappear.

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    Selecting Image Size

    You will be presented with options for what quality you want to work with. For most purposes, the "Full HD" size is adequate. If you reviewed the information on scanning tips, you will remember that for most photos, the "High Definition" profile is adequate. HD means that your photo will have 1920 pixels across or if viewed on an HD computer screen, it will fill the full screen.

    If you want to really expand your photo to fill a 4K TV screen, then the ultra HD selection would be selected. However, realize that your scanned photo probably will not have the high quality that a photo taken with a digital camera would have.

    The "Full HD" is the default that is highlighted. Click on "OK".

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    Evaluating Your Image

    You are now in the program editor. Your screen should look similar to the one on the right, except for showing your photo of course.

    There are basically only three sub-menu items that you need to utilize to improve color tone on your photos. Realize that this is a very basic editor, so really fine tuning the corrections is better done with a more advanced photo editor.

    The three basic tools you will utilize are the "Crop Tool", the "Adjustment Tool", and the "Filter Tool". If you hover over the left menu bar icons, you will see the name of the tools.

    You can see that the photo belowt has white and some gray space to the left, and needs to be cropped.

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    Cropping an Image

    Once the crop tool is clicked, you will see a panel extend with some options. Basically all you need to do is the click and hold on one of the white corner brackets and drag it to where you want that corner cropped to. Do the same on the opposite corner. You can fine tune your crop by dragging the horizontal or vertical lines to where you want them positioned.

    Click on "Apply" to create your cropped image.

    Adjusting Colors

    Use the sample tutorial files to learn how to use the adjustment tools. Once you click on the "Adjust" menu option, you will see a host of options available to help you correct the color tone of your image.

    Sharpening an Image

    The "Filter" menu option allows you to sharpen your image. There are two tools that you will likely use the most.

    1. Sharpen - this tool will sharpen the whole image. Be careful that you do not over sharpen or you will see graininess appear.
    2. Clarity - this tool is a type of contrast tool that does not affect the entire image. It mainly affects the mid-tones and just the edges around objects. It can be overused as well, so make small adjustments.

    There is also a tool down the list called "Vignette" that allows you to variably darken areas around the edges of the photo, drawing more focus to the important parts of the photo.

    Saving an Image

    After making your adjustments, click on the "Save" button in the right lower area to save your photo. A new dialog box opens with several options.


    You will want to create a file name for the photo, and save it in a JPEG format.

    The quality options are set for what you are going to use the image for. Typically you will want the highest quality. Note that even if you select the "High", you are still compressing 10% out of your photo, so move the slider above the 3 buttons, to 100%.

    Click on the "Download" to save your photo. It will be saved to your "Downloads" folder on your hard drive.

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