Pixlromatic & Pixlr Express 11/15/12

If you don't have a tablet device or smart phone don't worry. Pixlr offers their photo editing tools online. At the website there are three levels of photo editing you can choose

  • Pixlr Editor (which is very much like Photoshop)
  • Pixlr Express (includes adjustments and fun effects and borders)
  • Pixlr-o-matic (just for fun so you can add effects and borders)
  •  http://pixlr.com/

Pixlr Express and Pixlr-o-matic both have an app for iOS & Android. I've tested them both on an iOS device and Android. Keep reading if you are interested.


Pixlromatic is a quick photo enhancing tool that allows you to apply special effects, overlays and borders.  You can open your photos from your gallery or take a new one with your camera (Android version also allows you to access any photos you have in Dropbox.) iOS users can activate the ‘plus’ version for $.99 you get access to all of the effect packs to customize your photos further.  Android users will get all the effect packs for free. (no plus upgrade required) Edited photos can be saved back to your device, iTunes, Facebook, Dropbox, Email and more. Three quality choices are offered (sm, med, original) so this can be a great tool for resizing images in addition to all the effects you can apply. If you need any adjustments, cropping is your only option.

Pixlromatic show below on an Android device. Pixlr Express Adjustment options show below on an iOS device.

 Pixlr Express does a little bit more than Pixlromatic. You can still apply the same effects, overlays and borders but now you have a variety of adjustment options. In addition to cropping you can rotate, whiten, correct red eye and more.  Adjustments allow for manual control so you decide how much, or how little adjustment is applied.  In Pixlr Express the saving is different. Here you will see a ‘share’ button. Next, only two size options are offered but you know up front the pixel dimensions of the small and original image. (iOS version prompts for sizes. Android does not. Android also has a save button in addition to the share button.) To wrap up the save process, you can choose from saving it to your device, emailing it or a few others, but the list is not as extensive as with Pixlromatic for iOS. (Android has an extensive list of sharing options)

Both apps alert you that they receive non-personal, aggregated product usage data when installing it onto an iOS device. If you feel like this is too much like ‘big brother’ watching you, turn it off in the app settings. I prefer the way Pixlromatic is designed, such as using the effects, overlays and borders because you aren’t as enticed to buy the ‘Plus’ version for the other effect packs when using this app on an iOS device. The Android version appears to have one up on iOS especially when it comes to the effect packs.


iOS specs:
Pixlromatic is available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad running iOS 5.0 or later. It displays in portrait format and will not rotate to landscape.

Pixlr Express is available for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd 4th & 5th gen) iPad running iOS 5.1 or later. It is optimized for iPhone 5. It displays in portrait or landscape mode so you can rotate your screen to what’s comfortable for you.

Android specs:
Pixlromatic is available for Android devices running version 2.1 and up. It displays in portraing and landscape formats. All additional effects and borders are free.

Pixlr Express is available for Android devices running version 2.2 and up. It displays in portraing and landscape formats. All additional effects and borders are free.