... in three simple steps.
1Upload a photo to Phixr
Uploading photos to Phixr
The first step is, of course, to get one or more photos into Phixr. The options to do this are
To upload a photo file from your computer to Phixr, either drag a photo file into the (then appearing) marked area, or select the "Upload" tab and click on "Select photos from your computer" ("Choose files" on older browsers). On tablets and mobile devices, only the latter option is available. You will be presented a file selection box, allowing you to choose a file from your computer. After selecting a file, click on "Upload to Phixr". Users of modern web browsers can select and upload up to six files at a time.
To e-mail a photo to Phixr, go to the page, check (or choose) your "e-mail upload PIN" (a 5-digit number) and e-mail your photo to , where USERNAME is your Phixr username and PIN is that 5-digit number just mentioned. This feature is not available for guest accounts.
To transfer a photo from the internet, enter or paste a link to the photo into the text box preset with "http://" in the "Upload" tab. Afterwards, click on "Upload the chosen photo to Phixr".
After uploading has finished, you will see a thumbnail image of your photo(s), and, when you move the mouse pointer over this thumbnail, close to it the following three tool icons:
2Edit your photo Working with your photo
Here is where all the fun stuff happens. At the left edge of your preview photo, you see a number of small icons. This is your toolbox.
What you see in the editing area is a low-quality preview copy of your photo. Do not try to download or save this; if you want to download or save your photo after modifying it, select one of the download options(see step 3). This will give you the high-quality version Phixr works with internally.
Some of the tools require or allow you to "select" a part of the photo. This selection is done by moving the mouse cursor over the preview photo, clicking and holding down the left mouse button, again moving the mouse cursor over the image and releasing the mouse button in the end. The area you covered - and thereby selected - will be highlighted.
If you press the SHIFT key while selecting, the selected area will be a square.
If you press the CTRL key while selecting, the selection's edges will not automatically "snap" to the edges of the photo.
If you press the ALT key, the selection will be created taking the point where you clicked as its center, and when resized, it will be resized in all directions while keeping its center unchanged.
Pressing ALT and SHIFT while resize an existing selection will resize the selection while keeping its original aspect ratio (the one it had immediately after creation).
The Lock aspect button locks the current selection's aspect ratio. You can then drag it around or resize it without losing the selection's aspect ratio.
To make a selection on devices with touch input such as iOS and Android devices, touch the image with one finger (at any position), and then - while holding down the first finger - touch it with a second finger. The second finger will start the selection.
UndoThis tool is for un-doing up to five previous editing operations. Phixr remembers what you do with your photo, and allows you to return to previous steps in case you did something you didn't really like.
RedoThis tool does the opposite to undo: It re-does the last un-done operation.
Rotate in 90 degrees stepsThis tool rotates your photo in steps of 90 degrees.
Rotate by any angleThis one rotates your photo by any angle between -45 and +45 degrees. By default, the photo will be cropped in a way that no "empty" corners are produced. For smaller images, this cropping is optional and you can choose a color for the "empty" corners.
FlipFlips (ie mirrors) your photo horizontally or vertically.
ResizeThis tool allows resizing your photo in three different ways:
CropThis tool is for cropping your photo, i.e. cutting off unneeded parts.
The crop tool offers a number of presets. Selecting a preset resets the selection to a specific aspect ratio. The aspect ratio will then be locked so that you can change its size and drag it around without losing the chosen aspect ratio. Some of the presets also propose resizing the cropped image to a specific pixel size. This is especially useful if you want to use your photo as a buddy icon or avatar.
The tool also allows you to enter specific coordinates of the part to keep. Just enter the x and y coordinates of the upper left corner and the lower right corner of the part to keep. Remember: If you change the selection, the coordinates will be updated automatically.
Enlarge canvasThis tool enlarges the canvas; it makes the photo bigger, but not by scaling. Instead, it adds "space" around the photo. The various methods for selecting the final size match the ones discussed in the "Resize" section above. The "space" is filled with the color you specify; The position field (the widget with the arrows) determines the position of the original image on the new, larger canvas.
Color effectsThese tools all deal with the photo's colors. Phixr offers more than 70 effects here. Among others, there are:
Camera & lens effectsThese tools deal mainly with (emulated) camera and lens related characteristics, hence the name. There are more than 60 effects to choose from. Among others, there are:
Fun effectsPhixr features a number of special effects for your photos, like for example converting it to an oil-painting or a charcoal drawing, making it look like a dot matrix print-out, shading it, embossing it and many, many more. Just select the desired effect, select a preset and click on "Execute".
Decorate photoThis tool allows mixing stock objects (hearts, hats, arrows, etc etc etc), borders (slowflakes, flowers, frost, etc) or textures (raindrops, patterns, etc) into your photos. Phixr has hundreds of stock objects, borders and textures to offer. This adds a special touch to your photos or can be useful for designing greeting cards or the like.
Add textThis tool is for inserting text into your photo. You can select the font, color, style, opacity, rotation angle and the position of the text inside the image (or the selected photo area). Furthermore, Phixr can add a shadow, whose color, opacity and distance are as well selectable.
Greeting cards / Face-through-the-holeThis tool serves two purposes: On the one hand, you can put your photo (or a part of it) into a greeting card template. Phixr offers cards for various occasions. On the other hand, you can put a face (which you are supposed to select before activating the tool) into a stock photo. You can put your face into the Mona Lisa, Mount Rushmore, the center of an eye and others. For more demos, see .
Quick textThis tool creates so-called Memes. The term "Internet meme" refers to a concept that spreads rapidly from person to person via the Internet, largely through Internet-based email, blogs, forums, Imageboards, social networking sites, instant messaging and video streaming sites. Here's an example:
Speech bubblePhixr makes it easy to add speech bubbles to your photos. The bubble will be inside the selected area, and you can choose its shape, color, opacity, etc. Together with the "Add text"-tool (see below), you can create your own comics!
Color gradients & geometric shapesThis tool can create gradients of various shapes and colors. See the example below. The middle preview image contains a yellow line, which determines the direction and length of the gradient, like illustrated in the following image. You can draw a line of your own, just click into the middle preview at your start point, hold the button down and release the button at your desired end-point.
Furthermore, you can draw rectangular, triangular or elliptical shapes of a certain color and a certain opacity. You may want to select the target area first. The middle preview has no function in this case.
FramesPhixr can add picture frames around your photo. You may choose among a number of different frame styles, select a width/height of the frame and, for some frame types, a color, a shadow, etc.
Brightness, contrast, ...This tool is for changing various color and brightness related characteristics.
Most properties are specified in percent (%) and range from 1% to 200%. 100% means that the value isn't changed. The hue can be specified in an angle from -180 to 180 degrees. 0 degrees means that the hue isn't changed.
Temperature makes the photo either warmer (yellowish) or colder (blueish).
Vibrance saturates bleak colors, while leaving already saturated colors unchanged.
Color balance / levels / channel / curvesColor balance is the global adjustment of the intensities of the colors (typically red, green, and blue primary colors). An important goal of this adjustment is to render specific colors – particularly neutral colors – correctly. The three sliders allow an increase or decrease of the respective color tone. Furthermore, you can select if the operation should affect shadows (dark tones), mid-tones or highlights (light tones).
Levels is a tool which can move and stretch the brightness levels of an image histogram. It has the power to adjust brightness, contrast, and tonal range by specifying the location of complete black, complete white, and midtones in a histogram. The image colors are then "stretched" so that the photo uses the entire available color range. For more information, please use the help button in the tool window's title bar.
Channel allows modifying the hue, saturation and lightness of each color channel. For instance, with this tool, you can replace all reds in a photo by green. To do this, select the "red" color channel and change the hue value so that the reds appear as green. In the following example image, the saturation of the green and yellow channels have been set to zero:Curves: In the Curves adjustment, you adjust points throughout an image’s tonal range. Initially, the image’s tonality is represented as a straight diagonal line on a graph. When adjusting an image, the upper-right area of the graph represents the highlights and the lower-left area represents the shadows. The horizontal axis of the graph represents the input levels (original image values) and the vertical axis represents the output levels (new adjusted values). The image is composed of three channels, red, green, blue. Additionally, for the Curves tool, there is a "composite channel" ("RGB") which applies to all individual channels. To make changes, first select the channel you want to change. Then click into the graph to add or move control points. As you add control points to the line and move them, the shape of the curve changes, reflecting your image adjustments. The steeper sections of the curve represent areas of higher contrast while flatter sections represent areas of lower contrast. To delete a control point, shift-click it or move it far to the left or right, and release the mouse button.
SharpenThere are two sub-tools:
Blur/soften toolsThere are a bunch of sub-tools here, as well. Among others:
Noise toolsThis tool is home for two sub-tools:
Collage / Mix photosThis tool is for mixing two photos (putting one photo into another). There are many options which are mostly self-explanatory. For demos, see or .
As a prerequisite you should upload at least two photos to Phixr. See step 1.
br> When you activate this tool, the current photo will be the background. Then, from inside the tool window, choose the photo to put into the first one. The second photo is put inside the selection. You can rotate and flip the second photo, add a shadow, and make a specific color transparent.
Red eye removerUsing the flash when shooting can result in people having red eyes on photos. This tool can remove such red eyes and repair the original eye color. Before activating it, please select the eye area in the photo. You don't have to be exact, an approximation does nicely. Doing one eye after the other usually works best, otherwise the skin between the eyes might become discolored.
Teeth whitenerYellow-ish teeth are common, but nevertheless don't look good on photos. This tool helps to correct teeth color by applying a "whitening" filter. The three sliders work in most cases with their default values. However, skin tones and yellow teeth share much of the same color components. Therefore it is essential to select the mouth (teeth) area as exactly as possible to avoid skin discoloration.
3Save your photo
Saving your work
When you are finished working on your photo, you can