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NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay: The Winners

We’re still winding down from New York Comic Con. It was a complete and total blast. The photos from the event are a gift that keeps on giving. We’ve seen tons of great pics people have been sharing on Instagram, and we’ve shared a lot of photos we took in our own online gallery.

This year at Comic Con, we sponsored the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay. It was a massive event, and we were blown away by the creativity of the entrants. It was a real pleasure meeting the contestants and hearing the stories. The actual live event was streamed on Twitch and sported some notable celebrity judges in the world of cosplay: Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Hondo Falco, well-known Mandalorian armor maker; and Ivy Doomkitty, noted cosplayer and Frank Cho model.

So, who the heck won? We wanted to share our own gallery of the winners to show you just how creative some of this cosplay was. In the really broad feel-good sense, we’re all winners because it was all amazing cosplay and it resulted in lots of great photos.

Comic Book

1. Julian Keller, General Zod

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2. Omarr Perez, Groot

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3. Elendriel Alastair, Ronan

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Video Games

1. Adrián Alberto Santiago Aroche, Skull Kid

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2. Ruby Taki, Metal Gear REX

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3. Kevin Vanderbeck, Protoman

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Movies & Television

1. JC Fett, JC Fett

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2. Aleta Pardalis, Steampunk Rowena Ravenclaw

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3. Jessica Tori Miller, Queen Amidala

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Anime, Manga, Fantasy Category

1. Michael Wong, Dragon Rider 

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2. Jacqueline Noël Manuel, D

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3. Patricia Villate, Touka Kirishima

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Congratulations to all of the entrants — especially the Best in Show (winners of each category). Huge, huge thanks to all of the contestants for taking time to pose for us during a very busy day of competition. We loved it! 

Did we take your picture elsewhere during Comic Con? If so, grab a copy of your photo(s) from our NYCC Cosplay photos gallery.

Nice conversation on Instagram started by @effysewscosplay about whether props make a cosplay. A lot of care goes into the cutting, sewing, painting, and buffing of the details in a successful cosplay, but even the most meticulous garment can be overshadowed by a massive 10-foot-long war hammer — especially when it’s being judged on a stage in a giant auditorium. Maybe instead of categories for genres there should be skill levels. Probably the most interesting Instagram read we’ve seen all month. 
Seen here: @effysewscosplay with her lovely cosplay for the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay. 
Nice conversation on Instagram started by @effysewscosplay about whether props make a cosplay. A lot of care goes into the cutting, sewing, painting, and buffing of the details in a successful cosplay, but even the most meticulous garment can be overshadowed by a massive 10-foot-long war hammer — especially when it’s being judged on a stage in a giant auditorium. Maybe instead of categories for genres there should be skill levels. Probably the most interesting Instagram read we’ve seen all month. 
Seen here: @effysewscosplay with her lovely cosplay for the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay. 

Nice conversation on Instagram started by @effysewscosplay about whether props make a cosplay. A lot of care goes into the cutting, sewing, painting, and buffing of the details in a successful cosplay, but even the most meticulous garment can be overshadowed by a massive 10-foot-long war hammer — especially when it’s being judged on a stage in a giant auditorium. Maybe instead of categories for genres there should be skill levels. Probably the most interesting Instagram read we’ve seen all month. 

Seen here: @effysewscosplay with her lovely cosplay for the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay

While we’re going through all the photos of the Cosplay Championship contestants from our trip to New York Comic Con, we can’t help but wonder why a few of the people we saw walking around also didn’t enter the competition. Photos like this one blow us away with their level of skill. This looks like it was almost entirely made with foam and paint, and it’s stunning. Definitely could’a been a contender. 
We’ve added a Saturday gallery to our page of photos. If we took your photo at our photo booth, you should find at least one photo of yourself somewhere in the gallery, which you are welcome to download or share. Thank you for sharing your superb cosplay with us. 
We’ll have a wrap-up of the NYCC Cosplay Championships in the coming days, along with some specially edited photos of the contestants using our new Pixlr Desktop app. Follow us Twitter or Instagram if you want to see more of this excellent cosplay. 
While we’re going through all the photos of the Cosplay Championship contestants from our trip to New York Comic Con, we can’t help but wonder why a few of the people we saw walking around also didn’t enter the competition. Photos like this one blow us away with their level of skill. This looks like it was almost entirely made with foam and paint, and it’s stunning. Definitely could’a been a contender. 
We’ve added a Saturday gallery to our page of photos. If we took your photo at our photo booth, you should find at least one photo of yourself somewhere in the gallery, which you are welcome to download or share. Thank you for sharing your superb cosplay with us. 
We’ll have a wrap-up of the NYCC Cosplay Championships in the coming days, along with some specially edited photos of the contestants using our new Pixlr Desktop app. Follow us Twitter or Instagram if you want to see more of this excellent cosplay. 

While we’re going through all the photos of the Cosplay Championship contestants from our trip to New York Comic Con, we can’t help but wonder why a few of the people we saw walking around also didn’t enter the competition. Photos like this one blow us away with their level of skill. This looks like it was almost entirely made with foam and paint, and it’s stunning. Definitely could’a been a contender. 

We’ve added a Saturday gallery to our page of photos. If we took your photo at our photo booth, you should find at least one photo of yourself somewhere in the gallery, which you are welcome to download or share. Thank you for sharing your superb cosplay with us. 

We’ll have a wrap-up of the NYCC Cosplay Championships in the coming days, along with some specially edited photos of the contestants using our new Pixlr Desktop app. Follow us Twitter or Instagram if you want to see more of this excellent cosplay. 

Comic Con New York 2014: A Gallery of Photos

What a weekend! We spent the last four days hanging out at Comic Con in New York, and boy was it amazing. This event sold 151,000 tickets, making it the largest such event ever. It even surpassed San Diego’s Comic Con, which has been the reigning champion for some time. 

We’re putting up galleries of some of the photos we took on each day, and you can check out the Friday gallery here. We took a zillion photos, but of course there’s another step before posting them all — editing them.  

We’ll post more in the coming days, including a wrap-up of the NYCC Cosplay Championships with all of the contestants and who won what. Give us a follow on Twitter or Instagram if you want to see more of these photos. Amazing creativity at this event. Just amazing. 

We’re deep in our admiration of double exposures lately. So gorgeous and simple, yet they’re not as easy to make as you might think. They take a lot of experimentation and tweaking, but the best ones are absolutely worthy of hanging on your wall. Photographer Erkin Demir is based in Turkey and has a knack for making the little details work imaginatively with otherwise straightforward black-and-white portraits. 
Via My Modern Met. Collage made with Pixlr Express. 
We’re deep in our admiration of double exposures lately. So gorgeous and simple, yet they’re not as easy to make as you might think. They take a lot of experimentation and tweaking, but the best ones are absolutely worthy of hanging on your wall. Photographer Erkin Demir is based in Turkey and has a knack for making the little details work imaginatively with otherwise straightforward black-and-white portraits. 
Via My Modern Met. Collage made with Pixlr Express. 

We’re deep in our admiration of double exposures lately. So gorgeous and simple, yet they’re not as easy to make as you might think. They take a lot of experimentation and tweaking, but the best ones are absolutely worthy of hanging on your wall. Photographer Erkin Demir is based in Turkey and has a knack for making the little details work imaginatively with otherwise straightforward black-and-white portraits. 

Via My Modern Met. Collage made with Pixlr Express

Pixlr at New York Comic Con: Championships of Cosplay

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We’re headed to New York Comic Con this week!

If you follow us on Instagram or Twitter, you probably saw us share a few of the spectacular costumes we captured in August at Fan Expo Canada. (We tossed some of our favorites into a Pixlr Express collage at the end of this post, but you can check out our gallery from the photo shoot here.)

Just as we did at Fan Expo in Canada in August, we’ll be taking photos of cosplayers at NYCC, but this time around we’re sponsoring the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay. This is a worldwide cosplay contest — the biggest competition in the history of cosplay in, well, forever. If you’re familiar with the cosplay world, you know that it’s grown at an explosive rate in the past decade. If you’re not familiar with that world, think of the best, most-detailed Halloween costumes you saw last year collected in one spot — only ten times better in construction and imagination.

Believe it or not, there are professional cosplayers out there who make a decent living doing this thing they love. It’s a special kind of creativity that we admire. There’s a real artistry to it.

Will you be there? If so, please be on the lookout for us — and say hello! We’ll be the ones in the Pixlr t-shirts. If you won’t be there, the contest itself will be live streamed on Twitch on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST at this link. Or, follow us on Instagram or Twitter to check out some of the best costumes.

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We’re starting to get geared up for this week’s New York City Comic Con by reminiscing about our last event, Fan Expo in Canada. Check out the gallery of photos that we took, some of which we edited with the new Pixlr Desktop app. 
We’re starting to get geared up for this week’s New York City Comic Con by reminiscing about our last event, Fan Expo in Canada. Check out the gallery of photos that we took, some of which we edited with the new Pixlr Desktop app. 

We’re starting to get geared up for this week’s New York City Comic Con by reminiscing about our last event, Fan Expo in Canada. Check out the gallery of photos that we took, some of which we edited with the new Pixlr Desktop app

We’ve been thumbing through all the space shots we asked people to share with us (please share yours too with the hashtag #pixlrspace), and there a lot of spectacular ones. One of the things that make these types of photos good are large, expansive-looking skies. Pairing a big colorful sky with a near silhouette makes them extra special. 
This shot by @sourki on Instagram has some extra intensity added with color, and we really love the flag silhouettes that poke up into the sky. @sourki takes a lot of these. In fact, according to her profile page, she even created her own hashtag for these kinds of photos: #sourki_skyshots. We like your style, @sourki. Own that hashtag. 
We’ve been thumbing through all the space shots we asked people to share with us (please share yours too with the hashtag #pixlrspace), and there a lot of spectacular ones. One of the things that make these types of photos good are large, expansive-looking skies. Pairing a big colorful sky with a near silhouette makes them extra special. 
This shot by @sourki on Instagram has some extra intensity added with color, and we really love the flag silhouettes that poke up into the sky. @sourki takes a lot of these. In fact, according to her profile page, she even created her own hashtag for these kinds of photos: #sourki_skyshots. We like your style, @sourki. Own that hashtag. 

We’ve been thumbing through all the space shots we asked people to share with us (please share yours too with the hashtag #pixlrspace), and there a lot of spectacular ones. One of the things that make these types of photos good are large, expansive-looking skies. Pairing a big colorful sky with a near silhouette makes them extra special. 

This shot by @sourki on Instagram has some extra intensity added with color, and we really love the flag silhouettes that poke up into the sky. @sourki takes a lot of these. In fact, according to her profile page, she even created her own hashtag for these kinds of photos: #sourki_skyshots. We like your style, @sourki. Own that hashtag. 

Thank you so soooo much TeamPixlr for the Pixlr Desktop... I't so so awesome. I love your photo editor so much that I also use it on the phone. You guys are really awesome. Thank you! :D

Thank you sooooo much, oneanothersmileone! Means a lot for us to hear that. 

Glitch photography seems like a fitting new art offshoot that reflects our modern-day world, which —despite being cutting edge technologically — still suffers from lots of messed up pieces. Sabato Visconti raised money for a gallery showing of his glitch art on Kickstarter, and this avant-garde aesthetic seems to be gaining some steam. As Visconti tells re:form in an interview, “You could say it’s like torturing an image.”
Via re:form. Collage made with Pixlr Express. Do you make tortured art out of photos? (Tag them #pixlr and we’ll find ‘em.)
Glitch photography seems like a fitting new art offshoot that reflects our modern-day world, which —despite being cutting edge technologically — still suffers from lots of messed up pieces. Sabato Visconti raised money for a gallery showing of his glitch art on Kickstarter, and this avant-garde aesthetic seems to be gaining some steam. As Visconti tells re:form in an interview, “You could say it’s like torturing an image.”
Via re:form. Collage made with Pixlr Express. Do you make tortured art out of photos? (Tag them #pixlr and we’ll find ‘em.)

Glitch photography seems like a fitting new art offshoot that reflects our modern-day world, which —despite being cutting edge technologically — still suffers from lots of messed up pieces. Sabato Visconti raised money for a gallery showing of his glitch art on Kickstarter, and this avant-garde aesthetic seems to be gaining some steam. As Visconti tells re:form in an interview, “You could say it’s like torturing an image.”

Via re:form. Collage made with Pixlr Express. Do you make tortured art out of photos? (Tag them #pixlr and we’ll find ‘em.)

Pixlr-o-matic: New Look, New Price (Free!)

Apple released iOS 8 last week, which means every app maker worth their salt has been busy updating their iOS apps to be as friendly as possible with the new mobile operating system. The main detail? New resolution sizes. As iPhones become available in more sizes, the apps that run on them need to look as good as the beautiful phones.  

If you’re a Pixlr Express user, you will find that Pixlr Express 2.3 is now available. This new version doesn’t contain any new features (just yet), but it’s ready to be updated when you’re ready for it. 

The real big news: Pixlr-o-matic gets a huge makeover. Pixlr-o-matic was the first mobile app we built, and it’s been chugging along reliably for over 3 years. Since then, iOS development has changed a lot, and we felt it was time to give Pixlr-o-matic a new look and feel. You’ll find a more modern look, but the functionality is still the same. We’ve really only changed one thing about the app — it’s now free for everyone.

Previously, you could unlock the greater list of effects packs in a Pixlr-o-matic PLUS version for 99 cents, but now it’s all free. If you’ve never used Pixlr-o-matic before, download Pixlr-o-matic 2.3 and give it a spin. We’ll go ahead and suggest you start with its most popular feature: the randomizer. It’s a one-button effects roulette that lets you try out effects, overlays, and borders in a rapid-fire way. 

Pixlr Project: Show Us Your Space Shots

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Last month, we made a video that showed you how to make exceptional space silhouettes based on some simple but powerful techniques from Pixlr superuser Aldrin Gersalia. At the end of the video, we asked you to make one of these spaced-out images and share the result with us. We’ve been bowled over by the photos you’ve been sending to us, and we’ve collected a bunch of them for a special project. They’re wonderful. 

If you haven’t shared your own space silhouette with us yet, we’d love to see a few more. We can’t guarantee all of the photos you share with us will be used in this upcoming Pixlr Project, but if we do use your space photo we’ll include you in the credits. 

Sound interesting? Open up a batch of weekend creativity and make one for us. Once you’re done, pop in the hashtag #pixlrspace or point us to it on Twitter or Flickr or Instagram or Facebook or Pinterest or Google+ or anywhere else you see us online. (Or, just pop it into an email.) And watch this blog in the coming weeks for the final project. 

@icky_pix on Instagram shares what can sometimes be a cliche — the close-up eyeball shot — and adds some serious color and intensity to it. Just look at those eyeball veins. And the eye itself looks like a collapsing sun. Well done, sir! 
@icky_pix on Instagram shares what can sometimes be a cliche — the close-up eyeball shot — and adds some serious color and intensity to it. Just look at those eyeball veins. And the eye itself looks like a collapsing sun. Well done, sir! 

@icky_pix on Instagram shares what can sometimes be a cliche — the close-up eyeball shot — and adds some serious color and intensity to it. Just look at those eyeball veins. And the eye itself looks like a collapsing sun. Well done, sir! 

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