It’s Christmas Day, at least in some parts of the world, and we wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who entered the Pixlr Holiday Photo Contest this year. We were humbled to see so much creativity displayed by the people who use our apps. Here’s a collage (made with Pixlr Express, of course) of the winning entries in this 12 Days of Xmas style contest:
We had winners from the United States, England, and Canada, but we also saw a few winners from India. Quite an international showing, which we absolutely love to see. Each winner got to choose their own prize, and the winners seem to have gravitated toward choosing a few standout prizes. Top-chosen prizes included CanvasPop canvases, the Bamboo Solar Charger, and the Mobi 16GB EyeFi WiFi card. Good prizes all.
The content of the entries was extremely varied. We kept it general in nature and asked people to submit whatever they thought was “holiday” in spirit. We saw all kinds of images of Christmas trees and ornaments, kids in Santa’s lap, holiday card-like compositions — all the things you might expect. But we also saw tons of great atmospheric and wintry scenes and plenty of completely off-the-wall and creative takes that we couldn’t have possibly imagined. And quite a few dogs and cat pics. This is the Internet after all, so that is to be expected — and is totally welcome. Woof! Meow!
All in all, our very creative customers made our holiday season a whole lot brighter. We loved watching the entries roll in every day of the contest, and we thank you for not just using Pixlr apps but for also saying so many nice things to us on all of the social networks. It makes us proud to be makers of this software when we see so many happy customers.
Didn’t win this time around? We’ll undoubtedly have another contest soon, so follow us here and there online to be notified when the next round of gift giving happens.
Thank you for using our apps to get creative this year, and please keep that creativity flowing in 2014. Happy Holidays, everyone!
We wrap up our 12-day Pixlr Holiday Photo Contest with a fun selfie from soimanotaku on Instagram. She’s a cosplayer, which pretty much makes for fun pictures any time of the year. We love her vibrantly colored wig surrounded by tinsel and snowflakes. We thought it was an appropriate last winner in this contest since this has been the Year of the Selfie. She chose the Mobi EyeFi 16GB WiFi card as her prize, which we’re shipping out on Santa’s sleigh to her home in Tennessee.
Thanks to all for joining us in this contest and have a great Christmas Eve!
Today’s Pixlr Holiday Photo Contest winner is really, really good at taking photos of ornaments. Erica submitted a number of entries in our contest, and they’re all great. We chose this one as the best of the bunch:
For her prize, Erica chose the Mobi EyeFi 16GB WiFi card, which we’re shipping to the not-so-snowy but just as festive state of Florida. Thanks for all the excellent shots of your tree, Erica!
We knew Erica deserved a prize, but it was actually difficult for our team to come to a conclusion about just which one of her photos we liked the best. So, we made a collage with some of our favorites:
We’re approaching the end of our contest. One more prize will be awarded tomorrow so submit your last-minute #pixlrholiday tagged entry in between those last-minute shopping trips.
Santa’s cookies? Or maybe just a holiday snack. It’s today’s winner in the #pixlrholiday Photo Contest.
Cathee shares a cute photo of these cookies arranged in a bit of a snowflake pattern, and it looks like she’s added a little snow with Pixlr Express. Those look like Gingerbread Oreo cookies to us. We love the simplicity and coziness of this photo. Feels like the holidays to us.
Cathee chose as her prize the Mobi 16GB Eye-Fi card, which we’re popping in the mail to Ontario, Canada where she’s located. Two more days of prizes to award, so get your entries in quickly!
Day 9 Contest Winner: a Tree That Really Makes an Impression
Have a very impressionistic Xmas! That’s what we thought when we saw this lovely take on a festive tree posted to our Pixlr on Flickr group. It’s been run through a few of the more artistic options in Pixlr Express, and we love it’s uniqueness. This image submitted by Priya Sharma from Pathankot, India is today’s winner in our Holiday Photo Contest.
For her prize, she chose the Bamboo Solar Charger from our contest site. This seems to be a hot item this season. It’s sold out in so many online shops, but we were able to dig one up and are sending it on its way.
We’re in the last few days of our contest, but there’s still a few more prizes to give away so keep tagging those photos #pixlrholiday if you want a chance to win.
This photo really says winter and holiday to us. Cold but also cozy, we love the treatment Julie (@LadyWarrington on Twitter) gives to this photo of herself and a niece. Julie has such a wonderful smile, and we love how her eye peeks out from beneath that furry background. Great atmospheric shot for today’s winning entry. Julie chose as her prize a CanvasPop custom print, and we’re sending a gift certificate along to the U.K. where she’s located.
We have four more days to go in our Holiday Photo Contest, so there’s still time for you to win. Tag your photos #pixlrholiday to enter. It’s that easy.
An angel and a tree. And just a hint of buttcrack. There’s no denying this entry is cute-as-all-get-out. It’s today’s winner in our Holiday Photo Contest. Submitted by melsplat on Instagram, We really love the blurred out tree in the background as much as all the other cute stuff going on here. It’s a winning photo, for sure.
She chose a 12x12 CanvasPop print as her gift from Pixlr, which is turning out to be one of the most popular of the prizes in our grab-bag of gifts. She takes stupendous photos, and we’re certain she’ll make something great.
Still 5 more days of prizes to go, so get your #pixlrholiday tagged photos submitted and maybe you can choose a prize.
Day 6 Contest Winner: Yash and His Bubbly Christmas Card
Another day, another winner in our Holiday Photo Contest. Today, we bring you a winning entry by Yash Wadhwani. He entered a few images, including this little piece of work he submitted to the contest via Twitter:
He got pretty creative with the tools in Pixlr Express to distort the text so that it looks like it’s seen through a bubble. Must have added and set in place each letter separately, too. For all that creativity we definitely want to give him a shout out. Well done, Yash!
Yash chose the very neat Nanoblocks Toy Camera as his prize, and we have that prize headed to him in India. That’s our second Indian-residing winner in this contest. We love to see our apps used all across the world.
This international holiday contest train is steaming forward until Christmas Day, so get your #pixlrholiday tagged photos in and maybe you can pick your own prize out of our grab-bag of gifts.
Day 5! We’re kicking into gear now. Almost halfway through the Pixlr Holiday Photo Contest. We have 12 days of gift giving to do, which means we have 7 more gifts to give away.
Today’s winner is a doozie. Heather shares a photo that is undeniably, unrelentingly cute. “Is it too late to be good?” the sign asks. Even Santa wouldn’t punish this kid, even if he’d been really naughty all year long.
Heather chose a CanvasPop canvas print for her prize, and we’ve sent it along her way. Thank you, Heather, for sharing some amazing photos with us. You’re very good at this! Check out her Instagram page for more gorgeous shots.
So easy to enter. Just tag your photos #pixlrholiday. Learn more at our contest site.
How pretty is this photo? It immediately grabbed our attention as an entry in the Pixlr Holiday Photo Contest. It’s entered via Twitter by Autumn Merica, a name that also jumped out at us. We’re thrilled that she shared this one with us.
If you’ve been following our contest, you know that each winner gets to choose the prize of their choice from our contest website. Autumn chose a CanvasPop print as her prize, which we think she’ll love. Great company, great canvas prints.
Thank you, Ms. Merica for your service to our contest! We’re giving away more prizes every day, so if you haven’t won yet, keep those photos rolling in.
Every letter in this banner is a household item that he posterized in Pixlr. We really value creativity, and this is pretty darn creative. He even included a bunch of other Pixlr Express stickers from sticker packs that go beyond our holiday pack. He’s covered just about every base in this holiday message. Nice job!
We’re sending along a prize of his choice, the Bamboo Solar Charger from Photojojo. They offer a way to make gift packages smell like freshly baked cookies, so look for a delicious smelling package to arrive at your home in Noida, Sahyog.
Inga shares a really snowy shot on Instagram that has a beautiful symmetry to it. She says it’s a snowy road photo is from her visit home last weekend. Trips home for the holiday can make for some great photo opportunities, and we’re thrilled she took the time to take such a nice photo and share it with us. A quick look at her other photos shows that she takes some pretty great photos.
Dariene shared an incredibly clever and fun photo with us on Twitter. It’s a self-portrait in the classic holiday mode — a festively lit and festooned tree, stockings hung with care on the mantle, gifts everywhere. But then she did something unique. She planted 8 gingerbread men throughout this scene using Pixlr Express’s new holiday stickers and asked us to find them.
So creative and fun. Thank you, Dariene, for taking our photo challenge and challenging us right back! So far, we’ve found 6 of the 8 gingerbread men. A few of those little guys are well hidden.
For her prize, Dariene chose the Bamboo Solar Charger from Photojojo. Little-known fact: Photojojo will let you add freshly baked cookie scent to your package for a buck more. Did we? Of course we did.
Make Holiday Cards with Downloadable Pixlr Editor Overlays
We’re always on the lookout for bloggers who make stuff with Pixlr apps. One of our favorite finds this week while surfing around is this great blog post from the Pepper Design Blog, $.13 Christmas Cards (and Downloads). Morgan, the author, show you how to create your own holiday cards using Pixlr Editor. But what really makes it special is that she provides downloadable files that you can use as overlays in Pixlr Editor. You can simply open up these files in Pixlr Editor and resize them to fit a photo. Play with the opacity if you want or just use them as is. She makes it incredibly easy to get some custom-made cards ready to print and send.
If you’ve waited this long to make and send holiday cards, this weekend is the weekend to make it happen. You definitely can’t beat the low, low price of 13 cents per card. We definitely recommend Morgan’s excellent tutorial if you need a place to start. Excellent post, Morgan!
Win Some Nifty Prizes in the Pixlr Holiday Photo Contest
Deck the halls, make the yuletide bright, and spread both holly and jolly with the new Pixlr Express Holiday effects pack. This pack of borders, stickers, and overlays is available right now for all versions of Pixlr Express: iOS, Android, and for the web. It’s chock full of snow and sparkle and all kinds of things you can use to add holiday spirit to your photos. Whether you’re making a snowy vignette featuring a cute photo of your toddler or dressing up your cat with some goofy antlers, this holiday pack should help you make merry with your photos.
Even better, we have a grab bag of gifts for you to win if you want to join in the Pixlr Holiday Photo Contest. It’s a straightforward hashtag contest that anyone can enter. Just tag and share anything you create with #pixlrholiday to Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, or Facebook. We’ll pick a winner every day until December 25th, and everyone who wins gets to choose from a list of cool prizes. Winners get to reach in and pick the prize they want from pixlrholiday.com, and we’ll send it their way. It’s our way of fostering a little extra photo taking — and photo editing — this holiday season.
The theme is broad. Get creative and shows anything that screams “holiday” to you.
Use any Pixlr app to edit your entry.
Tag your entry #pixlrholiday on Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, or Facebook.
Enter as many times as you like, and get as creative as you can. We want to see holiday scenes both serious and silly. Close-ups of beautiful ornaments, tasty cookies left out for Santa, the wreath hanging on your front door, ice skating mishaps, all-I-want-for-Christmas lists, gorgeously lit houses — anything you consider holiday-worthy.
Pixlr Express Adds New Effects Pack Inspired by SketchBook
Splash some art on your photos in Pixlr Express with a new set of SketchBook effects. Today we added these SketchBook-inspired borders, overlays, and stickers to Pixlr Express for the web, iOS, and Android. This pack will stick around until the end of the year, so give it a shot if you’re feeling artsy.
This pack highlights a special sale happening until the end of the year. SketchBook Mobile, SketchBook Pro, and SketchBook for Mac are all on sale at a pretty hefty discount (40-50%). Designed for both hobbyists and pros, these Autodesk apps are a great way to doodle your way to a simple drawing or an artistic masterpiece.
Hey, Android users: Ready to add some serious style to your photos? We’re happy to announce that the Stylize feature — much loved by iOS users since we introduced it with iOS7 — is now available for Android. You can update your app and start using it any time.
What is Stylize? It’s a way to take your photos and turn them into works of art. See how we took a frankly ho-hum photo of the Golden Gate Bridge we took last week on our trip to the Farallones Islands and turned it into something much more beautiful — almost like a travel poster:
With Stylize, your photos can take on the look of pencil drawings, silkscreen prints, dappled dabs of color, polygonal construction, rough sketches, halftone dots, posterizing, cross-hatching, watercolors, india ink, and lithographs. Don’t forget to put the perfect border on your stylized images. It can make your work of art even artier.
These creative, non-photorealistic effects are something we’ve had requests for over time, and we’re thrilled to be bringing them to the Android version. You’ll find them in the Adjustments menu, and you can use the effects in combination with other effects — even in a collage if you want.
We encourage you to dive in and try it out. In fact, we’d love to see what kinds of art you make with this new feature. Share your Stylized pics on Twitter with the hashtag #pixlr #stylize or just point them directly to us by tweeting to @pixlr. We’ll return the favor and send you one of our own stylized images.
Pixlr Touch Up, our works-online-and-offline photo app for Chrome just got a new touch up of its own. We just released version 1.2, which comes a few weeks after the last upgrade. If you’ve never tried it out, we encourage you to install this handy photo editor and give it a go. It’s free and works especially well if you use Google Drive to save your photos.
So, what’s new? Here’s the breakdown.
If you’ve used one of our other apps, Pixlr Express, you may have encountered the Focal Blur feature. It’s a great way to put a spotlight on one area of your photo and blur out the rest. It makes you look like a pro with a dSLR. You can choose between a circular focus or a linear one that rotates a full 360 degrees to draw attention to one area of an image.
One of the requests we heard from users of this app is that they wanted common cropping options. A lot of people love square photos, but some people also recommended we add other common aspect ratios like 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. If you regularly like to crop images using specific, common aspect ratios, you’ll be very happy to see these one-click options.
New color adjustment: warmth and vibrance
Sometimes you just want to tweak the color to bump it up or down a little. You’ve been able to adjust the Hue and Saturation controls with Touch Up in the past; now, you can tweak warmth and vibrance.
The new Warmth controls let you put a color cast on your photos. A little bit goes a long way, and we encourage you to try this tool out to see how it can add some nice balance to a photo that is for whatever reason off in its color composition. Pull the slider down to make it cooler, and your lighter tones will take on an increasingly bluish tint. Drag the slider up toward the warmer end of the scale, and you’ll see results that become increasingly more yellow, orange and ultimately red.
Where saturation uniformly increases the intensity of all colors — which can sometimes result in over-saturation — vibrance increases the intensity of muted colors. A great example of when you might want to use this is with a portrait. Using vibrance can prevent your skin tones from becoming over-saturated. Don’t want that skin to look orange? Use the Vibrance setting. Here’s an example of vibrance at work:
Live JPG preview
Finally, we’ve added something we think everyone who uses Touch Up will love: the ability to preview your image quality before saving. A lot of people want to keep their file sizes down, but they’re afraid to commit to a lower file size without knowing how it will turn out. This new preview lets you drag a slider to see exactly how big or small your file will be AND see exactly how that might compromise the quality of your image.
With the exception of the live JPG preview, all of these features were added in response to user feedback, so please keep it coming! Let us know in our support forum what you think of Pixlr Touch Up and what we should add next.
Gmail has been getting better and better over the years, and Google recently added something new we think you’ll love — the ability to open attached images directly from Gmail using Pixlr apps. We’re going to show you how it works with Pixlr Express.
Save your images to Google Drive with one click
If you use Google Drive to store your images, you’ll be very happy to see that you can now easily plop them into the cloud with one click — without having to open any new windows. You can also choose where to place them if you want to nest them in folders, although that’s not required. This type of direct to Google Drive option is a huge improvement for people who use their Google Drive as their photo backup system.
Open your images in Pixlr apps
Image attachments will appear as thumbnails in Gmail. Clicking on them brings up a nice photo browser mode, which has some important and helpful options. What we love about this photo browser is that if you’ve installed a Pixlr Chrome app, you can now simply click on “Open with” and you’ll see your Pixlr Chrome apps listed right there. If you don’t have any Chrome apps installed, Google will suggest one for you. There’s a good chance that will be one of our apps. If you like the idea of having quick access to a photo editor directly from Gmail, this might be a great time to install one of these apps.
Save back to Google Drive
Even better, when you use the Pixlr Express to open up an image from Gmail, you can now save it right back to your Google Drive without having to navigate any confusing menus. Just click on “Save and replace” or “Save as copy” to put your edited photo back in its place in Google Drive.
Want to install these Chrome Apps so you can take advantage of this Google Drive integration? Check out the Pixlr Express and Pixlr Editor apps in the Chrome Web Store.