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#mysuperpower Photo Contest Winner #5: @TacktheCobbler Daydreams

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Another winner in the #mysuperpower Photo Contest! This is one of our favorite photos so far. @TacktheCobbler on Twitter shares this really great photo of her superpower: daydreaming. Lovely use of color splash, which always catches peoples’ attention. We especially like the texture she added to this shot. All in all, this is a superb entry. 

For her prize, she chose a 6-month subscription to Lootcrate, which we think is an excellent prize. They send you a box of swag every month. We’ve set her up with a gift subscription, and we hope she enjoys it as much as we do. 

#mysuperpower Photo Contest Winner #4: Morgan, Last Minute Superhero

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Winner #4 has been chosen in our latest photo contest. All hail Morgan Dunbar (@GeekCharming on Twitter), who has the power to finish a costume in the wee hours before Fan Expo. We love this patch she’s sewing, and we love that she’s burning the midnight oil to make sure she’s ready to join the cosplay parade. 

For her prize, Morgan chose The elvish One True Ring,, which we’ll ship to her by post (sorry, no dragon riders available for delivery). Thank you, Morgan, for sharing your photo with us! We hope you have a wonderful cosplay weekend wearing your costume. 

We still have a ton of prizes to give away. Okay, not a ton. Ten more. But that’s still a lot. So keep those photos coming!

#mysuperpower Photo Contest Winner #3: Jenny B Wall Yoga

We have our third winner in our #mysuperpower Photo Contest@yogiadventurer — aka Jenny B — on Instagram shares a photo of herself doing some serious Spider Man-like wall yoga. Completely unexpected superpower, but one that we admire. From looking at her Instagram page, she’s really good at yoga. She may have additional superpowers of flexibility we haven’t even discovered yet. 

For her prize, Jenny chose the Polaroid Cube with a tripod mount. We’ll also send along a 16GB micro SD card. Thanks, Jenny, for sharing your superpower with us! 

That’s prize 3 of 14. We’re ramping up and giving away a lot more in the coming days.

@haleymorganvii pretty much sums it up with the hashtags she includes on Instagram when describing today’s Pic of the Day: #sunset #sun #clouds #sky #mamaearth #nature #beauty #beautiful #awestruck #grateful #lake #contrast #child #children #alwaysyourbaby. We say #welldone, Haley. 
@haleymorganvii pretty much sums it up with the hashtags she includes on Instagram when describing today’s Pic of the Day: #sunset #sun #clouds #sky #mamaearth #nature #beauty #beautiful #awestruck #grateful #lake #contrast #child #children #alwaysyourbaby. We say #welldone, Haley. 

@haleymorganvii pretty much sums it up with the hashtags she includes on Instagram when describing today’s Pic of the Day: #sunset #sun #clouds #sky #mamaearth #nature #beauty #beautiful #awestruck #grateful #lake #contrast #child #children #alwaysyourbaby. We say #welldone, Haley. 

#mysuperpower Photo Contest Winner #2: Alexis and Her Good Luck

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Winner #2 in our #mysuperpower Photo Contest has been anointed. Alexis — aka @fasteronfire25 on Twitter — shares a shot of a five-leaf clover. Four leaf clovers are for pikers; professional clover hunters can pick out the five leafers. Congratulations, Alexis, on having perhaps the world’s most unique superpower! We like the treatment you gave it with the Studio Poster overlay in Pixlr Express. All in all, an inventive entry, which we always admire. 

For her prize, Alexis chose a Jedi lightsaber. We’re digging through our Jedi closet to find the right one for her, which we’ll be sending along in the mail post-haste. 

If you’re counting along at home, that’s only 2 of 14 prizes given away so far. Lots more to give out, so keep the entries coming. 

#mysuperpower Photo Contest Winner #1: Serena Walking on the Water

We have our first winner in our #mysuperpower Photo Contest! Serena — aka @kuiwi on Twitter — shares a photo of walking on water. Not a bad superpower to have. We love the trick of walking on water, but we especially love the angle of this photo and the way the sunset is peeking out from behind the figure. All in all, this Jesus pose photo has some real character and style. 

Amazingly, we found out that Serena is going to Fan Expo this week and will in fact be there today to say hello to us. So she’s going to choose one of the photo op/signing prizes in our prize pool since she actually lives around these parts. She’s choosing to meet and greet Patrick Stewart — aka Captain Picard. 

That is only the first of 14 prizes we’re giving away until September 2nd, so keep the entries rolling in. 

BTW, we made that quick meme image for Serena using the new Pixlr for Mac and PC, which just came out today. Get a quick run-down about how to make your own in our tutorial video: Make a meme without a crummy watermark

Introducing Pixlr for Mac and PC

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Today, we’re quite happy to announce a brand-new app. Pixlr is now available as a downloadable app for Mac and PC. You can install it today at pixlr.com for Mac and Windows, or download directly from the Mac App Store

If you’re already a Pixlr Express user, you’ll notice some familiar details in Pixlr for Mac and PC. You’ll also discover new tools like a double exposure option and Influence Masks that can be used to not just correct photos but to do more advanced editing or create photographic art. Pixlr for Mac and PC brings together the best tools we’ve built over time, including popular Stylize filters that turn your photos into sketches and watercolor paintings.

When you download the app, you’ll be using the starter edition. Starter is free and has many of the features of Pixlr Express for web and mobile. Create a free Pixlr account to unlock Essentials, giving you access to additional effects, overlays, and tools like double exposure. Subscribe to a Pro membership and take advantage of advanced masking tools  — as well as everything we add to the app as it grows and evolves. A Pro membership is $1.99/month or $14.99/year.

If you’re a long-time user of our apps, you’ll undoubtedly be happy to see a few of these new options:

  • High resolution images: One of the best things about an installed app is that it can take advantage of more processing power than a web browser. No compressed images here. You can save your images at their full, original resolution.
  • Preserves EXIF data: These days people take photos with all kinds of digital devices. Pixlr presents and preserves the metadata your device includes with your photos.
  • Influence Panel: Available for Pro members, we built this collection of masking tools from the ground up to help you isolate areas or objects and apply sophisticated effects to just those areas. Change the color of a necktie at the drop of a hat or make a background into something illustrated and artistic.
  • Blending modes: Blending modes can help you place objects into photos that weren’t there before, but it also can be used in conjunction with lots of effects to alter the color and light in an image.
  • Use your own fonts: Since this is a downloadable app, you aren’t limited to the web fonts included in a web app. Use any font you’ve installed on your system. Add as many as you want.
  • New effects! If we’ve learned anything about Pixlr users, it’s that they love trying more and more overlays, stickers, borders, and options. We’ve added new effects for all three versions, and we’ll be adding more for Pro users on a regular basis.

Those are just a few of the things to check out in Pixlr for Mac and PC. If you’re curious about any of the new tools — or if you’ve never tried any of our online apps before — we made a batch of short videos to help you get acquainted with Pixlr for Mac and PC. Give them a watch. Or stop by pixlr.com to download and start creating something new and inventive with your photos.

Join Us at Fan Expo Canada

We launched the #mysuperpower Photo Contest yesterday, and it has a few prizes that are only available for people who will be attending Fan Expo Canada in Toronto this week. Why is that? Because we’re going to be at Fan Expo!

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We’ve lined up 5 celebrity signing + photo ops that we’re just dying to give away: Adam West (Batman), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek Next Generation), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Karen Gillian (Dr. Who), and the esteemed Mr. William Shatner (Star Trek). 

If you’re in the U.S., you’re undoubtedly familiar with the annual Comic Con convention held in San Diego, but (as with so many things) there’s a counterpart Canadian version that is quite popular, too. Every year, our cohorts at SketchBook plop down in a booth at Fan Expo Canada and do some serious drawing to show people how to make all manner of illustrated art. This year, we’re plopping down right next to them, and we’ll be bringing a few things with us:

  • We’re setting up a photo booth to take lots of photos of cosplayers in their amazing costumes. 
  • Plenty of computers, iPads, and iPhones so people can try out our apps, take some photos, and enter our contest. 
  • A huge — HUGE — monitor to show people how to use our apps and show off some of the entries in our photo contest. I mean, it’s 14 feet tall. 
  • Some partners of ours are bringing t-shirt printers. That’s right, t-shirt printers. So, we’ll be printing t-shirts. Why not!

Of course, we’ll also be bringing the smiling faces of Pixlr employees. If you plan on attending, please stop by, say hello, and tell us how you know about us. Our main office is in Toronto, but we’re importing some U.S.-based folks to join us as well. We want to meet you, so don’t be shy. And if you’re really not shy, let us take your photo!

The #mysuperpower Photo Contest: Show Us What You’re Excellent At

It’s time for another photo contest! Our previous contest (“I Made It”) was our biggest contest ever, and we were kind of blown away by all the creative entries. This time around we want to celebrate fan culture — but with a little twist. Instead of celebrating larger-than-life superheroes who invade our movie theaters every summer, we want to celebrate the superpowers of everyday folks. 

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Enter our #mysuperpower Photo Contest and show us — in a creative way — what you’re really good at. Everybody has a superpower of some sort. What’s yours? Whether it’s super spelling, super sarcasm, or the ability to make an entire bag of tortilla chips disappear, we want to see it:

  • Take a photo that represents your superpower in some way. 
  • Use Pixlr Express to edit your entry. You can use the effects pack that’s included for this contest or not. It’s entirely up to you how much or how little you embellish your photo. You don’t have to put text on your photos, but you’re welcome to if you want. Just make sure the hashtags are in the text of your social posts somewhere so we can find them. 
  • Tag your entry with two hashtags — #mysuperpower #pixlrcontest — on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr, or Facebook. Enter as many times as you like. (Maybe entering contests is your superpower.)

The contest starts today and ends at midnight on September 2nd. We’ll give away 14 prizes throughout the week of the contest. All winners get to choose a prize from those listed at pixlrsuperpower.com

There are a lot of pretty neat prizes on there, from cameras to gift cards to comics to Dr. Who TV remote controls to monthly subscriptions to swag boxes, etc. There’s bound to be something on there you’ll like. 

Check out the Official Rules or the Frequently Asked Questions if you need help getting started. Contest runs 8/26-9/2. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. NOW GET OUT THERE AND TAKE SOME PHOTOS! 

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What a superb nighttime shot of the big city. This colorful capture by @juliekoba on Instagram has a ton of atmosphere and mood. Be-a-yoo-ti-ful. It’s the Pic of the Day. 
Via Instagram. 
What a superb nighttime shot of the big city. This colorful capture by @juliekoba on Instagram has a ton of atmosphere and mood. Be-a-yoo-ti-ful. It’s the Pic of the Day. 
Via Instagram. 

What a superb nighttime shot of the big city. This colorful capture by @juliekoba on Instagram has a ton of atmosphere and mood. Be-a-yoo-ti-ful. It’s the Pic of the Day. 

Via Instagram

We’re thumbing through all of the space silhouettes our community has been making, and they’re really quite good. Since our video showing how to make space silhouettes, we’ve seen an uptick in these types of images. We love ‘em. This one from @HicksCME on Twitter has a seriously dark sky with bright stars. He’s shared a few with us, and they’re excellent. Nice job, Chris. This one is our Pic of the Day. Thank you! 

 (via https://twitter.com/HicksCME/status/503865157060419584)
We’re thumbing through all of the space silhouettes our community has been making, and they’re really quite good. Since our video showing how to make space silhouettes, we’ve seen an uptick in these types of images. We love ‘em. This one from @HicksCME on Twitter has a seriously dark sky with bright stars. He’s shared a few with us, and they’re excellent. Nice job, Chris. This one is our Pic of the Day. Thank you! 

 (via https://twitter.com/HicksCME/status/503865157060419584)

We’re thumbing through all of the space silhouettes our community has been making, and they’re really quite good. Since our video showing how to make space silhouettes, we’ve seen an uptick in these types of images. We love ‘em. This one from @HicksCME on Twitter has a seriously dark sky with bright stars. He’s shared a few with us, and they’re excellent. Nice job, Chris. This one is our Pic of the Day. Thank you!

(via https://twitter.com/HicksCME/status/503865157060419584)

Who shared this picture of an origami owl to the Pixlr on Flickr group? Stefan. And it’s quite impressive. We’ve never seen origami quite like this. Very creative! We see a little bit of focal blur in this photo to put the emphasis on the owl. It’s the Pic of the Day. 

Owl (by tschobigami)
Who shared this picture of an origami owl to the Pixlr on Flickr group? Stefan. And it’s quite impressive. We’ve never seen origami quite like this. Very creative! We see a little bit of focal blur in this photo to put the emphasis on the owl. It’s the Pic of the Day. 

Owl (by tschobigami)

Who shared this picture of an origami owl to the Pixlr on Flickr group? Stefan. And it’s quite impressive. We’ve never seen origami quite like this. Very creative! We see a little bit of focal blur in this photo to put the emphasis on the owl. It’s the Pic of the Day.

Owl (by tschobigami)

Another great space silhouette, this one from Nancy TeWinkel in the Pixlr on Flickr group. Our recent video with instructions about how to make these kinds of things will get you started if you want to make something similar. And if you do, please share it with us. Thanks, Nancy! It’s our Pic of the Day.

Presque Isle Bliss (by tewinkelnancy)
Another great space silhouette, this one from Nancy TeWinkel in the Pixlr on Flickr group. Our recent video with instructions about how to make these kinds of things will get you started if you want to make something similar. And if you do, please share it with us. Thanks, Nancy! It’s our Pic of the Day.

Presque Isle Bliss (by tewinkelnancy)

Another great space silhouette, this one from Nancy TeWinkel in the Pixlr on Flickr group. Our recent video with instructions about how to make these kinds of things will get you started if you want to make something similar. And if you do, please share it with us. Thanks, Nancy! It’s our Pic of the Day.

Presque Isle Bliss (by tewinkelnancy)

Elizabeth in the Pixlr on Flickr group captures a photo of an actor in a play about World War I, which makes for a pretty spectacular photo. Black and white is a natural choice, and someone reaching through a picture frame is going to add a whole bunch of meaning to a shot — even if people might disagree with what that meaning is. A really nice, well-framed photo is our Pic of the Day.

257 (by elizunseelie)
Elizabeth in the Pixlr on Flickr group captures a photo of an actor in a play about World War I, which makes for a pretty spectacular photo. Black and white is a natural choice, and someone reaching through a picture frame is going to add a whole bunch of meaning to a shot — even if people might disagree with what that meaning is. A really nice, well-framed photo is our Pic of the Day.

257 (by elizunseelie)

Elizabeth in the Pixlr on Flickr group captures a photo of an actor in a play about World War I, which makes for a pretty spectacular photo. Black and white is a natural choice, and someone reaching through a picture frame is going to add a whole bunch of meaning to a shot — even if people might disagree with what that meaning is. A really nice, well-framed photo is our Pic of the Day.

257 (by elizunseelie)

Snails climb their own mountains. This lovely critter made it all the way to the top, and Abdul Rehman captured it. We love this photo he shares on 500px, with its very purply tone. It’s our Pic of the Day. 
Snails climb their own mountains. This lovely critter made it all the way to the top, and Abdul Rehman captured it. We love this photo he shares on 500px, with its very purply tone. It’s our Pic of the Day. 

Snails climb their own mountains. This lovely critter made it all the way to the top, and Abdul Rehman captured it. We love this photo he shares on 500px, with its very purply tone. It’s our Pic of the Day. 

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