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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. 

Recently, we asked Aldrin Gersalia to show us how he makes space silhouette photos, and we even made a video to show you how he does it. People have been making these and sharing them with us, and we absolutely love it. This one, from amy5010, a Pixlr on Flickr regular and taker of beautiful photos, shares one that has a nice set of car headlights in the silhouette. Love it. It’s our Pic of the Day. 

I was too tired.from exploring all day to stay up late and watch the stars …. #pixlr #editedwithpixlr #jasper #JasperNationalPark #Canada (by amy5010)
Recently, we asked Aldrin Gersalia to show us how he makes space silhouette photos, and we even made a video to show you how he does it. People have been making these and sharing them with us, and we absolutely love it. This one, from amy5010, a Pixlr on Flickr regular and taker of beautiful photos, shares one that has a nice set of car headlights in the silhouette. Love it. It’s our Pic of the Day. 

I was too tired.from exploring all day to stay up late and watch the stars …. #pixlr #editedwithpixlr #jasper #JasperNationalPark #Canada (by amy5010)

Recently, we asked Aldrin Gersalia to show us how he makes space silhouette photos, and we even made a video to show you how he does it. People have been making these and sharing them with us, and we absolutely love it. This one, from amy5010, a Pixlr on Flickr regular and taker of beautiful photos, shares one that has a nice set of car headlights in the silhouette. Love it. It’s our Pic of the Day.

I was too tired.from exploring all day to stay up late and watch the stars …. #pixlr #editedwithpixlr #jasper #JasperNationalPark #Canada (by amy5010)

Khanjan Patel shares a supersaturated photo of “Pink Leaves” that caught our eye. From looking at his other photos on 500px, it’s clear he’s all about capturing photos from nature, and he’s pretty good with flowers. It’s our Pic of the Day. 

 (via 500px / Pink Leaves! by Khanjan Patel)
Khanjan Patel shares a supersaturated photo of “Pink Leaves” that caught our eye. From looking at his other photos on 500px, it’s clear he’s all about capturing photos from nature, and he’s pretty good with flowers. It’s our Pic of the Day. 

 (via 500px / Pink Leaves! by Khanjan Patel)

Khanjan Patel shares a supersaturated photo of “Pink Leaves” that caught our eye. From looking at his other photos on 500px, it’s clear he’s all about capturing photos from nature, and he’s pretty good with flowers. It’s our Pic of the Day.

(via 500px / Pink Leaves! by Khanjan Patel)

Roxo15 offers up an amazing shot of a snail in the Pixlr on Flickr group. So much to love here, but the focus on the snail’s eye really grabs our attention. It’s our Pic of the Day. 

Twins (by Roxo15)
Roxo15 offers up an amazing shot of a snail in the Pixlr on Flickr group. So much to love here, but the focus on the snail’s eye really grabs our attention. It’s our Pic of the Day. 

Twins (by Roxo15)

Roxo15 offers up an amazing shot of a snail in the Pixlr on Flickr group. So much to love here, but the focus on the snail’s eye really grabs our attention. It’s our Pic of the Day.

Twins (by Roxo15)

Jarle is off to the beach. This photo looks like it’s out of a dream world, with bits of cotton floating everywhere. And the fence almost looks like a boardwalk, giving the scene some extra surreal power. Nicely done! It’s the Pic of the Day. 

To the beach (by JarleR)
Jarle is off to the beach. This photo looks like it’s out of a dream world, with bits of cotton floating everywhere. And the fence almost looks like a boardwalk, giving the scene some extra surreal power. Nicely done! It’s the Pic of the Day. 

To the beach (by JarleR)

Jarle is off to the beach. This photo looks like it’s out of a dream world, with bits of cotton floating everywhere. And the fence almost looks like a boardwalk, giving the scene some extra surreal power. Nicely done! It’s the Pic of the Day.

To the beach (by JarleR)

The Sphynx cat is one of the odder looking kitties out there, and this one from franklinbadge looks like it’s practically posing for a profile pic. If we ever put a cat on a coin, this fella is ready to be the model. It’s our Pic of the Day.
franklinbadge:

Cat with flowers.
The Sphynx cat is one of the odder looking kitties out there, and this one from franklinbadge looks like it’s practically posing for a profile pic. If we ever put a cat on a coin, this fella is ready to be the model. It’s our Pic of the Day.
franklinbadge:

Cat with flowers.

The Sphynx cat is one of the odder looking kitties out there, and this one from franklinbadge looks like it’s practically posing for a profile pic. If we ever put a cat on a coin, this fella is ready to be the model. It’s our Pic of the Day.

franklinbadge:

Cat with flowers.

evamacie asked:
If someone doesn't have high speed internet will they be able to use Pixlr?

Yes! I think you’ll find that it doesn’t really matter what your connection speed is.

Aldrin Gersalia Shows You How to Make a Space Silhouette in Pixlr Express

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We’re big fans of what we like to call space silhouettes. These types of photos use the space overlays in Pixlr Express to create some very beautiful images. We’re going to spotlight some of the best space silhouettes out there in an upcoming post, so please join us in making one and sharing it with us. If you’ve never made one before, this tutorial will get you there in no time.

Aldrin Gersalia is a master at this kind of editing treatment. He’s a Pixlr superuser who participates a lot in the Pixlr on Flickr group. (He’s Prisbourne on Flickr). We asked him to make one for us so we can see exactly how he makes it. To make it even easier for you to make one yourself, we also asked him to record his workflow, which we turned into a video:

Want to make your own? There are lots of variations on this technique, but this is the way to create the strongest space silhouette. Here’s how to do it step-by-step using Pixlr Express for the web:

Step 1: Edit your photo.

Autofix. Sharpen. Bump up the contrast. These are a few things you might do with a photo that has a strong silhouette. For this technique, do the kind of editing you would normally do, but don’t be afraid to do it in a bold way. Of course, you will want to start with a photo that is either a silhouette or perhaps even one that is underexposed a bit. One with a big sky will work best.

Step 2: Add Color & Texture

You want to lay down the color that will sit underneath your spacey sky. Some of the Bokeh effects have some strong colors, but you can also change the hue of your image or apply one of the color correction filters. Anything to put some serious color and maybe even texture in that sky. After you do that, use the History Brush to remove the effect you added in the area where your main subject sits. This technique is all about layering in effects, and the History Brush will let you remove any effect you’ve added in specific locations.

Step 3: Add a Space Overlay

Choose a space effect that you like. Some work best with light images, some work best with dark images. Use the randomizer to quickly cycle through space overlays until you find one that works. Rotate it if necessary to work with your subject. Once you’ve chosen one, use the History Brush to paint out the subject just as you did in the last step.

Step 4: Add a Second Space Overlay

Make it twice as nice by adding a second, different space overlay. This is one of the real secret’s to Aldrin’s technique. He makes the spacey sky extra strong by doubling down on the space effect. Paint out the subject with the History Brush.

Step 5: Tweaks

After this, you are essentially done, but you may want to try bumping up the saturation or vibrance or otherwise tweak the color in your sky to make it stand out even more. Or, add some vignetting or a border if you think that will complete the image.

Step 6: Show It to Us!

This is obviously an optional step, but it’s one we hope you’ll consider. We love these kinds of space silhouettes and want to put together a gallery of them if possible. But we need you to point us to them. Shoot us a tweet at @pixlr on Twitter or pop it into the Pixlr on Flickr group so we can collect our favorites for an upcoming post. 

A spectacular editing job from shannon4462 in the Pixlr on Flickr group. What a delicate photo that has a lot of nice roughness and vignetting for its background. A very lovely Pic of the Day.

pale clouded yellow (by shannon4462)
A spectacular editing job from shannon4462 in the Pixlr on Flickr group. What a delicate photo that has a lot of nice roughness and vignetting for its background. A very lovely Pic of the Day.

pale clouded yellow (by shannon4462)

A spectacular editing job from shannon4462 in the Pixlr on Flickr group. What a delicate photo that has a lot of nice roughness and vignetting for its background. A very lovely Pic of the Day.

pale clouded yellow (by shannon4462)

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