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Nemophila might sound like a disease or a phobia, but it’s not. It’s the name of a really stunning flower — also called “baby blue eyes” by some. Undoubtedly the best collection of these flowers is at Japan’s Hitashi Seaside Park, where (literally) millions of them bloom. It’s a popular place for photography because, well, these flowers are simply breathtaking. 
Via Bored Panda. Collage made with Pixlr Express. 
Nemophila might sound like a disease or a phobia, but it’s not. It’s the name of a really stunning flower — also called “baby blue eyes” by some. Undoubtedly the best collection of these flowers is at Japan’s Hitashi Seaside Park, where (literally) millions of them bloom. It’s a popular place for photography because, well, these flowers are simply breathtaking. 
Via Bored Panda. Collage made with Pixlr Express. 

Nemophila might sound like a disease or a phobia, but it’s not. It’s the name of a really stunning flower — also called “baby blue eyes” by some. Undoubtedly the best collection of these flowers is at Japan’s Hitashi Seaside Park, where (literally) millions of them bloom. It’s a popular place for photography because, well, these flowers are simply breathtaking. 

Via Bored Panda. Collage made with Pixlr Express

We’ve been following the Instagram feed of @theraqsays for quite some time now. She’s a master at light trail photos like this one that we’re calling Pic of the Day. Some people also call this kind of controlled experiment “intentional camera movement,” but the long and short of it is that you use your camera to make abstract images by moving your camera while taking photos. We love this very abstract approach, and you can see that the results are sometimes quite pretty by checking out her photo feed. Keep making these light-filled canvases, @theraqsays! They look great. 
We’ve been following the Instagram feed of @theraqsays for quite some time now. She’s a master at light trail photos like this one that we’re calling Pic of the Day. Some people also call this kind of controlled experiment “intentional camera movement,” but the long and short of it is that you use your camera to make abstract images by moving your camera while taking photos. We love this very abstract approach, and you can see that the results are sometimes quite pretty by checking out her photo feed. Keep making these light-filled canvases, @theraqsays! They look great. 

We’ve been following the Instagram feed of @theraqsays for quite some time now. She’s a master at light trail photos like this one that we’re calling Pic of the Day. Some people also call this kind of controlled experiment “intentional camera movement,” but the long and short of it is that you use your camera to make abstract images by moving your camera while taking photos. We love this very abstract approach, and you can see that the results are sometimes quite pretty by checking out her photo feed. Keep making these light-filled canvases, @theraqsays! They look great. 

People lying down in a week of their own filth? Sounds like a recipe for some good photos. Photographer Gregg Segal’s ”7 Days of Garbage”  series asks his subjects to bring along a week’s worth of their waste and pose for a very revealing portrait. It’s pretty easy to judge harshly when looking at these photos. Surely *I* don’t leave such a trail of detritus behind in a typical week. Right? We’re not so sure we’d like to know how revealing a portrait of our own garbage would be. It sure makes us think twice about how (and how much) we consume. 
Via Petapixel. Collage made with Pixlr Express. 
People lying down in a week of their own filth? Sounds like a recipe for some good photos. Photographer Gregg Segal’s ”7 Days of Garbage”  series asks his subjects to bring along a week’s worth of their waste and pose for a very revealing portrait. It’s pretty easy to judge harshly when looking at these photos. Surely *I* don’t leave such a trail of detritus behind in a typical week. Right? We’re not so sure we’d like to know how revealing a portrait of our own garbage would be. It sure makes us think twice about how (and how much) we consume. 
Via Petapixel. Collage made with Pixlr Express. 

People lying down in a week of their own filth? Sounds like a recipe for some good photos. Photographer Gregg Segal’s ”7 Days of Garbage”  series asks his subjects to bring along a week’s worth of their waste and pose for a very revealing portrait. It’s pretty easy to judge harshly when looking at these photos. Surely *I* don’t leave such a trail of detritus behind in a typical week. Right? We’re not so sure we’d like to know how revealing a portrait of our own garbage would be. It sure makes us think twice about how (and how much) we consume. 

Via Petapixel. Collage made with Pixlr Express

@smittlewicks looks like an incredibly organized man. According to his post on Instagram, these are ties #21-30, all displayed quite neatly as a Pixlr Express collage. We love this unique use of collage, and to be honest these are some nice looking ties. From digging into his pics, it looks like he’s on a “wear a different tie to work challenge.” You’re a very dapper man, sir, and we’re going to assume you’ll win this challenge. It’s our most sharply dressed Pic of the Day yet. 
@smittlewicks looks like an incredibly organized man. According to his post on Instagram, these are ties #21-30, all displayed quite neatly as a Pixlr Express collage. We love this unique use of collage, and to be honest these are some nice looking ties. From digging into his pics, it looks like he’s on a “wear a different tie to work challenge.” You’re a very dapper man, sir, and we’re going to assume you’ll win this challenge. It’s our most sharply dressed Pic of the Day yet. 

@smittlewicks looks like an incredibly organized man. According to his post on Instagram, these are ties #21-30, all displayed quite neatly as a Pixlr Express collage. We love this unique use of collage, and to be honest these are some nice looking ties. From digging into his pics, it looks like he’s on a “wear a different tie to work challenge.” You’re a very dapper man, sir, and we’re going to assume you’ll win this challenge. It’s our most sharply dressed Pic of the Day yet. 

What used to be called aerial photography is about to be co-opted by drones. You can now build a surprisingly sophisticated drone for a few hundred dollars, outfit it with a GoPro, and voila — you’re a cutting edge photographer. This nascent community already has a place to share such photos: Dronestagram. Check out some of the winners of the first annual Dronestagram Photo Contest to see how quickly this art form is developing. 
Via My Modern Met. Collage made with Pixlr Express. 
What used to be called aerial photography is about to be co-opted by drones. You can now build a surprisingly sophisticated drone for a few hundred dollars, outfit it with a GoPro, and voila — you’re a cutting edge photographer. This nascent community already has a place to share such photos: Dronestagram. Check out some of the winners of the first annual Dronestagram Photo Contest to see how quickly this art form is developing. 
Via My Modern Met. Collage made with Pixlr Express. 

What used to be called aerial photography is about to be co-opted by drones. You can now build a surprisingly sophisticated drone for a few hundred dollars, outfit it with a GoPro, and voila — you’re a cutting edge photographer. This nascent community already has a place to share such photos: Dronestagram. Check out some of the winners of the first annual Dronestagram Photo Contest to see how quickly this art form is developing. 

Via My Modern Met. Collage made with Pixlr Express

Germany wins it. Gut gemacht! We think this was one of the best World Cups in memory. Great games all around, with more scoring than usual and in general more good sportsmanship across the board. There were a few sour notes along the way, but overall this was a stellar World Cup. 
The end of the World Cup also means the impending end of the Beautiful Game flag overlays in Pixlr Express. Go make something with them before they’re gone. (And be on the lookout for the next special effects pack….)
Germany wins it. Gut gemacht! We think this was one of the best World Cups in memory. Great games all around, with more scoring than usual and in general more good sportsmanship across the board. There were a few sour notes along the way, but overall this was a stellar World Cup. 
The end of the World Cup also means the impending end of the Beautiful Game flag overlays in Pixlr Express. Go make something with them before they’re gone. (And be on the lookout for the next special effects pack….)

Germany wins it. Gut gemacht! We think this was one of the best World Cups in memory. Great games all around, with more scoring than usual and in general more good sportsmanship across the board. There were a few sour notes along the way, but overall this was a stellar World Cup. 

The end of the World Cup also means the impending end of the Beautiful Game flag overlays in Pixlr Express. Go make something with them before they’re gone. (And be on the lookout for the next special effects pack….)

We had no idea this even existed, but one of our Russian native co-workers confirms it. This is, in fact, a Russian cannabis encyclopedia. Cannabis culture has long been underground, but it’s been peeking its head up in America and elsewhere as states begin legalizing marijuana. We still don’t know how we feel about all that, but there’s no denying that marijuana is somehow becoming part of our culture. It’s a gorgeous looking book, and we adore the socialist-realist-style design — even if the Russian authorities probably don’t. Thanks for sharing this nice photo and tagging it #pixlr on Instagram @dontdoitkerp. It’s our Pic of the Day.
We had no idea this even existed, but one of our Russian native co-workers confirms it. This is, in fact, a Russian cannabis encyclopedia. Cannabis culture has long been underground, but it’s been peeking its head up in America and elsewhere as states begin legalizing marijuana. We still don’t know how we feel about all that, but there’s no denying that marijuana is somehow becoming part of our culture. It’s a gorgeous looking book, and we adore the socialist-realist-style design — even if the Russian authorities probably don’t. Thanks for sharing this nice photo and tagging it #pixlr on Instagram @dontdoitkerp. It’s our Pic of the Day.

We had no idea this even existed, but one of our Russian native co-workers confirms it. This is, in fact, a Russian cannabis encyclopedia. Cannabis culture has long been underground, but it’s been peeking its head up in America and elsewhere as states begin legalizing marijuana. We still don’t know how we feel about all that, but there’s no denying that marijuana is somehow becoming part of our culture. It’s a gorgeous looking book, and we adore the socialist-realist-style design — even if the Russian authorities probably don’t. Thanks for sharing this nice photo and tagging it #pixlr on Instagram @dontdoitkerp. It’s our Pic of the Day.

@tiago_custodio on Instagram is a master of the silly selfie. Check out his Instagram profile, and you’ll immediately see why we had to award him Pic of the Day for this little ear toot photo (ear toot provided by a comic book sticker in Pixlr Express). Stay silly, Tiago! 
@tiago_custodio on Instagram is a master of the silly selfie. Check out his Instagram profile, and you’ll immediately see why we had to award him Pic of the Day for this little ear toot photo (ear toot provided by a comic book sticker in Pixlr Express). Stay silly, Tiago! 

@tiago_custodio on Instagram is a master of the silly selfie. Check out his Instagram profile, and you’ll immediately see why we had to award him Pic of the Day for this little ear toot photo (ear toot provided by a comic book sticker in Pixlr Express). Stay silly, Tiago! 

In this episode of Pic of the Day, Princess Unikitty from Cloud Cuckooland brought a friend along for this boat trip through Heidelberg. This is just one of many great Lego photos shared by @loveforblocks on Instagram. Photos from that feed can make a plain-old-everyday day much more fun. Stay positive, Unikitty! 
In this episode of Pic of the Day, Princess Unikitty from Cloud Cuckooland brought a friend along for this boat trip through Heidelberg. This is just one of many great Lego photos shared by @loveforblocks on Instagram. Photos from that feed can make a plain-old-everyday day much more fun. Stay positive, Unikitty! 

In this episode of Pic of the Day, Princess Unikitty from Cloud Cuckooland brought a friend along for this boat trip through Heidelberg. This is just one of many great Lego photos shared by @loveforblocks on Instagram. Photos from that feed can make a plain-old-everyday day much more fun. Stay positive, Unikitty! 

A Quick Guide To Selective Coloring in Pixlr Editor

Pixlr Express has a Color Splash option that makes it easy to transform a photo into black and white with areas of color shining through, but you can do this in a more thorough and detailed way in Pixlr Editor. To distinguish between the two processes, we generally think of the more advanced Pixlr Editor process as one of “selective color” rather than “color splash.”  

Stacking layers and erasing one layer

The general idea is to double up your layers and then erase part of one layer so that the bottom layer shines through. First, open your image in Pixlr Editor. Then, duplicate the background layer, which you can do by right clicking on the layer itself in your Layers toolbar. Or, look for the Duplicate layer option in the Layers top menu. 

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Next, simply use the Desaturate option in the Adjustments menu to turn your top (duplicate) layer into a black and white image. 

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Now, you’re going to simply use the Eraser tool to erase the areas that you want to show up as color. You’ll be erasing the top (duplicate) layer in specific areas with the Eraser, and the Eraser works as a brush. So, choose the best brush tool for the job. If you need to do detail work, consider using a soft brush and increase the hardness. You can also create your own brush if you want.  

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This image has a fairly clear area we want to color, but if you are working on a more detailed area, try starting with a large brush and working your way to a smaller brush to work on the edging. 

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That’s it. It’s quite easy once you know how it works. Basically, you create a color and black-and-white layer, stack the black-and-white layer on top, and erase the areas where you want color to shine through. Easy! 

Lovely double exposure by @missnepenthes on Instagram for today’s Pic of the Day. If you’re not familiar with Le Roux, it’s an English synth-pop band that’s mostly a vehicle for androgynous Elly Jackson and her super stylized haircuts. You may remember her from her remixed-a-zillion-times song Bulletproof (with its very 80’s inspired video). We love all things double exposure, and this is a great use of opacity control to make clouds and heads co-exist in a dreamy image. Great use of colorful overlay and light burns, too. Well done! 
Lovely double exposure by @missnepenthes on Instagram for today’s Pic of the Day. If you’re not familiar with Le Roux, it’s an English synth-pop band that’s mostly a vehicle for androgynous Elly Jackson and her super stylized haircuts. You may remember her from her remixed-a-zillion-times song Bulletproof (with its very 80’s inspired video). We love all things double exposure, and this is a great use of opacity control to make clouds and heads co-exist in a dreamy image. Great use of colorful overlay and light burns, too. Well done! 

Lovely double exposure by @missnepenthes on Instagram for today’s Pic of the Day. If you’re not familiar with Le Roux, it’s an English synth-pop band that’s mostly a vehicle for androgynous Elly Jackson and her super stylized haircuts. You may remember her from her remixed-a-zillion-times song Bulletproof (with its very 80’s inspired video). We love all things double exposure, and this is a great use of opacity control to make clouds and heads co-exist in a dreamy image. Great use of colorful overlay and light burns, too. Well done! 


Well, that’s it. The final competitors in the World Cup are set. Germany completely destroyed Brazil yesterday, which was glorious and intensely sad at the same time. For the home team’s fans, it’s all over but the cryin’. Today saw Argentina stick with The Netherlands into penalty kicks to decide a winner. The Argentinian goalie justifiably snagged most of the credit for that one. 
That means there’s a few more days to mess around with the Pixlr Express flag overlays — they’ll be in the app until the World Cup is over. We’ll definitely keep making fun images (like this collage) until the last goal. Some of these we make from screenshots. Like a lot of people around the world, we may or may not admit to watching the World Cup on our computers while we’re working. C’mon. It’s once every four years. 

Well, that’s it. The final competitors in the World Cup are set. Germany completely destroyed Brazil yesterday, which was glorious and intensely sad at the same time. For the home team’s fans, it’s all over but the cryin’. Today saw Argentina stick with The Netherlands into penalty kicks to decide a winner. The Argentinian goalie justifiably snagged most of the credit for that one. 
That means there’s a few more days to mess around with the Pixlr Express flag overlays — they’ll be in the app until the World Cup is over. We’ll definitely keep making fun images (like this collage) until the last goal. Some of these we make from screenshots. Like a lot of people around the world, we may or may not admit to watching the World Cup on our computers while we’re working. C’mon. It’s once every four years. 

Well, that’s it. The final competitors in the World Cup are set. Germany completely destroyed Brazil yesterday, which was glorious and intensely sad at the same time. For the home team’s fans, it’s all over but the cryin’. Today saw Argentina stick with The Netherlands into penalty kicks to decide a winner. The Argentinian goalie justifiably snagged most of the credit for that one. 

That means there’s a few more days to mess around with the Pixlr Express flag overlays — they’ll be in the app until the World Cup is over. We’ll definitely keep making fun images (like this collage) until the last goal. Some of these we make from screenshots. Like a lot of people around the world, we may or may not admit to watching the World Cup on our computers while we’re working. C’mon. It’s once every four years. 

Tons of mirror image photos out there, which is immediately what we thought when we saw this one from @brave7o3 on Instagram, but it’s way more interesting to us. Great framing and what a piece of metal. It’s our Pic of the Day. 
Tons of mirror image photos out there, which is immediately what we thought when we saw this one from @brave7o3 on Instagram, but it’s way more interesting to us. Great framing and what a piece of metal. It’s our Pic of the Day. 

Tons of mirror image photos out there, which is immediately what we thought when we saw this one from @brave7o3 on Instagram, but it’s way more interesting to us. Great framing and what a piece of metal. It’s our Pic of the Day. 

A Quick Primer on the Clone Stamp Tool in Pixlr Editor

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How does that darn clone stamp in Pixlr Editor work? It’s a good question. If you’ve never used it before, it can be tough to understand. Fear not: We’re going to give you a quick run-down in this post. 

The clone stamp tool, as you might imagine, does one simple thing: It copies image details and pastes those details in the place of your choosing on the same layer. But, the clone tool can be used for more than just straight copying. Many people use it to create natural-looking blending when they are touching up a photo they’ve manipulated.

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Here are a few instances that illustrate some of its uses:

  • You want to add a dozen golf balls to the shot of your uncle concentrating on sinking that one golf ball that’s currently on the putting green.
  • You like the clouds in your landscape shot, but you want more of them — and they need to look authentic.
  • That close-up of your daughter smiling looks great, but those two scratches on her cheek from the briar patch in the backyard need to seamlessly be painted away.

Using your brushes

What’s handy about this tool is that you have all of the brush options at your disposal. You can even use brushes you’ve created and saved before for other purposes. It’s a good idea to use a soft edge brush unless you want a very hard line where the cloning happens. Likewise, you can lower the opacity for a light blending touch.

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A quick note about the “aligned” option

One sometimes confusing detail about the clone tool is how to use the “aligned” option. When aligned is not selected, your sample point will remain where you initially sampled until you sample again. Every time you use your brush, you’ll paste the original area again and again. When align is selected, the sampling point follows your mouse as you move it.

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Cloning, step-by-step

  • The tool looks like a rubber stamp. Once you choose it, your clone options will appear at the top of your image. Adjust your options if you wish.
  • Place your pointer in the exact location you want to sample. Hold the Alt (Command on Mac) button down. You’ll notice the mouse pointer has turned to a target to indicate that it’s time to pick the target area you’d like to clone. Click on the location you want to sample. Let go of the Alt button.
  • Move your brush to the area you want to apply what you’ve cloned and hold down the mouse button to paint. You’ll want to experiment with this tool to get the hang of it. Try small circular motions until you become more confident.

Examples of usage 

Let’s say we’d like to add a second “T” next to the one at the bottom of this graffitied oil drum. The radius of 180 pixels is about the right size for our brush, which we can specify in our options. 

The background behind the T is relatively solid, so we don’t need to worry about using hard edged brushes. In this simple instance, we can completely copy and paste the T. Very easy. 

Now, let’s say we want to remove some of the graffiti — to essentially erase it by pasting over it with the background color of the oil drum. We choose a softer edged brush (50 pixels) and a lower opacity (70 pixels).

If you move your mouse to a new area and paint, you’ll paint on the same thing you originally cloned. You can sample a new clone area at any time, but notice how we can begin to remove the blue-and-white sticker on the oil drum by using the clone stamp tool: 

 Those are the basics of the clone stamp tool. Now get cloning. 

Dolon_C_26 shares a bunch of very nice fireworks photos to the Pixlr on Flickr group. How can we not choose a fireworks photo as Pic of the Day? Great squiggly jiggling going on in this photo. Thanks for sharing these with us!

(via Untitled | Flickr - Photo Sharing!)
Dolon_C_26 shares a bunch of very nice fireworks photos to the Pixlr on Flickr group. How can we not choose a fireworks photo as Pic of the Day? Great squiggly jiggling going on in this photo. Thanks for sharing these with us!

(via Untitled | Flickr - Photo Sharing!)

Dolon_C_26 shares a bunch of very nice fireworks photos to the Pixlr on Flickr group. How can we not choose a fireworks photo as Pic of the Day? Great squiggly jiggling going on in this photo. Thanks for sharing these with us!

(via Untitled | Flickr - Photo Sharing!)

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