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How To Layer Effects In Pixlr X

Wondering how to merge layers, or layer effects over each other in Pixlr X? We hear you, and we’re here to address your concerns. Pixlr X’s tools were designed to be simple and easy to use. It’s mainly geared toward users who are beginners at image editing. Even users who are more advanced at editing their photos should be able to use Pixlr X for quick and easy touch-ups.

For this mini guide, I’m using a photo by Unsplash photographer Vadim Misyuchenko.

Let’s take a look at the Layers panel on the right. If you’re curious as to why I have as many as four separate layers of what looks like the same image, it’s because that’s how ‘merging layers’ works for Pixlr X. Well, right at the moment anyway. Our developers are continuously working to make improvements to the online tool, so any feedback is greatly appreciated.

How To Layer Effects In Pixlr X - PIXLR Blog

Start off by duplicating as many of the same layers as you need. Ultimately, no matter how many layers you have, you can still ‘stack’ them over each other to achieve your desired effect. Do you want to start layering your layers over each other? Use the ‘Up’ / ‘Down’ tabs (marked blue in the screenshot) to shift your layers where you need them to be.

To achieve maximum effect, adjust each layer transparency the way you need them by clicking the three dots on each layer. While there’s no official feature to merge or group layers in Pixlr X, this is how I usually “merge” mine.

Quick Steps

  • Start by duplicating the necessary layers
  • Adjust transparency or preferred blend modes
  • Arrange layers via the “Up” and “Down” layer buttons
  • Continue to adjust the transparency and blend modes until you achieve your desired outcome

For any issues with Pixlr X or any of our products, just drop us a message via email support. We’re always working on doing our best to help you out. 🙂

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