Did you know every one of the options in Effects > Default in all of our Pixlr apps was named for (or by) a Pixlr user? When we first put together the set of default effects, we asked our users to create and share images with interesting effects. We encouraged them to use any kind of app or process they wanted to adjust color, contrast, vignetting, etc. They posted their images to our Facebook Page, and we took the best submissions and replicated the effects in our app — and gave them credit by either naming the effect after them or having them pick a name they thought represented the effect. It was a fun way for us to crowdsource and compile the preferences and ideas of real users and fold them directly into our apps.
We ended up with 25 different Default effects, and we think most of them still hold up even after all these years. We would be lying if we said we didn’t have a few favorites. Oh, we do. In the default Effects set, there are a few that stand out to us as especially good. And that got us to thinking: Do our users have favorite effects from the Default Effects pack? And do they match ours?
What’s your favorite Default Effect?
This week, we want you to play around with Effects > Default and show us your favorites. If you already have a favorite in this bunch, this will be an easy challenge. If you don’t have a favorite, it’s time to pick one. Share your images on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, and Facebook with the hashtag #besteffect, and we’ll feature the best all week long.
Some of these effects are pretty strong, so keep in mind that you can always dial down the opacity to make effects work with your image. If you’re up for it, tell us in your post what choices you made, but even if you don’t want to include all that detail, that’s fine by us. We’re happy flipping through all of your submissions. We love seeing what you make.
What are our favorites…?
For an extra bit of fun (for us if no one else), we’re going to try and keep track of which effects are most shared this week. At the end of the week, we’ll tell you which effects are our favorites. We have three! Will our favorite effects match the ones our users pick? We’ll all find out on Sunday.