I have been working on my Family Blog for the past couple of days on and off and, as my other computer is being repaired, I needed an alternative to Photoshop for some photo editing and image design (I just realized yesterday that I didn’t have it installed on my desktop). I was about to install Photoshop but remembered that my wife (@learninghood) had mentioned a cool web 2.0 software program she uses called Pixlr. I had a brief peek at it once and had shown it to my colleague @BeeksFitness (who thought it was pretty cool) but I hadn’t really used it myself. After a brief, but somewhat minimal learning curve, I must say that I am sold. Pixlr (http://pixlr.com/editor/) is a sweet little program, web based, with all of the basic needs that Photoshop provides. You don’t even need to register!

Pixlr - Workspace

This is what my Pixlr workspace looked like after about an hour of manipulating a few images to create an icon for my “What the Girls Say” category of my family blog.

I was going to outline some of the features of Pixlr but, as usual, found a tutorial video on YouTube that is phenomenal (it is 1 hour and 20 minutes – 32 chapters – very thorough). Check it out and try Pixlr for yourself. It is very powerful, will not clog up your computer with software that you may not use everyday and, as it is cloud based, will always be available to you no matter which computer use.

Have you tried it? What do you think?