Archive for January, 2013

Phixr Photo Collages enhanced

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The Collage (aka “Mix/combine photos”) tool has just got its overly long overdue overhaul. Apart from instant previews on modern browsers(*) and improved placement selection, you can now rotate the foreground image and add a shadow or glow (depending on the color you choose – dark makes this a shadow, light a glow). Frequent readers know that instead of words we used to use pictures, and this entry won’t be any exception from this tradition:

The new Collage Tool

The new Collage Tool

And here is an example:

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Collage of 6 images (with tilt-shift effect from Camera & Lens tools applied afterwards)

In other (minor) news, the Text tool’s inner bevels can now be blurred. Even though this is only a tiny change, here is a before (without blur) and after (with blur to maximum) example:

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Happy Phixing!

Phixr Photo Editor

* Some effects (shadows, transparency) can’t be done instantly.

Happy new … everything!

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

In the recent weeks we have been updating Phixr quite frequently. The reason for this is a transition to using modern browsers’ full capabilities (read: HTML5) which – among other goodies – allow instant preview operations. A number of tools are already taking advantage of this technology (rotation, crop, many Color Effects, the Decorate tool for objects, Brightness/Contrast/Saturation/etc, Color Balance/Levels, etc).

If you are using Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or IE 9 (or later), you might have noticed that, in these tools, sliders react faster an, in many cases, immediately. For old browsers (most notably IE8 and older), everything works as before.

In other news:

  • The “Instant photo”-tool was moved into the “Picture Frames”-tool;
  • several new objects, borders and textures for decorating your photos;
  • new fonts;
  • new blend modes (vivid light, pin light, linear light, hard mix, etc);
  • special effects and decorations for July 4th (US only).

Happy Phixing!

Phixr Photo Editor

Text with "Difference" blend mode

Text with "Difference" blend mode

Motion blur with "Green channel" blend mode

Motion blur with "Green channel" blend mode