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Touch me, touch me, touch me

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

We are happy to announce that Phixr now also works on the iPad and probably on Android tablets running Google Chrome for Android. If your fingers are like toothpicks and your eyes the ones of an eagle you might even run it on the iPhone… however, we cannot seriously recommend this. Androids own browser, despite its AppleWebkit background, has some problems – which we are not going to work around.)

In other news:

  • If you decide to download your photo in GIF or PNG8 format, Phixr now shows a preview. This is especially useful for deciding on how many colors to use. However, this preview is only supported if the image is smaller than 200×200 pixels. (You shouldn’t be using these file formats for larger images anyway.)
  • When you upload an image that is too big to handle, you can now crop and shrink it freely (unlike before). (Feature is online starting March 4th)
  • New clipart and new objects for the Decorate tool.

That’s a wrap. Happy phixing!

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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:

new_collage_tool

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:

bib

Happy Phixing!

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* 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!

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Text with "Difference" blend mode

Text with "Difference" blend mode

Motion blur with "Green channel" blend mode

Motion blur with "Green channel" blend mode

October News

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Instead of apologizing for not blogging in recent times, we’ll simply give you some pictures to look at. We added several new color and camera/lens effects during the last few weeks. Also, there are some more decorations (hats, smileys, borders, overlays/textures)

"Collage" (Greeting cards tool)

"Collage" (Greeting cards tool)

Bella (Color effects, Camera & Lens effects)

Bella (Color effects, Camera & Lens effects)

Princess (Color and Camera&Lens effects)

Princess (Color and Camera&Lens effects)

Avalon (Color and Camera & Lens effects)

Avalon (Color and Camera & Lens effects)

Alien (Color and Camera & Lens effects)

Alien (Color and Camera & Lens effects)

Effect collage 7 (Color effects)

Effect collage 7 (Color effects)

Tau Delta (Color and Camera & Lens effects)

Tau Delta (Color and Camera & Lens effects)

New color effects

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Hello fellow Phixrs, we just added new stuff to our Color Effects tool. There are no less than seven new effects, plus a few new borders in the Decorate tool. Samples follow:

Color boxes 2

Color boxes 2

Color boxes 4

Color boxes 4

Effect collage 1

Effect collage 1

Effect collage 2

Effect collage 2

Effect collage 3

Effect collage 3

Effect collage 4

Effect collage 4

Happy phixing!

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Some new effects

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Hi everyone…  just some minor new stuff, which nevertheless might come handy:

  • New “bronze” and “retro” effects in Color effects:

    Bronze (Color effects)

    Bronze (Color effects)

  • “Glossy” textures and two “glossy” borders in Decorate tool: (On a sidenote, the Crop tool can now be used to make avatars more easily, and it can make your avatar glossy in one single step.)

    Glossy texture (Decorate-tool)

    Glossy texture (Decorate-tool)

  • Re-did some of our older decorations, especially the starglitter and sparkling borders:
    Starglitter border (Decorate-tool)

    Starglitter border (Decorate-tool)

    Sparkling border (Decorate tool)

    Sparkling border (Decorate tool)

    Pink heart decoration (Decorate tool)

    Pink heart decoration (Decorate tool)

  • Undo and redo now work with less hassle – no annoying window no more. Undo and redo now undo and redo immediately. – The revert feature (which reverts to the originally uploaded photo) is now found in the thumbnail area – in shape of a small blue arrow.

    The new home of the "Revert" feature

    The new home of the "Revert" feature

Well, that’s a wrap. But stay tuned, more to come.

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Inspiration

Saturday, August 20th, 2011
Zoom blur (with darken and fade out)

Zoom blur (with darken and fade out)

Swirl (fun effects), Holga (c&l effects)

Swirl (fun effects), Holga (c&l effects)

Sphere (fun effects), Lights (decorate-tool)

Sphere (fun effects), Lights (decorate-tool)

Partial b&w (color effects), Reflection-frame

Partial b&w (color effects), Reflection-frame

Decorate, "Camera"-border (Decorate tool)

Decorate, "Camera"-border (Decorate tool)

Decorate-tool, Collage-Tool, "Artistic" border (Decorate-tool)

Decorate-tool, Collage-Tool, "Artistic" border (Decorate-tool)

Lomo (c&l effects), Poster-frame

Lomo (c&l effects), Poster-frame

Gradient-texture (Decorate-tool), Popart (Fun effects)

Gradient-texture (Decorate-tool), Popart (Fun effects)

Gradient (Gradient-tool), "Artistic" border (Decorate-tool)

Gradient (Gradient-tool), "Artistic" border (Decorate-tool)

Funnel (Fun effects), "grunge" border (Decorate-tool)

Funnel (Fun effects), "grunge" border (Decorate-tool)

Colorbox (color effects), "Mirror"-frame

Colorbox (color effects), "Mirror"-frame

Blur-vignette (c&l effects), soften (Blur tool)

Blur-vignette (c&l effects), soften (Blur tool)

Twitter support enhanced

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Yesterday, Twitter announced public availability of their new Photo-Upload-API, today Phixr started using it. You can now view uploaded photos from within Twitter, and the upload process is faster.

Along with this change we added proper location support: You can use the photo’s geotags (if any) as the location the tweet refers to. Twitter will show this location on a map. Note: The photo file itself will not contain any geotags.

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Phixr can now geotag your photos

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

In a nutshell, “geotagging” means storing the photo’s geographical location (= where it was shot) in the photo file. Programs and services like eg. Google Earth or flickr can read these tags and show you the exact location on a map.

We are happy to announce that Phixr can now read, create and write geotags!

Whenever your upload a photo (either from your computer or through any of the supported third party services), Phixr analyzes the file for geotags. If the file contains geotags, Phixr will show a small red icon beside the thumbnail:

Geotag symbol

You can add, change and delete geotags in the new “Geotags” tab at the bottom of the screen. To add a geotag, simply click into the map at the desired position and afterwards on “Save”. Changing the location works in the same way. Don’t forget to click on “Save” whenever you change the marker’s position!

geotag_edit

As regards storing geotags:

  • Geotags can only be stored in jpeg files.
  • The photo sharing services supporting geotags currently are flickr, Picasa web albums and Smugmug. Other services like Facebook ignore or even delete them.
  • For your privacy, whenever you download or share a photo, Phixr lets you select whether you want to download or share the photo with or without geotags. In case of services, which are known to currently delete geotags, Phixr never includes them. One example for this kind of treatment is Facebook.

Happy phixing!

Phixr Online Photo Editor

Selection, reloaded, pt.2

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

In addition to “smooth” selections (using the “feather”, see our our previous blog post), we can now also make elliptical selections: The selection, shown as the dashed rectangle, is treated as if it was elliptical by the tools already supporting the feather feature (Color tools, Sharpen, Blur/Soften, Fun effects). Here are the usual examples:

Sepia in elliptical selection. Feather 0.

Sepia in elliptical selection. Feather 0.

"Pop art" fun effect with elliptical selection, feather 100.

"Pop art" fun effect with elliptical selection, feather 100.

B&w color effect, inverted elliptical selection, feather 100

B&w color effect, inverted elliptical selection, feather 100

In other news, we saved some screen estate by moving the “Upload more photos”-button into the area below, now in shape of small photo with a green “plus”-sign. Clicking on this icon makes the upload-form visible. We hope you don’t get confused by this basically trivial change.

Happy phixing!

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