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Tilt-shift, etc.

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Today’s update include the following new features:

  • Upon public demand we included a “tilt-shift” effect, now found in Camera & Lens tools. Tilt-shift in our context means simulating an extremely shallow depth of field. More information can be found in Phixr’s help, long story short, here are a few examples (google can give you more, just search for “tilt shift”):
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  • Rotate: We added a new way of determining the angle. You can now “mark” the horizon, which will be exactly horizontal after rotating the image. Sounds complicated, but is really easy. Just draw a line into the left thumbnail in the rotation tool window.

    Rotation made easy

    Rotation made easy

  • You can now create images from scratch, for instance, for creating backgrounds (using eg. the gradient tool).

More 2 come, stay tuned. Happy phixing in the meantime.

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New gradient tool, enhanced Collage tool, and more

Friday, February 4th, 2011

We have been working on a real bunch of new features in the last weeks, a part of which we have now released to the public. The news are:

  • A new tool to create color gradients. It is found in the “Geometric shapes” tool, which now has a “gradients” tab. You can choose from a zillions of options, like colors, shape, position, length and more. The angle and the length are specified by clicking into the middle thumbnail, clicking and thereby drawing a yellow line (as depicted in the image below). The angle of the line will be the angle of the gradient, its length will be the length of the gradient. This tool is mainly for creating backgrounds for other photos (which can later be put into the background with the “Collage” tool), but gradients can also be a nice decoration inside photos:
    Screen shot 2011-02-04 at 194349_phixr

    The gradient tool window

    A gradient sample

    A gradient sample

    Another sample

    Another sample

    Yet another one

    Yet another one

  • The “Collage” tool, which is for mixing photos into one another, has been enhanced. In the past, it could make a selectable color transparent. However, the results were kind of “harsh”, because the tool didn’t soften the edges. Now, the tool can anti-alias (soften) the edges, and more: The option of also making similar colors to the selected one transparent is more flexible. You can set a criterion for what is considered “similar” based on hue, lightness, color components, etc. In the example below, we mixed one of Phixr’s sample images into another, making some green color tone transparent, and thereby essentially eliminating the background of the flower.

    "Collage" sample

    "Collage" sample

  • Speaking of color: The color picker has a new feature, too. You can now not only select a color from the color spectrum, but also one from the photo. The little “injection needle” to the right switches between the spectrum and a thumbnail of the photo.

That’s all for now, more coming up. Stay tuned… and happy phixing!

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Footnote: Two more tools…

Friday, January 28th, 2011

… now support the selection: Brightness/Contrast/etc and Color balance/Levels. This allows neat effects like changing the face color of a person while leaving all else untouched.

Color balance in eliptical selection with feather

Color balance in eliptical selection with feather

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Text tool, reloaded

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

The text tool has always been Phixr’s most popular tool. When we added the shadow feature a while back, we got much positive feedback. Reason enough to think further.

The result are the following new features:

  • Shadows, which previously looked kind of “harsh”, can now be blurred to look smoother.
  • The text tool can now draw inner and outer bevels in order to give text as neat 3D look.
  • In reaction to public demand, you can now select a background color. This is especially useful for text in front of very colorful backgrounds, where it was difficult to read.
  • Better preview: The preview now works like in other tools, the selection can be changed inside the tool window. (We introduced this feature in fact a few weeks back already, but it was never mentioned in the blog.)

Happy phixing!

PS: Phixr now works with IE9 (platform preview). However, IE9 is still beta and buggy, so there might be one or the other problem.

Slightly blurred shadow

Slightly blurred shadow

Inner bevel

Inner bevel

Outer bevel

Outer bevel

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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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Introducing “feather”

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Hello again. Today we have a new option for the selection. Remember the “selection”? This is when you select a part of your photo by clicking into the photo and dragging the mouse elsewhere. The area covered by your dragging movement is highlighted and hereinafter called “the selection”.

Until now, applying special effects to parts of the photo gave not-so-nice results like this:

Charcoal effect with inverted selection

Charcoal effect with inverted selection

This is where our new feature comes in. It is called “feather” and it is for softening the edges of the selection. The same effect applied with a feather of “100″ looks like this:

Charcoal with feather 100

Charcoal with feather 100

I think the result speaks for itself. Here is another example, first without feather, secondly with feather:

Santaclausify without feather

Santaclausify without feather

Santaclausify with feather

Santaclausify with feather

The feather is available for sharpen, blur/soften tools, special effects and color effects, and is found in the bottom area of the tool windows:

The feather slider

The feather slider

Happy phixing!

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Santa Claus is coming to … Phixr!

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Ho ho ho!

Phixr’s all Christmas! Photo effects, decorations, borders and greeting cards for the holiday season are all online now. Lots of stuff to choose from, here’s a glimpse of what you can do:

Rednosifier, santa's hat and holly border

Rednosifier, Santa's hat and holly border

Rednosifier, Santa'a hat, Shopping lights, xmas lights border

Rednosifier, Santa'a hat, Shopping lights, xmas lights border

Christmas card

Christmas card

Another Christmas card

Another Christmas card

Have fun, and happy phixing!

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November news

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Previously on Phixr:

  • Adding decorations is now much easier: You can resize and relocate your decoration not only through the selection in the main window, but also from within the preview window. This also works for the Color tools, the “Geometric shapes“- and “Speechbubble“-tools as well as for  the “Collage / Mix (combine) photos” tool. Also, the selection can now be moved beyond the photo’s edges. This means that e.g. decorations can be placed partly outside of the photo.

    New decoration handling

    New decoration handling

  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve decorations and borders are now publicly available; however, we were kind of late when we started designing them, so some of them are still in the queue and will come within the next few days.
  • Phixr is again faster due to some internal changes.

As always, happy phixing!

Happy Thanksgiving-news

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Is it November already…? Time for some Thanksgiving-photo-work! With Phixr’s help, thanksgiving-izing your best shots is a piece of … turkey:

Thanksgiving / autumn border decorations

Thanksgiving / autumn border decorations

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! (greeting card)

Have fun, and happy turkey day!

Halloween: Tricks & treats

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Phixr’s now in Halloween mode, with special tools and effects for your ultimate Halloween experience. Here are some demos:

Crystal ball (camera and lens effects)

Crystal ball (camera and lens effects)

Spooky glow (fun effects)

Spooky glow (fun effects)

Witching hour (blur effects)

Witching hour (blur effects)

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