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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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Twitter on

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Just a quick note: Twitter upload support has been restored, and is now safer than before. You don’t have to tell Phixr your username and password anymore, login is done through Twitter itself.

b&w day

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Last week we (again) fell in love with b&w photography. Consequently, today’s update is b&w all over:

  • Zoom blur can fade out color towards the corners (along with fading into black);
  • there is a new b&w vignette (along with a blurred one) in Camera & Lens tools;
  • all objects in the Decorate tool can be desaturated (ie made b&w);
  • the b&w tool inside Color tools now supports three ways of desaturating a photo;
  • in Camera & Lens tools, the masks’ background can now not only be monotonized, but also desaturated. Also, we added two new masks (circles, one blurred, one sharp).
Zoom blur with fading to b&w

Zoom blur with fading to b&w

Blurred vignette

Blurred vignette

On the blablatechbabble front, we made phixr once more faster. This time, we’ll simply save you the details.

PS: If you find bugs in Phixr, we’d be grateful if you posted them here or on our Facebook page. Thanks!

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