Pixlr Express Mobile App Tutorial

May 27, 2013

Last Monday, I decided to share some of my favorite mobile photo editing apps for Android with you. If you missed the tutorial for the PhotoGrid mobile app, please, click here.

Today, I want to share the Pixlr Express mobile photo editing app with you. If you are familiar with Photobucket you may have seen this one before. You can use Pixlr Express as an editing program within Photobucket.

I don’t remember how long ago I found this app, but I have been using it for a while. It’s great to enhance or change your phone pictures. I love to use it for my Project 365 daily pics.

1. This is the start up screen. You can either take a new photo or choose one from your phone’s gallery.



2. After choosing your photo, you will see this screen with all of your editing options.




3. I always start with the adjustment option on the bottom left of the screen.




4. For this tutorial, I choose to to use the AutoFix option. After you tap this and you are happy with the results, press Apply on the bottom right of the screen.




5. The next option is to enhance the photo with a filter. There are many to choose from, one of my favorite is the option to soften the photo.




6. I chose the Robert filter and then decided to fade it a little so the effect won’t be as strong. I like how it adds a little haze to the photo.




7. Next, you have the option to add text, which always comes in handy for watermarking your photos, especially if you share them online. There are many fonts available. Click on the style you prefer and a text box will pop up. Write your text and click OK.




8. You can then change the color and alignment of your text. For watermarking, I will usually use either white, black or a grey tone and then fade the color out 50% as shown in the picture below.




9. One of the options, I really like on this app, is the frame or border option. There are so many to choose from, but one I use over and over again is white ripped paper. I always end up using one of the last three options and depending on my mood will fade it out a little or a lot. In this case, I faded the border 50% to give it that opaque look.




10. Once you are finished with the editing process you can either share your photo directly or save it to your gallery. Here, I saved the photo by clicking the save icon in the upper right corner of the app and then choosing the gallery option. I will always use the custom option in case the photo goes on the blog. This way, I won’t have to re-size or scale it after downloading, saving myself a step. After you put in the size, you want for your photo, click Apply in the bottom right corner.




11. These are two screen shots of some other editing options available that I did not end up using but that are available – overlay and stickers. There are some fun things you can add to your photos, like Bokeh, or Summer stickers.




And here, the end result. My edited photo.

Photo taken with my Samsung Galaxy S3 and edited with the Pixlr Mobile photo editing app for Android. (Also, available for iPhone.)




I hope, you enjoyed this tutorial and will take a look at this app and have fun editing some of your phone photos.

Stay tuned for next week and the next tutorial about the PicsArt mobile app.

Thank you and have a great week.


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  • Corey May 27, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    This is a fantastic tutorial! I might even download this app to my phone! Thanks Hun!

    • Susi May 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

      You’re welcome! 🙂 xo

  • Janice / Mommy's Lounge May 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Great tutorial. I love my SGS3 and my photo apps. I might give Pixlr a try. Do you have the paid app or the free version?

    • Susi May 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Janice, I have the free version. I always go for free. 🙂

  • Sandra May 31, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Susi, this post and your last one has inspired me to do a before/after photo edit post. Hopefully I can put one together soon. Mine won’t be a tutorial like yours, but thank you for the wonderful idea!

    • Susi May 31, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Sandra, I’m so happy to hear that. I will be doing a few more along these lines in the coming weeks. I enjoy doing it and I so love using my phone and the photo apps! 🙂 I can’t wait to see the post.

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