How to Resize and Crop Images Using Pixlr

Photo and image editing are two of the most sought after reasons for someone getting into the world of graphic design. Once people start to realize how easy and effective an online design editor like Pixlr is for image editing, they soon become addicted. Another reason why so many people and designers are falling in love with Pixlr is that it’s free to use and is accessible right through any internet web browser. In the Pixlr video tutorial below you will discover how to use the resizing and cropping tools within the web-based image editing software.

Pixlr Editor Design Basics: Resizing and Cropping Images

Hi there I’m the community manager for Pixlr and in this video one attack on something that seems pretty simple but that can get people hung up sometimes cropping and resizing images.

Let’s start with a quick but important distinction when you open an image your image sits on top of a canvas. So if you want to change the size of your image you can do that by going to Image image size and entering some new pixel dimensions. I’ll make this image smaller the constrained proportions boxes checked by default which means the apple are Matley calculate the height width for you and keep your image in the correct portions. If you uncheck this box you’re going to stretch your image and it won’t look good. And I’ll show you an example of what that looks like. There are really very few reasons you would ever want to do that. So you probably want to leave the box checked. Now that the image is smaller as make the canvas larger. Writes using image canvas size you can add space around your image. This just changes the working space that you’re working on. But you might want to do t, for example, le like I’m doing here I’m adding 500 pixels to the outside. Around my image increasing the canvas by 500 pixels and I’m going to use the paint bucket to fill this in and make a ready made order for it. I just Papin this pain onto a separate layer if you make the canvas size smaller than your current image size. It’s going to automatically crop your image to fit that size. And again there are really few reasons you would want to do this. So I would make sure you understand the distinction between the image size and the canvas size when you need to crop a few helpful options.

Let’s crop this one to fit a really specific size. You’ll see some options in the secondary toolbar that allow you to constrain the size of your crop if you know the ratio of your final image for example one to one square with what I’m going to do. You can set that here. You just draw your crop box and it will conform to that ratio hit the return button. You know automatically crop. Most of the time you’ll probably be looking to make your final image a really specific size. For example if you wanted this image to be 1000 or 2000 pixels you could enter those numbers every turn in the crop box will automatically fit that size. Course you can just crop based on the composition itself or how you want to frame your image just turn off any constraints and try and crop box and move it around in return. Couple other things you may want to do that are related to this is rotating an image. You can flip an image where not only are vertically and you can rotate 90 or 100.

One last tip if you find yourself always having to crop or resize images to the same size maybe you run a ebay store front and you always have to have product shots that are a specific size. Save your image as a template. That’s the name of the file format you know preserve all of your layers and let you come back and work on that same file again and again. Those are the basics of cropping and resizing. Pretty simple once you make sure you understand the distinction between canvas. And image.

Special thanks to Pixlr for the video tutorial and walk through.