The usual moaning that there are no good apps for Chrome OS & Chromebooks usually will centre around “Photoshop”. Yes there is no way to run the popular and professional image editor on your chromebook unless adobe decides to eventually make a HTML5 online version at some point. But until then and for most people there are other options as few casual photographers or graphics people fully use all the features of PS. Great news is there is a photo editor which is similar to Photoshop or I should say GIMP (The open source photo editor) for chromebooks or anyone using the Chrome browser, it is called “Pixlr Edtor, and it is FREE! Did I mention that all Pixlr’s apps are Free, which is big plus with chromebook apps.
Pixlr Editor is the advanced image editor from the Pixlr family, and they run from “Pixlr-O-Matic” the playful app which they also have a android app for. Pixlr-O-Matic is like most instagram like editing apps limiting you to filters, frames and overlays. Next up is Pixlr-Express which they oddly call their “efficient” app like it’s smaller sibling O-Matic it also comes in a free android app flavor. Which IMHO is the best photo editor app for android hands down and it is also free.
But we are here to discuss a image editor on Chromebook to fill the gap from your missing Photoshop or Gimp. That app would be Pixlr Editor. While nowhere as advanced or powerful as PS, Pixlr Editor will work for 75% of all users. It supports layers, tons of adjustments, Filters (Although you cannot download or make your own like Photoshop). It also allows you save in multiple file types.
Where it is weak is edting vector images, HDR support and limited fonts that are available.
Editing with Pixlr on Chromebook
Depending on your chromebook’s system pixlr editor is quick, not native photoshop quick but fast enough for most users. I did become flustered with some of the UI clunkiness as it looks like Photoshop at times I expected it to work and have all the bells and whistles of photoshop and it does not. I did make the header and logo for this blog in Pixlr Editor and if I may brag it looks pretty good. So while like I said this is not a photoshop replacement for chromebook but it is a very good image editor for must of us and should also be another reason why switching to a chromebook does not mean you will be left out of all the computer fun. Also if you use Chrome Browser on any computer OS you can use Pixlr as well and it is a nice free alternative to PS for the rest of us.
The Other Apps in the Pixlr Family
Here is Pixlr-O-Matic (Enjoy the cute sloth)
Pixlr Express (Now with moar Sloth)
You can download Pixlr-O-Matic & Pixlr Express for your android here in the Google Play Store.