Longtime software maker Autodesk says its new Pixlr for Mac and PC “brings together the best tools we’ve built over time, including popular Stylize filters that turn your photos into sketches and watercolor paintings.”
Other features include a double exposure option and “Influence Masks” which can be used to “not just correct photos but to do more advanced editing or create photographic art,” the company says. “This collection of masking tools helps you isolate areas or objects and apply sophisticated effects to just those areas. Change the color of a necktie at the drop of a hat, or make a background into something illustrated and artistic.”
”Why free? It’s a freemium strategy, of course: “When you download the app, you’ll be using the starter edition,” Autodesk says. Create a free Pixlr account to unlock Essentials, giving you access to additional effects, overlays, and tools like double exposure. Subscribe to a Pro membership and take advantage of advanced masking tools — as well as everything we add to the app as it grows and evolves.” Membership is $15 per year.