App of the day: Pixlr Touch Up for Chrome

I love Adobe products, but they are so difficult to use and learn. I recently tried to create a very simple logo in Adobe Illustrator and I wanted to hit my head or computer against the wall several times throughout the process. Same applies to Photoshop. When I see photographers working miracles with blending several images, adding some fantastic effects, drawing and doing other magical things with that tool, that must have come from another planet, I think they deserve a monument. I know that it probably only looks scary and after you get used to it, you can fix a pimple or a red eye in a snap. But what if you don’t have time or desire to watch tutorials and spend hours trying to figure out how that thing works? I love software that works like a magic wand – Bibidi Bobbidi Boo and your picture looks amazing! Pixlr Touch Up, in my humble opinion, does just that.

In this post, we’re going to talk about Pixlr Touch Up for Chrome, that you can easily download from Chrome Web Store, however there are several other mobile and desktop options for the app. See more.

Tutorial:

After you download the app, you can launch it from Chrome App Launcher and you can create a desktop icon by dragging it from Chrome Apps menu.

You can choose a file from your computer or Google Drive.

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After the picture is opened, you have editing options at the bottom of the screen – Adjust, Effects, Overlays and Type.

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Here you can see all the options available under Adjust menu.

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Obviously, I need to rotate my photo and I’m selecting that. As you can see, you can also crop, resize, adjust contrast, color, auto fix, focal blur, touch up, clone, sharpen, blur, airbrush, smooth and liquify.

In the Rotate menu, you can also straighten the photo, which is a very useful feature to fix crooked photos.

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Another useful feature is Autofix. It comes in handy, if you want to fix the contrast and color balance. This photo was shot on an overcast day and colors did not come out as vivid as they were in reality, but Autofix brought them back.

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Now, I want to add even more depth and vibrance to the colors and I select the Color option from the menu.

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I’m pretty happy with how the picture looks now, so I’m going to save it. I can give it the same name and replace the existing one or give it a new name and I can also toggle the quality of the image.

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Obviously it it impossible to go over all of the effects and options in Pixlr in one tutorial, but I’m going to show you few more, so you get the idea.

Here are some of the filter in the Effects menu. For this picture I like the Aladin filter as it suits the ornament and makes it look bold.

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This is the Touch Up tool.

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Crop Tool

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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please let me know if you like the app or what are the other photo editors you use.

xx,

Natella

Photos +

Photos + is a great app to store private photos. If you have friends / relatives who like to go through your phone and there are certain photos that you’d rather not have them seen, it is easier to avoid unnecessary drama by moving them to Photos + app.

I use this app to store the pictures of my loved ones (sort of like wallet photos). As I constantly clear the data on the phone and move all photos to my computer, I want to have few special photos always with me.

App is really easy to use. Once you set up unlock pattern, you select the photos from Camera Roll that you want to add to Photos + and you’re done.

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You can change your PIN any time and there are additional settings available.

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Photos+ is free to download from the App Store.

 

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Bird’s-eye view Azerbaijan

Few days ago I stumbled upon gorgeous bird’s-eye view photos of my homeland, Azerbaijan. It’s truly amazing how familiar places can look so different when you change the angle and your perspective!

Icheri Sheher, Baku
Icheri Sheher, Baku

Images are courtesy of Gapp.az and Bakcell.

Flame Towers, Baku
Flame Towers, Baku

I go to sleep and then I wake up in a strange and beautiful dream. I open my eyes and I see that the sun has lit my room and painted all things in bright colors. There’s so much light everywhere around me! It must be a warm and sunny day. I get up and I walk to the living room. It’s is also illuminated by the light. I open the door and now I’m standing on the porch smelling the flowers and filling the lungs with fresh air.

To this day I never felt this way before! I feel life running through my veins! I see myself as strong and gentle being, passionate and calm at the same time. I’m going with the flow of the Universe, trusting the Divine. I feel lightweight. In fact, I feel so light that I can easily take off the ground and touch the sky, fill the sky and be one with it. In a flash of light, I remember my childhood dreams. I was sitting on the balcony watching birds. How they slowly flap their wings to gain height and then glide so gracefully, so effortlessly, like they are one with the sky.

Is it possible? Can my childhood dream come true? Cautiously I climb on the balcony railing and I feel wings on my back. I spread the wings and I push off the ground. Flying seems so natural! As if I was meant to! As if I always knew how to fly, just haven’t used this gift for a while! Gliding and rising above the trees and roads I watch people, cars and buildings become smaller and smaller.

I head towards the sea. Then I fly above the city. Everything seems so different from above! Then I head even further toward the mountain tops. I watch the rivers and roads framing the beautiful green land. Such a masterpiece! Creator is the greatest artist! Earth as a canvas, I imagine him mixing  colors, letting them flow one onto another, creating steady strokes, carrying over passion and love upon the painting and smiling at the beauty of his creations.

Like an eagle, I swirl effortlessly, one with the wind, I pause only to notice how all the problems, concerns, everything that seemed so large and important is nothing more than a dot in the vast Universe. I remember that infinite happiness I felt when I was a child. I remember my true self, my infinite nature and limitless capabilities. I will wake up from this dream, but I will always remember.

National Flag Square, Baku
National Flag Square, Baku
Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku
Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku
International Mugam Center, Baku
International Mugam Center, Baku
Fountain Square, Baku
Fountain Square, Baku
National Flag Square, Baku
National Flag Square, Baku
Georgian church
Georgian church
Kurkosa island, Neftchala
Kurkosa island, Neftchala
Mingachevir reservoir
Mingachevir reservoir
Ismailli
Ismailli
Kurkosa island, Neftchala
Kurkosa island, Neftchala
Zaqatala
Zaqatala
Nabran
Nabran
Mingachevir reservoir
Mingachevir reservoir
Neftchala lake
Neftchala lake

For more beautiful pictures, please visit azerbaijan.gapp.az

“The rule of thirds” is one of the basic rules of composition. The main object of your photo shoot will look more interesting if it is not centered, but closer to one of the corners. iPhone camera has the built-in grid feature which will make your life easier. Prior to ios 7 you could turn on the grid right in the Camera app. Now in ios 7 the grid is hidden in the General Settings.

In Settings select Photos & Camera
In Settings select Photos & Camera

Slide the finger to turn the Grid on

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Now you can see the grid lines when you take a photo!

If you want to learn more about ‘the rule of thirds’, visit iMore’s How to make your iPhone photography more striking with the “rule of thirds” or look at Business Insider’s Rule of Thirds and lots of other tips on how to make iPhone photography better.

Natella’s view: “The rule of thirds’ was very useful. I went out and tried to compose my pictures using the rule and was pleased with the result most of the times. But, as they say, rules are meant to be broken, and some objects looked better when centered like the big flowerpot in one of my pictures below. “

So. here are the pictures using and breaking ‘the rule of thirds’. All of them are black and white, because it suited my mood, but I will add more color photos later. All photos have been done in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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Hope you found the info useful and if you decide to try using this rule in your photos, I would love to see them.