Pixlr Express

Please allow me to geek out for a moment. I recently discovered that Autodesk Inc., creator of some of the industry’s leading 3D design software, has designed a top-notch photo-editing app. Yes, now you can forget all about Instagram’s measly effects and turn your photos into something worth bragging about.

Autodesk currently has two apps out: Pixlr-o-matic (which is for more fun-and-quick editing) and Pixlr Express (which I’ve become addicted to). Seriously, Pixlr Express is a dream come true for photo lovers. With over 600 effects, including borders and overlays, this app adds a spark to any and every photo.

I will admit, I am a bit of a photo-taking addict. (I mean, who wouldn’t want a picture of beautiful latte art?) Pixlr Express lets me resize, crop, adjust the contrast, brightness, sharpen, blur, and add awesome effects. There’s the option to add overlays. Want to add a bokeh effect? It’s got you covered. How about whitening some teeth or fixing red-eye? Yeah, it’s got that too. Pixlr Express also provides an amazing array of fonts—everything from retro to dotted to handwritten. Oh, by the way, they also have stickers if you like adding hearts or comic labels like “Aarrggh!” (if for some reason your photo needs a hint of pirate).

Pixlr Express can be found for free in the App Store as well as the Play Store. Therefore iPhone and Android users alike can benefit from this amazing little app. And did I mention it’s completely ad-free?!

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