Free Online Photo Editor that works for high rez pics w/ nice Pixlr-like effects?
July 5, 2012 12:36 PM   Subscribe

Are there any free photo editors that can work with higher resolution images (300dpi) and offer some of the effects that Pixlr-o-matic can? They seem to save to web resolution only.
posted by snap_dragon to Technology (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: Or cheap (within $50) for Mac. I forgot to specify Mac only. Thanks!
posted by snap_dragon at 12:37 PM on July 5, 2012

Even though Photoshop Elements is a bit beyond your $50 budget, it's the way to go, unless you want to spend the time on GIMP, which is also totally viable.
posted by dbiedny at 1:45 PM on July 5, 2012

Others might also chime in with Pixelmator, FWIW.
posted by dbiedny at 1:46 PM on July 5, 2012

Seconding GIMP.
posted by amcm at 2:02 PM on July 5, 2012

I just ran a 4288x2844 pixel image through Pixlr-o-matic and got a 4000x2653 pixel image out of it. That equates to a 13.3"x 8.8" image at 300 DPI. Do you need to run bigger images than that through it?
posted by zsazsa at 2:05 PM on July 5, 2012

Response by poster: zsazsa -- No, that sounds great...for some reason, when I save it, it saves as 75 dpi and there are no preferences otherwise. If you are doing something different, I would love to know. I have tried it online, and downloaded it as an app on my computer to no avail.
posted by snap_dragon at 2:42 PM on July 5, 2012

Response by poster: I don't think GIMP or Pixelmator have the quick effects as Pixlr-o-matic, so are not the better choice than the existing Photoshop I have. (Don't get me wrong, I am thankful to have PS but I also just want to do a few of the effects on the fly...not levels, contrast, hue but vintage effects an ripped borders for example...and have a few options.)
posted by snap_dragon at 2:45 PM on July 5, 2012

Response by poster: ...sorry, my fingers hit the return key... I meant ripped border, fades with lines/distress, flares, etc. I may just have to take the time and learn how to do the work via PS with layers and brushes and settle for what I can do with the time I have.
posted by snap_dragon at 2:47 PM on July 5, 2012

What about finding free or low-cost PS actions online? Get a few specific recommendations, maybe. They're quick and most I've used are futz-free.

Or you could learn to use layers. Once you master a few basics it really isn't too scary a task. Check youtube for about 16 gobzillion video tutorials.
posted by mcbeth at 9:39 PM on July 5, 2012

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