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Developer(s)Ola Sevandersson
Initial releaseAugust 2008; 15 years ago (2008-08)
Stable release
2021 / April 2021; 3 years ago (2021-04)
PlatformWeb browser
Available in29 languages
List of languages
Arabic, Brazilian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
TypeOnline Photo Editing Tools
Licensesoftware as a service

Pixlr is a cloud-based set of image editing tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors and a photo sharing service. It was acquired by Autodesk in 2011. The Pixlr suite targets users who require simple to advanced photo editing as well as graphic design.[1] It features a freemium business model with three subscription plans- Free, Premium and Teams.[2]

The platform can be used on desktop and also smartphones and tablets.[3] Pixlr is compatible with various image formats such as JPEG, PNG, WEBP, GIF, PSD (Photoshop Document) and PXZ (native Pixlr document format).[4]

The platform introduced more features in December 2021 with a new logo and added tools which include; Brushes, Heal tool, Animation, and Batch upload.[5] The brush feature enables the creation of hand-drawn effects. The Heal tool allows users to remove unwanted objects from their images[6] whereas the Animation feature can be used to include movements into their edits.[7] Users can also utilize Batch upload to edit up to 50 images simultaneously.[8]


Pixlr was founded in 2008 and built on Macromedia Flash.[9] On 19 July 2011, Autodesk announced that they had acquired the Pixlr suite.[10] In 2013, Time listed Pixlr as one of the top 50 websites of the year.[11] In 2017, Pixlr was acquired by 123RF, which is part of Inmagine Group, a global creative ecosystem.[12] It was subsequently rebuilt and relaunched in HTML5 in 2019. In September 2023, Pixlr was awarded as the Top 13 GenAi Web Product by the world's top venture firm Andreessen Horowitz. In November 2023, Pixlr, Designs.ai and Vectr are combined as a new business group focusing on generative AI and creative software solutions.[13]


The platform rebranded itself as a full creative suite in 2019 by introducing Pixlr X, Pixlr E and Pixlr M.[3] In November 2022, Pixlr 2023 was launched with AI smart resize, colorize, text wrap and additional effects.[14] In November 2023, Pixlr 2024 was launched with new AI-powered updates which includes AI image generation, AI infill, AI inpainting and more. [15]


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  5. ^ Li Ping, Ong (30 November 2021). "Pixlr reimagines creativity with Pixlr 2022". Marketing Interactive. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  6. ^ "REIMAGINE CREATIVITY WITH PIXLR 2022". News Wires. December 2021. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
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  9. ^ BHANDARI, DEEPA. Take Off with Computers 7. S. Chand Publishing. ISBN 978-93-5253-251-3.
  10. ^ "Autodesk Acquires Online Photo Editing Service Pixlr". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2021-04-22.
  11. ^ McCracken, Harry (2013-05-11). "Pixlr | 50 Best Websites 2013 | TIME.com". Time. Archived from the original on 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2021-04-22.
  12. ^ "Tech in Asia - Connecting Asia's startup ecosystem". www.techinasia.com. Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  13. ^ "Inmagine Group Announces Restructure into Two Independent Businesses, Strengthening Focus and Innovation in Content and Creative SaaS Industries – Inmagine". Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  14. ^ "Pixlr 2023: An AI-Powered Experience Unlike Any Other – Pixlr Blog". 2023-02-14. Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  15. ^ Ltd, Avazona. "Pixlr 2024 Is Once Again Disrupting the Space with Powerful AI Photo Editing Tools". Newsfile. Retrieved 2024-03-29.