Have you ever needed to make adjustments to a photo, save it as a different format, or just wanted to add something like text on the fly? There are some powerful programs out there that allow you to do these things, but at what cost? An arm and a leg? Outrageous monthly subscription fees? What about it taking up so many resources that it just bogs down your machine to a crawl?

Enter Pixlr.

So what is Pixlr?

Pixlr is an online cloud-based Creative Editor that provides you with enough editing tools to get the job done. Available for free online (Pixlr Editor), Pixlr offers great tools and utilities to help you achieve your basic editing needs. While not aimed for professionals. It is a great tool that is available not only online, but as mobile apps as well on your smartphone or tablet. It provides more photo editing and adjustment tools more readily available than any other similar online editing program.

How much is it?

You are probably thinking, that sounds great and all but what's the catch? Pixlr Editor is completely FREE! That's right, free with no asterisk. There is a paid membership version that adds more functionality and features to the Editor like Masking, Histogram, Blending, HD Effects and many more adjustment tools. The Paid Membership is only a couple bucks a month, ($1.99/month OR $14.99/year.) This is still much, much cheaper than paying for something like Adobe Creative Cloud©. Even just registering with an email unlocks more features for Pixlr Editor. But if you're like us, and want basic features or adjustments to help you edit photos, it does it well. A desktop app called the Starter Edition is also available. It is available for Windows 7 and later, as well as Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and later. A benefit to using the Desktop app is that it handles High Res photos much better than the cloud version, especially photos that are large in size. This negates the need to upload a photo first to their site, when you can start working on it immediately.

Great! How do I get started?

You can start editing photos and playing around with Pixlr today! It is available online for immediate use (http://www.pixlr.com/editor). Again, make sure at the very least to register your email! It unlocks a few more features with the Editor that only takes a couple minutes of your time! Get editing!