The freebie photo editor market just got better with the arrival of Pixlr for Mac and Windows machines. Previously available only as a browser-based editor and mobile app for iOS and Android, the newly-unveiled desktop app offers over 600 free photo editing effects, but hardcore users may have to pony up a subscription fee to delve deep into the program’s more intensive capabilities.
According to Pixlr, there are three “membership options” users can choose from. The Starter option is entirely free and has been described as containing many of the features already available on Pixlr Express. Additional features can be unlocked by creating a free account with Pixlr. This second membership level, called Essentials, comes packaged with bonus effects and overlays like Double Exposure. Pro is the third membership level, which also delivers advanced masking tools. Pro membership costs $1.99 per month or $14.99 per year.
One of the chief selling points of the desktop version is that users can save images in high-resolution formats, which to this point hasn’t been possible on the mobile app or the web-based editor. Additionally, image metadata can be preserved and the number of fonts that can be used is limited only by what the user has installed on their system.
Pixlr for desktop is available now at the app’s official website.