Pixeluvo is a beautifully designed image and photo editor for PC and Linux. It contains a wide range of advanced features including non-destructive editing via adjustment layers, full support for raw image formats, powerful color correction tools, realistic pressure-sensitive drawing tools and many image enhancement filters.
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Very Positive (84 reviews) - 88% of the 84 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Aug 14, 2014

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About This Software

Pixeluvo is a beautifully designed image and photo editor for PC and Linux. From simple photo cropping and resizing to complex image manipulation with multiple adjustment layers and masks, Pixeluvo can handle just about all your day-to-day image editing requirements. With its high quality toolset and attention to detail this is software that is simply a pleasure to use.

Pixeluvo contains a wide range of advanced features including non-destructive editing via adjustment layers, full support for raw image formats, powerful color correction tools, realistic pressure-sensitive drawing tools and many image enhancement filters.

  • Full RAW processing pipeline
  • Unlimited layers and masks
  • Adjustment layers
  • Huge selection of powerful filters and effects
  • Powerful tools for photo touch-up and editing
  • Realistic painting tools with pressure support
  • Easy to use modern UI

Photo Editing

With Pixeluvo it is simple to crop, resize or rotate images. But of course it doesn’t end there. With just a few clicks you can:

  • Fix perspective distortion
  • Add a vignette to your photos
  • Quickly paint out blemishes with the Spot-Heal tool
  • Transform the feel of an image with the Quick Color filter
  • Add text or captions to your images

Color Correction

Pixeluvo contains a full range of color transform filters, allowing you to quickly transform the look of an image.

  • Choose from a range of high quality presets in the Quick Color filter
  • Have complete control with the Curves and Levels filters
  • Adjust the color temperature
  • Adjust the color balance separately for shadows, midtones and highlights
  • Many other professional color filters

All the color correction filters can also be used in a non-destructive manner as adjustment layers, so you can come back and alter the settings at any time.


Pixeluvo contains a full high precision raw image processing pipeline.

  • Import raw files from all camera manufacturers
  • Have precise control over exposure, color, and tone values
  • Raw files are placed in their own layer type (indicated by a letter ‘R’ in the layer preview), and all settings remain fully editable.
  • Add other layers to your project, use adjustment layers and masks, and all the while keep coming back to fine tune the settings for raw conversion.

When you are totally happy with the settings you can convert the layer to an ordinary bitmap layer in order to paint directly onto it, or apply destructive filters to it.

Powerful Tools

Pixeluvo includes many powerful tools for editing your images. The Paintbrush tool comes with many high quality brush presets for simulating real media, and supports pressure sensitive graphics tablets for even better realism and control. With the various selection tools you can quickly isolate regions for further editing. Other tools include:

  • Spot-Heal tool
  • Clone tool
  • Filter brush
  • Text tool
  • Warp tool

Layers and Masks

Using layers and masks can be an incredibly powerful way to build up complex images non-destructively.

  • Create unlimited layers and blend them together using one of the many blending modes
  • Use adjustment layers to keep color adjustments editable
  • Text layers also remain editable, so the text, fonts and styling can be altered at any point
  • Add a layer mask to any layer to control which areas should be visible
  • Create masks from selections and vice versa

Filters and Effects

Pixeluvo contains a wide selection of powerful filters and effects, from all kinds of blurs and distortion filters, to advanced image enhancement and unique painterly effects.

  • Remove noise and jpeg compression artifacts
  • Boost detail
  • Add a tilt-shift (miniturise) effect
  • Turn a photo into a beautiful drawing with the charcoal and chalk filter
  • Add a realistic lens flare with the flexible lens flare filter
  • And many more.

Modern User-Interface

Pixeluvo’s interface has been carefully designed to be intuitive, beautiful, and to stay out of your way wherever possible. We think that you should be spending your time making your images look amazing, not wrestling with the user-interface. We have tried hard to make Pixeluvo as easy to use as possible, whilst at the same time making sure it is pleasing to look at.

  • Simple and intuitive controls
  • Panels can be hidden when they are not needed to allow the maximum room for your images
  • Make the most of every pixel with full-screen mode
  • Quickly view and switch between all open projects with ‘exposé’ view

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4, AMD Opteron with SSE2 support
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Dual or Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4, AMD Opteron with SSE2 support
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Processor: Dual or Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
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63 of 63 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
I'm an amateur photographer who primarily uses Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop for post. Occasionally I'll use a standalone product for a specific effect, but I'd say 99% of my work is done in Lightroom/Photoshop. I've been frustrated with many company's switch to subscription based products (like Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office 365), and have been looking for alternatives.

Recently I have started using Darktable and Pixeluvo as Lightroom/Photoshop replacements and have found them to be very efficient and effective. I can do post on hundreds of images quickly with excellent results and rarely find myself missing features of their more expensive competition.

As for Pixeluvo, I really like the interface. It is modern, fast and clean. The dialog boxes for effects and such work extremely well and show very fast previews of what they will render. It can also handle RAW files, which is a huge plus. Basic photography workflow is typically opening, cropping/rotating, brightness/contrast, color saturation/temperature, resizing and sharpening for output. While a digital asset management program like Lightroom or Darktable is engineered specifically for working with large numbers of digital photographs and are very efficient at doing so, image editing programs like Photoshop and Pixeluvo are essential for individual image manipulation, especially where more technical work needs to be done such as with layers and compositioning.

I've only had one minor issue wth Pixeluvo on linux. I'm currently running Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon 64bit and for some reason when opening images within Pixeluvo, the highlighted file selected in the open dialog dissappears while selected. You can still open it, and if you mouse or keyboard to another file, it shows the previously selected file, but it is odd. I contacted the developer and they promptly investigated and replied saying they could reproduce the bug and are now looking into it. They said it was something specific to the Steam version as the standalone version did not show the same error. They even gave me a new license key for the standalone version, and they were correct, the file open bug is absent.

When traveling and editing photos, I like to take my Acer C720 Chromebook, which has a Haswell CPU and 4GB of memory. The SSD has been upgraded to 128GB drive, and the ChromeOS replaced with Linux Mint. For doing basic tasks, this very cheap computer with the SSD and running linux seems just as fast as my i5 an i7 systems. Obviously it has its limitations, but for quick and dirty content creation is certainly can do the job. Pixeluvo running on this system takes around 51MB of RAM and launches in around 2 seconds and uses 43.9MB of drive space. Darktable also launches in about 2 seconds and uses 110MB of RAM and uses less than 1MB of drive space. I do have Lightroom 5.2 and Photoshop CS6 installed on this system also with WINE and in comparison Photoshop launches in 8 seconds, uses 216MB of RAM and takes up 470MB of drive space, with Lightroom launching in 7 seconds, using 103MB of RAM and takes 920MB of drive space. The well programmed Pixeluvo and Darktable are small, fast and efficient at their tasks with their expensive competition the opposite.

I highly recommend this software.
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57 of 59 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
Photo Editor with less fluff than PS or gIMP. If you're creating content for games or websites then you'll want to stick with PS or gIMP. If you're a photographer looking for something with a small footprint that has all the image editing abilities of heavier weight programs with few of the features you likely won't even use, in a pay-for-it-once package, then this is a good solution. Full RAW file support for those of us who like to shoot that way.

It could use batch operations to process multiple images, but the developer seems responsive and open to feature requests.
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
I am a long-time Adobe Photoshop user, and consider myself an advanced user of it, although the version I had was several years old (I'm a semi-professional photographer). After my motherboard died on my last computer, and I got a new one and upgraded to Windows 10, I found my copy of PS wouldn't work. And, since the lovely folks at Adobe won't give you free upgrades on software you've spent over $600 on, that meant purchasing a new one - for another $600. I said to hell with that, and searched on Steam for an alternative that still had a lot of the same features that PS had, but at a much more reasonable price. And I found...Pixeluvo.

FANTASTIC software. FANTASTIC price. I have admittedly only used it so far for a few hours, but already I have picked up the basics and some advanced functionality of it (layers, layer masks, etc.) and edited a ton of photos using it. I can honestly say that the results are easily as good as I used to get with PS - can't tell the difference at all, and I get the same results I wanted but at a MUCH more reasonable price.

This is very powerful software, that goes way beyond so many of the other photo-editing programs out there on the market that really are just a dime-a-dozen. I highly recommend this for anyone who can't afford (or doesn't want to pay for) the outrageous price that Adobe charges for PS, but still wants most - if not all - of the sophisticated and in-depth features that PS provides, at a fraction of the price. SO glad I found Pixeluvo - will be using it for all of my photo editing - both casual snapshots and my serious photography - from now on.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
After playing around with this (And coming from a PhotoShop heavy background) I can say that this program has it's benefits compared to Photoshop. Is it better than PhotoShop? That depends on what you're looking to do with it.

This software excels at:

  • Editing images to make them look nicer (The classic "Photoshop Models" etc can all be remade in this software)
  • Applying beautiful filters to spice up your images (Alot more presets than PS offers)
  • Beautifully simple UI and use

This software will meet most photographers needs and then some; and makes for a truly enjoyable experience to edit these images. With a broad range of tools to fit the bill, any effect your after (From filters to making it look like your image is painted), Pixeluvo will fit the ticket.

What Pixeluvo falls short on:

  • Content Creation. While not explicitly advertised as such, it's sort of a pre-requisite many people expect. This software is alright with strokes and MS Paint style content, but anything deeper is not supported. The developer is working on this aspect right now, so in future I look forward to updating my review to accomodate this. Any developers out there looking to Pixeluvo as a cheaper replacement for Photoshop to create in game assets (Pixel art etc), it may be an idea to look elsewhere for now.

  • Tool refinement. The tools are here, but aren't as precise at times compared to Photoshop. For the price difference though this is understandable, but it can become a chore to use the Magic Wand at times.

  • Distortion. This is a personal thing of mine, but the inbuilt Warp tool isn't as useful as Photoshops liquiefy tool.

    That pretty much sums up Pixeluvo! For a traditional rating, I'd put it at an 7/10 as the content creation black hole really lowers it for me, but otherwise this is a beautifully created piece of software that is as much art as the art you'll be editing with it. Happy editing :)
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
115.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 17, 2015
A totally awesome program that has helped me in so many ways! It feels like it has more convenient features as PhotoShop but its more user friendly in my opinion. Its a great software that will help you edit photos to your desire. I have used it a lot for my Steam groups. The editing features are vast and well done. I highly recommend this software.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Absolutely fantastic image editor, and not just for the price. I'll use this in lieu of Photoshop any day. Give it a try - A demo is available on their website.
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29 of 42 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
77.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
Lots of features simple to use dont think ive scratched the surface of what it can do. I have not used many photo editing programs so can't compare to anything except maybe MS paint and it beats it by alot 10/10 maybe not as advanced as some people may want but for a novice like me its excellent and not ridiculously priced like photoshop. Its got everything most people would want or need works great buy it... The devolper is the mad headenest
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
74.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
Great little photo editor package. Instant load on a SSD (under 1 second!). No bloatware, unlike some free or cheap elemental photo packages. Has all the basic tools you need for normal users to edit or manipulate photo's or digital art. Can create transparencys for PNGs, do normal masking-selections, scaling adding text etc on layers. Great price (even at full price on steam).

Really a basic version of Photoshop that takes minutes to learn. Just watch the youtube tutorial Videos and gives you all the basic tools for photo manipulation and creating images for web use with final creative retouching using instagram like filters (but with far more powerful options).

Workflow wise this really is one of the fastest most productive image app's I have ever used.

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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2015
Love it! Great alternative to the costly Photoshop, and much easier to use!
I suggest you try the free trial BEFORE you buy it though!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
The RAW editing in this tool is quiet nice and simple but not even close to the camera raw included in Photoshop. The intercae is very simple and well designed. Very easy to get used to. But that's it.

If it comes to image editing Pixeluvo falls flat. Simple cloning or healing brush just doesen't work leavig some artifacts on your image.

The development is nearly non existent. No updates for over a year. No new features coming in.

Requested refund.

I can't recommend this tool as Pixeluvo has even less features that the Gimp.
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5.5 hrs
Posted: October 1
I like it.

I need to get some more experience with it to know how well it compares to PS and the free stuff that is out there, but I like it so far.

I'll add to this review after using it more.
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MainBaze | kickback.com
6.3 hrs
Posted: September 20
Has some of the photoshop functions, but misses A LOT of options. No drag and drop, the layer system is bad(You can't make groups, and the merge system fails). Selecting system is also not very good for advanced stuff.
It is good for coloring photo's and adding light though, and it has a small bit of cool effects(That you can make in photoshop too) But photoshop is very expensive, and this is just a single payment, and you get it forever. So if you just need it to make some pictures look better, then I recommend this.
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10.9 hrs
Posted: September 18
Good alternative for texturing if you aren't fond of monthly subscriptions.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: September 17
Actually does a pretty decent job, there are a few features from Photshop that I'd like to see in future updates but it still does the job. I'd pay for this once rather than a for a subscription to Adobe Photoshop but the price is a little high so I'd recommend getting it on sale.
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18.3 hrs
Posted: September 15
This is the worst software for editing photos. Do No Buy It.
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4.4 hrs
Posted: September 10
This software is vrey good value for money. If you have Linux it is a must to have.
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D.Champ / P4MH
80.8 hrs
Posted: September 5
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Spooky Scary Skelebro Mom
241.4 hrs
Posted: July 18
This is wonderful editing software, it's kinda like Photoshop in its own aspects, but it's not as advanced as Photoshop or GIMP. So for beginners in photo editing, this would be a good start. Nevertheless, this software has a varitey of features that have most definitely helped me improve the quality of my artwork. Whether it be my Gmod artwork, or grabbing my tablet and starting to draw on a blank canvas. I bought this software when it was on sale however, while I recommend it, I wouldn't recommend it at full price. I got it for $15.00, rather than a whopping $35.00.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: July 5
Easier than Photoshop
Better than PhotoScape
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IK^|The Grand Crusader|
40.0 hrs
Posted: July 1
Brilliant piece of software - Good as photoshop, but much much easier and less complicated to use! I had a complex photo that where I had to remove someone from my picture and make it look like they were never there! Took an hour or so and ta da it's so good it's as my profile picture and no one has noticed that another person was missing. I don't usually bother to write reviews but this software just exceeded my expectations so much that I felt obliged to give it a good review!
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