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.
User reviews: Very Positive (53 reviews) - 90% of the 53 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.

RawTools



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

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4, AMD Opteron with SSE2 support
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Dual or Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4, AMD Opteron with SSE2 support
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Dual or Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
One of the best inexpensive photo editing/manipulation tools I've ever used. Loving it :)

Coming from a long history of using photoshop, this program was a breeze to get into. The vast majority of the tools I use in photoshop are present and working (layers, layer masks, adjustment layers, brightness/contrast, hue saturation, noise reduction, clone stamp, spot healing, etc. etc. etc.). Loads of effects and quick correction stuff to choose from making it also perfect for quick edits.

It does take a little bit of getting used to how some of the tools react, as some of them behave slightly different than I was used to in photoshop, but everything does what it's supposed to do.

You can't beat the functionality for the price and if you're looking for a quick, lightweight and inexpensive photo editing tool for retouching photos, creating thumbnails for videos or even creating some snazzy digital photo manipulation art on a budget, go for it.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
I believe this tiny software eager to match with the big boy a.k.a Ph0t0sh0p.
So far it doing all right, I can do almost 75% of my daily usage of you-know-which software.

Pixeluvo Devs... I wait for more power from you. Keep the great work!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
pros:
Good apps
Polished UI
Simple to use

cons:
lack of community support
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.2 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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