The Pixlr Express app is merely a link to pixlr.com/express/. It is an intermediate-level tool in Pixlr’s suite, which also includes Pixlr Editor (the most advanced) and Pixlr-O-Matic (the most basic). All are browser-based image editors that require an internet connection. However, Pixlr Express is available for Android and iOS. Pixlr Touch Up, on the other hand, is essentially an offline version of Pixlr Express, but with fewer features. It is available as an app in the Chrome Web Store. For quick and basic image editing it is the perfect tool for Chromebooks. If you are working with an internet connection, you can open images from and save them to your Google Drive. Images can also be opened from and saved to a local drive. Pixlr Touch Up does not appear to work with Google Drive Offline.
With Pixlr Touch Up you can
- Add Text
- Add effects
- Enhance color
- Adjust contrast
I am normally a Pixlr Editor (or Photoshop) user, but if I need only a quick crop or enhancement, I often use Touch Up even when I’m working on a PC.
It’s important to note that neither Express nor Touch Up give you the ability to create images (other than collages in Express). They are merely image editors. To create an original graphic with Pixlr tools, you will need to use Pixlr Editor.