XiuXiu Meitu a simple online photo editor – English walk through and guide.

Edit; Please understand this is an ONLINE editor, no download is needed to use this. Simply go here to use the program  http://xiuxiu.web.meitu.com/main.html

Oh. My. God. At long last I am finished with this mess!  It took me over 6 hours to screen cap and label, so hopefully it helps someone!

This is a tutorial that explains how to use each function in a program I’ve recently discovered that is named XiuXiu Meitu, you can find their website here: http://xiuxiu.web.meitu.com/main.html

XiuXiu meitu is an online quick and easy photo editing program with preset options to help you look as attractive as possible or even dramatically change your appearance. It’s frequently used by asian bloggers, but you’ll see it being used in the US as well. It works best for straight on portraits, but could be adapted to work on many different types of photos.

But, the program is entirely in Chinese, and there is no patch. So I’ve been fumbling around it in over the last few days trying to figure out how every little piece works. Despite not know any Chinese myself I  *think* I have figured out the purpose of virtually every button. So this is a walk through that will (hopefully!) help you along if you feel like using this editor.

If I got anything wrong, or missed something, please point it out to me.

Once you arrive at the webpage you should be greeted by a menu that looks  like this. It should have 3 options, the first is uploading a file from your computer (which is what I would suggest). The next is taking a photo with your webcam, and for the final is using a photo via link.

I’m just using a sloppy mirror image I took of myself a few months back. The photo I’m working with has been edited previously to make the lighting less yellow, but my features are untouched.If you decide on upload from computer or drive, it should look (more or less) like this.

As you can see it looks really standard. Just keep in mind XiuXiu only supports a few file types. Click “open” and then click yellow button again to upload it.

The next screen should look like this, but with whatever photo you uploaded. It’s all a bit confusing, eh?

I actually really love the layout of XiuXiu, I think it’s clean, simple, and really lovely *cough* unlike photoshop *cough*  The only reason it’s at all intimidating is because it’s in a different language.

No worries, the language shouldn’t be a barrier, I’ll walk you through it all!

Alright, if you choose the Second main tab and First minor tab and click the first tab (on left) you will get bars that allow you to adjust brightness/contrast, exposure, and saturation. If you click Second main tab and First minor tab and click the second tab (on right) you are able to adjust your hue and color  balance.

I think color balance and hue are pretty self explanatory, but here are some examples of the other effects you can achieve. Just keep in mind; I would NEVER use these effects so heavily, that would look bad, these are just examples.

The next option is under Second main tab and Second minor tab, this controls image rotation. It’s pretty much self explanatory.

Now onto the crop tool, which lies under Second main tab and Third minor tab, again pretty much explains itself.

This next one allows you to adjust overall image size, it’s under Second main tab and fourth minor tab.

Onto one of my favorite tools that XiuXiu has to offer, though I’m not really sure what you would call it, I’ll show you how it works. This option is under the Second main tab and fifth minor tab under the first tab (on left). The photo starts out blurry, and then you can “erase” what parts you want to be clear.

You have two levels, one controls the brush size, and the other controls how heavy the background blur is.

Here is an example of different effects you can achieve through using this tool.

If you click on the right tab you get a different tool that is quite similar. Instead of “erasing” the blur you have two circles. The outer circle controls the fade of from sharpness to blur, and the inner circle controls what is entirely clear.

The larger your outer circle it, the more natural it looks.

A few examples.

Another neat tool is a pixelation tool that is located Second main tab and sixth minor tab. Again, two bars. The top one controls overall brush size, and the other one the overall size of the pixels.

Next up is the Second main tab and seventh minor tab.This next tool makes your picture entirely black and white, then you can “erase” the black and white to see the original colors through it.

A few examples.

And the final tab underneath the second main one! This one can be used to change the color of anything, it’s actually really neat! You get over 100 colors to pick from, at a set opacity to make it look really natural. It’s great for testing out new haircolors and such.

Third main tab and first minor tab. has all sorts of filters. Each filter has an opacity control bar, and apply/undo buttons.

Here are a few examples, but the options are endless.

Third main tab and second minor tab, and the first of these little bars controls simple brightness/lighting preset settings. Though I think the original intent with these is to make skin appear brighter and lighter.

A few examples.

Onto the second little bar, this one allows you to make features smaller/larger. You have two sliders, the first one controls brush size, and the second one controls enlargement size.  If you use a negative number on the second slider it will make things smaller, if you use a positive number it will make things larger.

The third bar down is red eye control…I’m not even going to get into this one, since it’s so easy to use I’m sure you guys can figure it out on your own.

The fourth one allows you to give yourself blush, you have 10 different pages of blush options that you can scroll through with arrows at the bottom of the page. To select one to use, just click on it and move it to the desired area.

You will also get this little option menu popup to help control the selected item. The controls are labeled below.

Onto the fifth bar! This one lets you add contact lenses, eye makeup, eyebrows, and eyelashes to your picture. You can control them the same way I showed in the previous picture. You can switch between these by using a scroll bar on the left. The top one is contacts, the second one is eyeshadow, the third one is eyelashes, and the final one controls eyebrows.

Again, you can page through these arrows located on the bottom of the page.

The sixth bar has options for hair, and the seventh bar has tattoo options.

Third main tab and third minor tab has more add-ons, From hearts, tiaras, clothing, holiday themed stickers, and fun signs. All of these can be added the same way blush, makeup, hair, and tattoos are.

Then we move into fonts, Third main tab and forth minor tab. The fonts involve a lot of buttons, but are very simple to use, click the text box, select a font, and type whatever you want. Then use the menu to control size and color.

The next tab down let’s you add speech bubbles of sorts. Click on whichever speech bubble you want, pick your font, color, and adjust the size to your liking.

And the last tab down let’s you add cute pre-written text.

Third main tab and fifith minor tab has 5 different sidebars, that each have a few dozen frames, tarnishes, and filters.

Third main tab and six minor tab, this tool is stupid, but fun nonetheless. You get to put your face into other images.

Third main tab and seventh minor tab  gives you three options, you can free paint, add cute emoticons, or simple silhouette images.

These emoticons are pretty much the cutest thing ever, I feel like they will make it into a lot of my future facebook photos.

Main tab 4. Let’s you turn your image into a really cheesy gif. – honestly I can not imagine anyone ever using these, since the look so dumb….but anyway, you just click which effect you want and it’s instantly added to your picture.

Onto Main Tab 5, and minor tab 1 let’s you create collages really easily. Just click whichever design/how many boxes you want. Double click on the unfilled boxes to upload a new file.

Major tab 5, and Minor tab 2 lets you add a background to your image.

Fifth main tab and third minor tab lets you add a simple background to your image.

Move along to main tab six, and there my friends- you are finished! Label your file, choose the quality you want, and click the blue button.

I hope this was helpful, feel free to ask if you have any questions.


50 thoughts on “XiuXiu Meitu a simple online photo editor – English walk through and guide.

  1. mipichan says:

    i Find this layout horrible compared to photoshop, i like the options for the eyes
    but still will never be better than my Adobe suite

    • doxiequeen1 says:

      Oh no, i’m not saying it’s better then adobe-not at all. I think it’s good for fun portraits, but nothing else.

      My peeve with PS is that so many options are hidden beneath tool bars, which is fine after a while, but makes it difficult at first. XiuXiu has everything out there with little preview samples, which I appreciate.

  2. luwiness says:

    this is such a big help! i found this site thru a colleague, and i spent so many hours navigating by trial and error most of the time “undoing” my work… this will definitely help me save time figuring out the options on this site… thanks!!! 😉

    • Angela Clayton says:

      Hmm…select 100% quality at the very end before saving/downloading the edited file (It defaults at 60% I think) this should help make it look better. If it still looks bad…well, Meitu DOES downsize images to make them easier and faster to edit. So it could be an automatic thing that you can’t fix. Sorry.

  3. chloe toulson says:

    hey i downloaded it but its been causing so many problems with my computer… like pop ups of everything and i cant get rid of them, how can i uninstall the WHOLE thing?

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