This simple but pretty advanced editor includes numerous useful tools and effects. Not only you can make your photos more high-quality, but also atmospheric and even magical. The portrait tool allows you to improve your shoots by adding fine white lines, makeup, shining, etc.
|Requires macOS||10.13 or later|
|Processor||1 GHz or faster CPU|
|Memory||1 Gb RAM minimum (2 Gb recommended)|
|Hard disk||Around 3 Gb free disk space|
|Video card||DirectX 10 GPU|
|Display||1024 x 576 or higher|
|OS||Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP|
Fotor Pros & Cons
Simple and user-friendly.
Numerous filters and effects.
Cool features for face editing.
Allows you to improve and decorate photos fast.
Great for photos but not the best for drawing/design.
There is an endless demand for an easy but powerful online photo editor. This isn’t a surprise honestly. Considering that a lot of people need to edit their pictures before posting them on social media or other messaging apps.
Online photo editors also marketed and designed specifically for answering the demand of people who need such tools without digging deep into their pockets. Because you know how expensive online editing software can be on the market. A lot of people just simply either can’t afford it or can’t be bothered to buy.
I said can’t be bothered because who wants to spend a lot of money on something that they can’t fully use? Editing pictures or creating collages can be very difficult and tedious, so people think twice before they want to spend money on a photo editor.
Now you know, the marketing and practical power behind online photo editors. Now anyone can edit their pictures like a pro without spending too much or at all. And recently Fotor is getting the spotlight for being one of the best solutions for your photo editing needs.
Without further ado, let’s get on with the basic guide on how to use Fotor effectively and complete it with a verdict. I want every reader to know their way inside Fotor and achieve what they want with this powerful tool.
Editing with Fotor
Open the website, Fotor.com, and you’ll see a nice homepage. You can learn more about the tool from the header, but we’re going straight to the photo editor this time.
The buttons’ names are descriptive enough for everyone to understand. But let’s talk about the photo editor for now. Go ahead and click Edit a Photo and you’ll see the tool.
The UI is really nice and despite having a lot of tools on the side, the center or canvas is big enough for my browser. This makes editing pictures easier even with a small monitor.
If you want to make a collage or design instead, simply click the edit button.
Now click the middle of the canvas to upload your pictures.
On the bottom right side, you can see a thumbnail when zooming in on your picture. This is useful when your pictures’ resolution is big or when you want to make precise editing. Also, notice the arrow there on the right side. You can click it to get rid of the box and make the screen bigger.
On the left side, you’ll find plenty of tools that you can use to edit your picture. Notice some tools have yellow diamond icons next to them. That icon means that you must pay for Fotor Pro or Fotor Pro+ to get rid of the watermark.
Every tool is very simple and easy to use but you can still make a lot of adjustments. I like that most tools have sliders like the ones in the Basic Adjust tool for example.
The Effects tab has a lot of presets that you can use to change your picture in an instant. Each tool has a certain theme like Cinematic, Sunned Up, Festive, Christmas, and so on. Click on a tool that you want and choose each preset contains in it. One tool usually has a dozen or so presets. You can see the result and click cancel if you don’t like it.
The Beauty tab is perfect for selfies. If you have used other beautify apps, you might already familiar with the tools here.
Sometimes adding a frame to your picture is the best edit you can make. There are dozens of frames available in Fotor. Some frames are as simple as click and go, while some other frames offer you sliders to make more adjustments.
This is where you can add extra “elements” to your pictures. I personally think that this feature isn’t quite appealing. And if you don’t have a Pro or Pro+ account, you can only use some basic elements. Most of the elements here are locked behind a paywall.
Finishing your picture
After you’re satisfied with your new picture, you can do a few things before downloading it.
The Compare menu is especially useful. If you hold the button with your left click, you’ll be able to see the original picture. Release your left click to see the edited version again. This way you can easily compare the before and after pictures.
If for whatever reason you are not satisfied with the edits, click the Original button to undo everything. Otherwise, you can click Export. If you don’t use any Pro or Pro+ features, you are free to save your new pictures.
You’ll get to choose a name for your new picture, file type, and quality. After that just click the download button to save it to your device. But, if you use any Pro or Pro+ features and you’re not a Pro or Pro+ member, you’ll be presented with this screen instead.
Next, if you press the Snapshot button, the Cloud tab will open automatically.
The interesting part is you can save the snapshot you just took for free. But the watermark will still be there. So, the only way to use Pro and Pro+ features without the watermark is by paying for a subscription.
Fotor’s UI is intuitive, even non-tech savvy people will be able to use Fotor without problems. I think the Adjust tools are the ones that most people are looking for. And being able to adjust your pictures with sliders is a great plus as well. These sliders really do a lot to your pictures, so don’t underestimate even the most basic-looking features you see in Fotor.
Take a look at this Color tool, for example, a single adjustment can make my picture looks completely different. And honestly, I think the result is pretty good. The picture changes from daytime to dusk in an instant.
Now let’s talk about pricing. If you often edit your pictures online, I think you will like Pro or Pro+. Pro is offered at $8.99/month or $3.33/month if you subscribe for a year. And Pro+ is offered at $13.33/month or $5/month if you subscribe for a year.
Also, Fotor has a mobile and desktop app that you can install on your mobile device too. You might want to do this if you’re paying for a Pro+ subscription since some of the features aren’t available on the online/web version. For example, the RAW conversion support, which is only available for Pro+ users on the desktop version.
All in all, I think Fotor is a great alternative for people who are looking for an easy and simple tool to edit their pictures. Besides, you can’t really compare Fotor to much more expensive tools like Photoshop. Unless you are confident with your editing skills, paying for expensive software like Photoshop might not be the best idea.
If you really don’t want to spend any money on such a tool and only need the basic features anyway, Fotor will be adequate for you. And if you think you’ve improved, you can upgrade your account to Pro and later to Pro+. I think that’s also the reason why they offer two subscription plans.
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