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Fotor $5/month

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  • Mac

Fotor is a online tool for photo editing. The software is pretty advanced and feature-packed, so users say that it feels almost like an online version of Adobe Photoshop. With its help, you can easily adjust your photo's basics, like size, colour, light, contrast, etc. If you need more – the program has an in-built HDR effect of improving your images with a couple of clicks.

Fotor Capacities

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.

System Requirements

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.


No brushes.

Great for photos but not the best for drawing/design.

Fotor Review

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.

Basic Editing

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.

The verdict

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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Customer Reviews

  1. 5

    The price is really funny, because you get a lot of different options for your images just for $5 per month. Also, interface is not complicated, so even you do not have enough experience or you are just the beginner in this sphere, this tool will help you.

  2. 5

    This online editing tool is very powerful and has a lot of special effects which can be used on the photos. If I edit all the photos manually, I usually spent a lot of time, but with the help on Fotor I can do everything is few clicks. This help is highly appreciated.

  3. 5

    I even could not imagine that I will be able to change size, color and a lot of other things so easily. It gives perfect result and can say that it is the best price for this product. Also, with the help of an in-built HDR effect it is possible to improve the quality of the photos till the needed moment.

  4. 5

    I have tried firstly free version because I did not want to pay for the service, which I have never tested. What can I say? I am really satisfied. It costs almost nothing but it has wide options which can help me with editing the photos. I have saved a lot of time using different filters, effects and so on. The photos became much more better because with the help of Fotor I can increase their quality.

  5. 5

    If you wish to make your life easier and find some online tool which can help you in work with photos – I recommend choosing Fotor. I have tested this service and it is excellent tool. I can choose the needed size, shape, color, it perfectly plays with the contrast and as the result I get the photo of my dream.

  6. 5

    If you work with the raw photos, then Fotor is exactly what you need because it can improve the quality of the photo in a few clicks. There is not anything complicated because interface is understandable for everyone. It has a lot of options for face editing and I really like them.

  7. 5

    Firstly I have seen this online editing tool on the site bestphotoeditors.net and decided to test. It has free version so why not? I was really satisfied with easy interface and possibilities which I found for myself. I can edit the images, change color, add some effects and change shape – everything in one online editing tool. It is miracle.

  8. 5

    You should not be a pro to get the best photos. With the help of Fotor even the beginner like me can edit the portraits and other photo and get beautiful pictures. I have spent some time for comparing different services and can say that I am very satisfied with using Fotor.

  9. 5

    I work a lot with different portraits, so it means that I need to edit a lot of faces. This online tool, which I have found on the site bestphotoeditors.net helps me a lot because it has a lot of options for editing. My clients are satisfied with the result they get and I am satisfied with editing service Fotor. It has changed my life and working process a lot.

  10. 5

    Excellent and useful service for enough low price. Just pay for it and you will be satisfied.

  11. 5

    It is the great tool if you need to make some changes with the photos. I have tested it and can say that it creates special effects and me photos became better than they were before. I highly recommend using this tool and improve your images.

  12. 5

    I have tested a lot of different online tools for editing the photos and can say that you can get a lot of options in this service. It is not very complicated in using and because of this fact this tool is very convenient. For example, I am using a lot of different effects for faces and can choose the needed ones for my needs.

  13. 5

    The best thing which I like about Fotor is the price. I do not think that $5 per month is too high because I get just perfect result. I know what I am paying my money for. This service gives me everything that I need.

  14. 5

    Just take it and you will save a lot of time. As the result you will get high – quality photos for the low price. I have tried free version and decided to pay for it because result of what I got after editing was fantastic. I really like this service and will not take any other one.

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