A collage created wth Fotor
As I've mentioned before, I don't know how to use Photoshop. And while it would be nice to have that skill, the more free, easy-to-use photo applications I discover, the less I regret never having shelled out for a Photoshop class.
Fotor is my latest favorite photo editing tool, and you definitely don't need to have any advanced knowledge to use it. Here's why I'm currently addicted:
I feel like I discover a new editing tool in Fotor every day. There are so many options that it might feel overwhelming at first, but you'll soon find your go-tos. Here are mine:
- Scenes: You can choose from a long list of effects, but my favorite for outfit photos is “backlit.” It's not an extreme filter but brightens things up a bit, especially faces.
- Adjust: Here you can adjust exposure, brightness, saturation, etc.—all the usual suspects. But I do find that the Fotor version of these tools have a lighter touch than others, making it easier to get a good result. I use the “detail” function (in moderation!) and white balance often.
- Tilt Shift: Create the look of a fancy lens (adjustments range from F1.4 to F22) without spending the money. Fotor allows you to change the orientation of the effect from a bullseye to a vertical or horizontal—and all the diagonals in between.
- Retouch: I love that you can choose not to reference another area of your photo; you can simply swipe over an area to smooth it out.
Upload as many photos as you like and add borders, filters, brighten, etc., all at once. This creates a consistent and look across all your photos in a particular post. You can even create a uniform aesthetic across your entire blog using this function.
Create a collage with anywhere from two to nine boxes neatly packed into a square, 4 x 3 or 3 x 4 shape. I love that you can resize and reposition the photos directly from the collage—so if an important part of the photo is not centered properly, it's an easy fix. Or, using “freestyle,” you can arrange your photos any way you like, in any size. My only complaint about the collage function is that there aren't more dimension choices.
Note: when you open Fotor, it will prompt you to choose Edit, Collage or Batch. If you usually do one of these—for example if you're almost always editing a single photo—you can go to Preferences and change the startup settings to default to that option every time.
You can use Fotor on both Windows and Mac computers, as well as with iPhone or Android mobile devices. Three tiered paid versions are $32, $54 and $60 per year and add tons more features. The two higher levels also just added a slew of design templates for creating images specifically for a Facebook post, a Twitter or YouTube cover, a poster, card and many more.