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Fotor

Free Online Photo Editor


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Published 09/18/2013 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Fotor is a photo editing tool that gives users more ways to be creative with their images. The application is divided into four main tabs. The first is the basic editor which allows users to crop, rotate, resize and perform a number of other simple functions. A 1-Tap Enhance button is also available for users who prefer to let the application adjust their photos for them. The second area includes collage building tools. Users can choose from pre-set layouts and apply borders, patterns and themed elements as well as text. The third tab includes an e-card maker. Users can find more card style templates sorted into popular categories then add one or more personal photographs. The last tab is an HDR tool with ton mapping and local tone balancer.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Fotor has earned a lot of attention from web and mobile users. Many love the modern interface and easy to access tools. The collage and e-card designers are a great bonus that keeps many users returning. There are a few features missing from Fotor, but the average user will most likely not notice their absence. Overall the application has been well received and continues to draw in new users.

What are the differences to other apps?

Fotor does what many other online image editing applications can do, but it offers a few extras that are very appealing. First is the e-card builder. While a collage creator is more common, the e-card option is a nice touch. The application also maintains a modern looking interface that’s very easy to navigate, even for those who have no image editing experience.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Fotor is very pleasant to look at, even with a few advertisements thrown into the mix. Four simple tabs provide access to each area. The buttons and sliders are clearly labeled with vibrant green headers and practical icons that are easy to decipher. New users will have very little trouble figuring out how to get around within the application.

How does the registration process work?

Another appealing aspect of Fotor is that anyone can access its features without signing in. No registration is required and the user can spend as much time as they want tweaking images or arranging collages. Photos from third party services like Flickr, Facebook and Picasa can be imported, which will require the user to log in to access their media but this isn’t a requirement to use Fotor.

What does it cost to use the application?

Many users are swayed by the price of Fotor, which begins and ends at free. There are no subscription fees and the user is not required to make a purchase. The application doesn’t limit access so everyone can use the same features whenever they like. The website contains a few advertisements but they are generally kept out of the way, either above the interface or below the main buttons, sliders and selectors.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Fotor is a good option for anyone who wants to perform simple edits on their photographs. The application isn’t professional grade, but it has a lot to offer casual users. The collage and e-card builder tools are a fun addition that gives users more reasons to return. Fotor is easy to use and provides the convenience of Facebook, Flickr and Picasa photo importing so users can easily access images they already posted elsewhere.

  • Apply basic edits to images online
  • Build a custom photo collage
  • Create fun e-cards using personal photos
  • Import images from Facebook, Picasa and Flickr
  • Available as a mobile and Google Chrome app


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