Written by Ronald Lye
Let’s face it: most of us are not great at using complex photo editing apps. Everyone wants to make their photos look great; to add cool effects to them, refine the picture tone, or change various colours within a selection. However, apps like Photoshop are better left in the hands of professionals or serious users, as many of the functions would probably leave an average user confused and frustrated. The recently released Fotor may be the saving grace general users are looking for: an intuitive, fast, easy-to-use, and effective photo editor.
When Fotor is launched, it prompts you to open an existing photo for editing, or to create a collage. The editing functions available are arranged in a tool bar divided into six selections. Overall, it offers a clean and modern interface which is easily understandable at first glance.
Scenes allow you to apply filters like backlit, darken, and cloudy. You can click on any of the filters and it will be applied almost instantaneously to your image.
The intuitive Crop tool lets you choose from a list of pre-set sizes, such as iPhone and DVD. If none of those selections are to your liking, you can still do it the old-fashioned way and crop it manually.
Adjust is where you can refine your tone, blur or sharpen the image, select the temperature and tint, intensity of the vignette, and straighten the image. This is the section you’ll probably spend most of your time on, due to the multiple options available. Every function offers a great deal of control in the form of sliders, allowing you to optimise the right amount for each selection.
4. Effects and Borders
Instagram users should feel right at home with the Effects tool. There are five categories to choose from, and you can toggle the intensity of the chosen effect. The Borders tool has quite a good selection, and it’ll make your picture look really cool when paired with your selected effect. If you’re looking for a quick enhancement fix and do not wish to spend time on Scenes and Adjust, using these two tools should be sufficient.
Tilt-shift allows you to apply selective focus effects on an area of the image, leaving the rest blurred out. You can also change the blur radius, tilt shift angle, and virtual aperture size. Of all the effects available, this is probably the one with a slightly steeper learning curve. Truth be told, you can ignore this effect and still get a decent image, so don’t be too discouraged if you can’t figure this part out.
After you’re done with the editing, you can either save your image on your computer, or share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr. All in all, Fotor is a great app for beginners. If you’re looking for creative images without spending too much time on editing, Fotor is perfect for you too. It excels in speed, being quick to master, and an interface which is concise and clean. The myriad effect combinations should also keep you busy for a while, if you want to find the best mix for your image. Download this free app today, and try it out for yourself!
Latest! The new version v1.2 for Mac have been released.
What’s new in v1.2.0
- Prepare for liftoff with more navigation options and a smoother interface.
- Access your iPhoto albums from within Fotor.
- No more photo sharing excuses! If Facebook or Twitter doesn’t make you want to share the love, we’ve added Flickr and email sharing options.
- Shortcuts to help you crop like a ninja in no time.
- Fixed bug with previewing RAW files, so quality is retained.
- Improved color management to ensure accurate color and quality.
- Optimized tilt-shift feathering for a more gradual transition into the effect.
- Fixed occasional thumbnail bug when saving images.
- Other bug fixes.
Fotor for desktop includes 13 unique 1-tap enhance configurations, over 80 effects and 30 styles of frames, an advanced tilt-shift editor, conversion functionality for RAW files, full support for retina displays, built-in social network sharing capability, and high-resolution file saving. All the essential photo editing tools are still available in this latest version. Adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, white balance, and saturation, sharpen/blur, add a vignette, or crop, straighten and rotate at your fingertips!
Visit the Mac App Store today to download Fotor!
For Mac users, find out more here.
For Windows users, find out more here.