As a blogger, I am often editing photos for use here in the blog as well as on my social media channels. To do this, I need to use a good graphic design tool or a photo editing app. I have tried quite a few over the past few years and recently I was asked to try another one called Fotojet.
FotoJet is a free web app that enables users to quickly create amazing photo cards, collages and social media arts without any downloading or installing. You can simply create an account at www.fotojet.com and you’ll already be able to use it. However, in the free account, you will be limited to using certain functions only.
There are three categories you can use Fotojet for and they are DESIGN, COLLAGE and EDIT. I tried doing all three . But before I show you the outcome, let me show you first the FotoJet interface.
As you can see here, the interface is simple, clean and easy to understand. I found it easy to navigate even without reading or watching any tutorial on how to use the app. Should you need tutorials though, they are also made available on the site.
On the upper left portion, you can just click on DESIGN, COLLAGE or EDIT depending on what you wish to do. Below that are the different editing tools you can use. Take note though that not all tools will be available for you to use if you’re using a free account. If you want to have full access, you’ll have to get the upgrade.
At the top center part of the interface, are the Open, Save, Share and Print functions.
I first tried to edit photos because, as a blogger, this is what I most often do. I chose a photo of my son from one of the events we recently attended. As you can see here on the BEFORE, the photo is a bit dark and grainy and needed a bit of cropping.
So, after logging in to my account on FotoJet, I just clicked EDIT on the top left portion of the screen. From here, you can already upload a photo straight from your computer or even from Facebook. I chose my son’s photo from my computer and it appeared like this below.
On the left side, I used some of the editing tools available to me, such as crop, resize, exposure and color. I wanted to sharpen the image and remove some of the noise on the image as well but those were not available in the free account. You can also have the option to add effects, text, clipart, overlay and frames.
I decided to keep mine simple because I wanted to use my son’s photo on a blog post. Here’s the AFTER shot.
The photo has now been cropped to a better size and is now brighter and with colors that are more vibrant.
For this I decided to make a Father’s Day card for my hubby which I wanted to post on Facebook. You can actually choose to make just a classic collage or something more creative, such as a photo card such as the one below.
I chose a creative one. There are several templates to choose from already. All you need to do is to click on your choice then add photos on to the template. You can likewise add text, clipart and backgrounds.
Here’s what I came up with.
Not bad, huh?
For design, you can choose to make several things including posters, flyers, cards and even Facebook ads, social media headers and posts. Because I’ve started using my YouTube channel officially last month, I thought I needed to spruce my channel up with YouTube channel art.
Like the collage option, there are also ready-made templates already that you can use. You can also add on some text, clipart and backgrounds. There were several themes to choose from. I chose a lifestyle one and added some stock photos that are also available already on the app. Here’s the final output.
So pretty, right?
Overall, I really liked this app for the following reasons.
- It’s simple and the interface is easy to navigate.
- You can already use it for free and even the upgrade option is not expensive at all if you plan on using the app a lot.
- It’s web-based. I don’t really like editing photos on my phone or iPad because the screens are smaller than my laptop. Also, apps on mobile phones and tablets tend to use up a lot of memory and uses up your battery faster.
- This one has a lot of templates already that are ready-to-use, which makes designing and editing quicker and more convenient.
- It allows you to upload photos not just from your computer but also from Facebook. There are lots of stock photos also available.
- When saving your work, you can even choose the quality level (Low, Medium, or High). You can likewise choose to save either as a JPG or PNG file.
- You can immediately share your work as well on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. Alternatively, you can choose to print your work directly from the app.
The only things I didn’t really like are the ads that appear on the outer sides of the interface. However, you can do away with those if you choose to upgrade.
For more information about FotoJet, visit www.fotojet.com.