Photo Editing: A Fun Free Tool

It’s a running joke in our family: Anytime I try to arrange something, it always ends up in a row or looking too symmetrical. Designing things is not my strength. It makes no difference if it is decorating, photo editing, or planting things in the yard. I tend to be very linear and perhaps too balanced. The solution, at least for gardening, has been to let me be the one to plant and maintain the vegetable garden. I can plant in rows all I want to. It’s one place where symmetry is okay. With my weak design skills in mind, I’ve been trying to improve my photography skills. Basically, I need all of the help I can get. So when a representative of Fotor photo editing software company contacted me, inviting me to test out their free program, I enthusiastically agreed to give it a try. This is not a sponsored post. Here’s what I’ve found, and I’d like to share it with you!

7 easy ways to use Fotor for photo editing

Trying the Flat Lay Photo Technique

I’ve been wanting to try the flat lay photo technique for awhile. You know, the style of photo that shows some random objects artfully scattered (a challenge for me) on a plain background, shot from above. So I scurried around the house, gathering little bloggerish-looking props, and here’s the result:

photo editing first flat lay

As you can see, I had a bit of trouble with the randomness aspect. Also, I used my phone, not a fancy camera. I don’t own a fancy camera. I have a beloved, battered point-and-shoot, but I find I use my phone for most of my blog pics. My photo needs a lot of work, right? So here we go. Let’s put the features of Fotor to the test.

Crop, Crop and Crop Some More

Here’s the basic editing menu dashboard as I used the cropping tool to get rid of all of the sloppiness around the edges. Cropping was easy, and undoing would have been easy as well.

photo editing cropping

The editing tools are intuitive, tutorials are provided, and the layout of the editing dashboard is easy to follow. I also used the 1-Tap Enhance option at the top of the left menu. What did I have to lose? Here’s my photo after cropping and enhancing:

photo editing cropped

Exploring the Photo Editing Effects Menu

Hey, hey, hey! Look what I just did! I used the Color Splash feature in the Effects menu and was able to convert the photo to black and white, then add a splash of color to a selected area. Pretty cool!

photo editing color splash

One of my other favorite choices in the Effects menu is the Tilt Shift feature. With this option, part of the photo remains clear while the rest is blurred. In this example, I chose to leave my cup of tea in focus. Very fun!

photo editing tilt shift

Skipping the Beauty Menu

The next item on the list of left menu choices is the Beauty menu. For my flat lay photo, I have no need of the Blemish Fix, Wrinkle Remover (Nice!) or Weight Lost options. However, next time I change my profile picture on my social media accounts, heh heh, those might be fun choices to try. One little trick I tried was to use the Teeth Whitening feature to erase some of the shadows in my photo. It didn’t get rid of the shadows entirely, but I think it lightened them up a bit.

Testing Out the Frames, Stickers and Text Menus

Other menus on the left of the editing screen include Frames, Stickers and Text. Just to save time, I added all three features to the photo. There are many frame options that are only available with the premium version. The same is true for the stickers. However, there are enough free options to choose from to add a bit of fun and color to any photo. Here’s my framed and stickered photo, with my website address added using the Text menu:

photo editing frame sticker text

Designing an Image for Pinterest

I decided to test out Fotor’s Design feature. There are many templates to choose from if you have the premium version of Fotor. If you are only using the free version, there are a lot fewer template options. The ones available with the free version are simple and plain, but that’s not entirely a bad thing. I was able to take a plain template, insert my carefully edited flat lay photo, and design a Pinterest image. It took me longer than it would have on Canva, which I use for most of my designs, but I got it done.

Photo editing Fotor Article

Bottom Line: There is a lot to Love About Fotor

As someone with basically no design skills, I think Fotor will add a much-needed boost to my photo editing skills. The program is easy to use, and the free version includes a surprising amount of options. Fotor combines the photo editing capabilities of PictMonkey with the design capabilities of Canva. Fotor is a better photo editor than graphic designer, but for a free program, it provides far more tools than what I expected. I didn’t even mention the Collage component, which offers free options for arranging your photos. Also, there is a free app which I am looking forward to using. The one drawback to the free version is that there are ads along the bottom and right borders of the screen. I’m used to ignoring ads, but I think the loading of the ads slows down Fotor’s functions at times.

What About You?

Do you have all of the photo editing tools you need? Might Fotor be a good fit for you? This was probably a painful post for some of you to read, as you witnessed my feeble attempt at a flat lay photo. I’ll keep practicing my skills, and will try to improve. If you have any photo editing advice, or have a favorite editing tool you like to use, I’d value your input. If you like what you’ve read today, and would like to receive exclusive access to other blogging resources, including an ebook, checklists, video tutorials, Pinterest background templates and more, please consider subscribing. Have a wonderful week, and thank you for taking the time to visit my site today!

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21 thoughts on “Photo Editing: A Fun Free Tool”

  1. Great content. Thanks for sharing such useful content.

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    • You are very welcome! I’m glad you thought it was useful.

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  2. Lisa, I just love reading your posts. Your exploratory spirit is intriguing and guess what? I’m like you when it comes to designing things so I’ll definitely try out this new tool.

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    • Betty,

      Wow, thank you for your enthusiasm and kind words! I’m so glad you enjoy my posts. I’m also glad we can support each other on our respective graphic design journeys!

      Lisa

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  3. There are so many different tools to use that I lose track! This one looks great though. I tend to forget to edit my photos because it takes a lot of time, so thanks for the reminder to do it.

    George – britvoyage.com

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    • Georgia,

      I am glad you like the look of Fotor. I’m like you. I often forget to do much more than crop my photos, but now I’m doing better at remembering to edit because the website and app are so easy to use. Thanks for reading and commenting, and good luck with all of your photo editing in the future!

      Lisa

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  4. Right now I just edit with my basic photo editing software that comes on my Mac. I’ve been wanting to blur out my backgroun for some images I love that this is possible and I really love the splash of colour you can add. Is this a software you download to your computer? Is there an app for phone editing? Thanks so much I can’t wait to give it a try.

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    • Jenn,

      Here’s the link to the site, which you just use when you are online:
      https://www.fotor.com/ and yes, there is a free app. I used it just yesterday. Although some of the features that are on the web version are not on the app, it does give you a lot of editing options on the go. Thanks for reading and commenting. Good luck with all of your photo editing experiments!

      Lisa

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      • Thanks so much Lisa! I will definitely try this out. Already have a pic in mind 😍

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  5. Looks good! I always use Snapseed.

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    • Hazel,

      Thanks for letting me know about Snapseed. That’s one I need to check out. I always appreciate suggestions and ideas from readers. Thanks for reading my post, and thanks for the tip!

      Lisa

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  6. Thank you so much for writing this. I am not good at photo editing. This was very helpful!

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    • Andrea,

      I had fun writing this post, so you are very welcome! I am still learning a lot about photo editing as well, so it was a good experience to try out this program. I’m glad you found it helpful! Good luck with all of your photo editing in the future.

      Lisa

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  7. Photo editing can be such a fun way to tap into your creative side, especially when you start playing around with focus and colour effects! Their program looks like a ton of fun!

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    • Britt,

      It was fun to play around with the different options. I think I only scratched the surface, and an expert photographer might be able to show much more impressive results. It’s a start, though. You seem to have a lot of experience with photo editing. Thanks for reading and commenting on the post. I hope you have success with all of your future photo editing projects!

      Lisa

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  8. I have only been using one tool. Good to find other ways. Thanks for sharing. A blogger can never have enough resources so anything new helps.

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    • Nadia,

      Yes, I agree about having a large number of resources to draw from, especially when they are free! I’m glad you liked my post, and thanks for taking the time to comment. Have a super day!

      Lisa

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  9. Super cool tips! I don’t know why, but I always forgot about the laying flat capture. I will try to remember because you are right these flat photos look very good. Thanks!

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    • Andrea,

      I’m glad you thought my flat photos looked good. I had fun experimenting! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my post. I appreciate the affirmation!

      Lisa

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  10. I’ll have to check out this app! I just downloaded photoshop and I’m so overwhelmed trying to learn how to use it. This will be great to use in the meantime when I need something simple!

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    • Patrice,

      I hope the app works well for you. Good for you, trying to learn photoshop. I’ve always been intimidated by it, so if you have any great Photoshop tips or write about it in your blog, I’d love to read your tips. Thanks so much for your comment!

      Lisa

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