Fotor is a comprehensive suite of photo editing programs that initially began as web-based software designed for Flash Player. Presently, it has evolved into a multi-platform service, offering three web-based programs on HTML5, a mobile application for both iOS and Android, and a professional-grade photo editing software compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems.
Fotor encompasses a range of features, including photo editing, collage creation, graphic design, HDR processing, and basic image retouching. While excelling in various functionalities, it also serves as proficient photo restoration software. However, users contemplating Fotor as an alternative to Adobe Lightroom should carefully consider its capabilities.
The photo editor comes equipped with pre-installed filters and basic editing tools, facilitating tasks such as cropping and simple color corrections. It surpasses the functionalities of many free HDR software options. Additionally, users can create collages, perform basic photo retouching, and explore simple design ideas within the application.
While Fotor provides a wealth of features, some are restricted in the free version. Limitations include the inability to rotate crop sizes or adjust filter opacity. Moreover, the text adding feature is somewhat limited and may not meet advanced requirements. The free version is notably burdened by an excess of advertising, occupying more than 30% of the page.
For a more comprehensive experience, users can opt for the Desktop and Mobile versions of Fotor, which offer high-quality performance and unlock the program's full potential. Notably, the desktop version supports various image file formats, including RAW, which is uncommon for free photo editing software.
Fotor operates in three separate modes: Edit, Collage, and Design. These modes function independently, providing users with flexibility. The web version's Editing module is well-suited for basic editing and retouching, while the Collage module allows users to create visually appealing collages using templates. The Design module focuses on creating personal or school projects.
Despite its strengths, Fotor Web exhibits some drawbacks. Users may encounter noise issues when opening JPEG images, and there are occasional freezing problems after applying certain effects. The Basic set offers essential editing tools, including cropping, color correction, and exposure adjustments. The Effect tab features 38 sets of effects, enhancing photos without oversaturation.
The Collage section offers standard collage options with a variety of templates. Fotor Desktop allows users to work with RAW files and provides an advanced set of adjustment tools comparable to those found in Lightroom. However, saving images in Fotor Desktop is relatively slow.
The Fotor Mobile app provides a wealth of functions, including in-app contests and a small social network. The "Missions" feature offers competitions with rewards, encouraging users to showcase their creativity. The store allows users to access numerous effects, fonts, frames, and collages for free.
Fotor is available for free with basic functionalities across online, mobile, and computer platforms. Upgrading to the Fotor Pro full web version is priced at $8.99 per month or $39.99 per year, while the desktop version costs $4.99 per month or $19.99 per year. The Pro version eliminates advertising, offers exclusive photo effects, and includes advanced HDR technology. The free versions of Fotor are suitable for basic editing, collage creation, and simple design tasks.