When I was approached by Fotojet to review their online photo and graphic design editor. I was intrigued. With Fotojet, you can make anything from social media images to posters to magazine covers and flyers.     At first, I thought this is similar to Canva which is another online photo and graphic design editor. I use Canva a lot which is fab for those with limited graphic design skills and I am familiar with Adobe Photoshop (which I use less often!)  so wanted to see what else Fotojet could offer.

First impressions, well it looked very much like Canva when I first logged in and to use most tools and formats it is free but a stripped down version of Canva. This was because there wasn’t as many options than I am used to seeing when I log in to Canva.  Fotojet works in three sections these are the design, collage and photo editing sections. To use most tools and formats it is free but there is a paid version where you have a better choice of tools. With that I decided to create a few pictures to see how it worked.

Pink collage created with Fotojet

Essentially the method of creating images and designs it was very much uploading your images and dragging and dropping them. They had this lovely collage function which I had a go on and it certainly makes the blog look different.

I decided to edit a photo of myself and I was impressed at how improved the photos looked. The first photo below is the original photograph of me and the second one was when I had used the tint tool, my hair looks so much blonder and my skin looks so much better, not pale and pasty.

 

So would I recommend Fotojet? It is a nice little program, however I have used Canva a while and there are more editing options. So if you are a beginner or may find lots of tools over daunting or just want to create some social media images then it is fab.

Have you used Fotojet?

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Welcome to Blog 101, session four is focusing on free or low cost photo editing and image creator apps.

I can and do regularly use Photoshop in my day job for quick tweaks to artwork (I am not a designer at all!) but I don’t have the application at home and neither the advance skills needed to make use of the program. Here are four tried and tested programs that are free that I use.

Canva

This is my favourite program for creating social media images for my posts. The templates are wide and varied from social media images to adverts to printed media or you can create your own custom dimensions. The templates make it very easy to upload your images and overlay them onto your template. Canva gives you great design ideas and tonnes of different fonts and you can get a precise colour by typing in the hexcodes.  If you are creating a poster using canva and wondering if it prints well, my previous manager has created a 60×40 inch poster before and it has printed fine.

Picmonkey

I often resize my photos using Picmonkey. Again this program is easy to use with its resize, text overlay and has templates like Canva. You can add more effects with the photographs itself such as light effects. Less tools seem to be available free unlike Canva.

Fotojet*

I was recently contacted by Fotojet to try out there online graphic design maker. It very much reminded me of Canva albeit a more stripped down version. Again there are lots of functions such as templates to create social media images, create your own custom templates and background. I will write a more comprehensive post about this program separately. It does what it says on the tin, you can edit and create images and the program is easy to use however I think if I had to choose either Canva or Fotojet I would choose Canva as there are more design options.

VSCO

VSCO is an mobile phone app where if you are a bit bored of the Instagram filters and want to move up in the world it is the equivalent of the cooler older brother or sister. I mainly use VSCO for the filters and to resize images normally to put straight on Insta or Twitter. Favourite filters include HB1 and HB2, X1 and A6. A while ago it underwent a massive redesign and it looks pants now and I feel made the app harder to navigate.

Which low cost image and design programs do you use and recommend? Let me know in the comments below!