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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Editing with Fotor

Post production is essential to the photos I post here. An image straight out of the camera never graces these pages. Exposure, white balance, sharpness and curves always require some tweaking, along with blemish removal and a few other minor touch ups.

Unfortunately most photo editing software comes at a very high price point, and not everyone can afford it. Thankfully there are companies like Fotor, hard at work, granting everyone free access to these key editing features online.

Fotor invited me to give their editor a try, and I was greatly pleased with the results. Every basic editing tool you need is both represented and simple to use and understand if this is new territory for you.

I was able to edit my photos just how I would if I were using Lightroom (except for being able to edit the raw file). I was even able to add my watermark in my usual font, as Fotor can access all your local fonts.

When you are finished editing you can save the photo to your hard drive or upload it directly to your favorite service. Getting my photos to my Flickr account was fast and simple. You can save a file as large as 1066 x 1600 pixels. 

Wool Sweater - Red Pea Coat

Check out your changes - It's easy to see how your edits look with the side-by-side comparison. 

A look at the editor - All the basics and tons of extras. I was impressed to see you could even edit the curves.

On the spot - Here I used the blemish remover, teeth whitener, iris enhancer, and even experimented with the digital makeup to enhance my blush.  They all looked subtle and natural. 

I tried the wrinkle remover/skin smoother, but this was essentially just a blur tool and did not deliver pleasing results. 
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Borderline - It's easy to stitch photos together, as few as two, as many as 12. You can make collages as well.
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Time for a little fun - Fotor has dozens of photo frames and borders, like this Polaroid inspired one. You can customize the border sizes and add little 'handwritten' notes. 

You can also utilize their library of greeting card templates to create photo cards you can then print out yourself. 

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The Rundown
Birdseye Wool Sweater Woolrich thrifted similar
Jeans "Lola" Lucky Brand
Red Pea Coat Nine West via TJMaxx similar
Duck Boots B.A. Sport similar
Brooklyn Camera Bag ONA via Young Adventuress Giveaway
Anchor Belt ASOS
Beanie Borrowed from my Dad similar
Gloves Antonio Murolo via TJMaxx similar
Socks Target simlar
Sunglasses Ray-Ban Meteor c/o TJMaxx

I received compensation from Fotor for this post, however my views and opinions are my own.


Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

It looks like a really easy and fun tool! ooh and you look fabulous despite the snow!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Putri Valentina said...

cool coat and shoes dear :D

Courtney Erin said...

I need to try this - I'm so lazy with my editing - I just use the program that came with my camera and it's pretty basic/sub par. I need to up my game!

Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

Alissa said...

I haven't used anything other than Bridge and Photoshop. Once I finally got the hang of editing in there it's hard to go somewhere else!

Aracely @ Mama Fashion Files said...

I'll have to give Foto a try your photos look great. Love the outfit, super chic and comfy.

KP said...

I love red and navy together such a fun combo! You also look ultra cozy. On a random note, I just followed you on pinterest and I love it such great pins!

xoxo, KP
Eleventh & Sixteenth

Jessica U said...

I'm convinced! Going to give it a try

Lorena said...

Shame on me. I usually upload as is, just crop :/
However sometimes when I do the collages I add a little light, usually with pixlr.
I might give this a try!

Elle Sees said...

i'd not heard of this, so i'm glad you shared it with us. i wanna check it out.

Cee said...

I have more photo editting programs than I really need at home, but there are still some things they can't do and/or that I don't have the skills to do with them... and in those instances, Fotor is my go-to online editor. I especially love their collage feature! Your photos turned out beautifully, and no one would ever guess you didn't use the same editor you always do. Your red coat looks so vibrant in these shots!

Shannon Rice said...

Definitely going to check out that editing tool! I'm not too good at photo editing yet, so I've been hesitant to spend the money - this looks like a great alternative!

Also, Loving that bag!!

Clothes & Quotes

Closet Fashionista said...

Oh wow, that looks and sounds pretty awesome! I'm too lazy to do anything but the auto adjustments with photoshop on my photos, haha. Although I do remove blemishes and occasionally have to fix the color a bit more.
Loving this outfit too, looks so comfy! :D

Laura B said...

Always love trying out free photo editing software! This looks great! I love your sweater and belt! What a pretty background!

Lulu Monema said...

Love your coat.
Thanks for your comment.
see you

Lady of Style said...

The colours you have recently worn like navy, emerald and this dark red all suit you so perfectly well.

Great photos again and I didn't know this online photo editor. Usually I use Photoshop but when I am not at my computer I often need an online tool and will definitely try Fotor, it sounds great! Thank you for this detailled review.

Annette | Lady of Style
2 x 60€ Valentine's Legwear Giveaway

Cheryl van den Berg said...

I like how easily it does collages. Great shoes too!

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

Thanks for sharing Lyddie! I use Picasa and Pic Monkey right now because photoshop is a bit on the pricy end. I appreciate finding out about a new editor!

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

Thanks for sharing Lyddie! I use Picasa and Pic Monkey right now because photoshop is a bit on the pricy end. I appreciate finding out about a new editor!

Van Nguyen said...

Thanks for the notice. I'll have to try it out. Your photos always look great. I like this warm outfit.

Kim Alston said...

As bloggers we're always looking for great editing tools. Will definitely try Fotor. Thanks Lyddia! Love your outfit and that red coat.

Iris P. said...

Love the jacket!!!

Shey said...

Awesome, thanks for the review Lyddie! Love your preppy vibe lately. :)

Ginny MyNewFavoriteOutfit said...

Such great pictures, I'll have to check this site out.

Rachelle (http://pinksole.com/) said...

oh cool I love learning about new fun tools.


~Jeimy~ said...

Wow perfection thank you for letting us know about this awesome sight i will for sure check it out !!!

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

Thanks for the review! I currently use Picasa to color correct my photos and this photo editor looks like it's got a few more fun tools.

Jenny Plog said...

The Photos are gorgeous, and the editting program sounds great!!!
Love your outfit dear!!!


TaraMixandMatch said...

The photos look awesome, and you look amazing in red!

Mica T said...

Looks like such a useful photo editor! :)

Away From Blue

Diana Mieczan said...

It looks like an awesome tool to try and your photos are stunning. xo

Liz said...

I forgot what I was going to say once I saw that gorgeous bag ... oh yeah, Fotor! I want to try it next time I upload. I've used Photoshop extensively at work but don't own it, iPhoto's features haven't been cutting it, and PicMonkey does weird things to photos that make it look like you put an effect or filter on even though you didn't. Love this post!

Emeralds and Stripes

Christine Ly said...

I just downloaded this. Excited to give it a try. :D Your sweater is really cute & awesome anchor as always. :P

~ Christine from Invisible Blush

Alexandra Shook said...

This software is super cool! The iris enhancer is definitely a good feature. I'm still a huge fan of Lightroom and PSE though.

Yaudy Cristina said...

Fun tool!

Jeans and a Teacup said...

Very cool! I actually only use iphoto to edit my photos but it can only do so much. I'm always on the lookout for a free editing program that I can do a lot with! Thanks for the intro!

Jodi H said...

I love the anchor belt buckle. Thus will be perfect in summer as well.


geetabix said...

Great outfit! And as someone interested in film, I love the occasional tech posts!

Elegance and Mommyhood said...

Great photos. I will give FOTOR a try. I do very minor editing to my photos before posting them. The outfit is warm, fun, urban and casual too. Plus colorful. =)