Photo Fun, Part III: FotoFlexer
I was going to end my series on web-based photo-editing tools this week with my favorite site, but I found another tool I wanted to mention before my finale. So I bumped my favorite site to next week and decided to look at FotoFlexer this week.
I will say that FotoFlexer isn’t my favorite site, but it is worth mentioning because it does the same thing as many of the other sites. I also like that it offers lots of font choices…including glitter fonts. Not that I’d ever use a glitter font, but you never know!
FotoFlexer divides its tools into eight categories: Basic, Effects, Decorate, Animation, Beautify, Distort, Layers, and Geek.
The site gives a lot of flexibility in what you can do to a photo. Each of the thirty-four effects has numerous customizable options, from applying effect only on selected areas of the photo to fading and intensity control. Eight frames are available, and more fonts than I had time to count (far more than the other sites I’ve reviewed). Each font is available as a glitter font. The stickers are more like actual stickers of butterflies, hearts, holiday items, and cute doodles, and many are available as glitter animated stickers.
Of course, you can also crop, resize, rotate, flip, copy, fix red eye and blemishes, and make adjustments to contrast and colors — just like with all of the other sites. Like iPiccy, FotoFlexer lets you play with layers and advanced photo editing tools, such as curves, smart cutout, and smart scissors. The easy collage feature would work well for displaying book covers, since it offers linear photos, but there are only twenty collage layouts and they are not customizable. I could only display 2-5 books in a single row, which is limiting. Photos must be uploaded to a specific spot in the collage layout, so you’d better know exactly where you want your photos to go! Otherwise the process might be a somewhat restricting and tedious.
Like iPiccy, FotoFlexer allows users to go directly from the collage mode to editing mode. I still don’t understand why PicMonkey makes that step so clunky.
Oh, and if you are looking for a site to make your own motivational/demotivational posters, FotoFlexer has a poster option that does just that.
The limitations in collage mode make this site hard to use as my primary site, but I do love the plethora of fonts! I don’t really care for the effects, they are more cartoonish/fun edits than hipster/artsy filters.
And who knows…I may have a need for glitter fonts and stickers one day.
Overall, the site is rather boring. Like iPiccy, it’s great for basic edits, but not-so-great for adding my own personality to things. It’s very limited unless you want cute/cheesy. Even the layout and graphics of the site are dull. The ads at the top are kind of annoying, though moving to full-screen mode eliminates them in just one click (a feature other sites don’t offer).
BUT THE FONTS!! There are so many fonts, including lots of great handwriting fonts (which I love). It’s a little “scrapbook-esque,” but I do love scrapbooking. The fonts may be nice and plentiful, but using them can be clunky. All text has a default white block background, and once the text is added it can’t be edited. This is a REALLY annoying complication, especially if I notice a typo after adding multiple blocks of text — I have to hit “undo” and delete everything to start over. Note to online photo editors: I hate that.
Coming up next week, I review my favorite site. It’s not perfect (the text feature is clunky in a different way), but it’s pretty darn close. Check back here for the final installment of my Photo Fun series. Same time, same place.
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