This post may contain affiliate links. I was given complimentary access to FotoJet Editor Premium for purposes of providing my honest review of this product. All opinions are 100% my own.
FotoJet is an online graphic design tool you can use when you need to create graphics such as social media covers, posters, flyers, invitations, or collages. You can also use the tool to retouch, enhance or edit images without having to learn complex programs such as Adobe Photoshop.
When the great folks at FotoJet reached out to me to review their product, I was pleased to get the opportunity. Although I would call myself fully dedicated to Photoshop, I often keep a list of handy supplementary tools in my back pocket to assist me when I’m rushed for time and need to create something quickly.
Today, I’ll give you an overview of the FotoJet Plus version, which is the paid plan.
Product: FotoJet Editor Plus
Category: Online graphic design software
Cost: Two payment options: $34.99 billed once annually, or $4.99 if choosing the monthly option.
FotoJet: Photo editor
A simple Photo Editor allows you to adjust the size, effects, colors, and rotation of your images without having to know much about photography. Basic photo editing tools are available to all users and include auto enhancing, cropping, resizing, rotating, exposure, and color. Advanced photo editing tools (available only to Plus members) include tools such as sharpening, dehazing, noise reducing, vignette, focusing, color splash, and selective filtering.
There are also a handful of other handy effects you can apply such as featured effects, black and white, sepia, vintage, chromatic, lomo, old photo and scene. Complete your photo editing with text, clipart, overlay effects, and frames.
The best part of using this photo editor is that you can possess little to no knowledge about photo editing and the terms that go with it, and still successfully produce professional-looking photos.
FotoJet: Create a design
FotoJet’s Graphic Design tool is a very easy and useful tool to use. Create a wide variety of graphics such as posters, flyers, invitations, cards, magazine covers, social media headers and posts, and banner ads. Simply click on the desired graphic and it takes you to an editor screen where you can choose from free or paid templates, add photos from your computer or Facebook, and share your completed designs on social media.
FotoJet: Create a collage
FotoJet’s collage design tool allows you to create collages, photo cards, comics, fun photos, or frames. Simply select your desired graphic and again you are taken to an editor screen where you can bring your creation to life.
FotoJet: Basic version
If you are not in the market to spend a little money on the Plus membership, the basic version is sufficient enough to carry out basic image editing and projects. If the Plus membership is something you would be interested in down the road, you have the option to upgrade the free account to the Plus account at any time.
My FotoJet Ratings
Ease of Use
I simply didn’t feel comfortable when I loaded FotoJet into my browser. I kept looking for a way to sign up for a free account. There was no button or link directing me to the account sign-up process. This needs to be fixed. I had to click on “Login” just to get to the new account registration form. I highly recommend FotoJet add a new account registration button at the top of the home page. There is a button to upgrade for the Plus account, but if you are simply looking to stay with the free version, you have to go into one of FotoJet’s tools, create your graphic, and then sign up for the account at the end of the process. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, I just think the layout has room for improvement.
For the most part, I found the photo editor easy to use. I wasn’t too sure how to use the focus and tilt shift tools to get the desired blur effect into my image. Regardless of the intensity of the blur, I couldn’t get a proper blend between blur and clear sections of my image. I don’t have this problem at all in Photoshop so FotoJet didn’t earn any brownie points from me with the blur/focus tool.
Site Design/Layout: I really love the FotoJet layout. Everything is easy to find (except for a new account registration button). FotoJet looks nearly identical to Canva. One of the best parts of the design is that all of your design options appear in the left column, and any photos you’ve uploaded appear in the right. This layout gives you plenty of room to work with your graphics in the middle of the screen.
Speed: When I tried to load www.fotojet.com in FireFox, it took nearly 25-30 seconds to fully load with a super-fast internet connection. I also loaded it into Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge and experienced the same initial delay. While this isn’t nearly the amount of time it takes for me to load a memory hogging program like Photoshop, the developers of FotoJet should look for ways to speed up this process.
Photo Editor Performance: I had problems working with the photo editor inside of Mozilla Firefox. As soon as I selected the Vignette effect, my image size dropped from fitting on my screen to a size so small I could barely see it. Selecting the “Undo” arrow reversed this problem. When I tried the Vignette effect again, nothing changed and my image didn’t load all the way. I closed out of Firefox, loaded the same image in Google Chrome, and all features seemed to work. I had a fully edited image in about 5 minutes.
Graphic Designer Performance: The Graphic Design feature is great for creating basic graphics, such as social media posts and headers, invitations, or flyers. I tested its functionality by creating a sample invitation. It was easy to create the invitation using FotoJet’s backgrounds, fonts, and colors. The whole process took less than 5 minutes, and I was able to easily save it to my PC.
Collage Creator Performance: I don’t create photo collages that often, but FotoJet’s collage feature really makes it easy to make them. I used several of my own images to create the design, and had it completed in less than 3 minutes.
FotoJet’s prices are definitely not outrageous. If you are a moderate user of the kinds of graphic design services they provide, it’s an affordable alternative to some of the more elaborate and expensive programs. I currently pay less than $11 per month for Photoshop. If you don’t have that amount of money to spend on a graphic design solution, check out FotoJet’s $4.99 per month option. To save even more money, it’s worth paying the annual price.
If you are in need of customer support, there is a link at the very bottom of the page that takes you to a page where you can access tutorials and tips, FAQs, or a place to make a suggestion. Since I did not have any issues requiring customer support, I was unable to test FotoJet’s response time. What disappoints me about the support section is that there is no option to email FotoJet directly when there are issues. There is a separate “Contact Us” link in the site footer that allows you to provide feedback. I would like to see an online tech support chat feature or an official ticket system for issues in future versions.
My honest opinion is that FotoJet is a descent graphic design service for those individuals who do not need the complexity of high-end graphic design applications. I really like the layout of the site, and the ease of creating graphics without having to know advanced design terms and coding. If you are in the market for a quick tool to use, there are multiple tools on the market to suit your needs. If I had the choice between FotoJet or Canva, I’d go with Canva. Canva seems to have more options, better service, and a very solid reputation. I see a lot of bloggers speak very highly of Canva. I definitely recommend FotoJet if you are on a budget, or even need something free for the time being. FotoJet definitely won’t disappoint you in terms of cost. Creating a quick graphic for my blog or a flyer announcing an event couldn’t be easier.
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