The month of May begins tomorrow and summer is going to properly kick in. We are all going to be wearing shorts, cool clothes, and taking a lot of pictures of us enjoying the outdoors. But before you go on and share those pictures online, you are probably going to adjust their lighting, add some effects, crop out things you do not want in the image, and modify those digital images in various other ways. While you can do all of these features using various web applications, nothing beats the quick responsiveness that is offered by a desktop app. Here to be the only image editing desktop application you will need is the brilliant “Fotor.”
Fotor is an all-in-one image editor for Windows computers. I have used a lot of image editors before Fotor and the effects it offers plus the intuitive interface have been unmatched by the other apps I have tried so far. To get started on the application, you must first download and install its setup file that is sized at nearly 40 MB. After you install the application, you can open images in it to be edited. Supported image file formats include JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIF. The image loads up in the left pane and editing controls are displayed in the right. The first set of editing options is scene modes. Here you are able to click on a relevant scene for the photograph. This set of options basically pertains to lighting issues. All you have to do is select the relevant scene and the lighting is adjusted. You can also go with the ‘Auto’ scene option in case you are not sure which option to pick.
Cropping options let you select image size and frame type. The aspect ratios are accompanied by useful texts about where such ratios are used. For example, ‘iPhone’ is written next to 2×3 which indicates that this ratio is used on iPhones.
The Adjust set of options let you fix image levels of exposure, brightness, contrast, saturation, blur, and temperature (relevant to white balance).
Most users will be interested in the Effects mode. Here you will find all kinds of effects – definitely a good number to satisfy the regular person wanting to edit his images. The effects are categorized in tabs titled Classic, Lomo, B&W, Vignette, and Art. To apply an effect, all you have to do is click on it. Any changes you make in the Effects mode or any other mode are reflected in the left pane as the image is updated in real time.
A border can also be picked as a frame for your image. Numerous tasteful options are provided here unlike the cheesy borders offered by numerous web apps that offer the same function.
The tiltshift effect, in case you do not know, lets you focus on one part of the application while blurring out the rest. You can select from circular and rectangular tiltshift effects while choosing he blur level and focus levels.
When you are done editing your image, you can save it offline in the JPEG, BMP, PNG, or TIF file format.
You can also share your images online through the application on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter.
In case you want to view camera information or other metadata of the image you edit, you can check out the EXIF data captured by Fotor (if it is available).
Overall, Fotor is a thoroughly impressive desktop application that will please all types of Windows users. Get this app as soon as possible and impress your friends with the amazing effects that you employ to your images.
You can get Fotor for Windows from here.