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FotoJet

Online Photo Collage made easy

By Ko Maruyama

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FotoJet
Online Photo Collage made easy

While FotoJet is not a name you may be familiar with, their website, dedicated to editing and assembling your photography will make you take notice.  FotoJet is so easy to use, I think it's not necessary to write up a how-to, but just let you know what's nice about it.



If you've ever decided that you want to print out an invitation, thank you note, or even a flier of any kind, you may go looking for templates.  FotoJet has 'em.  If you've ever made a collage out of photos on your phone, you might try something like Instagram's Layout app.  What do you use when you've got a series of photos on your laptop or desktop?  




Check out FotoJet.  It's an online site that offers you a way to create and design all kinds of layouts from your photo library - just upload them to the site.  



You can use the service month to month (for about $5 each month). Or if you are making these types of printables from your photography every month, sign up annually for about $3/month.  You can try it out for free for 7 days by signing up with an email - - but you don't even need an email to walk through some of the useful features FotoJet offers.

I didn't sign up for anything - I just wanted to take a 'quick peek' to see whether or not I wanted to write something about them.  Even with the stock resources and limited options as a guest, I got hooked.



COLLAGE
 This is really easy to set up.  Laying out photography and setting type onto a simple card is something that could take you a long time.  The templates here make it really easy.
Most sites that offer similar services may only offer a handful of web fonts, but FotoJet offers several, and the option to use fonts that are on your own device.  

+1 FONTS
+1 LAYOUT SIMPLE

Of course, as a designer, I want much more control than simply slugging an image into a template can usually provide.  'Setting type in layers', 'editing imagery through stacked effects', 'adding color treatments to photography' are all features that I expect from professional software.  I was really impressed that it was included in FotoJet too.

DESIGN
Wanna make a quick card?  Design your own with these templates.   
I didn't play around in this area too long.  It looks like many other template sites that you might find, but the fact that it is an option that lives alongside COLLAGE and EDIT allow more options for the user. 



EDIT
This is a new feature apparently.  It allows you to add some variation and post production filters and effects to your photography.  If I sat down for the free trial, I'd probably try to see if you can save your work as a photo, then take the entire piece through these filters.  There are some really great ones in there.  You can shift your photography treatment based on the photos in the collage, or against the design template you've chosen.

+1 COLOR CORRECT PHOTOS TO YOUR LAYOUT


If you're a Photoshop Professional, this might not be for you.  However, if you create holiday greetings and like to make custom thank you cards and invitations without the learning curve that professional software may bring with it, FotoJet is really easy to get into.

+1 EASE OF USE

Anyone who can point and click with a mouse, drag images around the screen, and drag slider values can use the interface (flash required).  The templates do most of the heavy lifting, so you don't even have to be a designer - just know what you want it to look like and make a couple of clicks. I'm pretty confident you'll be able to execute the layout with FotoJet.

SHARE
When you're done you can easily send it to social media sites, print it out, or save it as a PDF and bring it to your local printer for some high end cards.



MISSING
I'm only using the guest version - but it seems limited to 8.5'x11' prints
There is no obvious landscape version
There are no search or sorting options.. (Did you want to view 'hipster' or 'baby' templates or boolean 'hipster + baby')
You can't move some of the edit effects off the screen.  I like the bokeh, but I only want to use a tiny bit in the corner.

After a cursory review of the site, there are far more plusses than there are minuses.  And some of the limitations I see in the site are because I'm holding it to the standard of a professional photo editing software.

For a web option, this does a fantastic job.  It's simple, clean, and concise.  If you want to make a print that goes beyond what's offered in a free online invitation service, or you actually want to print out an image, $5 for a month of usage seems fine.   I wouldn't create enough to merit a year's membership, but if you're creating collage images for community newsletters, religious bulletins, or even regular educational posters, I can see how this might be a really easy way to get custom layouts with your personal photography completed quickly.

Try it out - easy to remember.... fotojet.com
Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.

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