There are a slew of online Photo editors these days, but only a few really stand out for me. One of them is Picnik which we reviewed back in April, and another is FotoFlexer, which is pretty new to the scene of photo editing. While they may be fairly new, they provide a service that offers complex features but is simple to use. Their latest version was launched this morning, so I decided to give it a try.
One of the first things you’ll do to get started is decide whether you want to upload a picture from your computer, “Flex” a live image from your webcam, or “flex” your photos from sites like Facebook, Flickr, MySpace, and Picasa. They also have sample images that you can play around with, which is the route I chose. The image I selected is pictured below so that the changes I make will be more noticeable.
The interface is tabbed, and so simple to navigate around. There’s of course, your basic tools that will allow you to flip, rotate, crop, resize, and more. But then there are other tools like Color Effects, Distort, Beautify, Text Tools, and Advanced Tools. I went to the color effects menu first where there were options to make your photo look like a painting, a stamp, a cartoon, or pop art – all with one click!
Another set of fun options is found under the “Distort” menu where you’re able to twirl, bulge, pinch, stretch, and squish parts of your photo which I experimented with in the photo below:
What I like
FotoFlexer allows you to have as many layers as you want. If you’re familiar with programs like Photoshop or Paint.NET, you’ll appreciate the layers. Another feature that you’re sure to like is that you can use the shortcuts that you’re familiar with using. For example, Ctrl + Z undid what I had done. Ctrl + C copied the image I had selected while Ctrl + V pasted what I had copied, just as you’d expect. Additionally, most features have “slider” options so that you can refine the feature just the way you’d like it. It’s the little things like this that made me feel as though I was using something other than a web-based editor.
My only complaint is that the work-area doesn’t resize itself to the width of your browser. It remains around 620 pixels wide no matter what sized image you’re working with.
Right now they don’t have any demo videos available, but they say that they’ll be coming soon. If it sounds like something you’d use, I definitely recommend giving it a try. I used it for around 20 minutes, and it left me impressed!