Today, I am going to do a review on FotoJet Collage Maker (Windows Edition), a desktop software developed by PearlMountain Limited that lets you make photo-collages for your graphics needs such as invitations, banners, social network covers, and other things related to graphic design.
Prior to the desktop edition, the FotoJet Collage Maker was already in existence as a cloud-based application that is available in both free and paid versions, but in order to cater those who do not go online most of the time, the company launched its desktop version last month, to empower users to edit photos and make collages even without the internet.
About the Company
To give you a brief background about the company, PearlMountain Limited was initially founded in Chengdu, China in 2006, and since then, they have developed several graphic design software including Picture Collage Maker, CollageIt, Publisher Plus, and the Fotojet Collage Maker, which have achieved good results and have been widely used today.
At present, the company has attracted millions of FotoJet users worldwide which makes it one of the staple names with regards to graphic design.
The FotoJet Collage Maker
Just as what the name implies, FotoJet Collage Maker lets you edit photos and make picture collages with ease as the software provides lots of templates to choose from, and has an intuitive interface making your graphic design life a lot easier, as well as making those creativity-challenged individuals look like a professional graphic designer.
After installing the software and launching the program, you will see the main user interface where all you have to do is select a template or start from scratch. The software provides lots of templates to choose from and these templates are categorized as follows:
All you need to do here is select any of the templates in the main category.
After selecting your desired template category, you will be sent to the main editing interface which I will explain to you in details below
The Editing Interface
The editing interface is actually divided into 2 main sections; the left section contains the menus while the right section is the main canvas area where you can edit your chosen template
Each main category has several default templates in it. In my example, I chose “Fun Photo”, and here you can see below some of the templates available
Here is where you choose your images that you will use on your collage. Your options include the following:
- Uploading from your computer
- Getting images from your Facebook account (you need to login to your fb account)
- Using the image search provided.
I tried using the image search and searched for “cars” images and it provided me some nice images
Here you can choose some pre-loaded fonts for your collage. The software actually provides some nice font styles as you can see below
FotoJet Collage Maker also comes in default with several cliparts that you can use on your designs.
If you are not contented with those, The software has a feature where you can use the websearch to search for available cliparts online.
I tried to search for some cliparts online and I got some as you can see below
The software also comes pre-loaded with several background pattern, colors, gradients, and styles, which you can use mainly if you want to start from scratch
Creating a Photo Collage
Creating a photo collage has never been easy with FotoJet Collage Maker. In testing the product, it only required me 3 steps which are as follows:
Step 1. Select a Template
There are already a lot of templates to choose one. Just select the one you like and you’re good to go. In my example, I selected the template as you can see below
Step 2: Adding Elements to the Template
Here you can add your images and text to the template. You can also resize, rotate, and add effects to your images and text elements
Step 3. Save Your Collage
Once you’re done with your design, you can save the image as JPEG or in PNG format.
You also have the option to share it to your social network accounts right inside the software.
And that’s basically how you use the software. As you can see, creating nice looking photo collages only takes as little as 3 simple steps and you’re good to go.
What I Like About the Software
I listed below some of the things that I do really like about FotoJet Collage Maker, and these are the following:
Ease of Use
This is one of the things that really made it appealing to me. As you can see from my walkthrough, it only took me 3 simple steps to make my first design using the software. Aside from that, the interface is also very intuitive and does not have complex structure which makes it easy to use even for first timers
Lots of Templates
Another cool thing about FotoJet Collage Maker is its wide range of professionally made templates that can serve as your starting point when creating designs. This is actually very helpful especially to those who are not born with creative talent and with this, can make them look like pros.
Preloaded with Design Resources
FotoJet also comes with several design resources from icons to stylish fonts, and backgrounds. Not only that, if you are not satisfied with the available ones, the software has a feature that lets you search the net for images an cliparts that you need.
One Time Fee
Unlike the paid cloud-based version which requires a recurring subscription, the desktop version only requires a one-time fee, and in addition to that, the product also comes with lifetime updates and gives you access to future templates as well.
What I Don’t Like About the Software
This is not really what I don’t like but more of suggestion to improve the current status of the software
Lacks Social Media Design Templates
At the moment, the only thing available for social media is to design from scratch. The software does have the dimension templates for social media images such as Facebook covers and Youtube Channel arts, but at the moment, the software does not come preloaded with design templates that can be used for these kinds of media.
The FotoJet Collage Maker for Windows comes with 2 licensing options – The Personal License which costs $29.99 and the Family License which costs $49.99.
See below the comparison between the 2 types of license
Creating graphic designs can really be challenging sometimes, especially if you only rely on your own but you don’t have the necessary creativity for the task.
If you’re the kind of person who is creativity-challenged and does not have the time and patience to learn complex graphic software such as Adobe Photoshop, then I would highly recommend that you try the FotoJet Collage Maker, as this software can really help you create visually stunning graphics within minute and does not even require any complex skills to start with.
If you would like to try this product, just click the button below and see for yourself on what this software can do, and for its price, it’s really a no brainer to get this. The software comes with a 30-day money back guarantee by the way, so you really have nothing to worry about anything.