Friday, February 15, 2008


I've been playing around with FotoFlexer, yet another in what seems to be a growing raft of free online image editors but definitely one worth checking out.

Basic tools include Auto-Fix, Fix Red-Eye, Duplicate, Crop, Resize, Rotate and Flip. On top of that there are an amazing 22 customizable effects such as blueprint, color sketch, fresco. invert, etc. These really have to be seen in action and each has variable parameters you can adjust. The images on the right were created in seconds using these built-in effects.

FotoFlexer not only has effects but an array of tools to distort and beautify your image - Smooth, Sharpen, Fix Blemishes, Smooth Wrinkles, Twirl, Bulge, Pinch, Stretch and Twist. Then you can also decorate the image by adding text and shapes and you can draw, erase, fill, add a face or even a border.

FotoFlexer is also a multi-layer tool so you can add images in separate layers and then move these up or down and even merge or group them. Then there's their pièce de résistance, the Geek Tools. These allow you to do things like smart resizing using seam-carving, smart recolouring, do smart cutouts and use smart scissors or apply modifications to the colour curves. They also let you modify hue, saturation and brightness, lightness and contrast. There's even a tool to morph multiple images.

FotoFlexer works seamlessly with most of the more popular photo sharing sites and social networks. e.g. you can import and export photos directly to and from Facebook, MySpace, Photobucket, Flickr and Picasa. You can even search for clipart with Yahoo! image search or just grab an image directly from the web. Hard drive users aren't left out though and you can batch upload and download your photos with one click from Mac or PC.

FotoFlexer is up there with the best of these kinds of image editing service and one with some fairly unique functionality so it's worth adding to anyones list of online tools. Now all I need is a time machine to allow me to play with all this stuff.

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