Well, kind of. Meet FOTOR.COM :
My favorite free online editor:
I’ve used many different online editors and this is, hands down, the best one. There are only a few features I use in lightroom to edit my pictures and this editor has ALL OF THEM (and a few I don’t even know how to use).
If you’re looking for a budget (read: free) editing software for your pictures, start with FOTOR. The process is pretty self explanatory but for fun I’ll walk you through how I edited this picture Ben snapped of me and my sisters from Chirstmas in New England (and its the same thing I do in lightroom to 90% of the pictures on this blog).
Here’s the image I started with – straight from my camera:
Step 1: Enhance
Use the Fotor auto enhance button which does basic corrections for lighting. I always do this first, although sometimes if I don’t love the corrections, I’ll skip to step 2.
Step 2: Adjust lighting
Step 3: Adjust colors
Can you see the huge difference from before and after? I know having a DSLR helps in taking great pictures, but editing is a huge part in having a great final image.
I think Fotor is perfect for the basic editing abilities, but it also has so many other functions. You can use it to add text, smooth your skin, make a collage, or add a special effect (almost all of which I can’t do in lightroom :/). It even has options to get cards or prints developed directly from the site.
One thing I LOVE about each effect is that you can choose the opacity, or the strength of the effect. They’re basically instagram filters for your pictures, but you can choose if you want the full effect, or say, only 37% of it. It allows you too add an interesting overlay to your picture without making it look too doctored. I played around with some of my favorites to give you a collage.
And so there you have it, the next best thing to lightroom, if you aren’t looking to spend a dime.
UPDATE: I still edit all my photos in lightroom but have been using the online photo editor + graphic design program Canva. It is incredibly user friendly and what I love most is you can pick between a host of templates to optimize your images for social meda!