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People take hundreds or even thousands of photographs with their smart phones. But when they take a special photo, they might want to make sure that the picture looks its best.

Photos can preserve memories. They help people remember a special day or event. People also share photos on social media so others can enjoy them.

Fotor is a free photo editing website and app.

It comes with a lot of tools, but is easy to use. Use Fotor to improve and share images. It can also help you create collections of favorite photos.

Fotor App

Using the Fotor application software program is simple. Just download the Fotor app and create an account.

The app can help improve pictures in several ways. It can make changes to color, brightness and red/green/blue levels of a photo.

Fotor Edit Options

Fotor Edit Options

Fotor users can add many choices of filters to change the way images look. Filters can reduce or remove unwanted light from a photo. A slider tool can help change the intensity of each filter.

Fotor users can also add colorful stickers, words and even picture frames to customize their photo.

Focus is a photo editing tool that can reduce the sharpness, or clarity, of an image. This allows users to focus on a part of the image, and blur out the rest.

This winter image was edited using the Fotor app. The blue filter was added, the app's Focus effect was used to blur the photo, other than a circle around the tree which remains focused.

The Fotor app has a sharing button in the upper left corner of the screen. Click the button and the photo is saved so it can be shared using email, text message and social media websites.

Most of the tools on Fotor are free, but some must be purchased. The app provides a demonstration of such tools, so they can be tried before they are purchased.

The Fotor app only works in portrait view.

Fotor App Edit Panorama

Fotor App Edit Panorama

With this panorama photo was edited by adding a filter using the Fotor app, then using Focus to blur the photo other than an oval around the ruins which stay in focus:

Community and Competition

The Vision section of the Fotor app is a place where people can share their images. Fotor holds competitions for the best images. Users can enter their photos in several different categories.

Image Before Fotor Edits

Image Before Fotor Edits

Fotor App Edit Blue Blur Focus

Fotor App Edit Blue Blur Focus


You can get the app free for:

Fotor for Android

Fotor for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch


The Fotor website can also help design images for social media, with preset, fixed sizes for cover photos on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube and more.

Fotor Website

Fotor Website

I’m Caty Weaver.

Carolyn Nicander Mohr wrote this story for VOA Learning English. Caty Weaver was the editor.

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Words in This Story

preserve - v. to protect or keep (something) in its original state or in good condition

edit - v. to prepare (a film, recording or photograph) to be seen or heard; to change, move, or remove parts of a film, recording or photo

app n. a computer program that performs a particular job

access – n. permission or the right to enter, get near, or make use of something or to have contact with someone

filter n. a program that changes lighting levels in specific ways to create special effects (photography)

slider n. a knob or button that is used to control something, such as movement or audio levels

intensity n. the amount of strength or force that something has

frame n. an open structure that holds something (such as glass or a picture)

portrait view n. the orientation of a page such that the longer side runs from top to bottom

category – n. the process of putting people or things into groups based on ways that they are alike

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