Apple’s New Image Format HEIC

If you own an iPhone, iPad or another Apple iOS device, you have certainly noticed this already. Apple released a huge update from iOS 10 to iOS 11. This update came with some major changes and improvements. And it came with new file formats.

Since we at Online-Convert.com focus on file conversion, the latter is what we want to focus on in this article. iOS 11 introduced two new media formats: HEIC and HEVC. This week, let’s have a look at the new image format HEIC.

 

High Efficiency Image File Format – HEIC

As the headline suggests, the HEIC image format is also known as HEIF which stands for High Efficiency Image File. It was not developed by Apple, actually, but by MPEG. They are responsible for formats we use on a daily basis, like MP3 (audio) and MP4 (video). This suggests that HEIC might be on its way to overthrow the reign of old (but flawed) JPEG.

Thus, let us have a closer look at the new format.

 

HEIC Facts

With the update to iOS 11, HEIC became the standard image format for all devices running on this iOS version. They are specially optimized for iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.

The main idea behind this new format was to create a format that provides the good quality of JPG images but is smaller in file size. In fact, it seems that an HEIC image is roughly half the size of a JPEG image. There are even more advantages over images with a .jpg extension though. For example, HEIC files support transparency, just like PNG or GIF images. It can store multiple images at once (which is interesting for Live Images, for example). Furthermore, it can even store minor editing, like cropping or rotating, to undo them again.

What’s practical is that, even though the HEIC format is still quite new, Apple already got rid of a few compatibility issues. When sharing an HEIC image on social media, it is automatically converted and uploaded as a JPEG. That way, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and such should not have any problem with your new image files. Furthermore, iOS 11 offers the possibility to send these images to a Mac or PC and immediately convert them to JPEG as well.

 

Problems With The New Format

Unfortunately, every change also brings a few problems. This is no exception. As mentioned above, there might very well be compatibility issues, that Apple has not fixed under the hood. While cloud services like Dropbox, GoogleDrive and by now also Microsoft OneDrive automatically save HEIC files as JPEG, other third-party apps and programs might not recognize this new image format. Image viewers for mobile phones or native programs on Microsoft Windows computer can thus not use these files. Even Adobe Photoshop is, by the time this article was written, not able to process HEIC files.

 

How To Work With HEIC

There are two ways to still be able to work with HEIC files, however. One is to disable saving images in this format on your iOS 11 device. Please note that this will, of course, get rid of their neat effect of being less space hogging. You can do so by going to Settings > Camera > Formats. Images will then be saved in the JPEG format again.

Another way would be to convert HEIC files into JPG using a file converter. The JPG Converter of Online-Convert.com can already handle Heic files and converts them to JPG. HEIC files containing several images will be converted into an archive containing a JPG for every layer or image inside the HEIC. Likewise, when converting to animated GIF or Video (e.g. MP4), any animation of a Live Image will be retained.


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Why You Should Consider Converting From JPG To SVG

There are many different image formats on the world wide web and even more when you regularly download, take and edit pictures. If you work with image files, either professionally or on a private basis, you surely came across the so-called SVG image format. Even if you haven’t actively worked with it yet, there are many advantages of this format.

Thus, in today’s article, we will have a look at why it might be useful for you to convert your already existing JPG and PNG images into the SVG format.

 

What you need:

  • A JPG or PNG image
  • A working internet connection (for phone or desktop computer)
  • An online SVG converter

 

Why Convert To SVG?

In order to understand the benefits you have from converting your “normal” images to SVG, you have to understand what an SVG is. Thus, before we jump into the reasons for a conversion, lets have a look what SVG stands for and what makes it different from image formats like JPG, PNG, GIF and others.

 

What Is SVG?

SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. The name alone gives away a lot about this image format. SVG is a so-called vector image format. This contrasts it with formats that belong in the category of so-called raster image formats such as JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, WebP, as well as camera raw image formats like NEF, CR2 or ARW.

So, what makes a vector graphic so different from a rater image? As the SVG name already suggests, these images are scalable. This means that, no mater the original size of the image, you can scale it not only smaller, but also bigger without any loss of quality. A JPG image, however, can not be scaled bigger without the image getting a way worse quality, aka. becoming “pixelated”.

Read more about The Best Image File Formats

 

Reasons To Convert To SVG

Now that you know what an SVG image is, lets have a look at what you can use them for – and why you should consider converting your raster images to SVG.

  1. Logos
    Logos are used for many things; websites, business cards, merchandise, posters, roll ups, banners, magazines, and so on and so forth. Since all these publications and displays vary in size, sometimes extremely, it’s important to have the logo saved in a way that you can make it bigger and smaller without it becoming pixalated.
  2. Other Web Graphics
    When it comes to graphics for the internet, it’s important that they look good on screens with a big screen resolution as well as on the small screen of a mobile phone. For this, a format that is scalable without loss of quality is essential. Thus, many web graphics are now not only saved but also displayed as SVG graphics.
  3. Image Editing
    The scaling is also a reason for why SVG is a perfect format for further image editing and manipulation. In an SVG, all elements are stored separately. Thus, they can be manipulated individually with ease. Changing the color of certain parts or adding a background color is thus an easy task when you have an SVG.

 

But what if you don’t have an SVG image and a printer or graphic designer needs one. Or if you need one for further editing and work yourself? Then, you can take the image you need and convert it to SVG!

There are a few things you have to be aware of, when converting from raster to vector image:

  • Converting from JPG to SVG will not create a “true” vector graphic.
  • Colors are not transported when converting from raster to vector image.
  • Details are getting lost when converting from JPG to SVG, just converting the basic shapes.

 

To understand these points better, have a look at the following comparison:

Original JPG Converted SVG
(saved as JPG for better display)

 

What To Use The SVG For?

Many of our users value the JPG to SVG conversion for different purposes. They might not retain color, but in order to further work with the SVG, this conversion is very versatile.

Here are a few ways in which our users have further used the SVG file:

  • Designs for shirts
  • Create cookie cutters with a 3D printer
  • Further edit a tattoo template
  • and much more

 

Do you have other usages for our raster image to SVG converter? Let us know!


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Decrease & Increase Your Image Size Online [Tutorial]

Image Size
Original image from http://bit.ly/28YHHtM

Editing an image is, nowadays, an almost daily thing. Adding filters on Instagram, retouching a selfie before uploading it, creating cover images for Twitter or Facebook… Apps like Snapchat and Instagram, but also image sharing services like Tumblr, Imgur and Flickr live from strong visuals.

However, not everyone can afford to have Photoshop installed on their computer. Let alone the limited space on your phone that is too precious to be used for the one millionth app. Luckily, you can edit and manipulate photos online!

Check out the Best Free Image Editing Programs and Websites

 

But sometimes, image editing needs are quite simple: all you need is to resize your image, make it bigger or smaller.

You don’t need elaborate image editing for this. With Online-Convert.com you can not only convert your images, e.g. from camera RAW to JPG, but do a quick resizing as well!

 

Increase Image Size Or Make An Image Smaller

But why would you do that? Well, the answer is easy and diverse:

  • Image size restrictions on social media (Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)
  • Image too small for Facebook or YouTube cover
  • Image too big to send as an e-mail attachment
  • Not wanting to share image in full resolution

 

If one or more or completely different reasons apply to you, you will surely enjoy our tutorial on how to increase or decrease image sizes online. It’s done quickly and easily using the free online service of Online-Convert.com.

How is the resizing done? By changing the image dimensions, of course! Check out our tutorial:

 

1. Upload your image

01-UploadImage

Choose an image converter like Convert To JPG. There, you can upload an image from your computer or phone, enter the URL to an image, or choose an image from Dropbox or Google Drive.

 

2. Change the dimension

02-ChangeSize

Now you can change the dimension of your image. In the two fields next to “Change Size:” you can specify the desired width and/or height of your image. The format is width x height.

Note that up-scaling an image goes hand in hand with quality loss! Thus, you should increase the size of an image ever so slightly to make sure that the quality stays close to the original.

 

3. Convert and download your resized image

03-Convert

04-Download

Now, all you have to do is click on “Convert file” and wait a little until your download starts.

 

In just three steps you can decrease or increase the size of your image! Give it a try, because next to being quick and online, this service is also cost-free!

Images For The Web — WEBP

WEBP
Image by http://bit.ly/1nSL6M7

In an earlier article, we have had a look at Google’s open standard files already. There, we have shortly talked about and given an overview of the file formats developed and distributed under an open standard license by Google.

However, we never touched the topic of why you may want to take, save, store or convert your pictures in Googles open format. Thus, we dedicate this article to one of these formats and give it a much closer look!

 

Web Picture Files

In 2010, Google released it’s own image format for web usage as a rival to popular and common formats like JPG and PNG: the WEBP format was born. Distributed under an open standard license, Google developed the format to provide an alternative to image formats used until then. But what sets the WEBP format apart from JPG and PNG? What makes it better? What makes it worse? Lets have a look at it:

 

Image Compression

The most prominent claim by Google is that WEBP images would make the internet a lot faster. This claim can be explained – maybe even justified – by the image compression applied when creating a WEBP image.

WEBP images can be saved with both, lossy and lossless compression. When comparing the format to it’s “rivals”, there is a noticeable difference in file size. Even in its lossless compression, WEBP files are smaller in file size than PNG images. Lossy WEBP images are even smaller while still maintaining a quite high quality of the image.

lossy WEBP lossless WEBP
25 – 34% smaller than JPEG 26% smaller than PNG

Now, imagine all PNG and JPG images on the web would be replaced by these file format with a lower file size. Websites, even image-heavy ones, would load a lot faster, according to Google. And that is exactly what they want to achieve by the usage of the WEBP format. The storage space as well as loading times for WEBP images is a lot lower than for other image formats, thus “speeding up” the internet as a whole.

Check out this comparative study about WEBP file sizes compared to other image formats.

 

Quality

Despite the reduction in file size, WEBP images maintain a very high quality. Google provides a gallery that shows the difference in quality between JPG and WEBP, as well as a demonstration of transparency here.

However, we wanted to see for ourselves! Thus, we have converted a RAW image file from the NEF format to both, JPG and WEBP. The comparison can be seen below. Take a close look at the text and it’s apparent that WEBP maintains a way higher quality than JPG.

JPG example
JPG example
WEBP example

 

Transparency & Animation

JPG files can not be transparent, and neither PNG nor JPG files can contain animation. WEBP images can support both!

Google states that lossy as well as lossless WEBP files can contain transparency (aka an alpha channel). Even while containing transparency, lossless WEBP images have a lower file size than PNG images.

 

Since 2011, WEBP images also support animation. The format thus became an alternative to the popular GIF format with the difference that WEBP allows animation with both, lossy and lossless compression. The picture quality of the animated image is higher than of a GIF. While GIFs support 8-bit color and a 1-bit alpha channel, WEBP images support 24-bit color and an 8-bit alpha channel.

The file size of the animated WEBP is also reportedly lower:

lossy WEBP lossless WEBP
64% smaller than GIF 19% smaller than GIF

 

Browser & Software Support

WEBP is already supported by a variety of software and browsers. The following table shows the most common programs that can view WEBP images:

Internet Browser Software
  • Google Chrome
  • Opera
  • Pale Moon
  • Web Browser for Android
Natively via Plug-In
  • GDAL
  • ImageMagick
  • Irfan View
  • PhotoLine
  • Picasa
  • Pixelmator
  • XNView
  • Adobe Photoshop (Telegraphics plug-in)
  • FastPictureViewer
  • GIMP
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Paint.NET
  • Windows Photo Viewer

When it comes to browsers, a JavaScript shim enables any browser that can display WEBM videos to display WEBP images as well. The WEBPJS JavaScript library, and in some instances Flash, also enable the support of WEBP in most browsers.

 

Problems With WEBP

Unfortunately, not everything is sunshine and rainbows; the WEBP format comes with some problems as well.

  1. Internet Explorer and many other browsers (e.g. Mozilla Firefox) only support WEBP via JavaScript shims or Flash.
  2. Animated WEBP images have a greater CPU usage than animated GIFs.
  3. Generally, the support for WEBP (especially in animated form) is not as wide-spread as we could and Google would wish.

 

Convert From & To WEBP

If you want to give WEBP a try, you have the possibility to easily convert your images to WEBP on nline-Convert.com.

On the other hand, if you are a big fan of the JPG and PNG format and want to continue using those formats, you can convert WEBP images you received or downloaded to those formats: convert to JPG or convert to PNG. Animated WEBP images can be converted to animated GIF, howeve, a big quality loss is expected here.

How To Open Camera Raw Images

Camera Raw
Image by http://bit.ly/1XZoRAW

As a photographer, you are used to working with images in a so-called raw format. But even non-photographers may stumble upon Raw camera images—and have difficulties opening them. Most picture viewers are unable to open such camera raw images, making it impossible to view, print, or edit them.

But what are camera raw images even? Which cameras produce them? And what are they good for?

Online-Convert has the answers to these questions!

 

What Is A Camera Raw Image?

Camera raw images got their name because they are not processed and contain the “raw” data of the image as it is captured by the image sensor of a digital camera. Some image scanners can produce such raw files as well. The best way to understand what a raw image is is to think of the negatives in photography. These digital negatives can not be used directly, but they contain all information needed to create the image.

In addition to the image information, other information is stored in the raw files as well. Metadata captured by the camera sensor is stored within the raw image as well. This includes color profile, exposure, date, author information, and more.

Many digital cameras are able to take images in not only the common JPG format, but in a raw format as well—and they differ from model to model. Following, we have a little list with some of the better known camera raw files:

Canon Nikon Sony Panasonic Other
  • CRW
  • CR2
  • NEF
  • NRW
  • ARW
  • SRF
  • SR2
  • RAW
  • RW2
  • DNG (Adobe Raw)
  • ERF (Epson)
  • ORF (Olympus)
  • PTX (Pentax)

 

Advantages

As mentioned before, raw images are not as easily handled as common raster images. Special image editing software like Photoshop or specific raw image viewers are needed to open, view and edit the camera raw images. Yet, these raw formats still have various advantages over JPG and its brothers.

Raw image files contain many more shades of color than JPG files, and the quality of the images is noticeably higher as well thanks to the lossless compression of image data.

When it comes to editing, raw images provide many more parameters to adjust as are possible with other image files. When manipulating a raw image, e.g. in Photoshop, the information is stored in a separate file. Thus, the original raw image is not altered even when changes with regard to white balance, hue, saturation or others is applied.

 

Drawbacks

However, no matter how versatile raw images may be when it comes to quality or editing parameters, there are some drawbacks when compared to other image formats.

Raw images are significantly bigger when it comes to the file size since they store a lot more information than a simple JPG image. They are not ready to use and require further editing and manipulation before they can be properly used or shared.

Furthermore, they are not widely supported and differ from camera to camera. Thus, not many people are able to open a camera raw image and struggle with getting to see the contents. Photoshop is not a free program. To use it properly, you have to purchase the license. But how else are you supposed to open a raw image then?

 

Convert Camera Raw Images

Image conversion software and their online variants are able to convert raw image data into JPG, TIFF, or other image formats that are ready for use and can be opened by all image viewing applications—no matter if on your computer, smartphone, tablet or other device!

On Online-Convert.com you can convert camera raw images to JPG with just a few clicks. Raw images from Nikon, Canon, Sony or other cameras are supported by the converter and you do not have to download any program or viewer to your computer to view the photos.

Best Free Photo Collage Makers [FollowUp]

FotoJetIn July we have presented you the best free photo collage makers on the web. Today, we want to give you a little update. The reason for this is a big update one of the collage makers we presented has introduced that improves the handling as well as the possibilities to create photo cards, picture collages, and more!

Make Your Own Photo Collage And More!

To get started with the new and improved photo collage maker on FotoJet.com, choose the “creative Collage” maker on the left. It will immediately bring you to a more improved interface where you can choose your collage, photo card, or post style right away.

The most prominent new feature you see here is the possibility to not only create Facebook covers, but covers and banners for YouTube, Twitter, and Google+, as well as different social media posts for Pinterest, Instagram, and more.

Furthermore, you can create your own comic or magazine cover as well.

Start Editing—For Real!

Once you chose a category, you will find more templates available for your enjoyment as well as two blank templates (a landscape and a portray one). The blank ones are for the free spirits that want to create their design from scratch, but the already available layouts gained some improvements as well. To illustrate this, check out the wedding invitation we have created the last time (left), and the wedding thank you card we created with the newly available options (right):

Photo Collage Wedding Collage

Last time, we have stated that it’s a pity that the icons, patterns, and symbols can not be altered and that the text areas are rather rigid. This has been changed with the new improvements! As you can see, we were able to change the picture sizes, move the label and change it’s color, as well as move and enlarge the text areas. This offers a lot more freedom to re-arrange the collages and make them look even prettier for your purpose.

If you start your collage from scratch, it’s easy to drag and drop your images onto the blank canvas, change the size, and arrange them the way you want them to. With a double click, you can crop and adjust the image within the shape as well. The addition of different clip arts like banners, speech bubbles, icons, and texts enables you to decorate the collage according to the occasion. Of course, changing the background to either solid color or a pattern, as well as the possibility to add different styles of text are given. The only thing missing here, in our eyes, would be the possibility to add own images as clip art, and edit the texts to form arches or other forms.

However, with these options, FotoJet took another step forward to stand out as an online photo collage maker, adding new features and possibilities for the user to let the creative juices flow more freely. Look at this Halloween collage we created completely from scratch:

Halloween Collage

The only downside we still detect is that, even though you are able to create Pinterest and Instagram or Facebook images, you are still only able to share them on Facebook and no other Social Media network. Also, if you want to store your image in any other format than JPEG and PNG (e.g. WebP or TIFF), you would have to convert the collage.

 

Wedding Thank You card images from Scott Webb.
Halloween images from RondellMelling.

Files Supported By Your PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PSP

PS4
Image by Leon Terra http://bit.ly/1N6YhQp

As we have stated in our last week’s post about files supported by the Xbox One, we do not want to engage in the ongoing battle between console gamers. Whether you have a Xbox One or a PlayStation 4, we want to present to you the amount of information that you need. After covering the Xbox topic already, today we will have a look at games, discs, and file formats supported by the new generation of Sony’s PlayStation gaming consoles. Thus, we will have a look at the PS4 and PlayStation Vita, but also at the still beloved and often used PlayStation Portable (PSP).

PlayStation 4

Lets have a look at the big gaming console first. With regard to discs, the PS4 seems to be pretty limited when it comes to Backwards Compatibility. However, using the Gaikai Cloud streaming capability, games from various PlayStation generations can be played on the PS4 via emulation. However, the old hard discs and downloaded games from the PS1, PS2, and PS3 can not be played on the PS4.

Supported games and discs include:

  • Blu-ray discs (also in 3D)
  • DVDs (also in 3D)
  • PlayStation 4 discs
  • PlayStation 4 downloads
  • used PlayStation 4 games

When it comes to streaming services, the newest PlayStation generation supports the following services:

  • Amazon Instant Video
  • Crackle
  • Crunchyroll
  • Epix
  • Hulu Plus
  • IGN App
  • MLB.tv
  • Music Unlimited
  • NBA Game Time
  • Netflix
  • NFL Sunday
  • NHL
  • Redbox Instant
  • Video Unlimited
  • Vudu
  • YouTube
  • YuppTV

A feature of the PlayStation 4 is the PlayStation 4 Media Player. The player supports various audio, image, and video formats:

Audio

  • AAC
  • M4A
  • MP3

Image

  • BMP
  • JPEG
  • PNG

Video

  • AVCHD
  • AVI
  • M2TS
  • MKV
  • MP4

It is obvious that the list is not as exhaustive as the list of file formats supported by the Xbox One. However, if you want to listen to audio files like WMA, WAV, or AIFF, you can always use a reliable audio file converter to make them playable on your PS4. Same goes for video files with a MOV extension, for example. Convert them to a supported video file using a video converter.

PlayStation Vita & PlayStation Portable

The PS Vita is the newest handheld console from Sony, succeeding the PSP. Since those two are portable gaming consoles, it is not uncommon to also use them as mobile video and music playing devices. The following video, audio, and image files can be transferred to the PS Vita and PSP to be watches and played “on the go”:

PS Vita

Audio

  • MP3
  • MP4
  • WAV

Image

  • BMP
  • GIF
  • JPEG
  • MPO
  • PNG
  • TIFF

Video

  • MP4

PSP

Audio

  • MP3
  • MP4
  • WAVE
  • WMA

Image

  • BMP
  • GIF
  • JPEG
  • PNG
  • TIFF

Video

  • AVI
  • MP4

Files Supported By Xbox One

XBOX One
Image by Marco Verch http://bit.ly/1P36TsI

No, we will not engage in the ever going fight between console users. We do not state that the XBOX One is Better than the PS4, or vice versa. Instead, we will give all Xbox One users an interesting and informative overview of the discs, files, and streaming services that are supported by their console of choice.

Discs and Games

Contrary to the predecessor Xbox 360, the Xbox One has an in-build Blu-Ray drive, enabling the Xbox One users to watch Blu-Ray movies on their console.

Unfortunately, the Xbox One does not support Backwards Compatibility – at least not in the common way. Xbox and Xbox 360 game discs do not run on the newest generation console. However, using the Xbox Preview Program, certain games trigger the download of so-called compatible files. A list of which games are supported can be found here. You can also vote for new games to be supported here.

However, the following hard discs and games are supported by the Xbox One:

  • Blu-ray discs
  • Xbox One discs
  • Xbox One Downloads
  • Used Xbox One games

Media Files

Using the Xbox Media Player, a variety of audio and video files with different codecs can be viewed, played, and displayed on the Xbox One. The app supports these file formats:

Audio

  • 3GP
  • AAC
  • ADTS
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA

Image

  • BMP
  • JPEG
  • GIF (with animation)
  • PNG
  • TIFF

Video

  • 3GP
  • 3GP2
  • ASF
  • AVI
  • H.264
  • M2TS
  • M-JPEG
  • MKV
  • MOV
  • MP4
  • WMV

While this list is rather big, there are still some formats that are not supported by the Xbox One Media Player. If you want to watch DSLR Raw image files, for example, you would have to convert them to a supported format like JPEG first. OPUS or iTunes music stored in AIFF need to be converted to MP3 or another supported audio format first. And for unsupported video files, there is still the possibility to convert them to supported video files.

Streaming Services

Streaming is the new and convenient way to watch your favorite programs. Thus, the Xbox One also supports various streaming services, especially video streaming services:

  • Amazon Instant Video
  • Crackle
  • Crunchyroll
  • Epix
  • ESPN
  • HBO Go
  • Hulu Plus
  • IGN
  • MLB.tv
  • Netflix
  • NHL
  • redbox instant
  • Twitch TV
  • Vimeo
  • Vudu
  • YouTube

Best Free Photo Collage Makers

Pictures and photos are a great way to visualize the content of your articles. But sometimes, that is just not enough! And sometimes, sharing your vacation pictures on Facebook using the album feature just isn’t enough either. If you have your pictures in a digitized form, why not try something else? Make a Photo Collage!

Collages are a beautiful and visually appealing way to group pictures from one event or taken in the same style, and present them in a stunning manner. Such collages can be created using photo books or your trusted photo editing software. However, there are great alternatives on the web as well, that do not require any download and installation.

Today, we want to present to you one of these photo collage makers: FotoJet.com

Make Your Own Photo Collage

FotoJetFotoJet is a very versatile online photo collage maker with different templates, styles, and occasions to choose from.

Don’t worry, even though it is an online service, FotoJet states that the pictures you upload to use are neither public, nor are you giving away any rights to FotoJet or any third party.

Lets have a look how you can create your own collage, card, poster, or even social media post.

Choose a Layout

The first thing to do after entering the collage maker is to choose the layout most appealing to you. According to FotoJet, you can choose from one of 320+ designs and layouts. You can browse them by occasion, style, popularity. You can even create a Facebook banner or a picture fitting for a social media post.

When in doubt, hovering over the layout will reveal how many photos you can use. After choosing one, a double click or hitting the “Choose” button will lead you to the next step.

FotoJet

 

For this review, we have chosen a wedding themed photo card that allows us to include two pictures.

Editing your Collage

After choosing the layout, you can add the photos you want to use. They can be locates somewhere on your computer or hard drive, or you can use pictures form your Facebook account. This, of course, requires allowing access to the web application.

The photos can easily be added to the collage or photo card via drag and drop (or using the auto fill option). Once you added your pictures, you are provided with some basic image editing options as well. Zoom or rotate the pictures, add a filter, or change saturation, hue, contrast, and the like until the pictures either match the layout you chose, or your very own taste.

FotoJet

Depending on the layout you chose, the different text layers can be edited as well. Several fonts – ranging from hand-written to serifs – are provided, but you can also use the fonts installed on your computer. Changes can be applied with regard to text alignment, style (bold, italic, etc.), size, and color.

The only downside to this is that you are unable to change or re-arrange the icons or patterns used in the layout, as well as the text areas.

Share and Save your Collage

FotoJetOnce you perfected your collage or photo card, you can either save it on your computer, or share it on Facebook.

When sharing your design on Facebook, you can enter a custom text and choose the size of your picture. Connect to Facebook and post your wedding invitation, thank you card, or photo collage on your wall.

FotoJetSaving your collage on your computer provides you with a few extra options. In addition to setting the name for your design, you can choose between different quality and sizes, as well as the image file format you want to use. However, the only options given here are JPG and PNG. You can easily convert your finished collage to another image file format like TIFF or TGA though.

Unfortunately, saving your collage to any cloud storage or publishing it on social media pages like Pinterest, Twitter, or Google+ is not supported.

And that was it, that’s how simple it can be to create your own photo collage online. After you’re done, you can go back and create a new collage, Facebook cover image, or invitation – whatever you wish.

 

Collage Features of other Image Editing Programs

You may already know the following web services from our article on the best free image editing programs. While they all focus on image editing more than collage making, they still offer said feature. However, in a more rudimentary way than the one mentioned above. Nevertheless, we wanted to quickly show them as well.

PicMonkey
Creating a collage using PicMonkey allows you to choose from a few pre-defined layouts (without any design), or to arrange the pictures you uploaded from your computer to your liking. After setting the options for spacing, rounded corners of your images, and the background, you can further edit the image as a whole.

Editing single pictures in the collage as well as certain layouts are features available to premium users.

 

BeFunky

The BeFunky online image editor also provides the possibility to create a collage, Facebook cover, or Pinterest image using pictures from your computer, Facebook, or your BeFunky account if you have one. You can choose from different layouts (excluding designs) and edit the background as well as some other additional settings. After saving, you can edit the whole collage or card in the BeFunky Photo Editor as well.

Certain layouts and editing options are so-called BeFunky plus features though and not available in the free version.

 

Pixlr

The Pixlr Express Web Application also provides a collage feature. You can upload images from your computer and choose one of the more rudimentary layouts. What sets Pixlr apart from the other two collage features mentioned above is that you can edit each picture individually as well as the collage as a whole.

Unfortunately, the layouts provided aren’t as “advanced” as the other and lack any design as well.

 


 

All images used were taken by NGDPhotoworks

Our finished Photo Card created using FotoJet:

Photo Collage

 

Convert Websites to Text or Image

There are many different reasons for why you may want to convert a website into some other form of file – and the possibilities are just as numerous. The easiest way is to convert the designated website in a format best suited for your purpose though. Besides, it’s easy AND free!

No matter if you seek to print out information gathered from the internet, or need a complete website scan quick and easy for a presentation, a conversion will provide the result within seconds. Furthermore, you can create screenshots of a website, or even turn the written website content into audio.

How does it work?

All you need for these conversions is the URL to the website you want to convert, for example to this Wikipedia Article, and the correct converter for your purpose. On the page of the converter, the URL can be entered or pasted into the appropriate field. Then, all you got to do is hit “Convert File” and wait.

Convert Websites

For a complete representation of the website, containing images and formatting, and ready to be printed, a PDF conversion using a PDF converter would be the best.

To get text that is editable, the website should be converted to DOC, DOCX, or ODT instead.

Convert Websites
Converted to: PDF | DOCX

Quick screenshots of websites can be done in any image format in case you do not need a print-ready version or editable text. Contrary to taking an “usual” screen shot, converting an URL to JPG, for example, will result in a capture of the whole website, not only the visible part!

Convert Websites
JPG conversion of a whole page