Every so often, and especially around holidays, we all need to put together some sort of photo collage, be it for a Facebook post, an e-mail to friends and family, or for some sort of promotional material for our businesses. And, certainly, we can do it in Photoshop or InDesign or Illustrator or even Lightroom - if we have the time. More than likely, though, we need to do it quickly, and most of the "usual suspects" are not conducive to getting the job done right now.
That's where PearlMountain Technology's Fotojet comes in. Offering hundreds of layouts, some themed, others plain and simple, there's sure to be something there to help you put together a great-looking photo collage, social media cover image, advertisement, or greeting card quickly and easily.
There are two modes of operation: Creative and Classic, though I'd suggest always starting in Creative mode, as there is access to most of the Classic mode templates from within the Creative mode template chooser.
Adding and arranging images, clip-art, and text is fairly straightforward, and there's even an option to import images from your Facebook account. I did find that you can't move objects as a group, nor can you use cursor keys to "nudge" an object. It's also not possible to swap templates on the fly, without losing you're work, making it impossible to "what if?" design choices. I hope that the folks at PearlMountain can find a way to address these shortcomings in the future. But, for the cost, it could be easy to overlook these issues. In fact, at the price, it's really hard to beat fotojet for many quick projects.
The web app is 100% free to use, and works on most browsers running on Windows or Macintosh computers. I was unable to get it to work on my iPhone 6s or iPad Air 2, though PearlMountain have two iOS apps. The iOS apps offer basic functionality for free, and are extendable via in-app purchases.
At present, there's no real indication of how PearlMountain intends to make any money from this endeavor. My contact there indicated that the idea is that fotojet is intended as an introduction to PearlMountain's technology, and that there will be future, paid products coming in the future.