What features are essential in an online photo products editor?

July 10, 2017
What features are essential in an online photo products editor?

Creating an online photo project should be a quick and easy task that is supported by the software. When looking for the perfect photo product software, look for the features that are critical for your customers in the selected market.  

Following some of the most popular reviews of photobook editors, we’ve picked options that are necessary during the design process. These selected features are universal and can be used in creating every product that can be personalized.

Project Templates

First impressions are important, so when choosing a design there must be some templates to choose from. The more, the better. The same rule applies to the library of embellishments and backgrounds; they can turn pages from ordinary to extraordinary. Some users like to create their projects on blank pages, without a ready set theme (white pages, no clipart, no photo slots), so adding a blank template will be a good idea.

Adding photos

No one wants their customers to enter into an empty editor. Every shop owner wants customers to be engaged and to achieve that they should already have some images to create a project right away. This step should be simple and engaging. A perfect editor should have the ability to upload photos from different sources, like computer, social networking sites (Facebook, Flickr, Instagram), or previous projects.

Filtering and sorting photos

Using this option causes the user to not add the same photo more than once, but if he does then the counter can be helpful to see how many times the photo has been used in the project.


This functionality lets your user quickly create a project with just one click. There is content in the project immediately and the design process is much faster and easier. To make this functionality work well, it must organize the order of photos automatically.

Thumbnail view with a preview of the current page in the project

This option is convenient, because it’s much easier to figure out where the user is and what he still has to do (for example see empty photo slots and text fields).

Final preview of the project

When the project is completed, the preview mode allows your customers to see exactly what the photo book will look like. If any changes need to be made, your customers can exit out of the preview and fix them.

Fully flexible personalization options

Full control over photo and text placement, size, zoom, and rotation. The perfect software need to have basic photo editing tools such as: crop, effects, masks, frames, and positioning. The last option allows your customers to place elements behind or in front of one another (a layer higher or layer lower).

Save and access a project at anytime

Creating a photobook from scratch sometimes takes a day, sometimes even a week. Your customers need to have a chance to go back to their projects. Apart from having all those functionalities, the perfect editor should work seamlessly to provide the perfect user experience to your customers.

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