Remember our previous post about editing pictures on the go? PicSay Photo Editor was featured and we had tons of fun playing around with its features. Today, we’re featuring yet another simple-to-use and excellent photo-editing application – BeFunky Photo Editor.
BeFunky started out as an online photo-editing application, and clearly, its rising popularity deemed it necessary for a presence on Android to be established too.
And we’re sure glad it did. BeFunky is user-friendly and intuitive, with plenty of beautiful filters that come with instant previews. We tried the application out on a Sony Tablet S and here’s how some of the features look like.
Upon starting up BeFunky, a top bar consisting of Home, Edit, Effects, Frames and Save greets you.
The Edit mode allows you to perform common image adjustments. You can change the Brightness, Contrast, Hue and Saturation, and apply two types of Sharpening: Basic and Smart. Rotating and Cropping is also available. The latter is pretty impressive, letting you lock the aspect ratio to square, 16:9 or to Golden Ratio.
In the Effects mode, you can find 24 different filters. They are:
- Cross Process
- B&W Dynamic
- Glowing B&W
- Vintage 1
- Vintage 2
- Gritty HDR
- Old Photo
- Grudge 1
- Grudge 2
We’ll be featuring 7 of our favourites, starting from LomoArt.
Remember we mentioned every filter came with a thumbnail-sized preview? The good news is, loading for the 24 previews is speedy and takes under 3 seconds. The filter is also applied onto the full-size photo instantly.
A brilliant feature of BeFunky is its inclusion of a slider. It lets you change the opacity of an effect, such that you’d be able to obtain a heaviness/lightness that is optimal for your picture. This is the Cross Process filter at work.
Instant makes your photo appear classically-vintage, an effect similar to that of instant, polaroid cameras.
B & W Dramatic maximises the usage of shadows and darkness, giving your picture a well, dramatic, feel. Don’t the already sad-looking pugs look even more depressed?
A pinhole camera, essentially a light-proof box with a small hole in one side, produces images with a soft, dream-like quality to them. The Pinhole effect on BeFunky, reproduces that quality.
Selecting Gritty HDR makes the picture take on a rough, grungy look. These pugs would be perfect companions for a bunch of tough Harley Davidson riders.
The Old Photo effect transforms your picture into an sepia, aged photograph with a worn-out look. Old-school definitely has its charm, especially in this age where digital photography has the tendency to make everything look touched-up-to-perfection.
BeFunky also offers you 14 frames for application to your photos pre- or post-effect. They are Vignette, Basic Black, Rounded, Drop Shadow, Halftone, Instant, Filmstrip, Grudge 1, Grudge 2, Grudge 3, Postage, Classic 1, Classic 2, and Classic 3.
Similarly, we picked 3 of our favourites to feature. Here’s Vignette at work:
The Vignette frame gives your photo fuzzy, faded edges, drawing your eyes to the centre of the frame.
Like the illusion of motion in your pictures? Use the Filmstrip frame to give your photo the edges of a filmstrip.
Instant gives your photo the borders of a polaroid picture – you don’t have to bother purchasing a polaroid camera! The slider too allows you to adjust the position of the area that will be captured within the borders.
After you’re done with editing, click on the Save icon. It allows you to save your picture in High Quality format to your tablet/phone’s gallery, on the BeFunky server/gallery, or upload it directly to Facebook.
What’s your impression of BeFunky? Are you wowed yet? Give it a shot and download the free version here from the Google Play store.
Have a hoot experimenting and remember to share your edited images with us!
Update: BeFunky Photo Editor is now available on Android tablets! Download it here for free and get access to:
- More than 25 effects including Cyanotype, Cooling Filter and Warming Filter
- 17 frames (Winter‘s new!)
- Additional platforms you can upload your edited photos to, such as Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr
Eileen (Guest Contributor)