When it comes to enhancing photos of friends and family members, there’s no shortage of iPhone apps which add effects and filters. Here’s one that puts Photoshop and other professional-level portrait enhancement apps to shame.
Tune The Face With Facetune
Back in the day, I cut my graphic design teeth on Photoshop and Illustrator. There are few apps that do more, and few apps that cost as much, and few apps that come with a steeper learning curve.
For those of us who don’t want to keep up with Adobe’s regular price upgrades, and can’t manage to master all the Photoshop tools just to enhance a photo, there’s Portrait Professional.
This is a Mac app, not an iPhone app, but it is very good for improving portrait photos without the need to master the hundreds and hundreds of Photoshop tools.
With point and click simplicity, that pro-level app improves skin tone, removes red eye, reshapes a face to make it more symmetrical, and even whitens teeth– all with a few clicks.
What could be better?
How about putting similar functionality into an iPhone app which lets you improve portrait photos with a fingertip. That’s what Facetune does for portrait photos on the iPhone.
Here’s what it looks like.
Tools are simple and self explanatory.
Whiten whitens teeth. Smooth removes facial wrinkles. Patch removes pimples or anything else you don’t want to be seen.
Facetune pulls photos from your iPhone’s camera roll. Pinch to zoom works wonderfully to zoom into a spot on the portrait to enhance.
Not only is it simple and fast to improve and smooth skin and whiten teeth, but hair can be recolored (and it still looks like hair).
Pimples, scars, wrinkles, and dark circles under eyes can be removed with a finger touch, and FaceTune handles photo sizes up to eight megapixels.
Compare the original photo with the enhanced photo with a single tap. Filters and effects are adjusted with fingertip granular control across the photo.
Trust me. You will have more fun with the photo enhancement app than any other, so it’s well worth a couple of bucks. And, finished portrait enhancements can be saved to the iPhone’s camera roll, or shared with others via Mail, iMessage, Twitter, Facebook.
Unfortunately, there’s no iPad version of Facetune (though it works well in pixel doubled mode).