Tech Talk: App Review – BeFunky
I am always looking for a fun new photo app. I take and use a lot of pictures in my library and online here at TLT. With the right app you can turn a simple photo into a fun work of art. In this recent round of new photo apps I tried Font Killer, Space Effects, Split Pic, Instant Blend and BeFunky. Of the 5, I highly recommend BeFunky. It does a lot of cool things and it is quick and easy to use. It also turns out there is an online version that you can use (some elements are free and there is an option to upgrade).
In the photo editor, you can add effects – which are basically cool filters or colorings, you can add text, you can add overlays, you can add frames, and there are some fun things under “goodies” like stickers and speech bubbles that can be added to give your picture a little whimsy or pizazz.
In Be Funkky you can also do some basic edits like crop, rotating, and fiddle around with things like brightness and contrast.
Here is a picture I took with my Legos:
And I was able to make these with the Be Funky app:
And here’s a pic I took of The Tween:
And here are some of the pictures I was able to make with the Be Funky app:
Price: Basic app is free, but I bought the additional packages which included several effects. Similarly, the basic online service is free but there is an upgrade option.
What you can do:
- Edit your photo, including cut and paste and several beauty edits
- Add effects
- Add frames
- Add text
- Create a collage (which can be used in combination with the Pop Art effect and speech bubbles to create a graphic novel/comic book page)
My rating: 4+
My top 5 photo apps are:
- ComicBook – makes great comic book pages
- PhotoShake – I use it to make bookmarks
- Over – for adding text
- Hipstamtic – for the various lens and film combinations
How about you, what photo editing apps and online programs do you like? Let me know in the comments. For more app reviews check out Tech Talk.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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