PhotoFunia is the Android version of the online photo editing tool www.photofunia.com, in their words “You upload any photo and just wait to see the magic. Our proprietary technology automatically identifies the face in the photo and let’s you add cool photo effects and create funny face photo montages”. PR bumph aside it’s true that with a few simple steps you can add an image to a large selection of templates and have your pictures transformed with great results.
Opening the app takes you directly into a list of photo effects to use, straight away you’ll notice the large number of effects on offer, I counted roughly 150. The menu is simply laid out and clearly displays how your finished photo will look. Unfortunately the effects don’t seem to be listed in any order and there’s no way to sort them or filter out a particular effect style.
Once you pick an effect you are give the option to take a picture or process an already existing photo, you’re then given some simple crop / rotation options and once you press ‘OK’ your picture is uploaded to be modified. Here’s where the catch comes into play, in order to use the app you must have a data connection as all the photo processing is done online. If you have no wi-fi access or no network signal you won’t be able to use the app. Considering the small install size this seems to be a fair trade off and things seem to upload / download quick enough, even on 3G. Once your photo is done you can save it or share it directly to Twitter, Facebook or whatever sharing platforms you have installed on your handset.
In general the results are very good, on a phone they look great, on your computer they can sometimes look pixelated. On occasion the face sensitive effects don’t quite work as you’d expect but for a simple ‘does it all’ app such as this it’s to be expected.
Of course to demonstrate the effectiveness of all this photo-trickery we need a solid test subject. So let’s bring in our special guest, Kanye West.
Thanks Kanye. As you can see, the effects are very much spot on and are good fun to mess about with.