Facetune is one of the best photo editing tools for mobile devices, as it comes packed with a rich feature set and a decent selection of social media integration.
- Easy to use but richly featured with impressively scalable effects and features
- Base package available for no charge at all
- Editing effects are very intuitive
- Not a lot of options for social media sharing
- Add-on and subscription structure can be on the expensive end
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- Augmented reality that lets you apply filters and effects before shooting
- Artificial intelligence segregates parts of the face and offers smart auto adjustments
- Supported by a wide range of filters and special effects
Facetune identifies faces on any image you have and easily accommodates multi-person selfies in photos where faces overlap. Just tap and hold on a face until the app recognizes and places thin brackets around it. Facetune automatically sees faces that are looking straight into the camera, but sometimes it does not immediately identify faces that are turned slightly to the side, or two faces together. It does not acknowledge animal faces.
A vast abundance of tools can improve any part of your portrait. The free version’s retouch controls, tools, and filters let you dive right into a multitude of enhancements: tap to whiten teeth, remove blemishes and wrinkles, smooth out skin tones, and blot oily shine. Face tools let you chisel a jawline or crack a smile, adjust brightness, contrast, color or sharpness, and add flattering rainbow light effects. A filters menu offers a slate of special effects, and more are available for free download. Disappointingly, the app does not have hair touch-ups for gray, dark, or light roots. It also works best when photos are shot in decent or daytime lighting.
Facetune lets you work on multiple faces at once and in no particular sequence. Via the settings panel, you can control whether or not to launch the app with the front-facing camera and choose from three output quality levels. You can keep up to 10 images open simultaneously in the free version.
Facetune gets even more intriguing when you shoot selfies directly with the app. At that point, the app’s artificial intelligence features let you adjust slider settings and preview results before you take your shot. As you aim your camera at yourself, an augmented reality live image editing feature lets you smooth your skin, whiten your teeth, diminish the size of your prominent nose, and make your eyes and lips bigger and more appealing—on the fly and through the lens. This relies on what the company calls high-fidelity 3D facial modeling that aims to naturally integrate these improvements with your own features.
Extreme skin smoothing, teeth whitening, and nose shaping. Hint: Don’t go overboard. The app’s Relight tool also uses intelligent tech to create realistic lighting effects from scratch or change the direction of the original light source, giving your photo a more engaging look or brightening a dark environment.
Relight tool uses AI to change the direction and intensity of the lighting. Overall, I was less enamored with the results of shooting with the live preview feature: I found the results hit or miss, depending on what and how much I tried to improve. Generally, skin smoothing and teeth whitening worked in small doses and better than nose slimming, lip, and eye enlarging. Overall, the resulting images tended to look softer than when I used the app to touch up existing photos.
Facetune makes it easy to beautify your visage, and the app’s ease of use makes it fun to tinker with portraits. As long as users are careful not to go overboard and distort their natural looks, it’s a great confidence builder for all kinds of social media portraits and family photos. The app worked well, and without rigid sequences, while multiple undos let you avoid time-consuming mistakes. The live preview feature is fun to experiment with, but I found its images often looked a bit soft; I preferred the results when editing existing photos. I suggest trying the free version first, especially if you already own the previous version: It may be all you need.