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Befunky Photo Editor for Black and White Effects, a Tutorial and Review

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BeFunky, the free photo editor, graphic designer, and collage marker all rolled into one

BeFunky, the free photo editor, graphic designer, and collage marker all rolled into one

BeFunky Photo Editor

BeFunky is a super easy, user-friendly 'one-click photo editor that lets you create great photos for your Hubs, Blogs, or Websites. You don't need any technical knowledge to produce photo effects that are awesome and amazing. People will think that you had used Photoshop to create these effects.

There are many features and effects on BeFunky. You can do the standard exposure adjustment, brightness/contrast control, and resizing, but the main highlight is using the Effects, Artsy, and Goodies Effect Filters.

Review of BeFunky - Convert Photos to Black and White

Despite the many features available on BeFunky, for this review, I will concentrate on the black and white photo effects using the Effects and Artsy Filters. I will also illustrate the steps and tips on using the filters with sample pictures in BLACK and WHITE.

For tutorial and samples on how to create COLOR photo effects, read my second installment 8 BeFunky Photo Effects Tutorial to Create Cool Pictures for Your Hubs, Blogs or Websites - Part 2'

PHOTO 1 : Using BeFunky B&W 6 Effect Filter

PHOTO 1 : Using BeFunky B&W 6 Effect Filter

BeFunky Basic Account is Free

BeFunky Photo Editor Basic Account is free and allows you to create 125 photo effects. Under this account, you can save your edited images up to a maximum of 1MB (or slightly more or slightly less, depending on the filter)

This is the version that I used. If you want to access more features and save your images in higher resolution output, then you have to opt for the paid version.

On the Basic account version, if you register (this is an option, you don't have to, to use the software), you will be able to save your edited images online and bookmark the favorite tools as you discover them.

PHOTO 2: This is the original photo that I use for this review. This Screenshot shows BeFunky main Create Page.

PHOTO 2: This is the original photo that I use for this review. This Screenshot shows BeFunky main Create Page.

Getting Started

Getting started on BeFunky is easy. Just follow the following steps:

  1. Go the BeFunky website wwwbefunkycom
  2. Click on the pink icon "Get Started" on the top right hand corner of the page. You will then be taken to BeFunky Create page. It may take a few seconds for this page to load. Please be patience.
  3. On this page you will see the blue horizontal bar with several photo effects options: Edit, Effects, Artsy, Goodies, Frame and Text, which is on the left side of the page. On the right side you will see the following options: Upload, Save & Share, Print and Options. See PHOTO 2 above, for the screenshot of 'Create Page'.
  4. Click on the Upload icon to upload your photo (you can upload from your PC, Using Your previous upload, via Webcam, Flickr, Photobucket, Facebook, Picasa etc.)
  5. Once you have uploaded your photo, select an effect that you want to work on. As mentioned earlier, this review will show you the different Black & White photo effects that you can create on BeFunky.
PHOTO 3: Using BeFunky Black & White Filters 5,1,6 & 4 (clockwise from top left)

PHOTO 3: Using BeFunky Black & White Filters 5,1,6 & 4 (clockwise from top left)

PHOTO 4: Using BeFunky Old Photo5, Old Photo19, PinHole1 & Inkify2 Filters (clockwise from top left)

PHOTO 4: Using BeFunky Old Photo5, Old Photo19, PinHole1 & Inkify2 Filters (clockwise from top left)

BeFunky's Basic Black and White Photo Effects

Under BeFunky Photo Editor basic account, you can create eight black and white images using Filters Black&White1, 5, 4 & 6, OldPhoto5 & 19, PinHole1, and Inkify2. Samples of these images are shown above in PHOTO 3 and PHOTO 4.

My favorite is using the Black&White6 Effect Filter which gave a good black and white contrast, yet retaining the detail. PHOTO 1 shows the image using this filter.

To get these images, on the 'Create Page', click on Effects Icon. A pull-down menu will list out the many Effect Filters that you can use.

Images/Looks That You Get Using the Filters Are:

  • Black&White5 Filter: The image has a slight sepia tone
  • Black&White1 Filter: Minimal contrast with white tone leaning more towards light gray
  • Black&White6 Filter: Good overall color contrast with a good black tone and white tone. This is my favorite filter, to get a standard black and white picture.
  • Black&White4 Filter: This gives an image that is in between effect B&W1 and B&W6
  • Old Photo 5 Filter: The color contrast is minimal with more black tone than white. The overall image looks dark and gloomy
  • Old Photo 19 Filter: Better color contrast and similar to the Black&White6 Effect Filter except that you get a tinge of sepia tone, to give the old photo look and feel to the image.
  • Pin Hole 1 Filter: The image is blurry as if you had taken the photo using a cheap toy camera
  • Inkify2 Filter: The image is sharpened, with a white tone leaning towards light gray, instead of white

More Variations of Black and White Photo Effects

However, if you experiment and combine several of these effect filters, you will get more variations of black and white images. You can personalize your pictures to give effects that you desire. The following photos, are samples of such images.

PHOTO5 : Combination of BeFunky Black and White and Watercolor effect filter

PHOTO5 : Combination of BeFunky Black and White and Watercolor effect filter

BeFunky PHOTO 5

To get this beautiful effect as in PHOTO 5, I first convert the original image to black and white using Black&White6 Filter. I then saved it. For this saved image, I then use the WaterColor Effect Filter.

PHOTO6 : Using BeFunky Black&White1 & UnderPainting2 & Watercolor

PHOTO6 : Using BeFunky Black&White1 & UnderPainting2 & Watercolor

BeFunky PHOTO 6

PHOTO 6 was created using three different Effect Filters. It was first formed using the Black&White1 Filter, then I use the UnderPainting2 Filter. Finally the WaterColor Filter. This picture has more character compare to PHOTO 5.

PHOTO7: Combining BeFunky Black&White1 + UnderPainting + Cartoonizer1

PHOTO7: Combining BeFunky Black&White1 + UnderPainting + Cartoonizer1

BeFunky PHOTO 7

PHOTO 7 is a combination of Black&White1 Filter, UnderPainting Filter, and Cartoonizer1 Filter, created in that sequence. The effect gave a crisper look to the image.

PHOTO8: Using BeFunky Black&White6+OrtonStyle1

PHOTO8: Using BeFunky Black&White6+OrtonStyle1

BeFunky PHOTO 8

To get the effect as in PHOTO 8, I first convert my original photo into the black and white image using Black&White6 Filter. On this saved image, I then use OrtonStyle1 Filter to get the soft fuzzy image.

PHOTO9 : Combination of BeFunky Black&White6 and OldPhoto19

PHOTO9 : Combination of BeFunky Black&White6 and OldPhoto19

BeFunky PHOTO 9

PHOTO 9 is a combination of Black&White6 Filter and OldPhoto19 Filter. The OldPhoto Filter leaves a very slight sepia tone here.

PHOTO10: BeFunky Inkify+UnderPainting2

PHOTO10: BeFunky Inkify+UnderPainting2

BeFunky PHOTO 10

The copper tooling effect in PHOTO 10 is achieved with a combination of Inkify Filter and UnderPainting2 Filter

PHOTO11 : Using BeFunky Oldphoto19+Impressionist2

PHOTO11 : Using BeFunky Oldphoto19+Impressionist2

BeFunky PHOTO 11

PHOTO 11 is a combination of OldPhoto19 Filter and Impressionist2 Filter. The combination of these Filters somehow reduces most of the detail.

PHOTO 12 : BeFunky BW5+Cartoonizer

PHOTO 12 : BeFunky BW5+Cartoonizer

BeFunky PHOTO 12

Black&White5 Filter tends to give a slightly bluish shade to the lighter colors and a dark sepia tone to the darker colors. Hence by using Black&White5 Filter and Cartoonizer Filter, PHOTO 12 has a slight bluish tinge, with a dark sepia shade for the background. That, to me, is really cool.

PHOTO13 : BeFunky Black&White + UnderPainting+Gouche+Impressionist1

PHOTO13 : BeFunky Black&White + UnderPainting+Gouche+Impressionist1

BeFunky PHOTO 13

Although PHOTO 13 is not a Black and White photo effect, I can't resist putting it in here, as I loved the final combination of Black&White Filter, UnderPainting Filter, Gouche Filter, and Impressionist Filter. Yes, it was a combination of FOUR Filters to get this effect!

Pros and Cons of BeFunky Photo Editor

The Pros and Cons of using BeFunky Photo Editor Basic Account are:

Pros

  • Best of all it is FREE
  • Choice of 125 photo effects
  • Besides Effects, you can also Edit, add Frames, Goodies (speech bubbles, symbols accessories, graphics etc.) and Texts
  • Simple user interface
  • Navigating through the main function is easy and intuitive
  • Easy to use, easy to edit and redo
  • Easy to switch between modes such as the Edit, Effects, Texts and Frame modes
  • Ability to change the opacity and the amount of an effect
  • You can save your edited images to your PC, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, BeFunky Gallery and also Email them

Cons

  • Limited to maximum 1MB (+/-, depending on the Filter). You have to subscribe to the paid version if you want to save your images in higher resolution output
  • The full-Screen mode is not available in the free basic version

Verdict/Conclusion

BeFunky is a simple and easy-to-use Online Photo Editing program and you don't need to be technically savvy to use it. You can always undo if the effect you created isn't what you were looking for. It is also easy to undo. Hence, you can experiment and try multiple effects within a single photo, just like I did for my photos in the above illustrations.

It is FREE, so what are you waiting for? Go to the BeFunky website and use it immediately! You will be surprised at what you can accomplish.

Go to Part 2 for BeFunky Color Effects

The second installment of my article on BeFunky gives tutorials and samples on how to create COLOR BeFunky Photo Effects. Follow the link below

Need to Resize or Shrink Your Image or Photo?

If you need to Resize, Shrink or Reduce the size of your images or photos for posting to websites such as Blogs, Hubpages, Facebook, or for emailing purposes, then read my review and steps on how to resize your photos:

Read My Review on Pixlr-o-Matic Photo Editor

Pixlr-o-Matic is another free online photo editor that you can use to convert your photos to vintage or retro look. My article and review, with sample photos and guideline on how to achieve the photo effect can be read here at

Which is Your Favorite BeFunky Photo?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Mazlan A

Comments

JohanaPS on October 25, 2019:

Some of these filters are for premium users only. I like Be Funky for photo editing but as text editor I prefer MockoFun https://www.mockofun.com

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on October 28, 2012:

Hi hiluuu, thanks for dropping by. I tried a few minutes ago and I have no problem, editing and saving the edited photo onto my desktop. Just make sure you click on the right button before doing any operation (e.g. click on 'save and share' to save your photo). If you want your edited photo to be saved onto your desktop, make sure the desktop icon is click 'yep'.

Hope this help.

hiluuu on October 27, 2012:

hey i used to use befunky but for the past few weeks im encountring a prblm n dat is dat i cnt save my editted photo .... i dnt know wats wrong but wen i type the images name n even tik desktop nothjng happens after presng the enter button..plx help!

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on August 29, 2012:

Hello Rebecca, I am pleased that you like my examples and is inspired to try it.

Hello Rhonda, thank you for the visit and the votes.

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on August 29, 2012:

@sandrabusby: Thank you and I hope you will find it useful as much as I did. Thanks for the votes and Share.

Rhonda Humphreys from Michigan on August 26, 2012:

thanks for the info.I have never heard of befunky before. Voted useful and also voted up

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 05, 2012:

Wow, thanks for sharing info about befunky. I will give it a try. Great examples!

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on August 05, 2012:

Thanks, greatstuff, I'm always looking for new software to manipulate my photos. I'm going to check this one out. Voted up and shared.

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on August 05, 2012:

@CyberShelley. Thanks for the compliment, votes and Share. I am glad you found this article useful and worth of sharing.

Shelley Watson on August 05, 2012:

This is really great, and very well explained. Am sharing and voted up, interesting and useful.

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on June 25, 2012:

@Theredesense, Thanks for sharing the link.

Theredesense from Leeuwarden on June 25, 2012:

For people who like those kind of programmes I could also recommend pixlr.com - makes awesome effects with just a click! :)

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on May 29, 2012:

@CassyLu1981, thanks for stopping by and commenting. You should give BeFunky a try. It's easy and you get good effects. See you soon on the Apprenticeship Program

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on May 29, 2012:

I have never heard of BeFunky. I used Picnik all the time until they closed last month and now I've been trying lots of different ones (PicMonkey, LR, etc) and just haven't found one I love. I'll be trying this one out for sure! Thanks! Voted up and Shared :)

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on March 29, 2012:

Hi Vinaya, Thanks for dropping by. Thanks also for your compliment.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on March 29, 2012:

The manipulated pictures are amazing. Thanks for this comprehensive guide to photo editing.

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on March 25, 2012:

Thanks randomcreative for the comment and visit.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 24, 2012:

Great information and tips about this program! Thanks!

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on March 21, 2012:

Hi hoteltravel, nice of you to drop by again. Thanks for your support and vote. Yes, BeFunky is awesome.

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on March 21, 2012:

Hi Natashalh, nice to hear from you again. You should give BeFunky a try, it's fun and can be addictive!

hoteltravel from Thailand on March 20, 2012:

BeFunky is indeed a great tool for those who want to play with images. Voted up and interesting.

Natasha from Hawaii on March 20, 2012:

Cool stuff - thanks! I had never heard of BeFunky before. I'll have to go check it out. Voted up and useful.

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