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8 BeFunky Photo Effects Tutorial

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BeFunky, the Free Online Photo Editing and Image Editor, is Almost Like an Online Photoshop

BeFunky, the Free Online Photo Editing and Image Editor, is Almost Like an Online Photoshop

BeFunky Photo Editor for Color Effects

In my first article on BeFunky 'BeFunky Photo Editor to Create Great Photos for Your Hubs, Blogs or Websites - Review' I described what BeFunky can do with your photographs, how to get started and I gave tips and advice on how to create many versions of your pictures in BLACK & WHITE. There's also a review and the pros and cons of using BeFunky Photo Editor.

In this second installment, '8 BeFunky Photo Effects Tutorial' I will describe how I created the COLOR photo effects using the many Effect Filters in BeFunky.

Read on and have fun creating cool pictures for your hubs, blogs, or websites.

p.s. BeFunky Photo Editor's basic account is FREE!

PHOTO 1: Using BeFunky Sharpen+vibrant+underpainting2.

PHOTO 1: Using BeFunky Sharpen+vibrant+underpainting2.

A Quick Recap on How to Get Started on BeFunky

  • Go to the BeFunky website and click on the 'Get Started' icon
  • Upload the photo that you want to edit by clicking on the icon 'Upload'
  • Once your photo is uploaded, you are set to start. Just choose any of the filters that interest you. Don't be afraid to experiment. You can always undo it if you don't like the effect.
  • If you are happy with the works, then click the 'Save' icon

1. PHOTO 1 BeFunky Photo Effects

For the photo of my cat, Simba (see above), I wanted to highlight the furs and make them more prominent. I also wanted a stronger color. This is what I did:

  1. I used the 'Sharpen' feature under 'Edit'. When I click on the 'Apply' button, the changes will be applied and my edited image was automatically saved.
  2. On this edited image, I then used the 'Vibrance' button, also under the 'Edited' section. I can adjust the color intensity by sliding the control key. For PHOTO 1, I used the default percentage. Once I am satisfied with the effect, I clicked on the 'Apply' button
  3. Finally, I applied the 'Underpainting2' filter under 'Effects' to give that painting look.
  4. In total, I used three filters for PHOTO 1 effect

This technique works well in close-up photos, especially of your pets.

PHOTO 2: Using BeFunky Underpainting2

PHOTO 2: Using BeFunky Underpainting2

2. PHOTO 2 BeFunky Photo Effects

The original photo for this flower was already beautiful. However, I wanted the soft look and choose Underpainting2 Filter. This is the only Filter used for PHOTO 2.

You can use this Filter for most photos, but I personally prefer to apply it to close up or portraits.

PHOTO 3: Using BeFunky Underpainting1

PHOTO 3: Using BeFunky Underpainting1

3. PHOTO 3 BeFunky Photo Effects

Likewise, as in PHOTO 2, I used only one Filter Effect for PHOTO 3, i.e. using the 'Underpainting 1' Filter to get the painting look.

This filter also works well for landscape photos.

PHOTO 4: Using BeFunky Vibrance+ Underpainting2+ hlightshadow+ smooth

PHOTO 4: Using BeFunky Vibrance+ Underpainting2+ hlightshadow+ smooth

4. PHOTO 4 BeFunky Photo Effects

This scene of the fruit seller in the wet market was initially cropped to focus more on the bananas. I then:

  1. Used the 'Vibrance' Filter to give the banana a brighter yellow hue
  2. Next, I used the 'Underpainting2' Filter
  3. Then I used the 'Highlight/Shadow' Filter to darken the background and shadow
  4. Finally, I used the 'Smooth' Filter to remove blemishes on the bananas. I applied only a small amount as I wanted to retain some of the imperfections.
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This technique works well if you want to blow up your photos into poster-size pictures.

PHOTO 5: Using BeFunky watercolor+ortonstyle1

PHOTO 5: Using BeFunky watercolor+ortonstyle1

5. . PHOTO 5 BeFunky Photo Effects

This photo was created by

  1. Initially using 'Watercolor' Filter
  2. Then applying 'Ortonstyle1' Filter for the soft effect

Applying the 'Watercolor' Filter removes the details and hence, you get some parts looking overexposed. It is not a perfect image, but for this tutorial, I included it to give you an idea of what you should be looking for and undo and redo to get the right effects.

This technique will work if your photographs are underexposed. Therefore, instead of deleting these photos, you can save them by applying this technique. Thus, 'rescuing' your 'spoilt' photo and turning them into a work of art.

PHOTO 6: Using BeFunky vibrance+Impression+Watercolor1

PHOTO 6: Using BeFunky vibrance+Impression+Watercolor1

6. PHOTO 6 BeFunky Photo Effects

I know this is a poor attempt at imitating Van Gogh's Sunflower, but if you want to give it a go then

  1. Use the 'Vibrance' Filter to enhance the color
  2. Next, apply 'Impressionist' Filter
  3. Finally, apply the 'Watercolor1' Filter
PHOTO 7: Using BeFunky smooth+orthonstyle

PHOTO 7: Using BeFunky smooth+orthonstyle

7. PHOTO 7 BeFunky Photo Effects

The mangoes in the original photograph were slightly blemished with black scar and dots. I wanted to remove these and make the mangoes more appealing and inviting.

  1. I initially used the 'Vibrance' filter to add more punch to the color
  2. Then I applied the 'Smooth' Filter to remove the 'scars'
  3. Finally, I applied the 'Orthonstyle' Filter for the soft blurry look.

You can use this same technique for portrait photos, to get a smooth complexion look.

PHOTO 8: Using BeFunky goodies

PHOTO 8: Using BeFunky goodies

8. PHOTO 8 BeFunky Photo Effects

BeFunky is not just about editing and applying effects filters to enhance or jazz up your photographs. You can also have fun by adding humor to the photos or creating funky pictures.

Go to the 'Goodies' section and there is much fun stuff to choose from.

For the photo of Simba,

  1. I used the Spectacle from 'Facial' button
  2. Hat from 'Accessories' button

BeFunky Mobile App

Do you know that this photo editing app is also available for your handphone? They have the same editing tools to create all the photo effects and collage maker templates as on the desktop version. The only extra on the BeFunky mobile is the selfie photos that you can edit and create effects on, while on the go.

So, get this free BeFunky mobile photo editor and collage maker that can be downloaded on Google Play and Apple App Store.

I hope this tutorial with samples of 8 Photo Effects will get you started on BeFunky and give you some ideas on how to go about editing your photos.

If you want to read more of my other Photo Editing articles, then follow the links below:

  1. If you have not read my earlier article on BeFunky with a tutorial and sample of photos in BLACK & WHITE, then go to 'BeFunky Photo Editor to Create Great Photos for Your Hubs, Blogs or Websites - Review' It also tells you how to get started on BeFunky and the Pros and Cons of using it.
  2. Pixlr-O-Matic is another photo editing software that specializes in Vintage and Retro photo effects. Read my review with tutorial and samples on how to achieve the effects at 'Pixlr-o-Matic for Vintage & Retro Photo Effects - Free Online Photo Editor - Review'
  3. Need to resize your photos or images for Facebook, Blogs, or other websites? Then, read 'Resize Images and Photos Online with Shrink Pictures Software'

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

Kalmiya from North America on February 27, 2014:

I think free online photo editors will change how we manage digital images in a big way. I recently found iPiccy and am already using it for everything! Have fun with BeFunky!

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on April 17, 2012:

Hi Teresa, good to see you again. Simba is tough and strong, so I hope he will still be around for a lot more years. He's been sneezing lately, probably 'cos it is a rainy season now. Will have to take him to the vet tommorow.

Teresa Schultz from East London, in South Africa on April 17, 2012:

Simba's getting a little old then - I do hope he sticks around for a good length of time still.

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on April 17, 2012:

Hi joyfulmommy, glad you find this useful. Thanks for dropping by.

joyfulmommy on April 13, 2012:

Great hub! I find it interesting and useful. Thanks for sharing!

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on April 13, 2012:

Teresa, Thanks for the visit. I am glad you like the effects, and Simba! We had Simba for 15 years now and in human years, that will make him 77years old

Teresa Schultz from East London, in South Africa on April 13, 2012:

These are great photo effects! And I'm so glad you used your cat Simba in two of them - gorgeous cat.

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

Hi RTalloni, I am pleased that you found this hub helpful

RTalloni on April 05, 2012:

Thanks for sharing this application and your tips with using it!

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

Hi Writer Fox, Thanks for dropping by and the compliments. Watch out for my article on how to resize images and photos, which will be posted soon.

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on March 28, 2012:

WOW! This is a terrific resource. I look forward to reading more of your articles on images for Hubpages!

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on March 24, 2012:

Hi ronny2005. Thanks for dropping by and your comments. Thanks also for Sharing. Greatly appreciated.

ronny2005 from HubPages on March 24, 2012:

What an application! I will download it for my Android, and on my PC too! Hub Shared!

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