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Touching Up Portraits With BeFunky Photo Editor

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by | Filed Under: Digital Photography, Photo Editing

In a previous article, I told you about the free, fun online photo editing app called BeFunky. It’s also available for iPhone and Android, but it this article I’m going to discuss how to use the online version of the app with your PC. The mobile app is similar, but there will be some differences. If you aren’t familiar with BeFunky, read my introductory article to get familiar with the navigation of BeFunky.

Today, we’re going to look at how to use the Touch Up tools to jazz up your portraits. Start out by choosing Touch Up at the left and opening up the photo you wish to edit.

We’ll open a photo of adorable baby Fiona who has a bad case of red eye.

Select Fix Red Eye from the menu. You can then adjust the size of the brush to match the area you wish to work with. Place the circle over the red part of eye and click to start removing the red.

To zoom in on a photo, click the magnifying glass at the top of your workspace and use the slider bar to zoom in or out.

A few clicks can remove most of the red, but not always all of it. And it also takes the rest of the color with it.

But we can correct that by using the Eye Color tool to put some color back into the eye. 

I’ll look for a color that matches little Fiona’s natural eye color and add it to her eyes. Just select a brush size and place the circle where you need the color and click.

When I’m happy with the results I can apply the changes.

 Touch up can also be used for sprucing up portraits. I’m starting off here with a picture of a pretty  21-year-old girl who doesn’t really need much in the way of help. But since she likes to play with makeup, I thought she’d be a great example.

There’s no red eye here, but I thought we’d have a little fun with the eye color. I could go two ways here. I can use the eye color tool to enhance her natural blue eyes or have some fun and change them to green. Or I could apply the David Bowie treatment and give her different colors for each eye.

 Up next, there’s lipstick available in any color you can imagine. You can adjust brush size and the strength of the application by moving slider bars. When you’re satisfied with the look, choose apply.

You can add a bit of tan with the Bronzer tool or apply rosy cheeks with the Blush tool.

There’s an option for smoothing out wrinkles, which I don’t need for someone this age and for removing a flash spot if it’s washed out an area of the face. The teeth whitening option is a great one for smokers and coffee drinkers and way cheaper than going the dentist. Now she doesn’t really need it here. She’s got pretty pearly whites, but my photo is a bit dark, so I’ve applied the whitening effect.

Blemish fix will allow you to remove blemishes or freckles. And the clone tool allow you to copy parts of the image and paste it somewhere else on the photo.

Here’s a before and after look.

One last tool to look at is the Smooth tool.

It’s not going to improve this young lady much, but if you’ve got some wrinkles or you’d just like a softer look, it can give you a dreamy soft look.

If you want portraits to still look realistic, you’ll want to use a light hand with these effects. Or maybe you’d like them to surreal. In that case, go wild. The more you practice, the better you’ll get. Have fun!

~ Cynthia


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