What’s a better way than Photoshop to improve your portrait photos? If better means a long list of difficult to learn and master features, then Photoshop wins, hands down. If better means actually improving a portrait photo within a minute or two after taking it, then you need to check out Facetune, which may be the easiest to use of all portrait photo enhancement apps ever.
My collection of Mac photo enhancement apps is well known to regular readers. What I seldom touch upon are the iPhone’s many photo tools. Of those, I’ve actually bought or downloaded more than the two folders of photo apps on my iPhone.
Off all those, and some are quite good, Facetune is the one I use first and most when taking portrait photos. The proof, as they say, is in the taste of the pudding, and a picture is worth a thousand words.
Check it out. No complexity at all.
Facetune grabs photos from your iPhone camera roll. The toolbar at the bottom gives you quick options to reshape the face (good for adding symmetry, thinning out the cheeks, etc.), smooth the skin to Photoshop-like levels with a finger tip, whiten teeth and eyes, and sharpen details.
Facetune has a color picker and a toning tool. Stretch the image with your fingers to zoom into a section of the face (easily moved around on screen), then apply an effect to whiten teeth, remove blemishes, pop pimples, and sharpen those fuzzy eyebrows.
You can even remove red-eye, white-eye, and change eye color– all with your finger tip on a zoomed in portion of the photo. The toning tool even removes gray hair as quickly as your finger removes stray hair. Wrinkles? Blemishes? Say goodbye.
Enhanced photos can be shared online, and saved back to your iPhone camera roll. This app is easily the most fun I’ve had touching up photos since, well, Photoshop. It’s much easier to use, far less expensive, and the results are quite remarkable considering the price tag and limited tools.