Facetune

Common Sense Media says

Great tutorials for photo editing; not just for selfies.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There's definitely a learning curve involved in editing with Facetune, but both text/image instructions and video tutorials show how to use each feature, and the undo function is readily accessible.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Teens can easily share their photos from within the app to social media or by email. The privacy policy isn't readily available but explains what information is collected and how it's used.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Facetune​ is a photo-editing app that lets users fix imperfections in photos, adjust lighting, and blur backgrounds. It can be used on photos beyond selfies and has more sophisticated editing capabilities, so it isn't just about making personal images "perfect." Teens can share the photos via email or on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, or other apps, so, even though there's no minimum age set in the terms of use for Facetune specifically, it's best for ages 13 and up. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • photography

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Working with their own photographs will engage kids, and seeing the improvement in the images will keep them interested. The before/after button on the corner of the screen shows instantly how even small, subtle changes make an impact.

Learning Approach

The name may draw attention to faces and selfie-editing, but Facetune​ includes tools for enhancing any photograph by changing lighting, cropping, and defocusing backgrounds. The tutorials included are instructional, and the demo photos that walk teens through the editing process make this a good learning tool.

Support

The best feature, hands down, is the tutorial included with each tool. Teens can scroll through a few points of illustrated text and image instructions and then watch a short video tutorial of that tool in action. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • photography

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn how to edit photos using tools similar to those used by professional photographers. On the surface, Facetune may seem like one of the hot selfie-improvement apps, but it really goes deeper into exposing teens to concepts of focus, filters, ratios, cropping, and more. Video tutorials demonstrate how to use each tool, and hands-on demo photos guide teens through the editing photos. Since Facetune can be used on any photo -- not only selfies or group shots -- kids can see the impact even subtle changes of focus or background can have. The name of the app emphasizes "face," but Facetune​ has the potential to be a great intro editing tool for general photography.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

What's it about?

Using FACETUNE, teens can crop and adjust photos, whiten teeth, smooth skin, enhance details, patch blemishes, reshape and resize features, remove red-eye, apply filters, defocus backgrounds, add frames, and change tones. Users can import photos from the camera roll or take them with the camera. You can share edited photos via email or social media. Each tool includes a tutorial of text and images as well as a video tutorial, and more tutorials are available on the Facetune website linked in-app.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The tools available in Facetune​ rival those found in desktop applications used by the pros. It's not a pick-it-up-and-get-it-right-the-first-time app, but demo photos are available for tutorials and practice. Different versions are available for the iPhone and the iPad; the larger screen is easier to edit on than the smaller screen of a phone. A comparison button on the bottom of the screen allows users to see an instant before-and-after comparison, and an undo button lets them back out of any mistakes or overzealous edits. What sets Facetune apart from the selfie-editing apps is the ability to edit any photo, not just selfies.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how and why magazines edit photos. How does having this technology accessible to everyone affect the lives we present via social media?

  • Discuss with teens what they think is too much when it comes to photo editing.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99-$3.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:June 19, 2014
Category:Photo & Video
Size:45.50 MB
Publisher:Lightricks Ltd.
Version:2.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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