What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What kids can learn
- producing new content
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.