Facetune

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Great tutorials for photo editing; not just for selfies.

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Educational Value

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.

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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What 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. 

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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.

Talk to your kids 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, Android
  • Subjects: Arts: photography
  • Skills: Creativity: producing new content
    Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Price: $2.99-$3.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid (iPhone app is $2.99 iPad app is $3.99)
  • 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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