Dual Tool Review: BeFunky & TiltShiftMaker

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 9:32 am
Jennifer Dick's picture

We’ve looked at online image editors like Picnik before, but it never hurts to have a couple of other web-based photo apps in your media toolbox. Today we’ll take a quick look at two alternative apps for adding effects to your photos.

BeFunky is a little like Picnik’s wild twin. Despite their very different branding, both services provide in-browser photo correction, special effects, shapes, speech bubbles, and artistic filters.

  • Darkroom and camera-specific photograph filters, such as LOMO, vintage, and Orton.
  • Art-style effects, such as charcoal, cartoonification, pen and ink, and watercolor.
  • You can purchase your altered photo on a variety of merchandise via Zazzle.
  • Photos can be sent via email, Facebook, MySpace, or Flickr.
  • Cost: Free & premium.


TiltShiftMaker does only one thing, but it does it well! If you’re not familiar with tilt-shift, it’s a special technique that uses lens movement in two planes and a very thin focus plane to create a unique look. It sometimes creates the effect of making subjects in the picture appear to be miniatures. Creating this effect using a manual camera may require special equipment, but it can mimicked somewhat using digital photography tools. It works only on landscape-oriented photographs, though, and works best if the picture was taken from above the subject.
  • Interface allows for some tweaking of elements in the tilt-shift, including width of focus plane, bokeh, and color-boosting.
  • Share photos via Flickr or Photobucket.
  • Cost: free.
Do you use these or other photo editing apps with your youth? Do you have any activity suggestions, tips, or tricks to share? Comment below or contact us!