- Arts and Design
BeFunky Photo Editor to Create Great Photos for Your Hubs, Blogs or Websites - Review
BeFunky is a super easy, user-friendly 'one-click' photo editor that let you create great photos for your Hubs, Blogs or Websites. You don't need any technical knowledge to produce photo effects that are awesome and amazing. People will think that you had used Photoshop to create these effects.
There are many features and effects on BeFunky. You can do the standard exposure adjustment, brightness/contrast control and resizing, but the main highlight is using the Effects, Artsy and Goodies Effect Filters.
Review of BeFunky - Convert Photos to Black and White
Despite the many features available on BeFunky, for this review, I will concentrate on the black and white photo effects using the Effects and Artsy Filters. I will also illustrate the steps and tips on using the filters with sample pictures in BLACK and WHITE.
For tutorial and samples on how to create COLOR photo effects, read my second instalment ' 8 BeFunky Photo Effects Tutorial to Create Cool Pictures for Your Hubs, Blogs or Websites - Part 2'
BeFunky Basic Account is Free
BeFunky Photo Editor Basic Account is free and allows you to create 125 photo effects. Under this account, you can save your edited images up to a maximum of 1MB (or slightly more or slightly less, depending on the filter)
This is the version that I used. If you want to access more features and save your images in higher resolution output, then you have to opt for the paid version.
On the Basic account version, if you register (this is an option, you don't have to, to use the software), you will be able to save your edited images online and bookmark the favorite tools as you discover them.
Getting Started with BeFunky Photo Editor
Getting started on BeFunky is easy. Just follow the following steps:
- Go the BeFunky website wwwbefunkycom
- Click on the pink icon "Get Started" on the top right hand corner of the page. You will then be taken to BeFunky Create page. It may take a few seconds for this page to load. Please be patience.
- On this page you will see the blue horizontal bar with several photo effects options: Edit, Effects, Artsy, Goodies, Frame and Text, which is on the left side of the page. On the right side you will see the following options: Upload, Save & Share, Print and Options. See PHOTO 2 above, for the screenshot of 'Create Page'.
- Click on the Upload icon to upload your photo (you can upload from your PC, Using Your previous upload, via Webcam, Flickr, Photobucket, Facebook, Picasa etc.)
- Once you have uploaded your photo, select an effect that you want to work on. As mentioned earlier, this review will show you the different Black & White photo effects that you can create on BeFunky.
BeFunky's Basic Black & White Photo Effects
Under BeFunky Photo Editor basic account, you can create eight black and white images using Filters Black&White1, 5, 4 & 6, OldPhoto5 & 19, PinHole1 and Inkify2. Samples of these images are shown above in PHOTO 3 and PHOTO 4.
My favorite is using the Black&White6 Effect Filter which gave a good black and white contrast, yet retaining the detail. PHOTO 1 shows the image using this filter.
To get these images, on the 'Create Page', click on Effects Icon. A pull down menu will list out the many Effect Filters that you can use.
Images/Looks that you will get using the Filters are:
- Black&White5 Filter : The image has a slight sepia tone
- Black&White1 Filter : Minimal contrast with white tone leaning more towards light gray
- Black&White6 Filter : Good overall color contrast with a good black tone and white tone. This is my favorite filter, to get a standard black and white picture.
- Black&White4 Filter : This gives an image that is in between effect B&W1 and B&W6
- Old Photo 5 Filter : The color contrast is minimal with more black tone than white. The overall image looks dark and gloomy
- Old Photo 19 Filter : Better color contrast and similar to the Black&White6 Effect Filter except that you get a tinge of sepia tone, to give the old photo look and feel to the image.
- Pin Hole 1 Filter : The image is blurry as if you had taken the photo using a cheap toy camera
- Inkify2 Filter : The image is sharpen, with white tone leaning towards light gray, instead of white
More Variations of Black&White Photo Effects
However, if you experiment and combine several of these effect filters, you will get more variations of black and white images. You can personalize your pictures to give effects that you desire. The following photos, are samples of such images.
BeFunky PHOTO 5
To get this beautiful effect as in PHOTO 5, I first convert the original image to black and white using Black&White6 Filter. I then saved it. For this saved image, I then use the Water Color Effect Filter.
BeFunky PHOTO 6
PHOTO 6 was created using three different Effect Filters. It was first formed using the Black&White1 Filter, then I use the UnderPainting2 Filter. Finally the WaterColor Filter. This picture has more character compare to PHOTO 5.
BeFunky PHOTO 7
PHOTO 7 is a combination of Black&White1 Filter, UnderPainting Filter and Cartoonizer1 Filter, created in that sequence. The effect gave a crisper look to the image.
BeFunky PHOTO 8
To get the effect as in PHOTO 8, I first convert my original photo into black and white image using Black&White6 Filter. On this saved image, I then use OrtonStyle1 Filter to get the soft fuzzy image.
BeFunky PHOTO 9
PHOTO 9 is a combination of Black&White6 Filter and OldPhoto19 Filter. The OldPhoto Filter leaves a very slight sepia tone here.
BeFunky PHOTO 10
The copper tooling effect in PHOTO 10 is achieved with a combination of Inkify Filter and UnderPainting2 Filter
BeFunky PHOTO 11
PHOTO 11 is a combination of OldPhoto19 Filter and Impressionist2 Filter. The combination of these Filters somehow reduces most of the detail.
BeFunky PHOTO 12
Black&White5 Filter tends to give a slight bluish shade to the lighter colors and a dark sepia tone to the darker colors. Hence by using Black&White5 Filter and Cartoonizer Filter, PHOTO 12 has a slight bluish tinge, with dark sepia shade for the background. That, to me, is really cool.
BeFunky PHOTO 13
Although PHOTO 13 is not a Black and White photo effect, I can't resist putting it in here, as I loved the final combination of Black&White Filter, UnderPainting Filter, Gouche Filter and Impressionist Filter. Yes, it was a combination of FOUR Filters to get this effect!
Pros and Cons of BeFunky Photo Editor
The Pros and Cons of using BeFunky Photo Editor Basic Account are:
- Best of all it is FREE
- Choice of 125 photo effects
- Besides Effects, you can also Edit, add Frames, Goodies (speech bubbles, symbols accessories, graphics etc.) and Texts
- Simple user interface
- Navigating through the main function is easy and intuitive
- Easy to use, easy to edit and redo
- Easy to switch between modes such as the Edit, Effects, Texts and Frame modes
- Ability to change the opacity and the amount of an effect
- You can save your edited images to your PC, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, BeFunky Gallery and also Email them
- Limited to maximum 1MB (+/-, depending on the Filter). You have to subscribe to the paid version if you want to save your images in higher resolution output
- The full Screen mode is not available in the free basic version
BeFunky is a simple and easy to use Online Photo Editing program and you don't need to be technically savvy to use it. You can always undo if the effect you created isn't what you were looking for. It is also easy to undo. Hence, you can experiment and try multiple effects within a single photo, just like I did for my photos in the above illustrations.
It is FREE, so what are you waiting for? Go to BeFunky website and use it immediately! You will be surprised at what you can accomplish.
Continue Reading : Go to Part 2
Go to my second instalment of my article on BeFunky that gives tutorial and samples on how to create COLOR BeFunky Photo Effects. Follow the link below
Need to Resize or Shrink Your Image or Photo?
If you need to Resize, Shrink or Reduce the size of your images or photos for posting to websites such as Blogs, Hubpages, Facebook or for emailing purposes, then read my review and steps on how to resize your photos:
Read my Review on Pixlr-o-matic Photo Editor
Pixlr-o-matic is another free online photo editor that you can use to convert your photos to vintage or retro look. My article and review, with sample photos and guideline on how to achieve the photo effect can be read here at