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Facetune review: A great way of editing portraits while on the go

Employ the beautifying tricks used by fashion magazines

Do you hate having your picture taken because you always seem to look bad in photos? If friends are always snapping you on a night out to post the pics to social media, insist that they use your phone and then you can edit the results afterwards in Facetune! This portrait-focused photo editor has now arrived on Android. Which is great news because it can produce some amazing transformations, using similar blemish-removal effects and morphing tricks to those employed by fashion magazines.

If you’ve used an advanced desktop image editor before, you’ll feel at home with the tools here. Novices needn’t worry either, though, as upon selecting each tool, you’re giving tips how to use it and can even practise on demo photos. Alongside standard options such as cropping, rotation and red-eye removal, Facetune offers a range of advanced tools. One of the most effective is Patch, which is used to clone pixels from one area and paste them into another. This is ideal for removing obvious facial blemishes such as large spots. Just tap the area to alter, then drag to another to use as a replacement; you can pinch to alter the size, and rotate it to match the surrounding texture. Naturally, you can zoom right in for more precise control, although it’s still a little fiddly to rotate patches on smaller phones.

For more general blemish removal, the airbrush-like Smooth tool comes in handy. As with most other tools, the effect of each swipe is quite subtle, so you’ll need to do it repeatedly, but this does give you finer control. And if the effect is too strong, the Erase tool can be employed to reduce it. Another useful tool is Tones, which is used to lighten (or darken) areas, by picking up a shade from one area and applying it to another; this is great for removing dark circles around the eyes. For a brighter smile, Whiten is ideal, while the Details tool sharpens up areas for better definition and Defocus blurs the background to make the subject stand out better.

With the subtlety of some swipe effects, you may not think that you’ve changed much on the image, but pressing the Compare icon to show the original may well surprise you. You can go even further by using the Reshape tool, to stretch and shrink parts of the face, such as widening the mouth, shortening the nose or removing that double chin!

Once you’ve made all the facial enhancements you want, it’s time to apply filters. Here you get to combine Paper, Lighting, Texture and Lens filters and adjust the strength of each to get exactly the effect you’re after. Used well, Facetune really is like a magic wand for enhancing selfies, portraits and group shots – or even old family photos – and offers precision control of its professional-style retouch tools.

For further reviews on the latest Android apps, make sure to check out the latest issue of Android Magazine.