Sometimes you want to look your best and sometimes you want to look worse. Perhaps you think only want to look better, but sometimes it’s fun to see what special effects can do to your looks, for better or worse!
You can put on your best outfit, visit the salon for a new hairstyle, and invest in serious dental work. But no matter how much you try to improve your looks in the real world, apps can make you look even better. Or worse…
Apps to Make You Look Better
Have you ever wanted to be the star of your picture, but background people or places got in the way? With AfterFocus you can blur out the background to make yourself the focus of the picture.
After you take a picture, just draw around the image you want to be clear and the app will recognize the image, blurring everything else in the picture. You can add special effects to the blurred area or to the focused area.
If you’ve ever wanted an Andy Warhol-like cartoon image of yourself, you can create one with iMadeFace. This simple app lets you create a cartoon face, no drawing skills required.
Just pick out an outline of a face in a shape you like, then pick out facial features, hair, sunglasses, ears, text or other elements. Swipe left and right to pick features, swipe up and down to pick colors.
Want to see what you’d look like with hair as blue as Marge Simpson’s? Try out blue for your hair color!
The app even has a random feature so you don’t have to rely on inspiration or artistry for cool cartoon images.
Have fun playing around with your image then save it to your camera roll. You can also share the image on social media or email. You can also save an image to contacts so you can make cartoon images for your friends.
iMadeFace is available free for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch from the iTunes App Store. In-app purchases are available for packs of facial elements.
This app can turn you into a Hollywood movie star by adorning you in costumes from famous movies. If you ever liked to play dress up, you’ll love this app.
Hollywood Camera was developed using the Hollywood Costume exhibition from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. This app lets you don costumes from famous movies to turn you into a star. The app includes 16 different costumes you can place on your picture, either from your photo library or from a photo you take with your phone’s camera.
The app gives you information about each costume, including the film and year it was released, the character and the actor who wore the costume, as well as the costume designer. Costumes include classics from films such as The Blues Brothers and Vertigo, to more contemporary films such as Mama Mia and Gladiator.
After you dress your picture with your favorite costume, you can save it on your camera roll and share it with your friends using Facebook, Twitter and email.
Hollywood Camera is available for $0.99 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store.
This app contains a cornucopia of effects to help you enhance your images. Choose from costumes such as superheros, clown, astronaut and others. Add special effects to your photos such as snow, flowers and frames. The app comes with filters to change the colors or add a special oil painting effect. You can spend quite a while with this app trying all the different options.
When you’ve completed your artistry, you can share your image with others using Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Picasa, Skype, email or Bluetooth.
Image Editor is free for Android devices at Google Play.
Wish you could look as good as those air-brushed models in magazines? Now you can, with the help of an app. Facetune helps you look your best by removing wrinkles, blemishes, gray hairs, and other features. Reshape your face, nose, eyes, ears or anything else you want to tweak.
You can whiten your teeth, brighten your eyes, add color to your cheeks, and give yourself a total makeover without a trip to the salon.
The app also has filters to give your photo a different hue. You can also add frames to your pictures.
After you’re satisfied with your transformation, you can share your creation on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr or email and save it to your camera roll.
Facetune is available for $1.99 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store.
Not to be confused with Image Editor above (though confusion seems inevitable), Image Editor is a sophisticated app that allows you to manipulate photos to make them what you want. You can add filters, drawing, text and other edits to your photos.
What makes this Image Editor app unique is the ability to layer photos. So if you have a picture of yourself, but want to add a custom feature, such as a new background, hat or superhero costume, you can add a new photo to layer that photo on top of your image.
Here’s a video showing you how Image Editor works:
Image Editor is free for Android devices at Google Play.
Apps to Make You Look Worse
Drinking Mirror is an app from our friends at the Scottish government, and by friends I mean “party poopers”. Drinking Mirror shows you the effects of your drinking over the course of 10 years.
Choose a picture of yourself, then let the app know how many alcoholic drinks you imbibe per week, from zero to 10+. The app then gets to work altering your image to demonstrate the effects of your drinking on your face over ten years.
Now I’m not calling the developers party poopers because they’re trying to help you cut down on your alcohol consumption. Their goal is quite noble and if you’re trying to curb your drinking habits, this app could be a very effective deterrent. The ravages of alcohol simply aren’t pretty.
What makes this app a real downer though is seeing the effects of time alone on your face. Even if you choose zero drinks, then let the app work its “magic”, the results of aging are, let’s say sobering.
If you’re brave and/or insane, you can share your after photos on Facebook. Most people will probably prefer to keep their after photos well hidden.
Hey, it’s April Fool’s Day, but this app is for real. MouthOff is a free app from McDonald’s that turns your mouth into a fish mouth. Frankie the Fish’s mouth, to be precise. The mouth moves as you speak, making you appear to have a fish mouth. You can pick from four different fish mouths.
But what really makes this app fun and addictive is the Fishy Fishy rap song. Feel free to play the song over and over again as you dance around your house, office or local fast food restaurant.
Purchase of Fish McBites is not required.
Here’s a video of the app in action. Try to keep your feet still as you hear this song. Bet you can’t do it!
McDonald’s MouthOff is currently unavailable.
Other Fun Image Enhancing Tech
For more ways to edit your images, check out:
- Mad Lips, which inserts a video of your mouth speaking onto a picture
- PicMonkey, a feature-filled photo editing website
- FotoSketcher, software that can turn your image into an artistic creation
- Art Bellies Pocket that lets you add artistic effects to your images
Use apps to help you show a better or worse face to the world. Why let reality get in the way of how you look? Let tech help you alter your image for better or worse.
Who knows? You may even want to use your enhanced image as your new Gravatar!
Have you used apps to alter your image? Did you make yourself look better or worse? Were you able to listen to the Fishy Fishy song without dancing? Let us know in the Comments section below!