Faces – Photo Fun. A Novelty app for making Funny Faces from Photos
Jan 24, 2012 12:21 PM –
Faces – Photo Fun is a simple app to create & share funny pictures from your photos adding hats, glasses, and beards for gags… are they entertainment enough, let’s get into the review to determine.
Tested on: LG Nitro HD
Pros & Cons:
- Easily add funny props to your pictures and share!
- Limited selection of props.
- Zooming and dragging could be controlled better allowing for pinch to zoom or dragging pictures versus pecking at zoom/arrow buttons.
- Doesn’t play nicely with high resolution photos.
Faces for Android uses pre-installed overlay props including mustaches, glasses and hats you swipe through and choose from to create fun pictures. It recognizes faces in photos from your gallery and allows you to save and share your concoctions via installed Android apps such as email, text messaging or Facebook. Tip: use medium sized photos for better image manipulation (i.e. 800×600.)
Faces for Android operates very much like an ‘alpha’ project, as it seems intuitive yet you get stuck often trying to control the picture you’re setting to create. For example, the button toggles are quite unresponsive, especially on larger quality or high megapixel photos. It’s a shame you have to tap plus/minus or arrow buttons versus pinching and dragging the photo as you see fit within the app. Also, it is very horizontally linear and doesn’t account for faces at a slight angle (see picture), where my face was at a slight angle, accessories don’t line up nor resize making for a bad image. Additionally, I noticed it distorts or resizes the picture to try to accommodate for the aforementioned issue. And the props’ image quality is rather low, however, if the end goal is for gags then we can let that slide.
Furthermore, there is no way to dig in and rotate props to fit your pic; only the use of the simple slider controls. Like other photo manipulation apps you cannot work from new photos freshly taken from the camera putting that front facing vanity camera to work, only those chosen from gallery. Which means you’ll have to jump into the Camera App, snag the flick and jump back to this app, less convenient. Lastly, with so many Android devices these days equipped with HD cameras it’s a burden for the average user to know what a ‘medium image’ is and pre-edit these versions of their photos in order to have a decent experience with the app.
Watch on Mobile
Faces for Android Start Screen
Faces for Android Adjust Eyes
Faces for Android Complete Photo
Faces for Android Creating Photo
Faces for Android Creating Photo 2
Faces for Android Complete Photo 2
Faces for Android Sharing Options
This app is one of those novelty fun items to experiment and make a quirky flick of yourself or others and share it.
Ease of Use:
Faces – Photo Fun has a slight catch-22 paradox, in that it truly is simple to use for photos of small to medium resolution, and the face it clearly detected by the app and positioned quite portrait. However, for high resolution photos it lags a bit, then you have to control the photo position using antiqued zoom and arrow controls rather than pinching and sliding into position.
This is totally your call, as I see it being an occasional flyer.
I have gripes in the user interface arena regarding the control buttons as spewed all over this review, that aside, it is quite simple.