Is there a grunge style of photography? Not that I’m aware of, so when I saw the Grunge Effects, I had to explore this.

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Erin is a fan of toy cameras. See what she has created with BeFunky’s toy camera effects.

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Dripping Ink

Christopher Derrick —  July 22, 2010

You know that feeling when you begin reading a book and the characters are still so new and everything is still hazy?

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Growing up in a family that owned a printing/copying business, paper has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember…

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You can have the most expensive cameras, lenses and all you want, but if you don’t have creativity and an eye for photography…

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The one thing I miss about shooting on film is the various color properties available to you from various manufacturers’ film stocks

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Sketcher Effect

Baris@BeFunky —  July 5, 2010

Sketches created with this effect look incredibly real and you won’t believe that it all started with a regular photograph.

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Every once in a while I look at B&W photographs and get drawn in solely by the tonal qualities of the monochromatic image. Since we don’t see in B&W in our everyday reality, this is inherently an abstract — and therefore — artistic form of expression.

Los Angeles, where I live and breathe, has a couple truly startling structures, and one of those is The Getty Center. Much has been said (and can still be said) about the architecture and art collection, so I’m not going to go there. However a couple years ago I was up there to take some photos of my girlfriend among the gardens and I had wanted to shoot in color ‘cause the landscapes are impressive. But I still had B&W film in the camera, and decided to emphasize the potent silhouettes and shapes and designs of the various buildings and structures, before shooting out the roll and loading up the slide film for my girlfriend.

My original images are B&W, as I said, but since the tonal balance is vastly tilted to black, I hoping to find another way to present these images as I’m preparing to decorate the walls in my outer office and to produce some gifts to friends. Everyone was suggesting that I make sepia tone prints, and that appealed to me… until a friend mentioned cyanotype… those blue tinted images that are usually used for blueprints, and I wondered what a distinctively line-enhancing photo process would do; would it make the image pop off the photo paper? This concept invaded my thoughts and I decided to go with it.

The first image I applied Cyanotype processing to is a structure at the Getty Center just off from the main court just as you get off the tram. It was raining off and on the day I took this photo, and that added to the dynamic tonal contrast of this image. The rain-slick marble tiles add a cloudy reflection that balances out the image’s edges of darkness.
After applying Cyanotype (Option 4), my photo had this raw, scratched out of the earth feel to it that totally removes the image from the real and firmly plants it in the realm of the abstract. The rough edges of the frame give a chiseled, carved out of stone air to the photo; is the good? I don’t know, but it’s different… and that’s what I’m going for. The fine details in the shadows get crushed down a little bit, and that works with the over changes made to the photo.

The next image that selected was another piece of the Getty Center. Again the contrast ratio is quite high in this photo, but there are still abundant details in the shadows and highlights (the upper left granite wall).

A photo from the Getty Center in LAIn this original photo, it seems like we’re in front of an impossible-to-scale wall that we must get over, because freedom is available on the other side, in the light.

After applying Cyanotype Option 3, the images takes on a sketchy vibe, and by “sketchy” I mean something impermanent, a rushed or fleeting idea that might or might not stand up to the final litmus test of… “Do I like this? Does it say something?” Some ideas are ONLY good as ideas; others actually make a lot of sense when they’re brought to physical fruition. Sure, I knew what this image looked like on the computer screen… but as we all know when a photo is properly presented for viewing it takes on different properties.

Getty Center /w Cyanotype Effect

I hadn’t expected this result that got from Cyanotype Option 3, and I was curious to make an 8×10 print to test-drive it among friends and colleagues. Some people told that the image has a “lost” or “recently discovered in the attic” quality to it… I guess. At 8×10, the scale of the image is more impressive… especially on glossy photo paper (I created a matte print as well, as I might want to frame the image).

Ultimately, I was pleased the unorthodox, yet palatable re-envisioning of these two images. The Getty Center always sparks something within side me, and I never go up there without my camera (even though it’s hard to bring it in the galleries) because you never know what might strike your fancy. The architecture is supreme genius, and the backdrop of the Westside of Los Angeles doesn’t hurt either. But you can find new angles to the oft-photographed place just by being there and shifting your focus and concentration. It’s hard to ignore the inherent beauty, but go ahead and treat it like a stepchild and find the new compositions that will have people saying, “Where did you take that?”

Inkify Effect

Baris@BeFunky —  July 2, 2010

BeFunky’s Inkify digital effect is an ink effect that converts a regular photo to ink artwork.

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The one thing photographs do extraordinarily well is paint an emotionally charged memory…

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Michelle is a stay at home mom and aspiring photographer living in Atlanta, GA. Just like Peter, she grabbed our attention with her photos posted to our Facebook page.

Michelle's daughters at the garden

- I mostly photograph my daily life, which includes pictures of my girls, self portraits, and our daily activities. This includes everything from the aquarium, ballet class, interesting views from my car window, or the sunset from my deck.


- BeFunky changed taking pictures into creating artwork. It can turn an ordinary picture into magic! My friends and family are amazed at what the app can do.

Horses - Old Photo #9

- I would recommend it to anyone who has an artistic eye. It’s a great way to alter and enhance your photos. It has actually given me the encouragement to take it from a hobby to a business!

Charcoal and pop art effects

Follow Michelle on Twitter: @mreynolds71

BeFunky’s Charcoal effect turns any photograph into an incredibly realistic charcoal drawing without forcing you to get your hands dirty.

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Peter loves Facebook. At least that’s what you can conclude by taking a quick look at our BeFunky Facebook page. You see, Peter’s been flooding our page with personal photos that he’s turned into artwork using BeFunky. And his creations have inspired so many others to do the same. Read on to learn about the monster we’ve created.

Heliride - Grunge

- I take photos of what is around me and where ever I go. My daughter (Evie) is one of my sources for some wonderful pictures. I have also collections of material from where ever I have been hence the buildings, transport and animals. My source for flowers is my garden as I am a keen gardener and what better then to capture them forever.

Tulips - Pop Art

- BeFunky has given me the opportunity to transform my photos in seconds, not just to any one visual effect but to many visual effects and designs.
Storing the photos in BeFunky is great as I can retrieve and edit where ever I go.

Evie - CharcoalEvie - Holga Art#5

- I like BeFunky because it’s simple, quick and fun! I have always liked taking photos but wanted to do more with them so my motivation and fun levels using Befunky has increased. It set me photo snapping happy.

Evie - Grunge

- One thing I’d like to be added to BeFunky is the ability to re-edit text from a previous saved photo.

Railway -Speech Balloons

- I’d recommend BeFunky to everyone and anyone who wants to see more from their collections of photos. You don’t have to use Befunky just for photos. I created my England flag from using a basic drawing application and then used Befunky to get the effect I wanted. It has giving me some further ideas of what I can do with my photos which I am planning to explore in the near future.

Steam Engine - Line Artopia

Peter lives in the West Midlands which is in the heart of the UK and it is where England’s second city Birmingham is situated. He is a Project Manager, working for a global print and media organization. You can follow him on twitter: @Sparrow7777

Zebra photo with Stenciler #6

You’re walking in a forgotten section of town and you notice some graffiti art sketched with dried up markers on a brick wall. A few steps later you see a large, stenciled poster, once colorful, now faded and stained with time. You might even be lucky enough to catch glimpse of what’s left of a sidewalk artist’s masterpiece, roughed up with footsteps. First you think, “This art is kind of funky”. Then you think, “What wrong turn did I take to get here?”.

To publicize their grievances, proletarian artists will often silk-screen simple graphic illustrations and their message on newsprint and glue them by the hundreds on the walls of their city, or nail two or three at a time on every telephone pole. The fearless among them will even stencil their message directly on brick and concrete walls. Modern graphic artists like Shepard Fairey are influenced by this style of working-class artistic expression. You commonly see stenciled designs like this on graphic posters, t-shirts, book bags and other gear.

Choosing the right photo

Photo subjects for these stencil designs can range from people, pets, and upraised hands, to dirt bikes, statues, and grimy tennis shoes. Really anything could work. The trick is in the photograph itself. For the stenciled wall effect to work well, start with a high contrast image. In other words, where there are obvious differences in the light and dark areas. A picture of a statue at high noon is a perfect example; the shadows are harsh and help define the shape of the face. Most statues are on a pedestal, forcing you to aim towards the sky. This is another important point; keep the background clutter-free.

Using the Stencil Effect

Go to the create page and upload your photo to get started. When your image appears on screen, you may want to use the cropping tool to zoom in tighter. This might be a good way to remove some background clutter. You can also use BeFunky’s one-click Detail Enhancer under the Smart Enhancement menu or increase the contrast manually with the contrast slider under the Adjustment menu. The compare tool is active in the below screenshot, so you can see a part of the original photo at the left side and the enhanced version at right.

Detail Enhancer screenshot

Next, click Stenciler in the left margin. The menu expands, displaying several effect options.
Select an effect to start the modifications to your photo. The BeFunky progress bar appears while your image is modified with the chosen effect. It won’t take long. Soon your modified image will appear on screen.

Stencil effect screenshot
Don’t settle for the first results you get. Depending on the effect you choose and the settings you use, your image may start out unrecognizable, so play around with these effects until you achieve a look that you are trying to achieve. Some of these effects will create strong outlines; others will create light and dark shapes to indicate the image. Some effects will wash out or even replace the colors, others will intensify them. Play around with the effect settings to get the best result for your photo.

You can also modify the colors of the effect in a couple of ways. Check the Adjustments section and play around with Hue, Color Filter or Temperature values.

Color Filter Screenshot

When you are happy with the results, use the buttons at the top right menu to save, share or print your new creation.

You probably already have some decorating ideas for your stencil style art. A teenager’s room wouldn’t be complete without a large print tacked to the wall. Or why not tack several copies on one wall, just like they do on the backstreets. Your art might look good on a t-shirt too. Your friends will ask where you bought the posters and your t-shirt. You can brag that you did it yourself on

Show the world you are cool. Take a photo of you in your t-shirt, standing next to your posters, and then post it on the BeFunky Flickr group.

Here we go again. Just when you thought BeFunky did everything you needed it to do, we’re adding some amazing new features and functions that will make you wonder how you ever lived without them.

Smart Enhancement Tools with a Single Click

Smart enhancement tools
We’re introducing tools to automatically identify and correct the areas of your photos that need fixing:

- Light Fixer -> Optimize lighting conditions in your photo
- Color Booster -> Bring your photos back to life by boosting the color
- Detail Enhancer -> Emphasize certain details in the photo
- Smoother -> Take the grain out of your photo

Photo Adjustment Tools

Fish market
We get that while a lot of users love our one-click, no-hassle effects, others want to play photographer and tweak their photos. So, we’re adding five adjustment options to help you get your photos even more perfect:

- Brightness/Contrast
- Exposure
- Hue/Saturation
- Color Filter
- Temperature Settings

New Text Editor with New Fonts

Adjustment tools
Want to add text to your artwork? Our new text editor features some amazing new font choices. It’s a great feature that you can use to create posters, personal announcements or anything else you can think of. Simply choose your font, type in your text and drop the words onto the photo. It couldn’t be easier.

New Effects!

New photo effects
It’s not just about fixing your photos. Next time you sign in to BeFunky, you’ll notice a series of sophisticated art effects to play around with including Watercolor, Underpainting, Gouache, Pointillism and Vintage Colors. Check them out. You won’t believe what you can do with our new effects.

One more thing. We’re also bringing you new presets for several categories like Cartoonizer and Patriotic. And we’re improving the way our effects work. They now render much faster and produce clearer, clutter-free results.

So take a look around, check out what’s new, and drop us a line with your feedback at the comments section below.

Still reading? Try our new features now.

Rustic Rodeo

Nirmal Shrestha —  June 9, 2010

I had been to the cowtown Rodeo and had some shots of the live action. The photographs were amazing, however…

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The problems that plagued the Holga camera attracted artists who were looking to create something cool.

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One of the great joys from unorthodox treatments and uses of analog photographic devices is that you can’t quite predict the end results.

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A lot about crafting photographic art is being the first to do something. Even if it’s a tried and true technique, applying it to something that’s not intentionally suited for the technique might yield curious and captivating results.

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Self Portrait by Andy Warhol

If you have $32.6 million lying around, you could have scored an Andy Warhol self-portrait yesterday. That’s what it went for at a Sotheby’s auction in New York on Wednesday.

The winning bid for the Andy Warhol self-portrait, conveniently titled Self Portrait, was more than double what experts had estimated (art enthusiasts were predicting the piece would fetch $15 million).

Warhol was one of the leading figures of the pop art movement and painted the self-portrait in 1986, one year before his death.

If you want to own your own pop art style painting without having to rob a bank or win the lottery, try BeFunky’s Pop Art effect. You can choose from a number of funky presets to turn your ordinary photo into a pop art masterpiece. And who knows? Maybe one day it, too, will fetch millions at Sotheby’s.

If you’ve got an awesome story and you’re interested in telling the world how BeFunky helps you be creative, tell us your story!

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Cyanotype Effect

Baris@BeFunky —  April 30, 2010

Cyanotype photography is popular among photographers and artists who love to experiment with the color blue.

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We’ve just added Undo/Redo functionality to BeFunky. That means you can delete something if you’ve made a mistake or bring back what you’ve undone. It also comes in handy when you want to compare multiple effects. Just apply effects one after another, then use undo and redo buttons to compare the results. It will be faster than ever.

The default undo limit is 10. Registered users can change this from the application settings. If you have a computer with enough available memory, you can increase this number according to your needs.

BeFunky Settings Panel

Start creating now and see it yourself.

Lomo Effect

Baris@BeFunky —  April 9, 2010

Today, Lomography is a popular style of art, a favorite among people who grow bored with the perfect photos created by digital SLRs and advanced cameras.

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Keep playing with your photos even when you’re away from your computer

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