We are all in the throes of summer adventures, and whether that means too many photos by the pool, or too many photos in the snow, during peak seasons, there is that tendency for too (Moon told us yesterday there is no such thing as too many photos, so we will just say many) many photos.
And what does one do with that 134th pool picture? Add it to the pile, I suppose, unless of course you funkify it with
BeFunky.com is the place to have fun with your photos, arming users with easy one-click tools to edit and create unique and funky effects for the photos they love most.
From fixing fuzziness, over exposure and boosting colors on a dull photo with to Andy Warhol-like effects, oil painting and even grunge effects, BeFunky boasts the biggest effects portfolio on the Web. There’s no need for special software or expertise and experience to create fun photos -- the BeFunky Art Engine does all of the complicated behind-the-scenes work for you.
BeFunky.com basic service is free, but because today is
one lucky Write. Click. Scrapbook. reader will win a 1-year BeFunky Professional account, valued at $99.95/year, that offers all capabilities including the highest resolution output, full screen workspace and photo storage and tracking.
BeFunky offered Elizabeth a chance to try their service. Here is what she had to say:
Top five reasons I loved working with BeFunky:1. Very easy and intuitive. Everything was right out in the open, and I could figure out everything I wanted to do by just clicking around and looking at menus.2. So much variety! There are so many photo effects to try. There are other things too (frames, text editing, etc.) but I was content to play with the photo effects.3. Certain photo effects work better with some photos than others, and it was fun to match up the feel of a photo with an effect that worked.4. I loved how certain effects made me think of layout ideas! The Holgaart effect I used in the photo of Maddie made me think of a little girl who is starting to come into focus, starting to develop from many parts into one whole. I might not have thought to journal about how she is on the brink of so many things had it not been for that photo. (see below)5. The site makes it very easy to link to an existing Flickr account (or other social networking site), as well as to Zazzle to create custom merchandise. I like when things connect to each other without me needing to log in every single time.
(And because every List of 5 is apparently better with a sixth...)
6. Bonus: I'm sure many of the effects are achievable in Photoshop or similar, but for someone who does not have Photoshop, it was extremely easy and fast to achieve some pretty amazing effects.
Here are a few examples of Elizabeth's fun:
Using the Pointillism effect, Elizabeth turned two already extraordinary photos into even more extraordinary art pieces.
For this layout, Elizabeth used the Holgaart effect.
Using Popart1 and Popart13, and some help from Zazzle, Elizabeth quickly made stamps and notecards.
If you would like to be considered for the one year membership, please leave us a comment telling us what something you tend to photograph too much this time of year. As per our new custom, I will go first to break the ice...
Water. Sprinklers. Baby pools. Swimming pools, Oceans (if I am lucky enough). Rain puddles. I love water and I am incapable of NOT taking hundreds of pictures of my kids playing in it. I love the blues, the sun reflecting, tanned bodies. The wild abandon that water causes. I love it all. And try to capture it all. Every time. I could have an whole separate album for just water shots and water layouts. Water is my peace.
Now it is your turn. Comments will remain open until 8:00 pm PST and one lucky number will be selected at random and posted tomorrow. Please don't forget to check back to see if yours is the lucky number before Saturday at midnight!
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