|Initial release||Facetune: March 2013; Facetune2: November 2016|
2.1.3 / February 19, 2014
|Operating system||iOS 6.0 or later|
Facetune is a photo editing application used to edit, enhance, and retouch photos on a user's iOS or Android device created by Lightricks. The app is often used for portrait and selfie editing.
The app implements a number of beauty filters allowing users apply edits such as teeth whitening, removal of blemishes, smoothing out skin, correcting bad lighting, contouring and adding makeup. Users can choose from a variety of filters, lighting, textures, contrast, and frame options.
Facetune2 was launched in November 2016. Editing tools include realistic facial editing (changing facial expressions, for instance) and the ability to re-light a subject after the photo has been taken. It also has the ability to change the background of the photo, live selfie editing, more makeup options and also add glitter. Users can share the images created with this app on a variety of social networking services.
Facetune was first released in March 2013. Before the launch of Facetune 2, it was sold as an app, cost $3.99 per download. It shifted to a subscription based model in 2016. Facetune2 is a free download but offers a subscription option that provides unlimited access to all features and content.
Facetune enables users to remove blemishes, improve complexions and perform other manipulations on their photos which could previously only be performed by Photoshop on a desktop computer.
Within a year of its release, the app ranked #1 in the photo & video category in 120 countries and reached the #1 paid app in over 150 countries (as of June 2019). It was named one of App Store's Best of 2013. and was Apple's most downloaded app in 2017. It has been downloaded over 60 million times. It was awarded Google Play's best app of 2014. The Facetune App was recognized by publications such as The New York Times, USA Today, the NY Daily News, The Huffington Post and Mashable. Celebrities like Khloé Kardashian have discussed their enthusiasm for using Facetune to fine-tune their selfies. It has become popular among the lifestyle and influencer community on YouTube, with figures such as James Charles, Nikita Dragun, Tana Mongeau as well as the LGBTQ community. The app developers participated in a special panel in DragCon LA 2018 and also sponsored one of the episodes in Season 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race. Sarah Hyland admitted to using Facetune on her Instagram pictures.
The app was released in 2013, and was unique on the marketplace.
- Retouching: users can smooth their skin to make it appear airbrushed, whiten their teeth, reshape their face, sharpen the images around the eyes, and take in their waist.
- Artistic: adjust the backgrounds and add filters. These take in Kawaii, Hero, Grace B&W filters and island life-tinged and colour-saturated Lani.
Released in 2016, Facetune2 contains a live editing feature. Tools for Facetune 2 users fall into the following categories, with most tools offering sliders for modification of the intensity of the portrait editing feature or one tap fix, which was not available in the original Facetune:
- Retouching: tools include the ability to smooth skin, swipe over blemishes and wrinkles, fix redeye, whiten teeth, add a pleasing glow, conceal dark circles, matte shiny skin, and refine facial features in terms of both size and proportion. Several tools focus on the eyes - with detail, colour and reflections modification options.
- Artistic: tools include adjusting, blending and replacing photo backgrounds behind the subject, and adding from a menu of dramatic to subtle mood filters. Special effects include the chromatic Prism and other effects via the LightFX tool, Glitter, and Paint to add makeup, contouring or adding Neon lighting. One can also change the background of the picture.
- Photography: a darkroom feature includes classic photography adjustment tools like Structure and Saturation. Users can also remove shadows or glare and Relight to mimic pro-style studio lighting
Additional editing features include the ability to live preview adjustable effects before the picture is taken. This enables users to experiment with photo modifications like the shape and size of their eyes or the shade of their teeth in a real-time preview.
Facetune was created by Lightricks, an Israel-based startup company established by five entrepreneurs. Lightricks builds photo and video editing applications for smartphones, which are focused on content creation. The company is based in the Hebrew University Tech Village in Givat Ram, Jerusalem, with offices in New York and London. Lightricks is the developer of LTEngine, an image processing engine designed for mobile platforms, which was used in Facetune.
Selfie-enhancing and other photo editing apps have been criticized for encouraging users to catfish or pretend to be someone else on the internet, especially on social networking platforms. This motivation to seek "perfection" is also seen as undermining self and body confidence, particularly in younger users. The increased use of body and facial reshaping applications such as Snapchat and Facetune has been identified as a potential cause of body dysmorphia. Recently, a phenomenon referred to as "Snapchat dysmorphia" has been used to describe people who request surgery to look like the edited version of themselves as they appear through Snapchat Filters.
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