HOW TO CREATE UNIQUE IMAGES THAT STAND OUT
Create professional visual content easily
Social media marketing is vital, effective but also highly competitive. Your social media efforts can easily get lost in the daily noise.
Thus, the question is: How to stand out and get noticed?
A successful social media strategy consists of various crucial aspects, such as creating useful content, knowing who is and where to find your target audience.
But even with the greatest content, your marketing campaign will go down the drain if you don’t accompany it with a great image to catch the attention of the readers in the first place.
And how can you catch their attention?
With unique and professional looking images!
Once you got their attention you also want them to read all of your future content, right? But how do you make them find your content in the mass of social media posts? You / your brand needs to be recognizable and design-consistent. A way to achieve this is by applying special filters or effects to your images.
But, you are neither a designer nor a Photoshop geek?
You have a business to run and don’t have the time to spend hours creating a nice image?
And you don’t have the budget to hire a designer?
If your answer to these questions is ‘yes’, this post is exactly for you!
Today I want to introduce you to a program which I use all the time and really like, cause it’s easy to use, saves me a lot of time, and is low cost.
A Photo Editing and Graphic Design Tool to create unique images
BeFunky is a web-based graphic program. It consists of 3 main parts, namely Photo Editor, Collage Maker, and Designer.
If you like a quick introduction to some of the great features of BeFunky, have a look at this post.
A huge number of features are accessible for free. The ‘Plus’ subscription, providing access to all features, is also just $2.91 per month [annual billing].
If you also like working on your visual content on-the-go, the [free] BeFunky App is a great asset to the web-based tool.
Today I would like to put the focus on a brand new feature, which is included in the ‘Plus’ account:
The Photo To Art Effects
In January 2017, BeFunky launched this new feature, which gives your images an even more spectacular and unique look.
The Photo To Art Effects allow you to apply various remastered art effects on your images, to actually create a little piece of art yourself.
To get started with BeFunky, all you need to do is to upload a photo. Uploading can be done from your own device, webcam, Facebook, BeFunky storage or cloud services.
You will find the Photo To Art Effects under Photo Editor -> Artsy -> Digital Art, or by simply clicking this link: Photo to Art effects.
In case you want to edit your image before applying more elaborate effects, this can easily be done by using the Photo Editor ‘Edit’ or ‘TouchUp’ functions.
Various menus of BeFunky, e.g. image editor options. How to access the Photo To Art Effects feature is shown in the right-hand image (Main Menu -> Artsy -> Digital Art Deluxe Edition).
Now, let’s dive a bit deeper into the Photo To Art Effects feature.
Within the Digital Art menu, you can find a lot of the great BeFunky Artsy features, but this time, as a remastered, deluxe edition. One of these is the Cartoonizer, which is one of the most loved effects by the BeFunky community. For this reason, let’s see how it looks as the deluxe version.
As an example, I use an image I took in HongKong. Before applying the Cartoonizer effect, I gave it a little touch up with the ‘normal’ BeFunky Editor option.
Original image (upper left), edited image (upper right). When the Photo To Art Effects Cartoonizer effect is applied, the image gets a whole new look (lower image).
Doesn’t that look great?
A simple, quick and dirty taken snapshot suddenly looks like art.
As for all other [free and paid] effects, the Photo To Art Effects features also offers the possibility to adjust various parameters, such as opacity, sharpness, or detail level. For the above image of HongKong, I just simply applied the Deluxe Cartoonizer’s default settings.
If you like it even more creative, just try out some of the ‘Paint’ options. Using these, an extra tweak can be given to each of the Photo To Art Effects by applying the corresponding effect only to certain areas of the image.
The collage below shows you where to find the above-mentioned settings.
Each effect setting is fully customizable.
Before wrapping up, I want to show you some other examples of images enhanced with various Photo To Art Effects. All of the following images are neither professional nor stock images. They are simple photographs I took during vacations or city trips.
Underpainting Deluxe Effect
Cross Hatch Deluxe Effect
Oil Painting Deluxe Effect
Pop Art Deluxe Effect
Some Final Remarks
From my point of view, BeFunky is a great way to create wonderful images very easily. The new Photo To Art Effects delivers professional looking images that let you stand out of the noisy social media mass.
By combining various images into a slideshow or a short video, you can also keep up with the demand for videos, that become more and more important across all social media platforms.
As a start, I recommend playing with all the features, as not every art effect is suitable for every kind of image, e.g. skylines vs. faces.
As BeFunky just launched their Photo To Art Effects feature in January 2017, they are constantly adding remastered effect. Hence, it is worthwhile to check it out every now and then. They also just added another Deluxe feature, the ‘Lens Flare’ effect [Photo Editor -> Effect -> Lens Flare].
I would be interested if you like this program as much as I do and what your favorite features are.
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