Applications for portrait retouching on the Mac are often complex and quite expensive. Apps that perform similar functions in iOS are less expensive (or free) but usually arenâ€™t as capable. A new competitor, Facetune, is now available for the iPhone and for the iPad.
Retouching by touch doesnâ€™t seem as if it would be sufficiently accurate but with Facetune, youâ€™ll be surprised. The results are quite good. Facetune incorporates a wide range of tools. Each has adjustable brush sizes and intensities. A few of the tools are familiar: blemish removal, redeye reduction, and teeth whitening. Some of the other tools are effective when used for skin smoothing, detail emphasizing, make-up application, patching, and toning. Each tool has guides and a video tutorial to help you understand its uses.
Facetune includes a Defocus tool allowing the user to emphasize the subject while throwing the background areas out of focus. There are a number of filters that can be applied to the finished portrait and dozens of frames for presenting your finished masterpieces. There is a tool for structural reshaping: cheekbone raising, jowl reduction, smile widening, etc. I tend to prefer â€œnaturalâ€ retouching such as a little smoothing or tooth whitening. Altering a subjectâ€™s whole facial structure seems wrong to me, but with Facetune, it can be done.
The key to retouching on a small screen is the ability to pinch, zoom and pan effectively. Facetune does this very well. Once you zoom in close to an eye, for example, itâ€™s quite easy to brighten the whites and accentuate the highlight.
Iâ€™m impressed with Facetune. Itâ€™s a pity that you have to buy separate iPhone and iPad versions, but I assume each requires different tool layouts because the screen proportions differ. Since iDevice cameras are fast replacing the usual point and shooters, it makes sense to have a good portrait enhancement app in your iArsenal.
MyMac Review rating is 9 out of 10.