Editing Photos with BeFunky

Editing photos with BeFunky is easy and MUCH cheaper than using Adobe Photoshop

Did you know you don’t have to own Adobe Photoshop to have great quality pictures for your blog or Instagram? It’s true! All my photos are taken myself and edited with BeFunky. I’ve even used BeFunky to make my pinnable images!

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BeFunky allows me to edit my photos professionally without having to break the bank with Adobe programs or hiring someone to do it for me.

Editing photos with BeFunky is easy and MUCH cheaper than using Adobe Photoshop

Why I use BeFunky to edit photos

Adobe programs are expensive, and many bloggers are looking for cheaper solutions, such as PicMonkey or Canva. You can use either for free, but for their premium usage, they require a yearly subscription. The same is true for BeFunky, and I prefer it the most.

When I first started blogging, I used PicMonkey…that’s what everyone was using. But, I didn’t really like it. I felt kind of limited without having the premium. Even still, it’s a bit limited…many of my unique fonts won’t translate properly onto PicMonkey. Also, the icons and images look a bit cartoonish.

I was told to use Canva. However, you can’t upload your own fonts unless you get the premium. And, many of the items you can add on cost extra!

Somehow, I found BeFunky and I fell in love with its editing. It reminded me a bit of the Adobe programs I used in high school, and I found it easy to use and I am amazed at its possibilities. (For full disclosure, I do have a premium account.)

  • blank templates for social media images (and printables and 5×7 cards)
  • ability to save to BeFunky to edit later
  • create clear backgrounds for vectors
  • basic photo editing options
  • touch up options for portraits
  • artistic effects
  • a wide range of graphics and frames to choose from (as well as the ability to upload your own)
  • a variety of overlay options and textures
  • large list of fonts to use (and ability to use any of your own fonts–with the free version!!)
  • use of their app with quick, simple editing tools

And, most of these features were available before PicMonkey added them!

How to edit photos with BeFunky

BeFunky is really easy to use and I typically only use the few same editing tools with all my photos.

Step 1: Upload your photo

Editing photos with BeFunky is easy and MUCH cheaper than using Adobe Photoshop

Step 2: Increase brightness

Editing photos with BeFunky is easy and MUCH cheaper than using Adobe Photoshop

Step 3: Contrast colors and light/darkness

Editing photos with BeFunky is easy and MUCH cheaper than using Adobe Photoshop

Step 4: Increase highlights

Editing photos with BeFunky is easy and MUCH cheaper than using Adobe Photoshop

Step 5: Sharpen the picture

Look at how Evelyn’s eyes pop now!

Another feature that I typically use is the temperature. Sometimes, if I take pictures inside or in the shade, they have too much of a bluish tint. So, I “warm” the picture up.

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Editing photos with BeFunky is easy and MUCH cheaper than using Adobe Photoshop

After

Introducing New Enhance DLX Effects

BeFunky has just released some really new photo enhancer effects! You do need a Plus account ($4.95/month or $2.91/month if you sign up for an annual account), but regardless of if you have a free account or a Plus account, you can still preview the effects on your pictures.

Ther are four new Enhance DLX effects: HDR DLX, Sharpen DLX, Vibrant Colors DLX, and Denoise DLX. And, I will tell you, they are top quality! And so simple to use! Each tool fixes your image automatically, but you have the option of using the slide bar for the strength of the effect. You can even click on “settings” and manually change the effects to your preference.

HDR DLX

According to BeFunky’s blog,

This effect is super powerful on low-lit photos or any time you’ve taken a photo with significantly lighter and darker elements, like when sun is behind an object and darkens the foreground. Ordinarily, most photo editing effects work to transform the entire image as a whole, regardless of the distribution of pixels – but our HDR DLX effect is way more clever! The effect separates your photo into grid-like regions that are invisible to the naked eye, knowing exactly where to apply the most power based on the light and dark pixels of each region. The result is truly balanced contrast, added sharpness, and a sense of depth that couldn’t be achieved with other effects that treat all regions the same.

Here is a photo I used the HDR DLX on.

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Editing photos with BeFunky is easy and MUCH cheaper than using Adobe Photoshop

This is a nice picture of the LDS Dallas Temple. I was so in love with the color of the stone of the temple, especially in contrast to the bright blue Texan sky. But, this picture, even though it’s taken with my DSLR, doesn’t do it justice. So, I used the HDR DLX….

After

Editing photos with BeFunky is easy and MUCH cheaper than using Adobe Photoshop

Now both the temple and the sky stand out even more.

Sharpen DLX

A lot of times, your pictures come out nice, and the colors are great, but it seems too “smooth.” You want your subjects to be sharp and crisp.

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Editing photos with BeFunky is easy and MUCH cheaper than using Adobe Photoshop

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Editing photos with BeFunky is easy and MUCH cheaper than using Adobe Photoshop

This plant really stands out now and looks super crisp and fresh…which is perfect since it is a type of cabbage!

Vibrant Colors DLX

Sometimes there are bright colors that deserve to stand out. What an eye-popping picture it’ll be then. Take this photo of my 4 month old daughter’s clothes and hair.

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Editing photos with BeFunky is easy and MUCH cheaper than using Adobe Photoshop

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Editing photos with BeFunky is easy and MUCH cheaper than using Adobe Photoshop

Look at that red hair! And that blue dress! Not only did it enhance the colors of the two things that mattered most to me, but it even enhanced the color of the blanket and the grass. I love it!

DeNoise DLX

According to BeFunky’s blog:

Noise is a commonly-used term in photography to describe the visual distortion that occurs when you take a photo and it comes out grainy or has splotches of discoloration. It usually happens when you take a photo in low-light or shoot uniform color, like a blue sky. Since cameras don’t see color like we do, you’ll notice noise as those little red, blue, or green dots that appear like television fuzz and ruin your photo. But alas, our new Denoise DLX will reverse the noise and save your photo!

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Editing photos with BeFunky is easy and MUCH cheaper than using Adobe Photoshop

Now this one is a bit tougher to see, but professional photographers (which I am not), will be able to tell. It kind of basically helps smooth areas that look a bit pixilated. So, focus on the bottom third of this picture…the snow on the ice looks a bit pixilated….

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Editing photos with BeFunky is easy and MUCH cheaper than using Adobe Photoshop

Now it looks a bit more smooth and uniform.

So, do you have any problem photos? Then, try out BeFunky’s new Enhance DXL Effects…or just BeFunky in general. You won’t be sorry!

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • Alicia Vanatta

    This is great. I have never known how to edit a picture, so this is really helpful.

    • It actually is easier than it looks!

  • Morgan Steph Schoenrock

    I’m always amazed at what a difference editing makes with s picture. This is such an easy guide-I might actually give it a try!

    • It really does surprise! Even if you take pictures with a good quality DSLR on manual or automatic, editing is still a good idea afterward.

  • Kayla Nigro

    These are beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing about what works best for you – I’m always looking for new photo editing sites!

    • Thank you so much, Kayla!

  • Chelley Martinka

    Wow! The color difference and sharpness is amazing. I have to look into this for my photo editing!

    • It simply makes the picture better!

  • Thanks for sharing this editing site! Looks cool!

    • You are so welcome, Natalie!

  • Emily

    wow this looks great! We use canva but will need to check this out!

    • Definitely do and let me know how you like it, Emily!

  • Never heard of this program before. Need to check it out 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • Definitely do, Jeanette, and let me know what you think!

  • I’ve never heard of Befunky until now so thank you for sharing this. I’ll be checking this out for sure!

    • I can’t even remember HOW I came across it, but I’m glad I did!

  • jaimemckee

    I use Adobe products and PicMonkey (depends on the day and what I want to do), and I’d never heard of BeFunky. I will definitely be checking it out!

    • I wish I could afford Adobe!

  • This is great! I am always looking to up my photo game and this sounds like what I need

    • It’s definitely worth it!

  • These were some great pictures and I especially love the one with the little cutie in them. I will have to look further into this camera and might get one before my trip to the beach.

    • Thank you! My daughter is so adorable and photogenic! (Not biased at all!) And, it’s not a camera–it’s a photo editing program.

  • Mae Brian

    Great resource! I use Canva a lot but haven’t heard BeFunky. I’m glad you are very detailed in your review, it really shows the difference after editing.

    Mae | http://www.thegospelofbeauty.org

    • I’ve used Canva a few times and like a lot about it, but being able to use my own fonts without having to pay for it is definitely a win for me!

  • Tracy Shaw

    I only use Canva now but sometimes get frustrated at its limitations. I’ll check this out. Thanks for all the great info!

    • Definitely check it out! You won’t be sorry, Tracy!

  • Elizabeth Colette

    Thank you for this! I am always looking for programs to make pictures better. I’m going to check it out.

    • I’m glad to have helped, Elizabeth!

  • Trish

    I’ve never heard of BeFunky. It looks like an editing program with a lot of potential, though. I’m going to have to check it out!

    • It’s definitely up and coming quickly!

  • Jhilmil Bhansali

    thanks for the help! Was wondering using it few days back, it was a help to me.

    • You should totally try it out! It’s easier than it looks!

  • PamIW

    Thank you! I have never heard of BeFunky before but I am going to give it a try. This is a great little tutorial also with some solid tips. Great share!

    • I’m glad to have helped!

  • I had not heard of BeFunky and believe me I have looked for all sorts of photo editing apps for articles and my own business/personal use. I am going to give this one a try and see how it suits my needs as a not-so-professional photographer!

    • As a not so professional photographer myself, I definitely am grateful for BeFunky!

  • Kassi Sherman

    I have never even heard of BeFunky until reading this post. I take a lot of my own pictures and am always looking for new ways to edit them (I have a love hate relationship with Canva and Adobe). Thanks for the share!

    • Try it out and see how it compares with Canva!

  • I forgot all about BeFunky. Now that I have a tutorial, I am off to give it a try.

  • katrina gehman

    great tips. editing can be daunting at times. thanks for the advice

    • Editing can really be tough sometimes, but BeFunky makes it so much easier!

  • Rachel @ It’s A Hero

    I’ve never heard of this program before but i’ve been looking to branch out from the crappy editor I’ve been using (picasa – ugh). So I’m going to check it out!

    • Yea, definitely branch out from Picasa!

  • Francesca D’Onofrio

    I’ll definitely have to check this program out! It looks awesome!

  • This is a new-to-me editing tool and the results are terrific!

    • Glad you think so, Emily!