6 Quick Ways to JAZZ-UP your Photos

Aibek Esengulov 03-12-2007

A bunch of really cool and dead-simple tools to add a “WOW” factor to your images. We have mentioned most of them already, here I wanted to put the better ones together.


beFunky – This is by far my favorite tool. With beFunky you can take any of your photos and turn it into a cartoon like drawing. You can either convert it into a black and white sketch drawing or into a colorful animated painting.

And that’s not all, it also lets you do the same for videos.
Note: beFunky is still in beta and currently works as an invite only service. If you want you can request an invite directly from the website (you should be able to get in within 1-2 days). If that’s too long than feel free to request an invite from MakeUseOf. More details here beFunky: Cartoonize Your Photos and Videos Read More .

Rasterbator – Looking for DIY-style wall-sized poster? Got plenty of spare printer ink? Check out Rasterbator. This tool lets you take any image and convert it into a huge (up to 20 meters), awesome looking, rasterized wall poster. It’s a free, easy to use piece of software and the whole procedure won’t take you more than 5-10 min HowTo: Free and Huge custom poster for your wall Read More (well, not incl. poster printing and putting it on your wall). Available both online and as a downloadable program.


[NO LONGER WORKS] MagMyPic – Fun website where you can turn pics into cool magazine covers. Quite handy in case you’re looking for a quick way to spice up your profile page.

MagMyPic - Put Your Photo On Magazine Covers

ImageMosaicGenerator [Broken URL Removed] – Here you can get a mosaic version for any image you submit. Mosaic will be created out of randomly selected images from Flickr. Depending on the colors of your image, you may see very different results. Some turn out pretty well, some not so good.

ImageMosaicGenerator - Online Image Mosaic Generator

[NO LONGER WORKS] Graphita – Graphita is a quick online app that lets you add some fun to pics by using captions, funny objects, speech bubbles, notes, doodles and more. All of this in an intuitive drag’n drop interface.

Graphica - Animate and Enhance Your Images

Photo2Text – Photo2Text is a simple web tool that lets you convert images to text files and download them to your computer. Simply upload your image, adjust brightness, choose characters to be used, and get it back as a text file (.TXT).

Photo2Text - Convert Photos To Text

Looking for more tools for working with images? You can also check out earlier posted ‘5 really powerful Online Image Editing Tools 5 Really Powerful Online Image Editing Tools Read More , or browse all image related tools in MakeUseOf Directory. Enjoy!

Related topics: Image Editor, Photo Album, Photo Sharing, Photography.

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  1. Emmes
    February 27, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I tried using Graphita but all I get is a circle with a hand inside and colored balls atop. I click everywhere .. nothing. What am I doing wrong?

  2. tips photo
    February 3, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks for the great list. I love art and things that can be done with the new technology. I can't wait to start playing with these but the hard part if finding what to start with.

  3. ste
    December 5, 2007 at 11:59 am

    Am I the only one who can't use ImageMosaicGenerator? I submit the photo with the upload button, but then nothing happens...

    • Aibek
      December 5, 2007 at 5:25 pm

      Are you sure your photo is in the right format? It supports only PNG, GIF, JPG and JPEG files.

  4. UrStop
    December 5, 2007 at 2:12 am

    good posting, this is the best I have seen here

    • Aibek
      December 5, 2007 at 5:24 pm

      I guess you haven't seen much :-)

  5. frank drebin
    December 4, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    awesome website, excellent post !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Sherri
    December 4, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Excellent post! I'm going to try to get an invite to beFunky; if I don't get an invite in a few days, I'll come back here to get one, thanks.

    • Aibek
      December 4, 2007 at 7:26 pm

      No probs, I will keep one extra, just in case you will need one. ;-).

  7. R3dd0g
    December 4, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Excellent Post!!! What else can I say? This is why I visit this site everyday.
    For some extra fun, try using a combination of any of these on your pictures.

    • Aibek
      December 4, 2007 at 7:24 pm

      "try using a combination of any of these on your pictures."

      Excellent idea!

  8. erika-nicole
    December 4, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Love this list. Which one do I try first?

    • Aibek
      December 4, 2007 at 7:20 pm

      I say, go with beFunky;-)

  9. Bruger
    December 4, 2007 at 9:45 am

    Thumbs Up! Best recommendation ever. I am gonna forward this to all my friends.