Add some cultural excitement this New Year’s Eve with a free, funny photo app called Facinate Chinatown Free – Funny New Year Props. This Free photo Entertainment app will add festive Chinatown-style pizzazz to all your bland photos. With this funny photo app you’ll take photos of yourself, family, friends, your pet (and whoever and whatever else makes you happy), and then add to them traditional Chinese-New-Year-inspired holiday props, decorations, and accessories from the 8 available categories to really liven up your photos and make you smile — and after you’ve made some nice, pretty, peculiar, interesting and/or hilarious photos — celebrate the fast approaching New Year by sharing your festive Chinatown New Year’s photo creations with others.
I don’t know about you, but Chinese New Year decorations are like eye candy to me, especially that exciting Chinese Red color. So I was happy to see the traditional Chinese Red and Gold background on the opening screen, with some moving animation. I discovered that this funny photo app has nice quality Asian-themed graphics and a smooth working interface that is easy to use. In a matter of seconds I was able to grab a photo and started decorating my photo with a few select frames, decorative stickers, props and accessories. You’ll have 3 options to start: take a photo using your camera, import from your camera roll or use last saved image within the app.
After selecting your photo, just tap on the paper lantern to reveal the 8 categories this funny photo app has: Accessories, Hats, Wigs, Masks, Mustaches, Frames, Stickers, and Valentine Teaser. This free version comes with approximately 3-6 items for each category, which I found to be plenty to begin with. I started by taking a picture of myself and putting on a bright yellow conical rice hat, a mustache-beard combo, and crazy heart glasses from the Valentine Teaser category, and then proceeded to fill my photo with items that had the traditional good luck symbol on them, dragons, mandarin oranges, paper fans, and other things I recognize but don’t know by name.
The prop items are really easy to work because the developer provided functionality to enlarge images, make them smaller and rotate the items for a more realistic fit. Simple taps place items in the photo for you to manipulate (and lock in place) and double taps give you an option to remove, change, and reset size. However, there was a little funkiness in the layering effect. You’ll have to put a hat on first and then place a mask on the face to get the overlapping right, and when I tried to add a pair of eyeglasses and beard to a mask, it wouldn’t appear on top of the mask. It appeared in the initial view, but disappeared underneath the mask layer. But honestly, this is pretty common with most funny photo apps for the iPhone that I’ve come across. Regardless, you can still create plenty of interesting prop/accessories creations. And I had a blast disguising several people in a group photo with crazy hats, beards, masks and glasses to come up with a hilarious group shot — or should I say scary?
Since this funny photo app reflects traditional items relevant to the Chinese New Year, you’ll also find decorative things like fruit, firecrackers, coins, and special blessing stickers. But the most fun part about this app is adding the traditional Chinese accessories and hair pieces to each person in the photo, which actually made me laugh outloud. This free Entertainment app has plenty of free Chinese decorations to “Facinate” others, but you can buy the full version (Facinate Chinatown – Funny New Year Props) for just $0.99, that has 100+ item.
As much fun as I had using this funny photo app, I was disappointed that you couldn’t save photos from within app, other than to the camera roll. There are a couple of other things that would really make this app shine, and that would be adding your own custom text to photos, as well as the ability to save photos within the app — allowing for easily viewing all your crazy creations. Of course, I’d love to see multi- layering of items, and since many people may not be familiar with all the Chinese New Year item terminology, I think it would be a cool addition to the give proper names of each of these items, for some educational and cultural value to the app. Overall, I think Facinate Chinatown Free – Funny New Year Props is a great value (it’s Free) and provides a festive, fun, and culturally exciting aspect to the New Year’s Eve celebration — I’d happily recommend you download the full version for $0.99 if you’re into funny photo apps.
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