iPhone App Review – Facemash

iPhone App Review – Facemash

May 9th, 2011 by

New from developer Simen Øian Gjermundsen is Facemash, a camera toy that allows you to take pictures of two faces and “mash” them together, though I guess you could figured that out from the title.

The app comes with the expected assorted of tools for sharing your Facemash results once they’re complete, and features a professional-looking interface that guides you effortlessly through the process.

How It Works

When you start the app you first see the main screen, which is designed like a row of pictures drying on line (though I’m not sure too many folks this generation will understand the metaphor anymore). Click on the blank face pic and you’re taken to the actual Facemash-ing workshop. You can click the big “Get Started” button in the middle of the screen to be walked through the process, or start on your own by adding pictures using the icon of photos at the bottom left of the menu.

Once you’ve captured two images (the app gives you a dotted outline in which to line up the faces), you then use the “Cut” and “Cover” buttons to remove areas from the top image or cover them back up. You can also move the pictures around relative to one another to get them lined up better, in case your picture-taking was initially a little off.

Work with the tools for a while to create a “Facemash”, which is either a complete replacement of one face for another, or just replace certain features like the eyes or nose.

Once you’re done you can share via email, Twitter, Facebook, or simply save it to your photo album.

Pros And Cons

My favorite thing about Facemash is hands-down its design. It looks like it was designed by a team of seasoned professionals rather than just one lonely coder in his basement (I have no idea if the developer actually works in his basement). The interface is slick and understated, with smooth but unobtrusive animations that contribute to the professional feel of the app.

The quality of the “facemash” effect itself is of similar high quality. You are basically just masking out portions of the top picture in order to allow the corresponding portion of the bottom picture to show through, and the tools supplied to accomplish that work well. Your finger becomes a brush that allows you to remove or replace a portion of the image, allowing you to easily select the eyes or ears with a reasonable level of control. You won’t be drawing detailed selections like this was pocket Photoshop, but you’re given enough control to have fun with the app without struggling with zoom levels and other interface details. It’s a fun and silly app, and the developer has given you just enough rope to not be able to hang yourself.

My only nitpick about the app is that it autosaves your work (good) even though you haven’t actually taken any pictures in that particular session (pointless). If you play around with it a few times you’ll end up with a few blank sessions “hanging” on the photo line in the start screen, waiting to be deleted.


Facemash is an exceptionally well-done photo toy that lets you mash up your friends’ faces quickly and easily. It’s currently on sale for half-price, so now is a good time to download it.

  • Inga

    Great app! 🙂

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