Mixed Lol-lies

by Denis Semchenko
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Ever since the advent of Photoshop or even the good old MS Paint, we loved to readjust family or friend photos or just play silly buggers with assorted images. Yet while digital photo gimmickry/tomfoolery is not new as a concept, it’s now gained a worthy Smartphone Age descendent.

A brand-new app from PiVi & Co – aka the creators of the “lowbrow-and-we-know-it” AgingBooth, BaldBooth, HeliumBooth and FatBooth – the $0.99 MixBooth (not to be confused with the DJ mix-sharing utility of the same name) is similarly a one-trick pony, but one that kicks like the proverbial mule. Sensing a craze, I quickly downloaded the app, took a self-portrait with my phone, mixed it with one of the stock images and voila – a lusciously hirsute gentleman resembling a cross between Kings of Leon’s drummer and a Game of Thrones character was staring me in the face.

Too much GoT will do that to you.

Here’s how MixBooth works. Using your phone camera’s reverse mode, you take a snapshot of your face; the face detection tool autocrops it for you; you choose the head shot and your likeness gets transformed into a photo-lol (no internet connection required), with the resultant image file saved to your photo library. You can also import photos taken with your phone camera or from your photo library or Facebook.

As far as the props go, there are 10 sample ‘heads’ with different face ‘tones’ to choose from, plus you can add as many of your own as you like. It is however worth noting that the app won’t blend facial features themselves – it will merely paste your face (or your face of choice) over the said head and auto-adjust the skin colour. Like the vast majority of modern photo/video apps, the app comes with the ubiquitous sharing options: MMS, Facebook, Twitter, email.

Neatly designed and ridiculously easy to operate, MixBooth is a clever little single-purpose app that doesn’t really need a “results may vary from mildly amusing to downright hilarious” disclaimer. Be sure to follow the prompts when using it though, otherwise you’re likely to end up with an unexpected visual atrocity. “Funny as sh*t”, as one user review succinctly puts it.

(This story is dedicated to Eduard Khil AKA Mr Trololo. RIP.)

 

by Denis Semchenko
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