We know you’ve seen glitchy photo edits popping up all over your social media feeds. Whether you love the 80s aesthetic or appreciate the creativity in taking a modern photograph and making it look like it was recorded in another decade, glitch edits aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. 

Glitches are software errors or bugs that are often caused by a corrupted signal. The end result leaves your screen incredibly distorted and hard to make out. Lucky for you, we’ve just added all new Glitch Art effects to our Photo Editor to help you easily transform your modern photographs into retro shots with the perfect amount of distortion, no signal error needed. 

Fun Way to Use Our Glitch Effects

Are you feeling inspired to create your own glitch photos? Start by opening up your photo in the Photo Editor.

Step 1: Choose Your Photo

Look for a photo with a clean background and one or two subjects. When you glitch a photograph, a lot of visual elements will be distorted. If your photo isn’t too busy, you’ll have a better chance of making your subject stand out. But for our purposes, we want the background to be distorted while the subject stays in-tact.

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Step 2: Choose a Glitch Art Effect

Click on Effects, followed by Glitch Art. Here you’ll find our different glitch effects to try out on your photo. For this tutorial, we’re going to use Segmented. Adjust the Amount, Slide, and colors to your liking.

For this tutorial, we want to remove the effect from our subject to create an interesting background without distorting their face. So, to do this, head to the Erase tab.

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Step 3: Adjust the Glitch

To remove the effect from your subject or background, click the Isolate Subject button. Then, click Distort to remove the effect from your subject specifically.

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Next, we want to smooth out the edges a bit so there's not such stark contrast. To do this, we're going to use the Remove/Keep options, with a relatively low Brush Hardness and Strength, to blend the effect.

Once you've finished customizing the effect, click Apply.

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Step 5: Save Your Glitch Art

Now that we've blended our Glitch effect to create a unique, glitch art portrait, it's time to save. Click the Save button, found at the top of your canvas. Then, you can choose the Format, Quality, and Location of your project.

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Experiment With Glitch Art Effects!

The best part about glitch art is experimentation. Feel free to play around with the settings and layer different glitch art effects to create your very own international distorted images. Get started in the Photo Editor today. And remember, these effects are exclusively yours with your BeFunky Plus account!

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Glitch Art Inspiration

While the concept of glitching your photo isn’t new, there are so many different ways to make this effect come to life. Here are some of our favorites.

Classic Corrupted Glitch

This style of glitching is your classic glitchy look. It moves parts of your image around in jagged sections, giving your photo that “error” message look.

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Distorted Glitch

Distorted glitches can be done in both grayscale and color. These types of glitches use a combination of jagged lines or waves, frozen or static-looking visuals, as well as manipulated colors.

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Digitized Glitch

Our digitized glitch effect makes your images look like they were pulled right out of the future and onto your computer! 

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Fragmented Glitch

You can give your photo the look of a buffering video with a fragmented glitch. It also gives off a modern pointillism vibe!

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