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Adding Rainbow Filters With Pop Art Photo Effects

By Melanie Doncas | Basic Photo Editing Inspiration Photo Editor Tutorials

When it comes to editing your photos, filters are everyone’s go-to effect, and for good reasons too. Not only do they help to transform ordinary photos into something extraordinary, but they also allow you to achieve your desired effect in just the click of a button!

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There are plenty of customizable photo filters available in BeFunky’s Photo Editor for any look you’re going for, ranging from the subtle to the bold. Some particularly bold photo effects that are sure to draw attention to your photos are the Pop Art filters in the Effects tab. They’re colorful, fun, and are home to a collection of rainbow photo filters that will make your photos look super dreamlike.

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As we mentioned, there are plenty of rainbow photo filters that will make your images pop. Below, we’ve rounded-up four of our most versatile effects to show you the amazing results that are possible. Keep in mind that each of BeFunky's Photo Effects are totally customizable - that means you'll always get the look you want!

Pop Art 14

This Pop Art effect works extremely well on portraits, particularly ones taken against a plain-colored or blank backdrop. It creates a masterpiece reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s famous Pop Art portraits featuring shades of blue, red, and orange.

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You'll notice that with Pop Art 14, darker rainbow colors are applied to the shadows of your image, while more pastel hues are applied to the highlights.

Pop Art 15

If you’re looking to transform a photo featuring a sky, then this Pop Art effect may be the one for you. In the click of your mouse, it instantly adds a plethora of colors to your image, giving it a rainbow effect.

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You can make the colors of the effect more bold by keeping the Strength slider at 100%, or decrease the slider for more pastel hues.

Pop Art 16

While similar to the previous effect, this Pop Art filter adds a whole lot more contrast, allowing you to make your photo as colorful and as bold as ever. Like many of the other rainbow photo effects in the Pop Art category, it applies most of the rainbow color to the lighter parts of the image, making the darker parts appear as silhouettes. 

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And again, if you want to make the colors in your rainbow photo effect appear more bold, just set the Strength slider to 100%. Decreasing the strength will give you more pastel tones.

Pop Art 18

With its dreamy sunset hues, this Pop Art effect works best on light-colored landscapes or ethereal settings. See how it transforms this beach into a magical wonderland?

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We think this collection of rainbow photo effects is just out of this world! Read on to the next section to see how to apply them to your photos and customize them to get the look you're going for.

How To Add Rainbow Filters To Photos

Once you’re ready to add a rainbow photo effect to your own image, go to BeFunky’s Photo Editor. Upload your desired image, then navigate to the Effects tab (the star symbol) in the side menu. From here, you can scroll down to Pop Art and choose a rainbow effect of your choice. For this tutorial, we’ll be working with Pop Art 14.

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When you select an effect, you’ll notice three main options on it's thumbnail: Settings, Cancel, and Apply. While both Cancel and Apply are pretty self-explanatory, clicking the Settings menu (the mixing board icon) opens up a whole new range of possibilities!

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In the Settings menu, you can adjust Amount and Silhouette Amount by adjusting the slider underneath each. Amount refers to the strength of the effect, while adjusting the Silhouette Amount increases or decreases the vibrance of the colors.

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There’s also a Paint option located next to the Adjust tab in the Settings Menu. Clicking on it lets you paint your effect on to selected parts of your image. You can adjust elements such as Brush Size, Brush Hardness, and Brush Strength by sliding the corresponding slider to the left or right. Located above the sliders is the Inverse button. Selecting it inverts the effect and the original image, which is perfect for when you wish to manually paint the effect onto the desired area (as opposed to removing it from the image).

how to paint rainbow photo effects in BeFunky

If you accidentally paint the effect onto the wrong part of your photo, you can select Erase and use your mouse to remove it again. There is also a Reset button which allows you to undo all the paint mode brush strokes. 

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Once you’re happy with your final image, all that’s left to do is click the Apply button (the checkmark) and save your photo. Click on Save at the top of your screen to save your work to your Computer, as well as Facebook, Dropbox, and more! If you want to come back to your project at a later date (i.e. to add some extra effects to it), then we also recommend the Save as Project option (which lets you save it as an editable BeFunky Project file to your BeFunky account or Computer).

Before and After

Ta-da! You now have your very own masterpiece featuring all of the colors of the rainbow.

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before photo effects



Ready to rock your own rainbow filters? Head to the Photo Editor to get started!

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