Christmas Face ($1.99) by Mars Yau is a classic face-in-the-hole photography app with a Christmas twist. Turn your family and friends into different holiday characters with just one click.
Using Christmas Face is very simple. Users just open, select a character, snap a photo, and the person is turned into the chosen character. Users have 16 character cutouts to choose from, ranging from toddler to old Saint Nick. Once completed, photos may be sent via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or email.
Unlike other Christmas photography apps, Christmas Face does not have any add-ons. It only takes the photos and places them into the frames. Although there are 16 characters to choose from, most of the characters are similar; every character is wearing a Santa hat, and none of them have particularly exciting poses. In future updates I would like to see more characters added with elves, reindeer, etc.
Furthermore, the app should have move readable icons. The existing icons are rather small and have no text explaining their function; extra labeling would be nice. Arrows could also be added to the character selection screen. At first glance, I only thought there were four characters instead of 16.
Finally, Christmas Face is missing is the ability to take photos with the iPhone’s front-facing camera. This makes it impossible to take photos of yourself. Although you can take a photo with the normal camera and paste it onto the character, this process is much more tedious. These missing features are a big negative with Christmas Face.
In the end though, Christmas Face is a simple holiday photography app. Some of the features need improvement, but you might find it suitable for your holiday needs.
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