Admit it: You've totally wanted to look like Éowyn from Lord of the Rings and/or have peach blossoms floating down your hair at least once in your life. Well, with the new genius selfie-editing app called Meitu, now you can. And if you're wondering exactly how to use Meitu, you've come to the right place, my friend.
Ever since the Chinese app launched back in 2008, Meitu has exploded in popularity around the world. So far, it's available in more than 26 countries and it's been downloaded 1.1 billion times. The app offers airbrushing tools and other visual editing for photos, as well as virtual makeup and stickers. While the app's interface is pretty intuitive and easy to use, there are a lot more options than many other photo editing apps that offer only filters or only stickers.
As a photographer and a huge fan of photo apps like VSCO and Instagram, I was pretty excited to add Meitu to my mobile folder of visual editing apps. Again, Meitu offers tons of alternatives besides just pre-designed filters. At the same time, editing photos manually can take up a lot of time that, quite frankly, many of us don't have during the day. It's nice to have different types of editing alternatives all in one single app like Meitu, depending on the amount of time I have and the different kinds of photos I'm looking to edit.
Worth noting: There have been a few concerns about the amount and type of information Meitu appears to be collecting from its users; however, Meitu said in a statement to CNET that the data collection is due to the app being headquartered in China, where the tracking services that are usually supplied by app stores aren't accessible. "To get around this, Meitu employs a combination of third-party and in-house data tracking systems to make sure the user data tracked is consistent," a Meitu spokesperson told CNET. They added that "the data collected is sent securely, using multilayer encruption to servers equipped with advanced firewall, IDS, and IPS protection to block external attacks." Just something to know before you decide whether or not to download the app.
After playing around with the app, I can say that Meitu definitely takes photo editing to a whole new level. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use Meitu and what the app has to offer: