Remove Red EyeNothing can ruin the perfect picture like those horrible, glowing red eyes resulting from camera flash. It's happened to us all; fortunately, it's fairly easy to correct. Many software programs have special tools and automatic quick fixes for removing red-eye, but the one-click solutions aren't always the best approach. Here's step-by-step instructions for the solutions I've found to be the most effective either because they do a better job or are more forgiving than other techniques.
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Photoshop Elements
- Corel Photo-Paint
- Jasc Paint Shop Pro
- Ulead PhotoImpact
- MGI PhotoSuite
Whiten & Brighten TeethWho needs special toothpaste when you've got graphics software? In most cases, the Dodge tool works best for quickly brightening teeth because it brightens the midtones without destroying the highlights and shadows. Some of the entry-level programs don't have a dodge tool, so you'll have to use the brightness/contrast control in a pinch. However, you should only use brightness/contrast as a last resort and take care not to lighten so much that you lose the highlights and shadows. Select a program below to "brush-up" on this technique:
Smooth Skin, Conceal Blemishes & Erase WrinklesNow who would pass up an opportunity to take a few years off their face? With today's software you can literally reduce the signs of aging in minutes! If you're one of the fortunate ones that doesn't have to worry about that problem... I have one word for you: pimples. Oh sure, we can be politically correct and call them blemishes... but no matter what you call them, no one has to know about them. Just fire up your photo editor and work some digital makeover magic.
Enhance A Portrait with a Soft Focus or Diffusion Filter EffectSoft focus or diffusion filters have been used in photography for years to, well... make people look better! These two software techniques mimic these photography tricks. Although they are ideal for portraits, don't hesitate to try them on other images. Both methods produce a soft glow, intensifying color, diminishing harsh lines, and reducing wrinkles, noise, and artifacts. The second method gives a bit more of a dreamy quality to the portrait. Who needs "Glamour Shots" anyway?
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