Tools for Editing Photos of Faces
In most photos, the person and the face is a key element. This site will show you a collection of free and commercial software that focuses on how to enhance faces.
We'll review sites that help you to remove weight (at least in the photo...); try out hair and makeup improvements/styles and even allow you to see what you look like when you are older!
In addition to enhancing photos you can have some fun morphing faces and trying on new hair and makeup. The following web sites will allow you to create fun photo images that look professional - without all the cost and hassle.
Hollywood Hair Makeover by Instyle.com allows you to try on your favorite star styles and colors before you make a trip to the salon. Just upload your photo or choose a model and let the transformations begin.
Hollywood Hair Makeover is free - but you have to register. Behind the scenes it is powered by Taaz, just gives you some more "Hollywood" options.
Online Makeover - Taaz.com
Taaz.com offers amazing tools for online makeovers. You can use their stock photos or upload your own (free registration required). You can experiment with a palette of thousands of colors and shades in products ranging from foundation and concealer to multi-tone eye shadow and lip gloss and even colored contact lenses!. With the addition of a hairstyle or change of hair color, the look is complete. The effects are immediate, simple to use and so life-like that the saved result looks like a real photograph.
The uses for these makeovers are endless: They can be saved, printed and brought to your makeup artist or hair stylist to convey the precise look you crave; emailed to friends; put on greeting cards; or used as online profile pictures on Facebook or MySpace.
Lose Photo Weight - If only losing weight were really this easy!
Weight Mirror is a online tool (and available in an app too!) that lets you to lose up to 50 pounds (23kg) in photographs without exercising any fancy Photoshop wizardry.
Modiface Virtual Makeover
Check out Modiface for links to tools for some great virtual makeover tools. They support iPhone/iPad apps and Android Apps. If you have a mobile device - these are the tools to get - especially for when you are shopping!
- MakeUp - The Ultimate Mobile Makeover App
- FaceLift - Professional Anti-Aging Visualization App
- Photo Editor - The Ultimate Facial Photo Editing App
Check out the Video below to learn more. I think these are great tools - not web based - but great if you have the mobile technology.
Liftmagic - Anti-Aging Photos
LiftMagic is a cosmetic surgery and anti-aging makeover tool that can show the effects of dermal fillers (such as Restylane and Juvederm), Botox, and a variety of other plastic surgery effects including facelifts, creams, wrinkle reduction, nose job, rhinoplasty, and more!
To be honest, I was editing/updating this article and was going to delete the site, but I did a test on a stock image I had (see above) and the results were awesome! So, I decided to continue to include my recommendation about this site.
Tucia Photo Enhancements
I love editing photos, but when you have the photos say from a wedding, a reunion or a graduation you might want a professional touch. The tools I describe in this article are great for improving photos, but Tucia can add a person into a family portrait or remove an unwanted stranger from your photo.
Tucia's photo editors can digitally open up closed eyes or fix hair. They can also offer glamorize and digital cosmetic enhancement options - get a tan, clear acne or remove braces. Simple touch-ups such as digital camera mark or red eye removal and cropping are also available. It's not for every picture - but it is an awesome service for that special photo - or more precisely that okay photo that could be that special photo.
How To Take Better Pictures With A Digital Camera
Use the following tips to help make your digital photos go from just okay to great.
1. Always be aware of the background.
You don't want to find trees growing out of people's heads or a passing vehicle to draw attention from your subject. Sometimes moving your subject just a couple steps to either side can make all the difference.
2. Use available light.
If your digital camera has an option to turn the flash off and it's light enough outside to read a book, then use the available light, and turn the flash off. In general camera flashes are too harsh for human skin and make all of us look pale. Indoors, where there isn't enough daylight, place your subject by a window and use your fill flash feature.
3. Aim your camera slightly down at the person's face.
Also don't shoot just face on to the person, try a little to the side, a three quarter view, so that you see more of their face. Using the camera up higher and looking down will slim your subject.
4. Remember your focus.
Get closer to your subject. Fill the frame with your subject and there will be no doubt as to what the picture is saying.
6. Never put your subject dead center.
Put your just slightly off center; not a lot just a little. When you're shooting groups of people, find the imaginary center line of your group and put that line just a bit off center in your view through your lens or screen.
Following these tips won't turn you into an award-winning photographer today, but you will be on your way to better, more powerful photographs that others will comment on for years to come.
Face Editor - Even change the mood! - FaceFilter Studio
Everyone takes poor photos, now... rather than throwing them away you can restore them using FaceFilter Studio. You can adjust everything from color balance to skin tone. You can even change the expressions of people in the photo - that is by far my favorite feature (now if it only worked in real life too!)
The software works on all versions of Windows and is easy to use. Utilizing Reallusion's fully automated 3D facial mapping technology, FaceFilter Studio now not only has the ability to change and enhance facial expressions, but also offers new features including: muscle based morphing; editable facial mask; skin filtration; smart color correction; 1-click red eye removal and instant photo-sticker printing. FaceFilter Studio has the ability to truly deliver perfect photos by enabling anyone to enhance expressions, remove common skin blemishes, smooth wrinkles, sharpen and improve facial structure, correct color balance and more.
Portrait Professional - Airbursh Photo Enhancement
If you ever wondered how models are airbrushed ....
Portrait Professional works in a completely different way to ordinary airbrushing and photo editing software such as Photoshop Elements. Check out the video below.
This portrait enhancement software has been trained with hundred of examples of human beauty, and as a result you can add as much or as little photo enhancement as required - by simply moving sliders.
In fact due to the innate knowledge of human beauty built into the software, the highest quality photo touch-up can be achieved by unskilled users in a few minutes - with absolutely minimal training
After a simple mark-up stage where you identify a few points on the face, Portrait Professional photo editing software gives you many controls to enhance your portrait.
Specializes in face shaping, skin smoothing, eyes & teeth, lighting spot reduction and much more.
You can download a trial version - the full product as to be purchased. I compare this to the Face Filter software noted above. Both are good and I think it comes to do personal preference. The nice thing is that both offer free test versions.
Glasses that match your face!
Try-On eyeglasses now at Frame Finder as they allows you to virtually try out various spectacle frames to find out which one suits you best.
A number of readers have commented that Eyeglasses.com has an even better virtual try on tool. I have not seen much difference, but the wisdom of crowds give the nod to this service.
Perfect Facebook Profile Photos - Other Social Media Sites too
Mypictr provides a free picture resizing service, which allows you to create a custom profile avatar for your favorite social network. As you can see from the image to the left, MyPictr supports a ton of social media sites.
MyPictr is essentially a "one-trick pony" as all it does is edit your photo to create a profile picture that is the PERFECT size for your social media needs. You don't need to install any programs, plug-ins or any other software, just upload your picture, resize it online and download it from their server (or they will email it to you).