The Paint Shop Pro Photo X2
The Paint Shop Makeover tools are a group of really
unique, easy to use brushes and when they are combined with a
couple of other tools and effects you can turn anyone into a supermodel
- or an other worldly being depending on how far you take it!
Are you one of those people who likes to take an ordinary picture of an
ordinary person and perform a complete and stunning digital makeover on
Thought so ...
These Paint Shop
tools and procedures simply prove that pretty much any photograph you
see in magazines and ads does not really depict the actual human being
who was originally photographed.
The Tools Do
The glamorizing tools do exactly what they say
Open an image and give the Paint Shop Makeover tools a trial run.
If you have any problems then open the Learning Centre (F10)
- The Blemish
Fixer removes blemishes - this tool is also really great
for fixing blemishes and marks on any photograph.
- The Tooth
Brush whitens teeth.
- The Eyedropper
adds sparkle to the whites of the eyes.
- The Suntan
gives the skin a suntan, and
- The Thinify
removes unwanted pounds.
This is great - all of the tools are in the same place and the
Learning Center tells you exactly how to use them.
These are the Learning Center instructions for the Blemish Fixer, the
Toothbrush and the Suntan Brush.
They are clear and concise and tell you exactly what to do.
There are no instructions for the Suntan Brush or the Thinify tool.
It must be because using them correctly is self evident.
To add a suntan just paint it on. You can choose the strength
and remember that less is more.
thinify tool is really quite unique. Select the strength of
effect and then click in the middle of the object being 'thinified" and
let PSP do its thing. You can do as many 'thinifies' as you
until you are satisfied.
Probably the most dramatic procedure is to run Skin Smoothing on
the image (Adjust
> Skin Smoothing).
As you can see from the screenshot of the Skin Smoothing Palette, the Amount is adjustable
- from hardly any smoothing at all to the complete porcelain look.
Now that the skin is nice and smooth you need to do something about the
rest of the picture because
everything is waaay to smooth.
This is where you grab the Sharpen
Brush and sharpen those things that need to be sharpened
like the eyes, eyebrows, hair, lips, teeth and background.
The Sharpen Brush is in the tool bar as part of the Lighten/Darken
a lot of the other PSP tools, you can adjust pretty much everything
with the Sharpen Brush including Brush Variance with your Graphire,
Bamboo or Intuos tablet.
image after using the Blemish Tool on the cheek and the shoulders.
||The skin on the cheek was blotchy red and these
tools do not address that problem
I added a Soft Light Layer and painted over the blotchy area with white.
You can find out about this method of Dodging
and Burning by clicking the link.
||This image is
the application of the eyedropper and then the Skin Smoothing dialogue (Adjust > Skin Sharpening
||This is the final image. The Sharpen
Brush was used on:
I added one more Soft
Light Layer and toned down the dark area above her lip and
on her cheek.
- the eye and eyebrow
- the lips
- the hair
- the ear stud
- the necklace and the wrist band
Neither the Toothbrush nor the Suntan Brush were needed with this image.
There you go - have fun with your projects ...!
On Page Links
- Tooth Brush
- Suntan Tool
- Sharpen Tool
- Skin Smoothing
- and maybe - some
other things as well ...