Look your best with some Face-tuning
The New York Times
ONE reason celebrities look so polished in photos is that there are Photoshop artists to smooth every wrinkle, minimise every pore and erase every blemish.
The rest of us? We have to live with poorly lighted mobile-phone selfies.
Now, an app called Facetune can help you look your Hollywood best, even in photos taken with mobile phones.
The app, available for the iPad and iPhone - US$3.99 (S$5) each and sold separately - has taken the tools most commonly used by Photoshop experts and made them simple to use.
Touch the button for "Whiten", rub your finger over your subject's teeth, and voila! a Julia Roberts-quality smile.
Other tools let you remove blemishes, diminish dark circles, smooth skin and create many effects that normally take considerable Photoshop training to master.
Familiarity with Photoshop will help you understand Facetune - you'd already know what buttons like "Patch Tool" do, for example. (The tool is an easy way to remove blemishes.)
But even if you don't have that knowledge, you would be fine. When you select a tool, you get simple instructions on how to use it. If that is not enough, there are links to videos with step-by-step instructions on how to use the various tools to achieve different effects.
In addition to basic primps, there are filters that imitate different combinations of film and photographic paper, as well as filters that add lighting effects, so you can transform a picture into a 1950s-style black-and-white glamour shot, for instance.
In just a few minutes using some basic touch-ups, I was able to vastly improve a sample photo that Facetune provides for practice.
Now there is no excuse not to look your best, even on Facebook.