In this video, author Chad Chelius shows you how you can use Expert mode in the Elements Editor to adjust the facial features of people in your photographs. Learn how to change the face, lips, eyes, and nose using this feature.
- [Narrator] Anyone who knows a teenager or has their own can tell you that when it comes to taking photos they're not always the most cooperative. As you can see in this picture that I have open which is image 6770, if you want to open it on your own, you can see that my son was less than thrilled to have his picture taken, and that's where the elements editor comes into play. With the latest version we now have the ability to tweak facial features for those people who just don't want their picture taken.
Let me show you how this works. Now with this image open I'm gonna go to the enhance menu, and I'm gonna choose the option adjust facial features. Now when this command is invoked you're gonna notice that it's gonna do somewhat of a facial recognition, and it's gonna detect each face in the image. So you can click on each one of these to make them active. So I can adjust each one independently if I want. Now I'll just zoom in a little bit to make this a little bit easier to see.
Now you have a variety of choices here, you have the lips category, you have the eyes category, the nose category, and the overall face category. So you have a lot of things you can do here. I mean you can adjust the chin height, as you can see here as I make this adjustment his chin is being changed. You can adjust the overall shape of the jawbone. You can adjust the forehead height, and I'm not gonna show you every option here, I just want to show you some of the things that we can do.
Now I'm gonna click the reset button to kinda reset this back to the original, and I just wanted to share this photo with some friends and family but he was not in the mood to smile on this day. So I'm gonna go to the lips category and you can see that we can adjust all the different elements of the smile individually, I mean we can change his upper lip, you can see I'm adjusting that lip, you can change the lower lip, you can change the overall width of the mouth here, as well as the height, and then the overall smile.
So with this feature I will tell you less is more. You can really make somebody look like the Joker very quickly. So I'm gonna come down here and reset this image once again. And all I'm gonna do is drag the smile slider to the right just a little bit, and this is at least getting him to crack a little bit of a smile. You know again, if I go all the way to the right that really looks unnatural, but if I just pull it over to the right a little bit it at least looks like he's having somewhat of a good time on this morning on the first day of school.
So I'm gonna go ahead and leave it at that. I'll go ahead and click the before so you can see where he was and then after and we have a little bit of a smile, still looks natural. And then I'll go ahead and click OK. And you can see that the elements editor has made that adjustment to that image. So if we want to we can save this image. I'll probably just save it in the same version set. And I'll go ahead and click save, maximize the quality here and click OK. So even if your subject doesn't want to smile for the camera or you just want to make someone look their best, use the adjust facial features command in the elements editor to get the job done.
- Importing photos from a camera, computer, or iPhoto library
- Adding keyword tags and ratings to photos
- Automatically tagging people
- Organizing photos into albums
- Renaming and moving photos
- Correcting common photo problems
- Retouching photos of friends and family
- Adjusting lighting and color
- Working with layers
- Converting photos to black and white
- Cropping and straightening photos
- Adding text to photos
- Working with raw photos
- Making a slideshow