Forget thousand-dollar whitening treatments and powdering your nose. If you don’t like the way you look in photos, you can always use Photoshop. And now, you can use Photoshop plug-ins PearlyWhites and ShineOff.
The plug-ins, by Image Trends, Inc., automatically whiten teeth and remove facial shine from photos. Released yesterday for Windows, both cost $50. Mac versions will be available in the next 60 days. You can test them out with the free trial available on www.imagetrendsinc.com, but don’t except to get frame-worthy shots for free, the trial program watermarks images.
PearlyWhites works by locating areas on the photo that are white and surrounded by flesh tones, like eyes and teeth and automatically whitening them, so your subject’s won’t just end up with whiter teeth, but eyeballs too. ShineOff automatically removes shine from skin tones without altering the desired shine on lips, teeth and eyes.
For years, we have blamed magazines’ altered celebrity images for creating impossible standards of beauty and causing a plethora of self-esteem problems in young people. Now, every ordinary citizen, can do the same with his family photos. Will public contempt for doctored portraits fade now that we too can enhance our own (and our kids’) faces?