Edit pho­tos like a pro

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY -

PHO­TO­SHOP Fix is a sim­pli­fied ver­sion of the pro­gram that many pro­fes­sion­als use to en­hance and al­ter pho­tos with­out the orig­i­nal pro­gram’s com­pli­cated menus and tool­bars.

The free app is great for fix­ing pho­tos on the fly, es­pe­cially be­fore post­ing them to so­cial me­dia. Retouching fea­tures in­clude “liq­uefy”, which can push, pull, ro­tate, swell or re­shape ar­eas and may be used to al­ter fa­cial fea­tures sub­tly or grotesquely.

You can change a frown into a smile, swell lips or elon­gate jaw­lines, all with­out the help of a plas­tic sur­geon. “Smooth” will sharpen or soften every­thing from skin to land­scapes, while “heal and patch” can re­move im­per­fec­tions or un­wanted ob­jects in a photo with the flick of a fin­ger.

You can also “de­fo­cus”, or blur part of the photo to draw at­ten­tion else­where, lighten or darken spe­cific ar­eas of a shot, paint colour on or de­sat­u­rate colour al­ready there, and add vi­gnettes.

Pho­to­shop Fix images can be sent di­rectly to Pho­to­shop CC on your desk­top to fur­ther re­fine them. Best of all, there are no ad­ver­tise­ments or up­grade prompts.

There are a few pain points – al­though the tools are mostly in­tu­itive, tips for us­ing them ap­pear only once and dis­ap­pear rather quickly. To see the tip again, you must go back to the set­tings win­dow and tap “Re­set Tooltips”. Also, you can­not ac­cess the app with­out reg­is­ter­ing with Adobe ( free).

Still, this free photo fixer will turn your frown up­side down. – Newsday/ Tri­bune News Ser­vice

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