Improve your Social Networking Profile Pic

I was flipping through Popular Photography magazine the other day (amateur photography is one of my hobbies) and I came across software to improve portrait photographs. This software makes you prettier by smoothing out your skin, adjusting your eyes, making your lips fuller, and all the subtle changes defined in what makes a human face beautiful.

http://www.portraitprofessional.com

I downloaded the Trial Version and gave it spin. WOW, it's really cool software. Basically, it's like taking everything you can do in Adobe Photoshop and making simple beauty functions out of it. You don't need to be a wiz at digital photography to use this tool. Just load in your image file, walk through a wizard, tell the software specific points on your face, and voila - your face is much prettier.

The software is marketed at professional glamor studios, but the first thing I thought is how great it would be for social networking profile pics. Let's face it, there are some ugly mugs out there on Twitter and Facebook. Thankfully, all the EOK pics are wonderful. :)

With social networking, the last thing you want to do is put up a glamor shot you got in the mall. That is not genuine and makes you look like a [insert your own villain here]. But if you can take your current profile pic and make yourself look a tiny bit prettier - well that's just cool.

The software is $50, and NO, I have not bought it yet. The Trial Version does not let you save files and it puts a big monster "TRIAL" across the output image so you can't actually use it. But I probably will buy it, at the least to offer as a quick free service for any of my clients.

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Comment by Frank Podlaha on August 17, 2009 at 12:21am
Here's an example: http://www.twitpic.com/e7ie3 I don't know who this lady is, I just grab her profile pic from Twitter. This took me less than 5 minutes to change the portrait.

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