How To Create A Glamour Headshot In PSPx2

Original Photograph

Unedited except for sig tube added for ID and copyright.
Unedited except for sig tube added for ID and copyright.

Photography is one of my ultimate passions. I'm known for taking my camera everywhere and taking so many pictures of my children. I literally have thousands. I loved posed, as I've used in this case and fortunately one of my three daughters is a willing participant. I love candids and will sit and watch them through the lense of my Sony DSC-H50 and wait for that magical moment. A perfect profile, a laugh, a moment of contemplation.

Another of my passions is editing all of my photographs, making them the best they can be or more creative with Corel's Paint Shop Pro Ultimate x2. This tutorial is a simple way to take a nice photograph and create something magical.

Cropping tool

Below you will see the Cropping tool highlighted on the left side tool menu. Center the face, the model, or subject's eyes should be your focal point. I usually crop portraits at least twice. The first time (first picture) a larger crop, once you click the green check mark on the crop box you can make the decision if the photograph can be cropped further. In the second screen, you can see I decided to go in a little closer, eliminating more of the background and really bringing her eyes more to the center.

Crop Tool

Using the Cropping Tool
Using the Cropping Tool
Additional cropping for close-up
Additional cropping for close-up

Editing your Photograph

Click on the Adjust menu and click on Smart Photo Fix. The screen will appear as illustrated below. The Smart Photo Fix will do an automatic adjustment, however, you can adjust Brightness, Shadows, Highlights, Color Saturation, and Sharpness to your liking. You can also adjust Blacks and Whites of the photograph. I toggle off and on the Preview on Image option at the top to see how the larger image is being adjusted.

On this photograph, I lowered the brightness level as it somewhat washed her out, added more color saturation, and increased the whites to make her stand out more against the white background.

Smart Photo Fix

Using the Smart Photo Fix Option in Corel's Paint Shop Pro Ultimate X2
Using the Smart Photo Fix Option in Corel's Paint Shop Pro Ultimate X2

Using the Makeover Tools

She's a beauty, but no one is perfect so let's do some touching up. The Options under the Makeup Tool Bar are Blemish Remover, Toothbrush, Eye Drop (adds a tear), Suntan, and Thinify.

In the picture above she has a small scar on her left eye and a few blemishes on her forehead. We're going to get rid of those. Simply click on Blemish Remover, zoom in to pinpoint blemishes, adjust the size of your tool, larger or smaller and click so that the blemish is in the center circle of the tool. Apply this carefully, it is a sensitive tool and will sometimes obscure your image. You can always hit the undo button, zoom in further on your photograph and adjust your tool size, if this happens.

Makeover Tool

Makeover Tool to remove blemishes.
Makeover Tool to remove blemishes.

Blemish Remover

Now you see it...
Now you see it...
Now you don't!
Now you don't!

Let's give her a bit of Hollywood Glamour

So now that we have cropped her, adjusted her, and de-blemished her, let's give her a bit of glamour. PSP Ultimate x2 has this built in filter. You'll see in the example below, click on the Effects Menu and Film and Filters. The Film and Filter Screen comes up. Under the Film Looks drop down menu select Glamour. This adds a beautiful glow and softens the photograph.

There is also a Creative Filters drop down menu, which adds coloring. Below that a preview of the coloring and a density adjustment. I did not opt for any of those here. Strictly glam. When completed click OK and the filter screen will close.

Glamorize Filter

Glamorize Filter Screen view.
Glamorize Filter Screen view.

Adding Frames

Now, she needs a true Glamour Headshot frame. As the photos illustrate below. Select the Image Menu and select Picture Frame. The Picture Frame Screen will pop up and click on the Picture frame drop down menu. There are many frames and silhouettes that come standard, you can also download additional frames from Corel's website or create your own frames.

Below I've selected the frame entitled Film, once you select a frame you will see the preview on the right. The options below that I have selected are Frame current layer. Frame outside of image (displays more of the image inside the frame), and Rotate frame right so that the film strip appears on the sides and not on top and bottom as shown in the frame selection window.

Click OK to apply the frame to your picture and you will exit the Picture Frame Screen.

Frames

Frame Menu
Frame Menu
Frame Screen
Frame Screen

End Result

The end result is a Fabulous Hollywood Glamourized Head Shot.

Remember, as I always recommend to preserve your original photograph (ex. headshot1) and use the Save As option to save the adjusted one. (ex. headshot glam 1)

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jwjulie40 6 years ago

love the step by step you made so easy a cave man can now do this!!!


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Missi Darnell 6 years ago from Southern California Author

jwjulie40 - thank you for the compliment and sharing your comment. When I was first learning Paint Shop Pro I found most tutorials to be too techy for me and difficult to follow, so I'm glad I made it easy. Good luck with your editing endeavors.


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tim-tim 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

Hi Missi, I see that we have the same passion! I love taking pictures and playing with the editing tools. I have a hub for that too if you like to visit. The stuff I found online is all free. Thanks for sharing:)


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Missi Darnell 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Tim-tim we definitely have the same passion. Thank you for visiting my hub. I enjoyed yours as well.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

I have a lot to learn about photography, this was really useful and well presented. Thank's it was helpful.


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Missi Darnell 6 years ago from Southern California Author

wrentfrost56, thank you for visiting and your comment. I'm glad this hub was helpful. I believe even the best photographers always continue to learn how to perfect their craft.


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Another great hub! Excellent tips and step by step instructions. Thanks for sharing this :D


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Missi Darnell 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you Enelle! Glad you liked it! One thing my ADHD children have taught me is breaking everything down into easy to follow steps. LOL


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sibby22 6 years ago

Nice Hub, very natural. I'am a newby to Hub pages at the moment but thank you for visiting my hub and your kind coment's.


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Missi Darnell 6 years ago from Southern California Author

sibby22 thank you for your comment as well. I'm fairly new as well but enjoying it a great deal. Good luck with your hub pages!


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Denny Saloon 6 years ago from Surabaya, Indonesia

simple and useful. great !


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Missi Darnell 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you for the comment and compliment! Glad you enjoyed my hub.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

Missi Darnell, great tutorial Hub on PSP. I love what you did to the photo especially the close crop. Some many photographers seem to frightened to get to close to the subject. Thumbs up and I'm a new fan :)


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Missi Darnell 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you agvulpes, glad to have you as a fan! I often find myself doing the opposite, getting too close and there is no zoom out feature, so I've been trying to work on that. You can always zoom in. Thank you for your comment.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

Missi Darnell, I hear where you are coming from! I am become more aware now of lens distortion around the outer areas of the lens. This seems very common on zoom lens? One way I have of overcoming this is to make certain that the important part of the image is in the center of the view finder. Then take the photograph at the high possible resolution. Then in the PSP or PS crop it down to the size that you really want. Would love to hear what your thoughts are on this procedure?


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Missi Darnell 6 years ago from Southern California Author

agvulpes, exactly what I try to do. When photographing people or animals, my focus tends to be the eyes, (always transfixed by the eyes)so I generally find my center there I often scan the background for any unwanted distracting object, but with the wonders of technology it can always be cut, cropped or erased. But I do try to take a wonderful photograph to begin with adhering to the fact that the 'art' is in the photo not the editing. Editing just improves what you've already created. Haven't had too much trouble with distortion, but don't use a powerful zoom. If you leave enough in the background, the distortion can always be cut, right?


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

Hi Missi, enjoyed your article very much. I'm new to HubPages-- my first Hub was about photography. I started a long time ago and like you carry a camera with me just about everywhere. Wishing you much success and 'happy shuttering.'


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Missi Darnell 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Welcome to HP samsons1 glad you stopped by and enjoyed. Happ shuttering to you as well. I like that term.


formerbronxguy 6 years ago

Missi,

You have taken away "SOME" of my computer ignorance. I thank you, and will follow you.


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Missi Darnell 6 years ago from Southern California Author

formerbronxguy... well glad I could help. Thank you for becoming a follower!


Donald Campton 5 years ago

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