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Taaz Photo Makeover
Taaz Online Makeover
Taaz.com offers amazing tools for online makeovers. You can use their stock photos or upload your own (free registration required). You can experiment with a palette of thousands of colors and shades in products ranging from foundation and concealer to multi-tone eye shadow and lip gloss and even colored contact lenses!. With the addition of a hairstyle or change of hair color, the look is complete. The effects are immediate, simple to use and so life-like that the saved result looks like a real photograph.
The uses for these makeovers are endless: They can be saved, printed and brought to your makeup artist or hair stylist to convey the precise look you crave; emailed to friends; put on greeting cards; or used as online profile pictures on Facebook or MySpace.
What is Taaz?
TAAZ /ta*az/ n. 1. Derived from the Hindi word Taaza, meaning fresh. 2. Related to the word Taj, which means crown; associated with beauty and love. 3. A definitive online destination celebrating beauty in its various forms; a blank canvas for women to experience a variety of different looks that bring out their best.
I've been writing about these fun sites for years, and now even sites like the New York Times are talking about Photo505 and other online image editors.
Taaz Before and After
How to use Taaz
TAAZ.com is a fun website that provides the opportunity to "try on" the hottest makeup and hairstyle looks from the convenience of your home and computer. TAAZ.com allows you to test out your skills as a makeup artist and create the perfect look for any occasion. You start by uploading a digital photo and then you work with a palette of colors and shades in products ranging from foundation and concealer to multi-tone eye shadow and lip gloss ... even colored contact lenses! Or, you can be creative with a look that you would never try in real life!
TAAZ is an ideal way to allow your teenage daughter (or son) to try coloring their hair, getting tatoos, and using unnatural colors on their faces - all without giving you or their grandparents a heart attack! For this alone Taaz should be a service you pay for!
Fashion Tiips and Shows
This book should be required reading for anyone who buys so much as a tube of tinted lip gloss. It covers the fundamental principles of make-up as an art. You come away knowing not only how to apply mascara, but why to apply mascara - which features it accentuates, how it fits into an overall make-up regimen, how different mascara formulas work and how they should therefore be applied.
Hair Try on By Taaz - Taaz for the iPhone
Taaz.com is the most realistic makeover tool on the Web
Why Don't I Look Good In Pictures?
Conversely - How to Look Better in Pictures!
If you've looked at enough photographs, and seen enough TV and movies, you've been struck by one or two anomalies. Someone who is frightfully unattractive looks great in a photograph, or, someone who is stunningly attractive looks horrible. What causes this? Is the photographer lacking skill? Bad lighting, perhaps? Did the subject have a bad day? Of course these things could be true, but there's actually a very real, constant explanation for this phenomenon: dimensions.
To the best of my knowledge, nobody has ever been able to compose a list of physical features that cause someone to photograph well, or photograph poorly. Game show guru Monty Hall believed that the secret was in the size of the head. He insisted that all of the hosts of his shows had large heads. Obviously, this worked for him - his unmatched success attests to that.
Hollywood stars and starlets are very persnickety about how they are photographed. There are extreme cases, such as actor Alan Ladd. Mr. Ladd was quite short, and insisted that trenches be dug throughout the sets to make him always appear taller. When a trench wouldn't do, he had stools. Barbra Streisand goes to great lengths to ensure that only one of her profiles is photographed. Note that she will always have her escort on her right arm - to cause photographers to shoot her from the left side - her best side, according to the singing actress.
We humans live in a world of three dimensions: front/back; left/right and up/down. Since we have stereo vision, we can see all three of these dimensions. Using geometry, we can see how the dimensions are arrived at. One of the problems we have in understanding geometry is simply this: a two dimensional object, such as a square, has absolutely NO depth (thickness) at all. This means that it is completely invisible when looked at from the side view. But what's this all got to do with why you don't look good in photographs? Simple: people are three dimensional, and photographs are only two dimensional.
PhotoMontager is similar to Photofunia, Deefunia and others, but it has a really wide range of effects to choose from - including Disney images. The have a constantly growing collection of face-in-hole, frames and images which you can use with your photos. Easy to use and free!
Citrify Free Photo Touchups
It's not like the world needs one more photo editor, but if one is going to be built at least make it a good one. Citrify is a great addition. The best feature is the ease of touching up photos. I took the above photo on the left (a Citrify default photo) and enhanced it to the image on the right in the first 4 minutes of using Citrify. No training. No research. I just uploaded the photo and used the out-of-the-box touch-up tools. Citrify does not have all the features of other photo editors - but for facial touchups with almost no training Citrify is awesome!
Ribbet Photo Editor
Ribbet is built on the same platform that made Google's Picnik great and is an easy to use yet powerful online photo editor. You can use Ribbet for collages, touch-ups and advanced photographic effects like curves and clone tools, fonts, frames, stickers, vampire effects, beards, and an entire pond full (yes, get ready to deal with some froggy puns) of effects. Like Picnik, there will be a free and a premium version.
Taaz Editor Demo
How to Select Photos For Makeovers
PicMonkey Photo Editing Fun
PicMonkey, a creation of several former Picnik engineers offers a simple and easy to use tool for editing and altering your images. Even if Picnik was still around, PicMonkey would be a great alternative!
The entirely Web-based editor is fast and effective, and among the cleanest interface (PicMonkey and Ribbet will be fighting for that title) for a photo editor (Web or desktop) that I've come across. In the left-hand column you see all of your options. And that includes everything from basics likes cropping and rotating to a full array of air-brushing edits. In Picnik style, you can add icons and text and throw a frame around a photo. Basic edits consist of crop, resize, rotate, as well as color tweaking and sharpening. There is also an auto adjust button much like the one that was among Picnik's top features.
The Look : Adriana Lima Extreme Makeover
I love editing photos, but when you have the photos say from a wedding, a reunion or a graduation you might want a professional touch. Tucia can add a person into a family portrait or remove an unwanted stranger from your photo. They can digitally open up closed eyes or fix hair. They can also offer glamorize and digital cosmetic enhancement options - get a tan, clear acne or remove braces. Simple touch-ups such as digital camera mark or red eye removal and cropping are also available.
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