Working with Eyes, Skin, and Makeup Adjustments

Working with Eyes, Skin, and Makeup Adjustments

You’ll find four groups of controls that are specifically to help with images of people. When you run Perfectly Clear, your photo is analyzed to determine the gender, race, age and other characteristics of each face.  This analysis can help to automatically tailor the adjustments to the subject’s skin type and face.

The corrections applied by many of the tools in the Eyes, Face, Skin and Makeup Groups apply their corrections only to faces that have been identified in your photos.  This Face Selection Tool allows you to see which faces were automatically identified.

You can click on a thumbnail for a face to zoom the preview image to that face. If there are faces in your photo that are not selected, you can add them with the “Manually Add Face” button.  This option can be useful if a subject’s face is partially obscured or eyes are closed. To manually add a face, click the Manually Add Face button in the Face Selection tool, then click the left eye, followed by the right eye of the face you’d like to add, then click “Apply.”  Now you’ll see the additional face has been identified.

You can also move the eye center points to affect the position of several of the Eyes and Face corrections.  Many factors are considered for the placement of the corrections, and these eye centers are just one of these factors.  This means that moving one point by a fixed amount will not also move the corrections by an identical amount.  You can experiment with various placements of these points until you get the best looking results. If you make a mistake or want to start this process over, just click the ‘Reset’ button that will appear in the Face Selection tool once any corrections have been made:


Athentech has teamed up with FotoNation to include their patented Auto Red-Eye Reduction technology as part of Perfectly Clear. Using advanced recognition techniques, the presence of red-eye is automatically detected and removed. The technology is so sophisticated that it carefully retains those important glints and sparkles in the subjects’ eyes.

Use the Eye Enhancement adjustment to brighten and sharpen eyes in your photographs without distorting any other aspects of the photo. This adjustment will automatically adapt to the subjects in your photo.  For example, in a portrait of a man and a woman, the ‘50’ value on the Eye Enhance could apply a stronger correction to the woman than to the man. Try the Eye Enlargement adjustment to help fix squinting eyes. Use this correction to enlarge a subject’s eyes in a realistic manner. This unique technique is great at automatically finding and adjusting eyes without distorting any other aspects of the photo.

If you need to freshen tired eyes or minimize dark circles caused by aging, try the Dark Circles adjustment. Retouching the dark circles that appear underneath the eyes requires high precision for distinguishing the actual circles from other natural details present around the eyes. Our solution handles this task flawlessly, reducing the dark circles but at the same time preserving the fine details of the eyes.

Want to add sparkle to the eyes, automatically?  By default, we’re adding what’s called an “Umbrella” pattern, but you can pick from several other options. These create the reflected pattern in the subject’s pupil. If the results do not show as desired, make small adjustments with the Face Selection controls.


Now let’s move onto the Face controls to affect a subject’s face. If your camera lens is adding distortion to the face, a common problem with wide angle lenses, the Face Contouring slider can help fix this.  Additionally, you can use this for those times when a slimmer, natural looking face is desired.  The correction is made naturally, so the final image does not look overly manipulated and the content and detail around the face are preserved.

If you’d like brighter teeth, just try the Teeth Whitening adjustment.  It automatically finds teeth in the photograph and applies just the right amount of whitening to make teeth brighter without looking artificial.

Want to add extra detail to your subject’s lips?  Try Lip Sharpening for a subtle, yet useful effect.  This correction focuses just on lips – providing a crisp, sharp look.  

Next, you’ll find the Skin controls to precisely control corrections made to a subject’s face or all skin areas. If you’d like to smooth or diminish wrinkles automatically, try the Perfectly Smooth adjustment.  This adjustment will help smooth out skin without losing details in the hair or eyes.  There are three strength settings.  Default works well to diminish wrinkles automatically, while making sure the details in the hair, eyes, etc. are preserved. The “Subtle” option accomplishes this in a very realistic, yet subtle manner. If you select “Super Smooth,” then the skin will be even smoother, but there may be some loss of details.

You can choose to specifically target how Perfectly Smooth works using the Smoothing Area controls.  The Face Only option is useful to affect just the faces in a photo.  Use the Full Body option to target all skin tones in a photo.


If your subject has blemishes or acne, the Blemish Removal slider can make automatic targeted adjustments. Our solution scans the skin area for these sorts of imperfections and employs a localized correction that doesn’t affect the surrounding skin areas.

Did you know that cameras capture infrared light that the human can’t see?  This is why skin tones often appear redder than you remember. This is especially true for indoor photos when taken with a flash. Fortunately, the Infrared Removal adjustment can fix this automatically.  This adjustment can also be combined with the Skin & Depth Bias adjustment in the Tone section for even more control.

If your subject has a bright sheen from a flash or light source, try the Shine Removal adjustment.  This can also be useful to tone down areas of oily skin.

Now that the skin is fixed let’s move on to the Makeup controls.  The makeup controls are perfect for enhancing the skin and cheeks of your subject.

With Skin Toning, you can easily alter skin tones of a subject.  You can choose from useful predefined choices such as White, Pale, Warm, Tan, or Foundation as well as choose your own with the Hue, Saturation, and Brightness sliders.  The Skin Toning can be applied to just faces or the Full Body using the Toning Area controls.

You can also use the Blush controls to warm the cheeks.  You can pick from 12 predefined colors to correct or choose your own with the Hue, Saturation, and Brightness sliders.

Be sure to compare the before and after states of the image. Remember you can press and hold the spacebar to toggle between the before and after state.

This completes our look at the Beautify and Makeup controls, be sure to watch more of our videos to understand all of Perfectly Clear’s adjustments.