Create Your Best Portrait with AKVIS MakeUp: How It Works

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Tutorial: AKVIS MakeUp

How It Works


AKVIS MakeUp improves portraits and adds glamour to photos, giving them a professional look. The software lets retouching small defects on a skin, making it radiant, beautiful, pure and smooth as you can see on highly artistic images.

You can get a result with AKVIS MakeUp quickly and easily. It saves you from the long and laborious task of several stages (manipulating layers, masks, textures, filters, blur and noise, and blending modes).

Compare these image fragments before and after using AKVIS MakeUp (hover the cursor over the image to see the original version):

Original ImageCover Face
Cover Face

AKVIS MakeUp can run as a standalone program and as a plug-in in a graphics editor.

Follow these steps to improve an image in AKVIS MakeUp and give it a more glamourous look:

  • Step 1. Open an image.

    - If you work with the standalone edition:

      The dialog box Select File To Open appears if you double-click on the empty workspace of the program or if you click on the button on the Control Panel. You can also drag the required image into the workspace of the program.

      The Standalone edition of AKVIS MakeUp supports RAW, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF file formats.

    - If you work with the plugin:

      Open an image in your photo editor by calling the command File -> Open or using the key combination Ctrl+O (or +O on Mac).

      Call the AKVIS MakeUp plugin:

      In AliveColors: Effects -> AKVIS -> MakeUp;
      in Adobe Photoshop: AKVIS -> MakeUp;
      in Corel Paint Shop Pro: Effects -> Plugins -> AKVIS -> MakeUp;
      in Corel Photo-Paint: Effects -> AKVIS -> MakeUp.

  • Step 2. The first time the program is opened it will be in Express mode, with a simplified interface and a minimal set of sliders, which help to quickly obtain a satisfactory result.

    The AKVIS MakeUp window (Express)
    AKVIS MakeUp Express

    Experienced users who are familiar with the capabilities of AKVIS MakeUp can switch to Advanced mode. Switch to this mode by clicking the Advanced button in the Control Panel: the interface's appearance will change, granting access to the full functionality of the program.

    Note: All features and parameters work in Express mode. Some are hidden and use default values or those of a chosen preset.

    The AKVIS MakeUp window (Advanced)
    AKVIS MakeUp Advanced

    When an image is loaded into the program a face mask is created automatically. This mask is used during the skin correction process. By default, the tone mask is invisible. To make it visible switch in the Show Mask modes.

    You can edit the auto-mask by selecting colors on a portrait with the eyedropper or using the mask correction tools , , . Learn more about the mask correction tools in this example.


    The result will be shown in the Before tab in the Quick Preview window which is represented by a dotted frame. You can drag the frame or draw it anew on any part of the image, thus analysing different parts of the photo.

    To compare the processed sample with the original photo, left-click on the image within the preview area.

    Quick Preview Window
    Quick Preview

    It's possible to change the size of the quick preview area in the program's Preferences .

  • Step 3. If you are not happy with the automatic result, change the settings and/or manually modify the mask.

    The parameters in the Settings Panel are grouped into three tabs: Smoothing, Correction, and Effects.

    • Smoothing tab. These parameters help to improve an image by eliminating small defects. They affect the selected area (tone mask).
    • Correction tab. The parameters in this tab offer additional ways of image processing (Sharpness, Brightness, Contrast, and other standard settings). They affect the entire image.
    • Effects tab. Here you can apply creative effects (Glamour Glow and Vignette) to change the mood of your picture and make it look more magical, romance, or dramatic. They affect the entire image.

      Without Effects Effects in MakeUp
      Without Effects Adding Effects

  • Step 4. To process the entire image, click on or on the After tab. After processing it is possible to switch between tabs by pressing the left mouse button on any point of the image.

    Result of retouching in MakeUp
    Processing Result
  • Step 5. You can also make final touches and correct the result in the After tab using the retouching tools: , , , , .
  • Step 6. It is possible to save the settings you like as a Preset and use them in the future. The presets are also helpful when working in the Batch Processing mode.

    A preset is shared by three tabs of the parameters.

    To save a preset, enter a name for the preset into the Presets field and press the button Save. Now, as you start the program, it will use the settings of this preset. If you change the values of the parameters, you can always come back to the default settings of the preset by pressing the button Reset.

    To delete a preset, select it from the list and press Delete.

    To process an image with the settings of a certain preset, you should select it from the drop-down menu and press the button .

  • Step 7. You can share your portrait by clicking on . It lets you publish the image from the program to the social networks: Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+.

    In the standalone version you can also print the image with .

  • Step 8. Save the processed image.

    - If you work with the standalone edition:

      Click on the button to open the Save as dialog box. Enter a name for the file, choose the format (TIFF, BMP, JPEG or PNG) and indicate the target folder.

    - If you work with the plugin:

      Apply the result by pressing . The AKVIS MakeUp plugin will close and the picture will appear in the workspace of the photo editor.

      Call the Save As dialog box using the command File -> Save As, enter a name for the file, choose the format and indicate the target folder.

How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Smoothing — Smoothing
   — Correction — Correction
   — Effects — Effects
   — Retouching Tools — Retouching Tools
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
   — Preferences — Preferences
Examples Examples
   — Improving Skin Tone — Improving Skin Tone
   — A Glamourous Couple — A Glamourous Couple
   — High Key Portrait — High Key Portrait
   — How to Look Like a Cover Girl — How to Look Like a Cover Girl
   — The Secret of Charm: B&W Portrait — The Secret of Charm: B&W Portrait


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