How to use the Cosmetic Imaging module
Cosmetic Imaging is an optional
module to DentalEye. The purpose is to be able to edit images in a way that
reflects the treatment that dentists can offer a patient. This is a quick guide
to some of the functions that could be used with DentalEye 3.1 CI.
In the following we will use one
patient where all our examples are stored, in reality the images would be stored
on each patient.
The part of the toolbar with the
Cosmetic Imaging Tools.
Mark the area to work with
The first thing to do is normally
to mark the area you are going to work with. For this reason you should use the
marker tool. This is not as easy as you think since the teeth contains a number
of different colors and shades and it is hard for the computer to know what is
teeth. This is the Marker button
The marker tool has three ways to
mark, you may combine the tools.
— Adds (left mouse-button) or deletes (right mouse-button) to the marked area
with a brush-like tool.
marking — Automatically finds out which area is the teeth.
This feature lets you draw a line at the borders of what you want to mark and
then the entire content inside the border will be marked. A good help is to buy
a pen mouse, it works like a pencil and is far more accurate than an ordinary
Choose an image from the taskpane
on the side of the screen and drag it out to the image card.
A good idea is to drag out two
copies, so that you can compare them afterwards.
As we are going to mark the teeth
we will start with the Magic Marker tool.
Mark an area that covers the teeth
and parts of the lips by holding down the left mouse-button and drag the mouse
diagonally over the area.
As we release the mouse-button
parts of the marked area changes to a blue shade, which means that this area is
marked. The result differs depending on the image.
The next step is to mark the areas
that has not yet been marked. You could either use the paint marker or the Magic
Marker on smaller areas to add to the already marked area. In the example below
the Paint Marker has been used. If you click on the downarrow in the Marker tool
Window you can change the size and the shape of the marker. If you mark to much
press down the right mouse-button and use the eraser.
When the area to be whitened is
marked click on the Color Manipulation Tool on the Toolbar.
The Whitener is a slide bar you
drag to a position where the result is good.
Click on the down arrow in the
Color Manipulator Window and you will have the full control over the colours
with a variety of slide bars. Remove or add colors, change saturation,
brightness and contrast.
When you have reached the result
you want you can save the Image Card on the patient, this Image Card will
contain the original Image and the manipulated Image.
How to fill a gap (diasthema)
A patient has a gap between the front teeth and you want to show
how nice he can look if you fill that gap. In the example we will widen the two
front teeth towards the center of the gap.
Start with the Marking Tool, use
the Free-Hand and mark at least a part of one of the front teeth. The important
part is the one towards the gap.
Click on Copy and the marked area
will show a box which is actually a copy of the marked area in a layer over the
original image. This copy could be manipulated.
Tick off the “Stretch from center”
box at the bottom of the Clipart Window. Now you will be able to drag the tooth
towards the center of the gap. Move the cursor to the marked box and you will se
the cursor change to arrows, hold down the left mouse-button and drag towards
the middle of the gap.
Click on Apply in the Clipart
Window to lock the image. (Apply means that the copied layer will be combined
with the image and thereby a solid part of the image.) To fill the diasthema
completely repeat the procedure with the other front tooth. And this is the
result. If you get sharp edges use the diffuser to smoothen it up.
The next tool is the Clone Tool,
the idea is to pick up color and structure in one place and paint it on another
part of the image. The tool contains of a “pick-up circle” which moves parallell
with the “paint haircross”. It is vital for the result to choose a “pick-up”
area that has the right colour and structure, normally it is best to use a small
“pick-up circle” close to the “paint area” .
This Tool can be used to remove an
ugly filling, to make a tooth longer, to fix the tooth-gum border either by
cloning the gum or the tooth.
It is hard to see on this picture
but the procedure is
on the Clone Tool.
the cursor close to the area you are going to clone to and press the right
mouse-button and drag just a little so that a circle is shown, this is the
pick-up area, release the mouse-button.
the cross over where you want to paint and press down the left mouse-button and
draw the color on the place where it is wanted.
last use the diffuser to smooth out edges and sharp color changes.
Copy a tooth or an area
If a tooth is defect or not
existing you could use the Copy function to copy a good looking tooth — flip
(mirror image) or rotate and apply it on the defect tooth.
with marking the good tooth.
the Copy to its new position.
it or rotate it with the buttons in the Clipart Window.
the cursor on the tooth and change its size or angle.
the Copy to combine it with the image.
the diffuser to smoothen edges.
In the example the mans right half
is copied to the left half.
Mark the area to copy with the
Click on Copy and drag the copy
towards the new area.
Click on Flip and the Copy is
mirror-imaged. Adjust the Transparency slidebar so that you can see the original
image through the copy. This makes it easier to align the copy with the original
Align the copy with the original.
Hold down the right mouse-button to rotate the copy.
Use the diffuser if needed.
Click Apply and the image is
How to replace a smile with a smile from a smile
You can build up your own or
purchase a gallery of perfect smiles, there is no gallery included in the
software package. DentalEye has the functions to import the perfect smile in a
persons mouth. The imported smile could be changed in several ways to fit in
regarding to size, length, width, angle, color etc.
Mark the area within the lips with
the free-hand marker.
Click the Clipart button.
The Taskpane will open the Clipart
directory and you can choose the Smile to import.
There could be different archives
for Full Smiles and other images, the directories are made by the user at
his/her own wish. Find the library with the Full-Smiles.
You can click on a smile in the
gallery and it will be displayed in the marked area in the Image. Choose among
the smiles until you find a good one. Change the width, length, size, angle by
draging the smile in different directions. When you are satisfied click on
Remark: This is something that
demands training and a gallery of smiles. It is not a tool that you can use
To show the patient the result
there are at least three ways:
1 Adjust the size of the images on
the Image Card and show the images as they are arranged.
2 Double click on one of the
images will show it in Single image view, click the TAB button to go to the next
image on the image card, TAB again and go to the next.
3 Right click on the image choose
Copy, do the same thing with the other image and then click on the Presentation
view button and the images will be presented side by side on a black