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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fast Portrait Fixes

Smooth and soften skin, improve tone and even enhance facial geometry in a few easy steps

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Portrait retouching is a fine art in itself, and it can be really time consuming to achieve meticulous results. Using traditional photo software, you'd need to master several of the more challenging techniques—masking, cloning, transform tools and more—to get results like those possible with dedicated portrait enhancement software Portrait Professional.

Now in version 11, Portrait Professional takes a lot of the technical skill out of the process, automating portrait enhancements like skin smoothing, color correction and even facial geometry adjustment. Open your image, and Portrait Professional identifies key points on your subject's face, outlining major facial features like the eyes, nose, mouth and chin. You can move these outlines if the software didn't get it just right, but it's usually very close.

Once you've identified these points, Portrait Professional applies a range of enhancements and corrections to smooth and improve your subject's complexion, coloration and more. If you're happy with the results, you can stop there, with an improved portrait in literally just a few minutes. You can apply a variety of preset effects, or even take more direct manual control over specific adjustments via sliders to further refine the results. Available in three versions, Standard, Studio and Pro, the Pro version is optimized for 64-bit operating systems and has no limit on file size. List Price: $39 (Standard); $59 (Studio); $119 (Pro). Visit www.portraitprofessional.com for a complete version comparison.

FEATURE OUTLINES
You can adjust the outlines of key facial features and see the effects of those changes on the fly.

BEFORE AND AFTER VIEWS
By default, you'll see before and after views side by side for comparison. You can also switch to a single view, which can be toggled between before and after.


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