Monday, February 16, 2009

Touching Up

Retouching a portrait usually takes several steps in Photoshop to make a well-exposed image effectively stand out.
By Adam Crawford Published in Plug-Ins
Touching Up

Portrait Professional v8

Portrait Professional v8 is a stand-alone application that takes troubled portraits, and in just a few minutes, can literally reshape the face of your model. This smart software works with data from hundreds of models to make intelligent corrections that subtly enhance the facial features of your subjects.

Portrait Professional v8 has a “Mark-Up” stage, where you identify points of the face and tell the program if you’re working on a male or female. Once this is completed, you can begin the retouching process—slider controls and brushes help you smooth skin, enhance eyes and teeth, remove blemishes and correct lighting.

The most innovative tool is Face Sculpt, a slider that lets you manipulate the actual shape of your subject, allowing you to adjust the size of the head, nose, etc.—particularly useful for correcting minor distortions caused by wide-angle lenses. You can even correct multiple subjects in a single image. Version 8 adds new features to thicken and recolor hair and enhance lips. Windows and Mac. List Price: $79.

Vertus Fluid Mask 3

For complex image retouching that requires a lot of masking, Vertus Fluid Mask 3 makes this chore much faster and easier. The Photoshop plug-in assesses your image and finds the edges automatically. All you have to do is choose which areas you want to keep or leave out of the final mask, using a variety of brushes and markers to add or remove areas as small as the space between strands of hair. List Price: $149.


Alien Skin Software (888) 921-SKIN
Portrait Professional (971) 238-0917
Vertus (877) 440-8787

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