Tech Tuesday: Portrait Professional 9

I had promised a review of this software awhile back, however I was having issues running it with Windows Vista and waited till that was cleared up before offering a review. I am glad to say Portrait Professional 9 is now Windows friendly. it now comes in a 64 bit version for those needing it.

There is a nice introductory video here and you can download a free trial.

If you work with a lot of portraits and do your own retouching this software is invaluable. I know I use Portraiture mostly, but this software gives us subtle face sculpting right at our fingertips. It does things that Portraiture is not designed to do. Before I get raked for suggesting we completely alter a photo I am merely suggesting subtle changes. This would especially be good for portraits of older adults.

First thing is to launch Portrait Professional.

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Click Open Image, navigate and select the photo you wish to use.

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Once you have it open select the gender and you can rotate the photo if necessary. When you have selected it will open a box to select various parts of the face with points. Follow the instructions closely as this affects the later photo. Once you have selected all the points it will show you a full face reference where you can adjust. Once you are satisfied use the space bar to process. Once finished it will take you to the main interface and show you before and after.

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Now begins the fun. Use each panel on the right, slowly adjust sliders to see what they do. Zoom in on the image especially when doing skin, eyes, or mouth.

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Face

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Eyes

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Skin. With the skin and hair you can add to or subtract from the area involved.

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Eyes

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Zoom in for the eyes and mouth. You can change or enhance eye color.

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Same with the mouth.

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When I checked the hair mask it included the eyes, so I used the eraser to eliminate them.

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Hair

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There are adjustments for things like exposure, lighting and even a tan. Once you are happy with it save the photo.

I really like the ease of use, the intuitive interface and the pop up help windows. If you do portrait work you owe it to yourself to try it out.

Now the before and after comparison.

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Each little adjustment was very subtle but when combined together it makes a dramatic difference. I hope you enjoyed this and it helps you.

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One Response to “Tech Tuesday: Portrait Professional 9”

  1. thanks for this review. i had to learn to this software

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