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Aug 262013
 

Portrait Professional Studio 11

Portrait Professional Studio 11

  • Quickly and easily improve portrait photos
  • Subtly reshape any aspect of the face to make it more attractive. Fix skin blemishes such as spots or pimples, fix red-eye
  • Studio edition adds support for color profiles, 16 bits per color samples, camera RAW files and Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture plug-ins
  • Reduce and remove wrinkles, grease, sweat or unsightly shine highlights from the skin
  • Accurate automatic face and feature detection

Portrait Professional is a software application for Windows or Mac that lets anyone easily enhance photos of people.

Portrait Professional has been shown hundreds of photographs of beautiful human faces, and using sophisticated statistical techniques, it has learnt how to subtly airbrush and touch-up photographs to make them more beautiful.

This means that Portrait Professional will automatically make hundreds of improvements to your portraits. All you have to do is choose how subtle or drama

List Price: $ 139.95

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  3 Responses to “Portrait Professional Studio 11”

  1. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Terrific software — until its anti-piracy system randomly locks you out, May 7, 2013
    By 
    Gary Shuster
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Portrait Professional Studio 11 (CD-ROM)

    The software is great. It would be a good deal at twice the price, and I would pay that … except that I did pay for the software and I can’t even use it. The software uses an activation token that prevents you from installing it on more than one machine. The problem is that the software determines that you haven’t legitimately installed it if anything changes with your system. When I plugged my laptop into a docking station, the software stopped working and demanded an activation token. “No problem”, I thought, since I had purchased the software and had an activation token. When I entered the token, it told me that it couldn’t activate the software since the token had already been used. Um, yeh, I was the one who used it on the very same laptop I was trying to run it on. So now I have to submit yet another support ticket hoping to eventually get them to reset the activation token so I can use the software I purchased on the same machine I originally installed it on.

    This software is DEFECTIVE BY DESIGN. I love how much time is saves when it is working, but since you can’t count on the software working, I’m shopping for a different plug in that does at least some of the stuff this software does before the activation token defect pops up.

    This is a really sad case of anti-piracy measures crippling the software’s functionality for legitimate purchasers.

    THIS PORTION ADDED 5/29/13: So far this company has been excellent about resetting the activation token. The wait has not exceeded 24 hours (I ordered a new computer today and they reset the authorization token within an hour or so of my request). So while the copy protection scheme is being implemented in as nice a way as possible, I still think it is a terribly punitive measure to take against legitimate purchasers in order to reduce piracy. Google took over Nik Software and their software was sold to me with NO copy protection. I purchased it and have used it without incident — it is simply there, ready to go, whenever I need it. If my laptop breaks, I know I can install it a replacement laptop without getting permission from anybody. This would be the best Photoshop plug-in ever made if only Anthropics would follow in Google’s footsteps and trust that their product is good enough that legitimate consumers will pay for it — and a premium to not deal with a very aggressive copy protection scheme.

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  2. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A very specialized and powerful tool for the busy portrait photographer, February 27, 2013
    By 
    Don’t Stop Banana (New Paltz, NY) –

    This review is from: Portrait Professional Studio 11 (CD-ROM)

    Portrait Professional takes a unique approach to editing pictures of people. Where a typical image editing suite gives you a toolbox and various methods to apply them to the image, editing an image in PP11 is a two-part process. The first step is selecting the boundaries of the face. It does an excellent job of auto-detecting eyes, lips, and noses, though sometimes it can be difficult to get a good draw on the jawline, especially if it’s a 3/4 shot where the jawline disappears into the neck and cheek. You spend some time adjusting the blue boundary lines and hit the space bar to move on.

    The next screen is where you do all of your adjusting. Having told the program where the facial features are, it can intelligently present you with sections of adjustments for skin processing, eyeball fixin’, lip adjusting, hair coloring, and just about anything else you can think of. There’s even a slider to make your subject appear more tan. You can shorten someone’s nose, pull in sagging cheeks, change the color of someone’s eyes… there’s a lot you can do in here. Of course, it’s easy to go overboard, but the real power of Portrait Professional 11 comes when it’s used responsibly. Starting from a preset with no facial structure adjustments, and minimal skin processing, you can take a look at your image and decide what needs addressing, one element at a time.

    One area that the program absolutely shines is in skin processing. Whereas the skin smoothing feature on most image processing suites is just a blur tool with edge detection, PP11 is able to use what it knows about the subject’s face to keep shadows and highlights and contours where they ought to be. The basic skin smoothing adjustment looks similar to what I’ve gotten from spending 20+ minutes adjusting layers and blending options in Photoshop, only this gets it done in seconds, and it looks totally natural.

    As thrilled as I am with the image editing capabilities, I’m also very glad to see that a good amount of thought went into the file management aspect of things as well. With this Studio version, you can open RAW files directly. The last group of adjustment sliders is called Picture Control, and allows you to adjust white balance, exposure, contrast, vibrance and tone curve. While this may not eliminate the need for a host program like Aperture or Lightroom, it’s good to see that you can do a fair amount of editing right in-program. You even get the ability to save each picture as a project file, making it very easy to come back and change one of your adjustments and re-save. This is akin to having a PSD file where you can go back and fiddle with the individual layers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done a ton of edits to an image in Nik, only to realize that I missed or screwed up one aspect and have no way to go back and re-tweak it. This will save you at least once.

    This is an incredibly smart and powerful program, and I heartily recommend it to anyone dealing with portrait work.

    edit: One thing that does bother me, however, is that if you have the Studio version, presets made in the plugin version do not carry over to the standalone version and vice-versa. I also don’t see any way to save/export presets, so it may not be possible to use a setting that you made in plugin mode appear when you want to do the same thing as a batch job.

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  3. 4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t Try To Put It In Two Computers!, March 16, 2013
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    This review is from: Portrait Professional Studio 11 (CD-ROM)

    I have only one complaint about this product. I have two PC’s which it installed in both, no problem. Well if there is an update, and you update one computer, it won’t let you do the other. It tells you that the Token, which is usually a Key Code, is taken, and you can’t put it back. I had to do a System Restore, to at least get the original to work. I am waiting an a reply on what to do, but if I pay for this software I should be able to do what I want.

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