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Old 02-27-2007, 07:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I came across this great little tool today and wanted to share it with you.

It's called Portrait Professional 4, and is currently on sale at $40US. In short it's a smart processor for face sculpting as well as skin fixing, and makes very easy and short work of post processing for certain images. It's only real drawback is that it requires an internet connection to do some of the processing, and license confirmation, and is not available (yet) as a stand-alone product. However, from my initial tests, it's impressive! The sample below took a whole 3 minutes to setup and process.

Here's one of my first tests... your comments are appreciated.

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Re: Portrait Professional 4
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I played with it several months ago and posted some notes on it then. The main thing I found was that in the same amount of time, I could do the same type of corrections directly in Photoshop and at the end would have a layered PSD which I could make future changes to and the process was totally non-destructive. Also, if the internet is slow, or goes down, or they go out of business, then you'll have problems. I think its better to develope a good Photoshop set of skills and workflow and then you'll always be able to meet any challenge.
Also, about your example, I think its a little overdone. There are some controls that let you vary the amount of correction it does. I would roll it back a bit. Also I find that it does not treat other skin in the shot so often you'll have non face skin looking different than the skin on the face.
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Old 02-27-2007, 08:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I came across this great little tool today and wanted to share it with you.

It's called Portrait Professional 4, and is currently on sale at $40US. In short it's a smart processor for face sculpting as well as skin fixing, and makes very easy and short work of post processing for certain images. It's only real drawback is that it requires an internet connection to do some of the processing, and license confirmation, and is not available (yet) as a stand-alone product. However, from my initial tests, it's impressive! The sample below took a whole 3 minutes to setup and process.

Here's one of my first tests... your comments are appreciated.

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I'd recommend you watch this series of tutorials on YouTube and ante up the $20.00 for the powder action that she is using. Not only will the tutorials show you how to use the action, it will give you a good workflow/set of skills for Photoshop that will transfer to other types of work.
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Old 02-28-2007, 03:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have and use this stand alone version 4.1.3 (£19.95 UK) when there are multiple people in an image... I then find it a lot quicker than creating layers and masks for multiple people images...
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RFS: Thanks for the (as always) excellent feedback. I've replaced the after image with one that is toned down now that I've had a 1/2 hour to play with the product a bit. I agree with your points totally, but I am not there yet with PS and this seems to offer a decent option for those images that I'll process in this manner until I develop the skills more. Which leads me to David's suggested link which I plan to spend some time with this weekend. Looks like a great resource. Many thanks.

Kenny: Are you sure it's stand-alone? I have the same version (and paid about the same price = $40US) but their FAQ states that they don't offer a version that will operate without the internet connection (unless they have to take the servers offline).

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David, that was interesting, thanks for sharing. I'm curious about the powder action and I assume you bought it. How is it creating the powder kit? I'm curious because I'm wondering how it works with different skin types from pale to black. Can you provide some insight into what the action is doing?
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Kenny: Are you sure it's stand-alone? I have the same version (and paid about the same price = $40US) but their FAQ states that they don't offer a version that will operate without the internet connection (unless they have to take the servers offline).

Thanks to all for taking time to comment.

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Sorry my misinterpretation of the word 'stand alone'... To me that means a program that I access from my computer which is not a plug in for another program on my computer... You are indeed correct it only works via an internet connection and that they will only let you download the actual algorithms if they go out of bussiness... This is to stop people from ripping them off... Sorry...
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David, that was interesting, thanks for sharing. I'm curious about the powder action and I assume you bought it. How is it creating the powder kit? I'm curious because I'm wondering how it works with different skin types from pale to black. Can you provide some insight into what the action is doing?
I have the power action and use it for a variety of photos. As you've probably guessed by now, I tend to try almost everything, and buy many of the better items for use in my PS work. The powder action works just fine on all skin tones. It is a very complex action which creates the powder layer. The action also comes with a powder plus sharpening action which, when used puts two new layer groups on top of the original photo. You then paint in the sharpness you want and then apply a powder base to the face and other exposed skin. Then you use opacity to dial in how much coverup you want. If you go through all of her tutorials you'll see it applied to fair and dark skinned subjects.

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David, that was interesting, thanks for sharing. I'm curious about the powder action and I assume you bought it. How is it creating the powder kit? I'm curious because I'm wondering how it works with different skin types from pale to black. Can you provide some insight into what the action is doing?
I think RFS gave you as good an answer as you would have gotten from me. Good going RFS as always.

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I have the power action and use it for a variety of photos. As you've probably guessed by now, I tend to try almost everything, and buy many of the better items for use in my PS work. The powder action works just fine on all skin tones. It is a very complex action which creates the powder layer. The action also comes with a powder plus sharpening action which, when used puts two new layer groups on top of the original photo. You then paint in the sharpness you want and then apply a powder base to the face and other exposed skin. Then you use opacity to dial in how much coverup you want. If you go through all of her tutorials you'll see it applied to fair and dark skinned subjects.

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Thanks RFS, you do seem to have it all. I'm thinking Mrs. RFS might need to have a talk with Mrs. LSC so I can get my budget up a little!

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I think RFS gave you as good an answer as you would have gotten from me. Good going RFS as always.

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Yep, if RFS got it and liked it (didn't think it was clunky and overpriced) then that's a good reference for me. Thanks again for the link David.
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