Installation of Portrait Professional 12 was very easy in my test both on Mac and on PC. Additionally it asked if I wanted to install as a plugin with Photoshop, which it automatically located all installed versions and even gave the manual folder installation option too. I had no physical media and all was downloaded right from Anthropics website with a file size of around 80/mb.
Interface and Features
You can use portrait professional v12 as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop as a plugin, which I liked a little better, as it made it easier to head right back to the image or portrait you are working on to finish all your touchups. Once you are in the software depending if you launched as plugin or just clicked to open an image file the steps are very simple to follow — not to mention the great tip windows, which you can close, at any time.
Once the photo is loaded and the software has run the analysis of the facial features you will be asked to select from four setting Woman, Man, Boy or Girl. I think this tells the software what presets to use and of course you can always change this at any point if you want to see a male with some glamorous make-up looks.
Once loaded, you will see a side-by-side comparison of the images (before/after) — the before you can tweak the facial outlines if they are not precise enough but in my experience using the software it has been almost dead on.
You have tons of settings and presets to click through to start getting the desired look and feel for the image. Of course, having an image that is well light is helpful too. You can select full presets to enhance the skin and smooth it out or even minor changes like adding lip color or a bit of a smirk.
If the preset is not enough you have the option to drill down and refine the image even more. Under every preset there has to be at least 30 additional toggles and slider settings to help you control the final output of the image. Everything from increasing the color of the eyes, brightness and contrast, shadow and lighting adjustments, widen or shrink the, eyes, and many more which you can see in our demo video below.
Portrait Professional also has a basic touch up brush to make minor correction on the image but I found those touch-ups are really best finished up in Photoshop.
Some additional features include re-lightng which can really help enhance and change the look and feel of an image with a click on a button. Additionally the option to process multiple faces in a picture is a great tool to have as well as the software will help you select each one by one and make the changes you need then save or export the final image.
If you’re a portrait, music, artist, or event photographer this software is going to not only save you tons of time but your clients are going to blown-away by the output and think you have spent hours upon hours enhancing the photo or maybe you really are just an amazing photographer. Some of the images I tested, the individuals in the portraits easily look ten years younger. Besides some basic interface change that I would like — this software really has everything. We enjoyed testing and reviewing Portrait Professional V12 and I suggest that you give it a test run too.
Demo & Overview of Portrait Professional