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Oct 31, 2018 01:19:40   #
calla
 
Anyone familiar with, or use, PortraitPro?
I primarily use LR (& PS when I need to...although I’m not very advanced with PS).

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Oct 31, 2018 01:52:08   #
jdubu (a regular here)
 
I picked it up a while ago on sale. It's fun to play with and you can really morph someone to an unrecognizable extent. If you are doing it on friends or family, you can't go very far without making it obvious the photo was manipulated. Subtlety is the key. Otherwise, it's up to you if it's worth whatever the cost is to purchase.

I don't use Lightroom, but do use PSCC and DXO PhotoLab and Viewpoint, along with assorted plug ins for various work. I shoot very few portraits, so Portrait Pro is way down on my user list, but it is handy for cleaning up faces when I do events.

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Oct 31, 2018 03:24:25   #
canadaboy
 
Unless used very lightly it tends to make facial skin look like plastic. Its typical one click fixes all software. Stick with PS and learn how to use it.

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Oct 31, 2018 03:32:59   #
Gene51 (a regular here)
 
calla wrote:
Anyone familiar with, or use, PortraitPro?
I primarily use LR (& PS when I need to...although I’m not very advanced with PS).


It's ok for quick proofs - but for quality retouching, nothing beats Photoshop.

You may want to visit this site to get some inspiration:

https://www.retouchpro.com/

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Oct 31, 2018 09:41:40   #
Radioactive
 
I use portrait pro and find it very easy to use, much easier than learning all that needs to be done in Photoshop to get the same effects. It is an inexpensive program but be careful a person can go overboard with the adjustments. Some people want natural other people want to look beautiful regardless of what needs to be adjuster in Portrait Pro. My sugestion is to go subtile with Portrait Pro.
Bill

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Nov 1, 2018 06:16:56   #
waynetgreen
 
Yes. I love the software and the price. I also agree with "take it easy". Do not over do, or your subject will look plastic. Software has a ton of slider adjustments. Have fun.

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Nov 1, 2018 06:16:57   #
waynetgreen
 
Yes. I love the software and the price. I also agree with "take it easy". Do not over do, or your subject will look plastic. Software has a ton of slider adjustments. Have fun.

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Nov 1, 2018 06:17:09   #
Ron Dial
 
Familiar with it. Looked at it, and thought it was too much a "formula" based retouching program where everyone came out the same. Suggest Katrin Eismann's book, "Restoration & Retouching". Katrin is a master retoucher and restoration photographer that produces stunning results. She will show you why you need to approach each retouching assignment individually and not let an algorithm do it for you.

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Nov 1, 2018 07:27:39   #
markngolf (a regular here)
 
I purchased and installed about 8 months ago. I use it very sporadically. It does do a nice job, providing it is not used to extremes.
Mark
calla wrote:
Anyone familiar with, or use, PortraitPro?
I primarily use LR (& PS when I need to...although I’m not very advanced with PS).

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Nov 1, 2018 07:32:08   #
Kmgw9v (a regular here)
 
calla wrote:
Anyone familiar with, or use, PortraitPro?
I primarily use LR (& PS when I need to...although I’m not very advanced with PS).


I bought it, but very rarely use Portrait Pro for the same reason others have described--plastic face.

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Nov 1, 2018 08:06:57   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
I used a free copy a couple of time. I analyzed the methodology they used and reproduced what they do using frequency separation and additional tools available in PS. Thus, saving myself the expense of purchasing more software I didn't need. Sure, it's not push button photo retouching and takes a bit of time. However, that's the way I create things. Examples available on request.

The main takeaway from my playing around is why? I can make someone look like they don't. What's the purpose of that? People will eventually see the real person.
--Bob
calla wrote:
Anyone familiar with, or use, PortraitPro?
I primarily use LR (& PS when I need to...although I’m not very advanced with PS).

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Nov 1, 2018 08:08:11   #
Brucej67
 
I use it as a filter inside of Photoshop CC 2019, I use it for eye and mouth touch up and mask everything else out, for skin I use frequency separation directly in Photoshop.

calla wrote:
Anyone familiar with, or use, PortraitPro?
I primarily use LR (& PS when I need to...although I’m not very advanced with PS).

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Nov 1, 2018 08:10:53   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
Yes, and I like it. I got it years ago when it first came out, but I wasn't thrilled with it. The new version is very good, basically automatic. People look better, but you can't quite put your finger on the differences. I did head shots for a local theater group, and they loved the pictures.

Now they have a version for the body.

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Nov 1, 2018 08:12:42   #
Dbl00buk
 
markngolf wrote:
It does do a nice job, providing it is not used to extremes.


I agree. I did a shoot for some high school students. Some with various
facial marks inherent with that age group. They were thrilled to see clear skin in a photo.
Of course this can be done in PS, but it's super quick with Portrait Pro.

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Nov 1, 2018 08:49:23   #
MCHUGH
 
I have both the portrait pro and portrait pro body and like both. As already pointed out do not over do and you will find that the results they give you can be toned back for a better look. I use it as a starting point and finish off in photo shop. The portrait pro body can save you a lot of time if you do photos of ladies that are showing the natural break down of skin texture, scars, discoloration and distortions. Same is true for face with bags under eyes, wrinkles and general marks. As already said you can do all with PS but this is a very fast starting point.

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