Relighting Your Portraits with PortraitPro 17

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Relighting your photos can be tricky but PortraitPro makes it so easy.

Check out the tutorials below to see some of the lighting looks you can achieve.

 

Low Lighting Tutorialdark lighting lookTo get the low light look for your images, click on the Picture tab.

Exposure – up high

Brightness – a little up

Smart Contrast – down to around -60

Vibrance – a little up

Vignette – Click the arrow so you can see all the options. For these play around to get it right. You want to make sure it keep the face light whilst creating a gradual darkness to the rest of the image.dark lighting look part 2

 

Click on the Skin Lighting and Coloring tab. Move and resize the lighting disk to get the look of low lighting.

dark lighting final image smallThe Low Light Look is now done, all you need to do is save your image and save this as a Snapshot incase you want to go back.

 

High Light Tutorial

high light lighting For high light look you need to have a high brightness so the first step is to click on the Skin Lighting and Coloring tab, widen the Lighting Disk and move so that it hits the face on the side.high lighting pictureNext under the Picture tab:

Reduce the Temperature just a little.

Increase the Brightness.

Turn the Vignette on just slightly and move the Radius slider about half way.

high lightsmallYour High Light Look is now ready to be saved.

 

Noir Lighting Tutorial

band wClick the Presets tab and go down to Picture. Select Black and White 4.noir pictureClick the Custom Tab at the top and go down to the picture tab.

Reduce the Exposure a little.

Reduce the Smart Contrast.

Reduce the Tone Curve a little.

Increase the Vignette slider nearly all the way up and the Radius slider about half way.

Increase the Hardness nearly all the way up, to about 80.

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Noir Lighting Look is now finished.

 

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Three amazing relighting looks that took no time at all, download your free trial now!

 

Transform Your Dull Old Portraits with PortraitPro 17

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Everyone has photos that looked washed out and dull, so they are tidied away into a cupboard and kept on a computer never to see daylight.

Well the time has come to change this, PortraitPro allows you to transform your old dull photos.

Check out the tutorial below to see how to transform your dull washed out photos and make them pop within minutes.Untitled-1Open your image up in PortraitPro 17, check the mark up is correct, adjusting if necessary.Untitled-2Click over to the Presets Tab and click on Standard.Untitled-3Click back over to Controls Tab, and go down to Skin Smoothing Tab. Move the Master Slider all the way down to 0.Untitled-5 Click on the Skin Lighting and Coloring Tab and move the light source around to find the best angle. Untitled-4The last change to make to the picture is under the Picture Tab, move the Temperature slider up slightly and reduce the Smart Contrast tab.

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Brand New Background Controls with PortraitPro 17

“I love this product! My business and my customers have benefited greatly from PortraitPro.” – Michael Thelen, PortraitPro User.

Introducing the new Background Editing tool, available for the first time in PortraitPro 17. Now there’s no need to keep switching between applications to edit or replace the background of your portrait.

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How to Change Your Background in PortraitPro 17 Tutorial

Untitled-10We have just launched our latest version on PortraitPro so to celebrate we thought we would give you a tutorial on one of the new features of PortraitPro 17.

Changing the Background is new to PP17 its simple and easy to do check out the tutorial below:

Untitled-4 After you have already edited your portrait, click to the Background tab and click Create Mask.Untitled-5 PortraitPro then masks the background for you.Untitled-6Next click Background Image button.Untitled-7 Select New Background Image.Untitled-8 Click on Select Image, you can pick one of the preloaded backgrounds or chose your own.Untitled-9This background is one that comes in the software.

Now your final image just needs saving, don’t forget to save the session as well if case you want to come back and edit more.

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Changing Hair Color Tutorial

Changing the hair color with PortraitPro is a breeze, check out the tutorial below to find out how quick and easy it is and the great results!Untitled-1Open you image up in PortraitPro.Untitled-2 Click to Reset to Original option under Presets.Untitled-7Click on the Hair tab and the on View/Edit Hair Area button.Untitled-3Some of the hair is already selected so you just need to select the rest of the hair. Untitled-4 Change the size of the brush using the Brush slider to select smaller strands of hair.Untitled-2 Click OK when finished.Untitled-4 Move the Hair Recolor Slider.Untitled-8Click on the hair color box and flick through the different colors.Untitled-5Once you have picked a hair shade you like click on it and the color will be applied.Untitled-12Adjust the sliders until you are happy with the result.

With this image Hair Tidying mode is not needed but if it is all you do is click the Go To Hair Tidying Mode button and adjust the sliders.

Save your image and your session encase you want to go back and edit later.

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Celebrating 100 Blog Posts!!!

To celebrate our 100th blog post, we thought we would look down memory lane at some of our favorite past blog posts on Portraits.

Manfred Baumann

John Malkovich and Jack Black photo by ManfredBaumann.com              Check out this amazing interview with Photographer Manfred Baumann, who photographs the stars and find out how he got his big break. Click here to read to full interview.

 

How to Steal Man Ray’s Style

end picutre man ray blog_peCheck out this easy tutorial to create your own Man Ray style portrait. Click here to check out the tutorial.

 

Dustin Meyer

Houston Wedding - Hotel ZazaThe incredible Wedding Photographer Dustin Meyer talks to us about his background and why he had photography his career. Click here to read the full interview.

 

Digital Make Up Tutorial 

before and after newThis tutorial show you how easy and effective applying digital make up with PortraitPro is.  Click here to check out the full tutorial.

 

1940s Style Post Processing Tutorial

before and afterA quick tutorial on how to create a stunning 1940’s style photo. Click here to check out the full tutorial.

 

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Create Stunning Black and White Landscapes with LandscapePro 2

before and after smallCreating beautiful black and white landscapes is super easy with LandscapePro, check out the tutorial below.Untitled-1Open the photo in LandscapePro.Untitled-2  Label the photo, you only need to label things once.

Click the Continue button when finished.Untitled-3The software does a great job of identifying marking up the image.4 All that needs to be done is to click the Smart Brush button on the left and go along to horizon line where the sand meets the sky. The Smart Brush correctly identifies the areas.

Click Continue when finished, then adjust the Horizon Line is needed and click Continue again.Untitled-4 Under the Tab Global Presets, click on Black and White 2.Untitled-5 Next under the Whole Picture Tab click Desaturate and Contrast, adjusting the slider as needed.Untitled-6Under the Sand Tab click Improver and leave the slider all the way up.Untitled-16Now going back and tweaking the image click on the Depth tab and click on the Subtle preset, lowering the slider down to about a third.

Now all that’s left to do is save your image.

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Safari Tips

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Trying to take amazing images when on a safari can be really tricky but here are a few tips to help you get the best out of your safari:

  • Look through all the different safari tours on offer to make sure that you get the right one for you.
  • Be patient, you will have to wait to get the photo you want.
  • Get as close as you can before zooming in on your lens. The closer you get the crisper the image will be.
  • Fast shutter speed is critical so you don’t miss anything, have a higher shutter speed in between shooting animals to make sure you capture any sudden movements.
  • If possible try to get the animals looking straight at you, it makes the photo much stronger.
  • Lighting, this is critical to a good picture, let your driver know the lighting you need as this can’t be changed in Post Processing.
  • High speed memory cards, spare batteries and cleaning stuff for your lens and camera (safari can be dusty!)

Post Processing with LandscapePro  couldn’t be easier, check out this tutorial to see how quick it is.

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Editing your Holiday Pictures with PortraitPro Body

 

Your holiday photos never look as good as you want them too, PortraitPro Body can help with this. See how easy it is to improve your holiday photos in the tutorial below.

Untitled-11 Open your image up in PortraitPro Body.Untitled-12 Click on your subject’s nose (if you have than one, just identify one person for now and do the other later).Untitled-13 Identify the sex of your subject.Untitled-14 Mark up the joints.Untitled-15 After you have marked up all the joints you will outline the curves of the limbs and body. Untitled-16 If any limbs overlaps the software asks you to identify which one is on top.Untitled-17 Click Finish Mark Up and Edit Body.Untitled-18 Adjust the Slim Slider just slightly, this will also change the Curve Slider. Untitled-19 Next click on the Face Tab and adjust the Shape Slider just slightly to get rid of lens distortion.

Also adjusted the Widen Eye, Smooth Skin and Around Eyes Sliders.Untitled-20 If you want to edit the other person in your image, save the image as a Jpeg and Open the new image into PortraitPro Body and Mark Up your second person.

Now the last thing to do is click on the Picture Tab.Untitled-21Under the Picture Tab adjust the Sliders to bring out the color in your image. For this image the Auto Levels, Contrast, Fill Light and Blacks Sliders were adjust.before and afterComparing the before and after, you can still the changes made are subtle but really improve the image.

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Applying Digital Make Up Tutorial

Trying out different make up looks for the same shot isn’t always possible due to time commitments but PortraitPro’s digital make up can create realistic looking make up within a matter of seconds.

before and after newCheck out this tutorial below to see what PortraitPro can do for your images.

Untitled-3 Open your image up in PortraitPro, the software will identify the face, but you may need to zoom in and adjust the lips as we will be applying lipstick.Untitled-4 Now that you have marked up your photo, click the Reset to Original Image under Presets on the right hand side.Untitled-5Click on the Make Up Controls tab on the right hand side.

Turn up the Lipstick slider to 100.Untitled-7 Click on the block color to get the full choice of lipstick colors to chose from.

Click OK once you have picked your color and move the Shine and Coverage sliders to where the lipstick looks best.Untitled-8Work your way down the rest of the make up settings using the sliders and choosing your preferred shade.Untitled-9You can pick the level of application that you want and how it is applied. Above we have  applied Smokey eye shaped eye-shadow in a shimmer effect.Untitled-10Once you are done with all the make up, go down to the Hair Controls tab.Untitled-13Click on the View and Edit Hair button and adjust the hair selection if needed. All the hair wants to be covered.

Click OK once you have finished.Untitled-12You can adjust the shade or color of the hair and adjust the sliders until you have happy with the result.

Then click on the Go To Hair Tidying Mode.Untitled-14Adjust the sliders, they don’t have to be up very far to see the results.before and after newYou have now created a completely new look, download your free trial now!