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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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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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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!


 

Perfecting Your Storm Photography

Weather photography can look breath taking and astonishing, this is through post processing is where you really bring the picture to life.

Here are a few things to bare in mind when shooting a storm:

  • Pack light
  • Stay safe
  • Shoot in RAW
  • Use a tripod
  • Use a filter, to protect the lens UV is a good one to use for this

Check out the tutorial below to see the amazing results that LandscapePro can have on your weather photographs.

before and afterClick to see the dramatic difference.Untitled-1Open your image up in LandscapePro and mark up your image then click on Continue, the software will identifying everything but you will need to just refine the areas using the pull and soften tools to get the best results.Untitled-2Under the Global Presets Tab chose the the Focus Preset lowering the slider down quite low.Untitled-3Now under the Whole Picture Tab click the Contrast Preset, once again lowering down the slider to low.Untitled-4  For the Sky Tab, click over to the Sliders Tab as we don’t want to replace the sky.

Turn off the separate clouds from the atmosphere (look closely at your clouds to see if it looks better on or off).

Turn up the Dehaze slider just slightly and for the Contrast turn it up about half way (though keep an eye on your clouds).Untitled-5Under the Grass Tab select the Lush Preset and turn it down to about 1/3 on.Untitled-6For Lighting, play around and see what works best for your picture you can move the Black Sun around the screen.

Low Preset works best for this image.

Now all that is left to do is save your image.shutterstock_657822304lpsmall

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Capturing Animals in Motion

Animals in motion always look amazing in magazines with the colors popping out of the page but if your photos don’t live up to this, don’t worry just follow these tips and tutorial to get your images looking magazine ready.

  • Keep your shutter speed really higher, to make sure your images don’t come out blurry.
  • Know your camera, this may sound simple but makes all the difference.
  • Don’t try to have the perfect framed photo, this can be done in post processing, it is more important to get the image. Don’t zoom in too close, you might cut out part of your image, but you need to zoom in so your animal appears sharp enough.
  • Use a Tripod or rest your camera on a flat surface to prevent any camera shake.
  • Use continuous focus mode on your camera, so your image stays in focus.
  • Shoot in Shutter propriety mode.
  • Shoot in continuous mode.

Check out the tutorial below to  get the colors to really stand out in you photographs.

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Open your image up in LandscapePro.Untitled-2

Label your image then click Continue.

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The software does a reasonably good job of identifying what is what. But you will just need to correct and refine it using the Pull tool, in order to get the best results.

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Once you have finished, click on the Soften button on the left and go over the edges of the fur, this softens the edges where the animal meets the background that helps when applying presets to the image.Untitled-6

Click Continue, next comes up marking where the horizon is, if like mine you don’t have one, just click Continue again.Untitled-7

Click on Global Presets tab, select the preset called Improver, lower the slider until you think it looks it’s best. Untitled-9

Next click on the Animal Tab and scroll down to the Preset called Improver, lower the slider down to near the bottom.Untitled-10

Click the Ground Tab and chose the Preset Warm and adjust the slider accordingly.Untitled-12

The last step is to go to Depth and select the Preset Subtle and lower the slider quite far down.before and afterClick on the image to see bigger.

This was super easy to really big out the colors in your image and give it that great look.

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1940s Glamorous Photo Shoot Post Processing

Doing decades photo shoots can be really fun and glamorous and with PortraitPro you can make your images look even better within minutes.

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Open your image in PortraitPro, the software will identity the face and have a pretty accurate mark up,  You can move the mark up dots to make it as accurate as possible to get the best results.

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Once you have adjusted the mark up, chose the Preset Glamorous on the top of the right hand side. This does most of the work for you, leaving you to just make your own personal preference tweaks to the images.

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I reduce the sharpness of the eyes a very small amount.

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I also change the color of lipstick, red was a very popular color for lipstick in the 1940s, but due to the softness of my image due to her outfit I have gone for a pink color instead.

Simply chose your preference shade for the selection, it is important to make sure your lips are marked up accurately, it is simply if they aren’t quite right. You can change the mark up on the left hand image at any time.

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Next I change the color of the hair, as auburn hair was a popular color back then.

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To do this, under the hair settings, click the View/edit Hair Area button. All the hair should appear pink, go over any bits that aren’t selected and click OK.

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Click through all the hair colors selecting the colors, that you like before deciding on your final color.

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The last change that I make to the image is under Picture Controls, I move the  Vibrance slider up to full on this setting, this make the colors move in line with what you would get in the 1940s.

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This took hardly anytime and you can really see the improvement in the image, and with Studio Max you can batch process them to save even more time.

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