Think of Photoshop with just the tools to enhance skin color, smooth blemishes and wrinkles, and turn a basic portrait photo into a beautiful work of art, transforming your subject into a photo fit for Cosmopolitan magazine. Here’s a way to get something like that for next to nothing.
Eye Of The Beholder
Most Mac users with more than a few thousand photos in iPhoto have a few things in common. We can’t afford to learn or pay for Adobe’s Photoshop.
Also, we want our portrait photos to look better than the subject actually looks; sans wrinkles, blemishes, warts, moles, and all those facial distractions which cause others to gasp when they look at us.
That brings me to Portrait, a remarkably inexpensive one-trick pony app that does, well, just one thing.
Portrait is about portrait photos. Duh. But the app enhances everything you need to improve in a portrait photo.
The app starts with facial recognition; tools which are able to create a more symmetric appearance. Then it goes to work with teeth whitening, pore removal, shine reduction, face liquefaction, wrinkle smoothing, and more.
Why the developer needs to print out After and Before on each sample is beyond my comprehension. If you can’t tell which is which then either the app isn’t worth much, or your portrait subject is your pet.
There’s an auto enhancement option which improves average portraits, but more granular control will yield more pleasing, striking improvements.
Eyes, lips, and eyelashes can be sharpened. Blemishes can be removed. And skin color can be enhanced beyond a simple spray-on tan or an extra layer of makeup.
Each of the tools are context sensitive, which means the skin toning tool won’t harm the eyes or lips (that’s the facial recognition element). Overall, Portrait is very well done, a little slow on some enhancements, but you can’t beat the price.