What if all you want to do is remove a few blemishes, pop a few pimples, and fill in a number of wrinkles in all the wrong places? Photoshop works, but it’s overkill for most Mac users. Thank the pixel gods for a few dozen one-trick pony utilities for photo enhancements. Here’s one that I want to work more than it does.
Pop. Fill. Smooth.
Portrait Retouching is one of those Mac apps which delivers more promise and potential than it does popped pimples and smoothed out wrinkles. If it did just that and anywhere nearly as good as Photoshop it would be an absolute bargain at the current price.
Essentially, the app is a skin retouch tool for portraits. It recognizes all the elements of the face and gives you tools to apply to heal and enhance skin by using selective masking and pixel treatment. Skin imperfections– blemishes, pimples, wrinkles– are easily smoothed and enhanced. Even hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows can be made better than reality.
The tools are simple to use, too.
Presets make it simple to choose from various skin tones, and each can be altered then saved to use gain.
Portrait Retouching’s apparent claim to fame is the simplicity with which it improves facial tones, diminishes blemishes and wrinkles– with just a few clicks. Once a photo has been enhanced, you’ll be able to view the original side-by-side with the new version to compare and contrast.
Adjustments are made in near real time, so unlike Photoshop, there’s not need to have Mac Pro with plenty of excess hardware.
The good news is what you want to hear. The bad news is not.
When Portrait Retouching works, and unfortunately, that’s not as often as you’d prefer for an app that has a price tag, the results are decent, and there’s no need to get caught up in the Photoshop economy (monthly subscription forever, classes at the community college to learn how to use it).
Unfortunately, the earlier versions of Portrait Retouching were, uh, allow me to be kind– unstable and buggy. It’s improved much but I worry about a product which seems to get little attention from the developer over a period of time. For example, the app’s support website is non-existent, and there’s little online– other than the Mac App Store promo pages– which tell a prospective customer how the app works. And, unfortunately, there’s no trial; no try before you buy option.
Now, with that said, there’s potential and promise and I look forward to future updates, and website which actually displays the app like a bona fide, certified product that has value.